Young Pianists on the Rise

January 31st 2016

The Winners' Concert of the Magnificat Piano Competition 2016

The event was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the Association Friends of the Magnificat, the Compagnia di San Giorgio, the Austrian Hospice of Jerusalem, the Office of the Representative of the Republic of Poland to the Palestinian National Authority and the Zeppilli Family.

Sunday 31 was the day of the concert featuring on stage all the winners of the competition who delighted the people present. The evening opened with Fr. David Grenier’s welcoming speech: the director of the Magnificat Institute thanked all the sponsors and supporters of the competition. After him, the President of the Association Friends of the Magnificat, Véronique Nebel shared with the audience a series of profound reflections on the values that, through music, the Magnificat Institute passes to its students. 

The Compagnia di San Giorgio Prize was awarder to Justeen Kort who studies under Katia Samson. Kort presented the “Three Preludes” by Jubanova. It was an elegant performance that gave a concrete rendition to the stylistic variations of Jubanova’s composition.

The Chopin Prize went to Mohammed Al-Sheikh, the young talent of Ramallah. His interpretation of Chopin’s ‘Impromptu op. 29’ enchanted the audience filling the concert hall. Despite his young age, Al-Sheikh is an artist who is receiving a lot of attention: only a few days after this concert, Al-Sheikh was invited to perform during a TV show on a national channel.