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Third Prize winner 10th Liszt Competition

On 8 November 2014 Mengjie Han (The Netherlands, 1989) won Third Prize at the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. He received his prize in the main hall of TivoliVredenburg, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima. During the Finals Han played Liszt’s Totentanz with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan. The leading Dutch newspaper called his performance “impressive” (NRC Handelsblad), “visionary” (de Volkskrant), “electrifying” (Trouw) and “unsurpassed” (De Telegraaf).

Mengjie Han also took home the Capgemini Audience Award. It was for the first time that the audience in the hall during both Finals as well as the many followers world-wide could vote for this Award via the special Liszt Competition App.

Han is the first Dutch Prize winner of the Liszt Competition since nine years. As Prize winner of the Liszt Competition he will embark on on an extensive concert tour, taking him all over the world.

Mengjie Han studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Marlies van Gent and with Jan Wijn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He has attended masterclasses with Paul Komen, Rian de Waal, Boris Petrushansky, Jacques Rouvier, Leslie Howard and Dmitri Bashkirov, among others. He won First Prize at the Steinway Piano Competition and the International Piano Contest Maria Campina in Portugal. Mengjie regularly performs at home and abroad. As a prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition he performed in Greece, South Africa, Tunisia, the United States and Canada. With the Amatis Trio he won the Audience Prize at het Grachtenfestival Amsterdam in 2013.

The jury and the press about Mengjie Han:

“Bold and noble performer who tackles the highest musical mountains with great skill and courage.” – from the jury report

“Han built up to a phenomenonal climax in the Sonata, leading to a wonderfully tender moment of reflection.” - de Volkskrant

“Han ran over the instrument in a fierce yet accurate way, only to touch the keys so gently a moment later, like caressing a lady.” – De Telegraaf

“It sounded full of effect, virtuoso and exciting.” – NRC Handelsblad