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Oberlin College News Features Wang Da, a 17 year old pianist from Shenyang, China, is the first prize winner of the 10 th Annual Oberlin International Piano Competition, held Saturday evening, July 31, in the Conservatory's Warner Concert Hall. He received a cash award of $4,000. Second prize and $1,500 went to the Korean born Sejoon Park, a 14 year old who now lives with his family in Falls Church, Virginia. The third place award of $1,000 went to Sun A Park, 16. Originally from Korea, she now lives with her family in Little Ferry, New Jersey. The winners of the 2004 Oberlin International Piano Competition. Left to right: Ying Cheng Yang (6th place), Hyo Kyun Shin (4th place tie), Sun A Park (3rd place), Wang Da (1st place), Kei Niedra (4th place tie), and Sejoon Park (2nd place) Kei Niedra, 14, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Hyo Kyun Shin, from Seoul, Korea, shared the fourth place prize, and each received $500. Niedra also won the audience favorite award of $100. Ying Cheng Yang, 17, of Shenyang, China, took fifth place; she received $200. No sixth place prize was awarded. Wang Da secured his first place award by performing the first movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Sonata no. 2, op. 36, Franz Haydn's Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI/31, and the first movement of Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata no. 6 . His teachers include Rosemary Platt and Quming Zhang; he will continue his studies in fall 2004 at the Juilliard School. Second place winner Sejoon Park performed three works by Fr d ric Chopin: the opus 25, number 7 Etude , the opus 31 in B minor Scherzo (number 2), and Etude, op. 10, no. 4 . Park concluded his program with Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux , op. 33, nos. 2 and 8 , and the prelude and sarabande from Claude Debussy's Pour le piano . Sun A Park, who came in third, offered Ludwig van Beethoven's Eroica Variations (up to the fugue), and Book II of the Paganini Variations by Johannes Brahms. Audience favorite Kei Niedra, who shared fourth place with Hyo Kyun Shin, played two works by Franz Liszt: the Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto and Liebestraum, followed by Haydn's Sonata, Hob. 52 (the allegro movement), the first movement of Igor Stravinsky's Trois mouvements de Petrouchka, and Chopin's Polonaise, op. 53 in A flat major . Shin performed the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata op. 10, no. 3 in D major, Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux no. 6, op. 38 in A minor, Chopin's Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38, and Liszt's Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto. Ying Cheng Yang played the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata op. 57 (the Appassionata ), Brahms' Variation on a Theme by Paganini , Book II, op. 35, and Rhapsodie Espagnole, S. 254, by Liszt. Judges for the finals round were Oberlin professors Angela Cheng, Monique Duphil, and Sanford Margolis; John Perry, professor of keyboard studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California; Emeritus Professor of Piano Joseph Schwartz; Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music David Stull; and Robert Weirich, holder of the Jack Strandberg Missouri Endowed Chair of Piano at the University of Missouri in Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Weirich is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as is the Dean of the Conservatory, David Stull. All but one of the finalists performed on Oberlin's Hannan Hamburg Steinway; Hyo Kyun Shin chose the New York Steinway. President of WCLV, Robert Conrad, served as emcee for the evening. John Perry, professor of keyboard studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Eastman School of Music and was a student of Cecile Genhart. He also worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Read Full Bio Robert Weirich has held the Jack Strandberg Missouri Endowed Chair in Piano at the University of Missouri in Kansas City Conservatory of Music since 1998. His solo performances have taken him to musical centers throughout the country, including Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and to such summer festivals as Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Marlboro. Read Full Bio Related Links Piano Competition and Festival web site Conservatory Concert Dedicates New Steinway Piano, a Gift of the Family of William J. Hannan, Jr.,'64 Oberlin Conservatory of Music About the Competition This gathering of international members of the pianistic community has at its core a fundamental premise: those who attend do so because they care deeply about the piano, its repertoire, and the future of live piano concerts in our culture. The festival to bring educational opportunities to young and old, students and private piano teachers alike a week long banquet of lectures, master classes, private instruction, and nightly concerts that complement the piano competition.