Winners announced in piano competitions

January 15, 2009

Stanislav Khristenko, a Russian pianist, and Qi Kong, of China took first places in their respective contests and age groups at the fourth annual Bösendorfer USASU and Schimmel USASU piano competitions held recently at Arizona State University.

Khristenko won top honors in the Bösendorfer event for pianists ages 19-32, and Qi Kong won first place in the junior division of the Schimmel, for ages 13 to 15.

Khristenko received a cash prize of $15,000, donated by David Katzin, a gold medal created by OT Jewelers in Mesa, a solo recital at the Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, concerto performances with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and recitals in the National Concert Series in Serbia.

Khristenko graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with famed Russian pedagogue Vera Gornostaeva. He previously won 3rd prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and currently studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute for Music.

Qi Kong received a $3,000 cash prize and an invitation to perform at the Brauschweig festival in Germany.

Second and third place winners were:

2nd prize: Daniyar Yessimkhanov, Kazakhstan
3rd prize:  Yue Chu, China

Schimmel senior division for pianists ages 16-18:
(1st prize: Not Awarded)
2nd prize:  Reed Tetzloff, USA
3rd prize: Yung Hoon Chun, South Korea

Schimmel junior division:
2nd prize: Chung man Kim, South Korea
3rd prize: Miao Yang, China

In addition, four special awards were presented:

Sangyoung Kim Award for the most outstanding performance of a Virtuoso work in the Bösendorfer USASU Competition:
Christopher Falzone, USA

Sarra and Emmanuil Senderov awards to the two most outstanding performances of a composition by a Russian composer:
Bösendorfer competition winner: Stanislav Khristenko, Russia
Shimmel competition winner: Chung man Kim, South Korea

Yehuda Meir memorial awards to the two most outstanding artistic performances of an etude by Chopin:
Bösendorfer Winner: Dmitri Levkovich, Canada
Schimmel Winner: Miao Yang, China

National Society for Arts and Letters special award for the most outstanding Arizona pianist in the Bösendorfer competition:
Winner: Joshua Hillmann, ASU student, USA.

For more information about the competitions and the winners, contact Baruch Meir at (480) 965-3386, or baruch.meir">">

Spring 2009 Humanities Lecture Series starts Jan. 29

January 15, 2009

Advancements in stem cell research and cloning and how religions will view genetic research will kick off a popular lecture series at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Joel Gereboff’s “Religion and Bioethics” will commence the Spring 2009 Humanities Lecture Series, which starts at noon, Jan. 29 at the University Center, 411 N. Central Ave., room 234. Download Full Image

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

“The Humanities Lecture Series provides us with opportunities to analyze, discuss, and interpret current events. We look forward to public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues,” says Frederick C. Corey, director of ASU’s School of Letters & Sciences and dean of University College.

The School of Letters & Sciences in University College is designed to respond to the needs of ASU students, downtown faculty members, the challenges of higher education and constituent communities.

Professor Joel Gereboff is Chair of Religious Studies in ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Gereboff discusses how religious intervention will play a role in future biological and genetic research and this topic will be the focal point of his lecture.

“Secular philosophical and religious thinkers have been grappling with these issues for the past number of years, but finding ways to cultivate serious societal engagement with these matters is often difficult,” says Gereboff. “Often issues immediately become sensationalized and politicized and this in turn diverts us from critically thinking in these matters.”

Corey said he is honored to have Gereboff as the first speaker in the series, which runs through March.

"Joel is a respected scholar and teacher in the areas of Rabinnic Judaism, ethics and religion, and bioethics. He engages community and ideas in reflective and thoughtful ways," says Corey. 

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