On March 29, a concert of laureates of the I Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition took place on March 29 at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. Within the frameworks of the second competition they appeared just before the final round.
Tatiana Fedorova, Alexander Malofeev and the Japanese pianist Shio Okui who won the “Discovery” award in the junior group at the first competition presented their solo programs.
“Today is a very important day for me and for all those linked with the competition, – said to the audience the jury chairman and artistic director of the competition Alexander Romanovsky. – Today we see on stage the ones for whom we ventured this two years ago. It is clear now that these guys who astonished us with their talents have grown up a lot. And it testifies to our rightness. We discerned their potential, will, desire to advance in our hard but excellent business.”
Alexander Malofeev said that he recalls the Vladimir Krainev Competition with great warmth: “For me it was a great opportunity to work with such a splendid orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, to play in the halls of the Music International Performing Arts Centre, to hear the opinion of the jury member – well-known artists about my performance.”
According to the young musician, the most important event of the Krainev competition for him was the beginning of collaboration with Vladimir Spivakov. “It is immensely interesting to work with him, – says the pianist. – He is a true intellectual who senses the music, and his advices fit ideally the conception of a musical opus and my interpretation of it. It is really a rare thing.”
The pianists played Chopin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Prokofiev, Ravel and others.

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