HAVANA, Cuba. - Cuban young pianist Jorge Gonzalez Buajasan won the special prize of the Flame International Piano Competition of France, with the performance of pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Alexandre Scriabin at the International Art Center of Paris.
Gonzalez Buajasan participated in the category of young talents of 15-16 years of age. He won 96 of 100 points granted by the jury, reported Prensa Latina reported.
“I was a little upset because they [the jury] decided to remove one piece off theprogram of each of the final competitors because of the short time frame, in my case they took off Ballad No. 3, Opus 47 in A-Flat major by Chopin. I’m happy though for the recognition,” said the Cuban pianist.
As part of the event in which more than 35 pianist from Europe, Asia and The Americas are participating, Gonzalez Buajasan will perform tonight one of his favorite pieces (Scriabin’s Study Opus 8 No. 12 “Patheitc).
Gonzalez Buajasan is studying in the National Conservatory of Ile de France, Paris, on a scholarship program. Last February, the Cuban shared the first prize of the Lagny-sur-Marne contest, France, with a special recognition by the jury.
Before turning 14, Gonzalez Buajasan completed the basic level of piano studies in France. During this stage, he won several prizes and was invited to give concerts in different local institutions.
The young pianist entered the Chopin Conservatory after passing an audition in which he played the variations of Mozart’s Ah Vous dirai-je, Mama. Afterwards, he was admitted at the National Conservatory of Ile de France which granted only 25 places for the Specialized Cycle of Piano.