At Park ICM, our protégés not only train hard, they compete and perform hard as well. You’ll find our former and current students at concert halls and top competitions around the globe. The following is a listing of awards and accomplishments our students have achieved since the beginning of Park ICM:
The IKIF competition supports and recognizes the artistic endeavors of participants in the festival, and encourages excellence and dedication. There are three phases of the competition: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals and Finals. For the Final phase of the competition a one hour program, of varied and substantial repertoire, is required.
ICM Student, 2019 Laureate
The annual High Point University Piano Competition, funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust, is held on the campus of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. The final round of the piano competition and the awards ceremony takes place on a Saturday in September each year.
ICM Student, 2019 Finalist
Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) is an internationally recognized official music competition of the state of Texas and career development program for emerging classical artists. Also a valued community contributor, YTA offers free or low-cost cultural opportunities for the public.
ICM Alum, 2019 Grand Prize Winner
Simon Karakulidi wins first prize at the 2019 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition. The competition took place on Saturday January 12, 2019, in Richardson, Texas. As the Grand Prize winner Simon received a cash reward and will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra at their March 2, 2019 concert. Charles Eisemann said, “Simon’s performance was absolutely masterful. I can’t wait to hear him again March 2!”
The triennial Singapore International Violin Competition serves to promote the continued growth and strength of classical music in the region, as well as providing a showcase for young violinists from around the world against the backdrop of Singapore’s world-class performance venues, its national orchestra and its internationally renowned music conservatory.
ICM Graduate student, 2018. One of six finalists. Only finalist from America. Placed fourth.
Winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958 brought Van Cliburn unprecedented celebrity for an American concert pianist. Cliburn’s international victory instilled a fresh sense of artistic pride in many Americans, while opening the door to a new era of cultural relations between East and West. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was established shortly thereafter in 1962 to perpetuate Van Cliburn’s unique legacy of demonstrating how classical music, in the hands of a master, has the appeal to reach across all borders. The quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is considered one of the worlds most prestigious and grueling piano competitions. Hundreds from around the world apply but only 30 pianists are invited to compete. The Cliburn Competition is one of the few musical events in the world to arrange for competitors to stay with host families. The resulting southern hospitality has become a trademark of the Cliburn Competition.
Silver Medal, 2017
Held annually in various establishments throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, Canada, Europe and Asia, Crescendo International Music Competition is open to all instrumentalists (Piano, Strings and Winds), duets, ensembles, and vocalists ages 5-22. One selection of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern work must be chosen and performed from memory.
Silver Medal, Collegiate Piano Division, 2013.
Other Merits & Scholarships:
NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 (Behzod Abduraimov with “Dance Macabre”)
2013 Featured Performer for NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley
Two prestigious French Awards: Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte
Musical America has named pianist Behzod Abduraimov as their December Artist of the Month
2009 Aspen Music Festival (full scholarship, member of the Festival Orchestra)
Fellowship at the 2008 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts/National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees’ Summer Music Institute
2008 Invitation to perform for Van Cliburn at the celebration of the 50th anniversary after his legendary victory at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958
2006 at Robert M. Spire Omaha Piano Competition, Concerto category (First Prize)
2004 Middle America Music Association, Solo Virtuoso (First Prize)
Park ICM Graduates have entered Graduate Programs at the following on full scholarship:
- The Julliard School
- International Piano Academy Lake Como, Dongo, Italy
- Conservatorio della Swizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
- Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
- Manhattan School of Music
Students enrolled at Park ICM after attending the following schools:
- Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Russia
- Yale School of Music
- Chopin School of Music in Warsaw, Poland
- Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Texas
- Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia
- University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany
- Xinghai Conservatory of Music, China