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Smetana piano competition organized for the first time in Mongolia

Piano teacher, Tsolmon, who studied with scholarship in Prague, graduated and returned to Mongolia with full of enthusiasm to develop musical art in Mongolian youth.

She is a founding member of the fund which is called “Support for music development”. Its goal is to decrease passive “culture”, which is excessive use of computer games, watching television and playing karaoke, in order to help to develop the individual personalities in children.

One of the first major achievements of the fund is the Smetana piano competition. It was held for the first time among the Mongolian children. There was a great interest, therefore, children not only from Ulaanbaatar but also from other provinces registered for the competition. The competition involved two groups, including college students and those interested in the piano. The main objective of the fund is to select champion who will participate for the international Smetana piano competition in the spring of 2014. This international competition holds once in two years in the city of Plzen.

The Czech pianist and teacher Pavel Voráček was invited to become a member of the Jury in cooperation with the embassy of the Czech Republic. Approximately 40 participants performed one classical piece and one Bedřich Smetana’s music piece over two days, December 6th and December 7th of the 2013. Judges were impressed with the skill of the competitors as they performed the Smetana’s music because it is technically very difficult type of music to play. The winners were announced during the performance on December 8th.  In the second half of the performance, Pavel Voráček performed music of Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček and Jaroslav Ježek.

Rewarded were everyone who participated in the competition - for the spirit of enjoyment and understanding of music that accompanies them. After that celebrated “Saint Nicholas Day” and the Embassy of the Czech Republic brought the Saint Nicholas, devil and angel.  They all sang songs, played the music, ate Christmas cookies and discussed about European traditional Christmas holiday.

Our appreciation goes to the sponsors, administrators, Mongolian and Czech-Mongolian companies. And also to everyone who decides to support “Support for music development” fund and Mongolian pianists who are going to attend international piano competitions in Plzen in the future.