Dmytro Choni

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist

Dmytro Choni took home bronze at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2022, only the second Ukrainian pianist to medal at the prestigious contest. He won hearts and accolades with a compelling and colorful musicality that is fortified by a genuine, immediately engaging stage presence. As one critic noted: “Each time he strode onstage, it was with winning confidence and a big smile. He’s clearly an accomplished, assured―and communicative—pro” (Dallas Morning News).

Dmytro’s Cliburn prize builds on an already impressive resumé. He has collaborated with renowned orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, RTVE Symphony, Seongnam Philharmonic, Ukraine National Symphony, Liechtenstein Symphony and Dominican Republic National Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors Andrew Manze, Marin Alsop, Nicholas McGegan, Oksana Lyniv and others. His performances in major halls and festivals in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. have made a lasting impression on his musical development.

Highlights from Dmytro’s 2022–23 inaugural tour as Cliburn medalist include appearances at Beethovenfest Bonn (Germany), the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival (Poland), Salle Cortot (Paris) and Palau de la Música (Barcelona); concertos with the Hamburger Camerata and Silesian Philharmonic; and a recital tour across the U.S.

Widely considered one of the preeminent international music contests, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition exists to share excellent classical music with the largest international audience possible and to launch the careers of its winners. Building on a rich tradition that began with its 1962 origins in honor of Van Cliburn and his vision for using music to serve audiences and break down boundaries, the Cliburn seeks with each edition to achieve the highest artistic standards, while utilizing contemporary tools to advance its reach. The world’s top 18- to 30-year-old pianists compete for gold in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, TX, as well as a global online viewership of over 10 million.

In its 60-year history, the Cliburn has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence, including Olga Kern, Vadym Kholodenko, Yunchan Lim, Radu Lupu, Jon Nakamatsu, Beatrice Rana, Yekwon Sunwoo, Joyce Yang and Haochen Zhang. They have garnered Grammy nominations, Diapason d’Or de l’Année Awards, Gramophone Awards and Avery Fisher Career Grants as well as recognition from BBC music and radio, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, International Piano Magazine and the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund.

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