South Koreans win Prague Spring clarinet, flute competition

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The 17-year-old Yubeen Kim won flute section, countryman Sangyoon Kim praised for skill with clarinet

Prague, May 15 (ČTK) — Two young men from South Korea have won the Prague Spring 67th international music contest: Yubeen Kim, 17, in the category of flute and Sangyoon Kim, 27, in the clarinet category, the organizers announced today.

This year, the competition attracted a record-high number of 412 musicians from all over the world, compared with 295 last year.

The three-round competition started May 7.

In the second round, the participants must perform a contemporary composition written for the Prague Spring festival. This year it was “Transflautato” for the flute by Sylvie Bodorová and “ClarinoPre” for the clarinet by Aleš Pavlorek. Both pieces were accompanied by the piano.

Another South Korean, Sunghyun Cho, and French Hélène Boulègue finished second in the flute contest, while French Joséphine Olech was third.

In the clarinet competition, Czech Anna Paulová, from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, was second, followed by Franck Russo from France.

The jury of the flute competition was chaired by Danish Andras Adorjan, and Czech Jiří Hlaváč chaired the jury for the clarinet.

The winners of the contest traditionally play at the next festival.

Frenchman Johannes Grosso, winner of the 2014 oboe contest, will play at a concert at this year’s festival which started May 12 and runs through June 3.

Czech Jan Hudeček won the category of bassoon last year.

The competition of young musicians has been a part of the Prague Spring international music festival since 1947.

Next year, the Prague Spring contest will focus on the piano and trumpet.

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