Alim Beisembayev (1st), Arsenii Mun (2nd), Youlan Ji (3rd)
2015 Junior Competition Winners Recital Showcase

(originally broadcast from TCU – Texas Christian University June 2015)

RACHMANINOV Etude-Tableaux, op. 33, nos. 2, 6, 8, & 9

Arsenii MUN
BEETHOVEN 32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80
LISZT La campanella

RACHMANINOV Prelude in G Major, op. 32, no. 5
DEBUSSY Feux d’artifice
LISZT Paganini Etude No. 6 in A Minor


Shortly after his 2015 Cliburn Junior win—when he was declared “impressive and clearly worth watching”— Alim graduated from the Purcell School for Young Musicians and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music with a full scholarship, to continue his studies with Tessa Nicholson. He has since made his debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Festival Hall (and with that, been featured on BBC Radio) and gone on to win prizes at the Manchester International, Vigo International, and Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competitions. Born in Kazakhstan, Alim started playing piano when he was 5; at age 10, he moved to Moscow to study at the Central Music school, and two years later, moved again to London to study at the Purcell School.

Now 21, Arsenii moved to New York in fall 2019 to study with Sergei Babayan at The Juilliard School, after nine years at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov and its affiliated Middle Special School of Music. Since his Cliburn appearance, he continues to grow his profile in the United States and Europe, and has been recognized with the Tabor Foundation Award as best pianist at Verbier Festival Academy, 1st prize at both the International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam and the International Piano Competition in Saint-Priest, France, and winner of the Yuri Temirkanov Prize. He continues to refine his skills on the soccer field and snowboard when weather and social-distancing permit.

Born in Beijing, Youlan started piano lessons at age 4, and moved to New York upon acceptance at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division at age 13. At the 2015 Cliburn Junior, she was hailed for performances that were “stunning,” with playing that is “clean, sparkling, light and scampering… intelligent.” Just 16 at that time, she has since won first prize at the New York International Piano Competition and made debuts at the Phillips Collection and other young artist series across New York. She also graduated from the Professional Children’s School in New York, and entered Juilliard as an undergraduate student in 2018, continuing to work with Yoheved Kaplinsky.