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2010 Geneva International Music Competition

18/11/2010

The Geneva International Music Competition is an event that enables young artists from around the world to reveal their musical talents. The two disciplines featured in the 64th edition were Oboe and Piano.

Montres Breguet’s role in the competition is accompanied by a special “Coup de Coeur Breguet” prize that offers a finalist the opportunity of recording a CD with an orchestra. This distinction, awarded by a jury selected by Montres Breguet SA, represents a valuable contribution to the laureate’s career and provides an additional springboard towards an international solo career. It was awarded this year to Hyo Joo Lee for her magnificent performance of two airs by Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Concerto N°2 in C minor, Op. 18.

Born in Dae-gu in South Korea, Hyo Joo studied piano with Mi Kyung Kim and Jin Woo Chung at the Ye-Won School of Arts in Seoul. In 2002 she continued her training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Theodor Paraskivesco, Jacques Rouvier and Itamar Golan for music chamber. She also studied under Françoise Thinat at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and then with Matti Raekallio at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Hannover.

At the age of 13, she won First Prize in the Cincinnatti World Piano Competition, followed by another First Prize in the Young Chopin Competition in Moscow. In 2003, she was a gold medallist at the Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, and in 2007 she earned Second Prize in the Epinal Competition.

In 2003, she took part in the Festival Estival summer Piano Night in Annecy, and in 2004 in the Auvers-sur-Oise Festival. She regularly gives recitals in Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, France and Japan, and performs in Korea with the finest national orchestras. And this year Hyo Joo has won the “Coup de Cœur Breguet” award.

When a First Prize is awarded, Montres Breguet SA also gifts the laureate with a Breguet watch. This year, the First Prize was won by Mrs Mami Hagiwara, a native of Hiroshima, Japan, for her performance of Concerto in Sol Majeur.