The competition semifinalists became participants of master classes of People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir Ovchinnikov, one of the jury members. The master classes have become a special prize for young musicians not qualified for the final round and were kindly offered by Steinway & Sons, the partner of the competition.
“Competitions are always a double-edged sword, – said Vladimir Ovchinnikov. – On the one hand, it is a serious test by the stage. It is a special state of mind associated with expectations, realized opportunities, torment and joy. On the other hand, the competitions are made up in such a way that there are always winners and those not qualified for the final. An important feature of the Krainev competition is that there is only one first prize, and all other prizes are equal. There is no rigid hierarchy, and each finalist is, in fact, a winner. And the idea was not to name one winner but first of all to let the children hold their own music festival.”
Answering the question about cooperation with the competition, the artistic director of Steinway & Sons in Russia Irina Barinova emphasized the importance to preserve the traditions of performing arts and to support the creative potential of young pianists, which Vladimir Krainev, the official Steinway artist, did so eagerly.