On 23 April, 2015, the 2015 BNP Paribas “Rising Stars” Piano Festival kicks off a three-day musical extravaganza in Beijing. This musical event, organised by BNP Paribas and its affiliated charitable foundation, in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, provides a wonderful stage for China’s brightest young pianists to display their talents.
After the successful events in the past two years, the annual BNP Paribas “Rising Stars” Piano Festival has become a very important branded event for the young musicians in China to showcase their talent to the world. Famous pianists such as Muye Wu and Siheng Song, as well as 13 other brilliant young pianists, attained high acclaim for their performances in the festival. Shuman Li, after her impressive performance in the inaugural festival, was later on invited to perform at the Festival Piano Aux Jacobins, an international music concert held in Toulouse, France, in September 2014. There, Shuman Li attracted much attention from the international piano community.
The press conference for the 2015 Festival’s opening ceremony was attended by notables such as Mr Peter Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas (China) Co., Ltd., Mr Cizhao Wang, President of the Central Conservatory of Music, Mr Jean-Jacques Goron,Managing Director of the BNP Paribas Foundation, Mr Paul-Arnaud Péjouan, Artistic Director of the Festival Piano aux Jacobins and Artistic Director of this piano festival, Professor Ying Wu, Steinway Artist and Dean of the Piano Department of the Central Conservatory of Music, Mr Hongzhu Liu, Director of International Exchange Office of the Central Conservatory of Music, Mr Zhang Zuo, a renowned young Chinese pianist, and Gewei Jiang, Tianjian Xie, Yuemeng Li and Qianyi Xu, four “rising stars” from China’s top music conservatories. At the press conference, Mr Peter Kwok and Mr Cizhao Wang issued “Rising Stars” certificates and trophies to the four young musicians, encouraging them to pursue their artistic dreams.
The 2015 BNP Paribas “Rising Stars” Piano Festival will be held from 23 to 25 April 2015. Special performing guest Zhang Zuo, and four outstanding young pianists from China’s top music conservatories, Gewei Jiang, Tianjian Xie, Yuemeng Li and Qianyi Xu, will present the audience with a stunning musical feast at the festival.
Zhang Zuo, the outstanding young pianist in China today, started learing piano in Berlin, Germany at the age of five and won the third prize in the Children’s Group at the Berlin Steinway International Piano Contest. At the age of 10, she had already begun performing piano recitals and became a representative of the Chinese piano community. At this year’s music festival, she will play many music masterpieces composed by Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert at 19:30-21:15 pm, 23 April. Her performance reflects artistic purity, and is full of passion and power. Her superb performance skills and deep artistic talents will add brilliance to the 3rd BNP Paribas “Rising Stars” Music Festival.
Gewei Jiang, Tianjian Xie, and Yuemeng Li come from the Central Conservatory of Music, and Qianyi Xu from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. They are recognised as the rising stars in today’s piano community in China after passing through very comprehensive evaluation and rigorous selection process by the music experts and senior professors in the Conservatories. During the concerts, classical music masterpieces composed by Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Chopin and Maurice Ravel will be performed by GeweiJiang and TianjianXieat 7:30-21:15p.m, 24 April. And classic masterpieces of Beethoven, schumann, Chopin, liszt, ravel will be played by Yuemeng Li,Qianyi Xu at 7:30-21:15p.m, 25 April.
As a global bank and financial institution with more than 180,000 employees, BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 markets. Through its charitable foundation and many philanthropic activities, BNP Paribas continuously demonstrates its commitment to supporting and developing programmes all over the world promoting education, culture, health and environmental protection. Notably, BNP Paribas has shown great enthusiasm in promoting China’s cultural development, and sharing its passion for culture with the widest audience possible, as displayed through the performances at its “Rising Stars” Piano Festivals. The success of the first two festivals has perfectly demonstrated BNP Paribas’ commitment to bringing bright young pianists to the international stage. The festival is a very attractive event to the new generation of young artists as it presents great opportunities to them. Through this festival, they can gain more experience to perform in a large-scale event.
Mr Peter Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas (China) Co., Ltd., is pleased that the successful events in the past two years have helped identify the most gifted young pianists in China and promote them to the international stage. He said: “As a cultural exchange event of profound significance, the BNP Paribas ‘Rising Stars’ Piano Festival will continue to promote China-France cultural exchanges. I believe, with the continued hosting of this music festival, more and more young pianists will emerge as rising stars to perform on the top international music stages.”
Mr Cizhao Wang, President of Conservatory Music of China, the authoritative piano education institute in China, also spoke highly of the festival. He said: “There are many excellent students in the Chinese piano community. We would like to thank BNP Paribas for providing these excellent students with a stage to improve and display themselves. I believe more students will perform on the wider international stage because of this platform.”