7 pianists named winners of Grand Piano Competition in Moscow

George Harliono, young pianist from UK.

George Harliono, young pianist from UK.

Laureates include musicians from UK, Russia, Japan and China.

The winners of the Grand Piano Competition for young pianists, whose artistic director and founder is renowned pianist Denis Matsuev, have been announced in Moscow.

Matsuev told RBTH that the level of the performers in the competition, which featured 107 applicants from 18 countries, was so high that the jury chose seven and not five finalists.

The winners were pianists from Russia, Japan, the UK, Georgia and China. They all received a prize of $5,000.

Two pianists won the competition's main prize: Sandro Nibieridze from Georgia and Alexander Malofeyev from Russia.

The competition's jury consisted of world-renowned musicians, including pedagogue Arie Vardi (Israel), artistic director of the Camerata Ireland orchestra Barry Douglas (Ireland), head of keyboard at the Royal College of Music in London, Professor Vanessa Latarche (the UK), professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Valery Piassetski (Russia) and professor at the Seoul National University Hyoung Joon Chang (South Korea).

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