At the 13th Piano Aux Jacobins held in China from 5 May to 21 May, Six BNP Paribas “Rising Star” laureates from across China, including Yu Yuewen, Xiao Yuxin, Zang Xiaolu, You Haoran and Liu Moyi, performed together with famous French pianists Baptiste Trotignon, Thomas Enhco and François Dumont. This year, with the support of Bank of Nanjing, the strategic partner of BNP Paribas, the Piano Aux Jacobins came to Nanjing for the first time, with touring performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Ningbo, Suzhou and Nanjing. The six outstanding young pianists successively performed classical pieces of Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven, demonstrating extraordinary mastery and talent. The promising “Rising Stars” will also have the chance to go to France and perform at more international concerts.
Through its charitable foundation and its philanthropic activities, BNP Paribas continuously demonstrates its commitment to supporting and developing programmes all over the world promoting education, culture and research. This is the 5th year for BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. to work with the BNP Paribas Group Foundation to sponsor the annual “Rising Stars” selection and associated events in China. Since 2013, BNP Paribas, through a stringent screening and assessment conducted by music experts, has identified 26 “Rising Stars” in the Chinese piano arena, paving their way to the international stage
Paul Yang, Head of Greater China for BNP Paribas said, “We are glad to see the rise of outstanding young pianists in China. It is our great honour that, through this platform of “Rising Stars”, we could help the talents realize their dreams, feel where their hard work led them to, share their passion with the public, as well as contribute to China-French culture exchange and art development.”
Yu Yuewen, the youngest BNP Paribas “Rising Star” for 2017 said, “After years of practice, I have had the chance to attend many performances and contests, but this is the first time for me to perform at the stage with the world renowned masters. I appreciate BNP Paribas for offering me such a rare experience, from which I have learned so much, and I feel encouraged to go on with the aspiration for world piano stage.”