Yukine Kuroki, a second-year student in the Master’s program at Showa Graduate School of Music and also a student at Showa Piano Art Academy has won the bronze prize in the Rubinstein International Piano Competition.
<About the Competition>
The Rubinstein International Piano Competition, named after a piano virtuoso Arthur Rubinstein, is one of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions and has been held in Tel Aviv, Israel every three years since 1974. The competition has three Stages. For Stage I, each contestant performs 35 to 40 minute recital program, and 50 to 60 minute program for Stage II. While repertoire choices for the first two Stages are relatively flexible, which is rarely the case with internationally respected competitions, Stage III requires contestants to perform in three sections; chamber music, classical concerto and grand concerto. In particular, what is very unique about this competition is the contestants are allowed to add an encore of no more than 3 minutes in all Stages.
For Stage I, 32 contestants were selected in a preliminary screening from 17 countries, from which 16 will advance to Stage II. The six finalists who advanced to Stage III performed three sections (chamber music, classical concerto, and grand concerto) over a seven-day period from March 24.
Yukine Kuroki first performed with an orchestra when she was seven years old. She has performed in concerts in Japan, Europe, and other countries. In May 2022, she won First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition as the first Japanese. In September of the same year, she won the Gold Prize in the Liszt Utrecht. In this year March 2023, Yukine Kuroki won First Prize at the Artur Rubinstein International Piano. She has won the Gold Prize in the Professional category at the International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA, Silver Prize in the Superior Grade, Gold Prize in the G Grade, and the Yasuko Fukuda Prize (1st Prize) at the PTNA Competition. She has won the Grand Prize at the International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists (Lithuania), First Prize in the Hanoi International Piano Competition (Vietnam), First Prize at the Astana Piano Passion International Festival of Classical Music and Competition for Young Pianists (Kazakhstan), and the Most Promising Artist Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition. She has won the Iwatani Tokiko Foundation’s Foundation for Youth Prize.