At the International Competition Festival of Chamber, Vocal and Piano Music 2019 summed up the first results. More than seventy young soloists performed classical works in the White Hall of the Marble Palace. The youngest participants are only 5 years old. The venue where lectures and workshops will be held is unique in its role in the cultural heritage of Russia. The Union of Composers still functions at the House of Composers (Princess Gagarina’s mansion). The Union is one of the oldest and significant artistic organizations in Russia regarding its intellectual potential. Historical instruments including favorite grand pianos of Rodion Shchedrin, Sergei Rachmaninov and Dmitri Shostakovich wiht special atmosphere of the House of Composers. At the concert hall witnessed Sergei Prokofiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya and many others. The mansion is also widely known due to its exceptional architecture and interiors. Both the interior and the building itself are representation of the first Art Nouveau constructions in St. Petersburg.
Young musicants from all over the world were selected as performers at the 2019 Piano in Palace International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 2-10. To prepare for each major event of festival, lessons with diffrent masters focused on preparing the required festival repertoire. At the festival they studied with Alexander Yakovlev, director of the festival, and with several teachers from the Moscow Conservatory, the Central Music School, and the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Tokyo Conservatory, Madrid Concervatory... While in St. Petersburg, they performed in solo piano recitals at the House of the Composers on a new Bechstein Concert Grand, and at the famous Marble Palace Concert Hall which is closed to the public except for concert venues. They also performed a Concerto with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the assistant conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic.
Guys were interviewed by the Russian press covering the festival and they spoke about the importance of music in their lives, the hard work required to prepare for the festival, and their experiences at the festival.
During the festival, the daily schedule included many hours of practicing, private lessons, two competitions, performing in concerts and auditions, and listening to performances by forty-eight pianists of all ages from Europe, Japan, and Russia. There was still time to see some of the wondrous sites in the city, known as the “Venice of the North”, truly one of the great cities of the world.
When asked if they would consider attending other piano festivals, the answer was a definite “Yes!”
The geography of the festival continues to expand. More than 150 people will take part in the project, including Mexico, the USA, Switzerland, Brazil, Japan and China. “The main concept of the festival - the communication of young musicians with outstanding masters, great professionals. That is the continuity of generations, which is so especially important in the modern time. This festival is a great starting point for new creative achievements. We know how important support for young artists is in their creative endeavors. We are ready to provide such support to the winners of our competition. The festival's producer center will provide the winners with live performances with the support of the festival fund with media involvement. We hope that successful performance in the competition will influence them as a push for the rapid growth in the career of our musicians. For me, as the head of this project, it is absolute pleasure to hear warm feedback about our festival. Many participants visit us for several years in a row! This festival, not only for the participants, but for our entire team has become a really big musical family. And this fact is certainly priceless. This is one of our main goals: to unite musicians from different countries, different generations, not only for co-creation, but also for cultural exchange, strengthening friendly relations of people from all over the world. ”- said founder Alexander Yakovlev.
The International Music Festival "Grand Piano in Palace" 2019
August 15, 2019
Russian pianist Andrey Denisenko recently added a Gran Prix of V International Competition "Grand Piano in Palace" to his already string of honors, winning 5000 euro. A refined pianist, Andrey is hailed for the clarity of his playing and his exceptional finger work.
Andrey is winner of the Third Prizes of the South-Russian Festival “The Path to Mastery” (Rostov-on-Don, 2002), 1st International Competition “Inspiration” (Volgodonsk, 2008). Prizewinner of the 8th International Competition for Young Pianists “A Step Towards Mastery” - Second Prize (St. Petersburg, 2011). Prizewinner of the 9th International competition “The Path to Mastery” - First Prize in the nomination of “Piano Ensemble” (Rostov-on-Don, 2012), first prizewinner of the 3rd International Piano Competition named after Neygauz (Chelyabinsk, 2015). A participant of the programmes of the St. Petersburg Music House since 2012.
In the season 2019-2020 artist will be invited to perform the solo concerts in the cities of Germany and Switzerland.
First orchestral composition by Laetitia Hahn performed in St. Petersburg Marble Palace in the White hall with St Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra on the 30th of July in 2018 during the Festival Grand Piano in Palace. This musical composition was inspired by the conceptual art work Weapons of Light, the Art of Peace by Philip Lawson II. This concert is dedicated to Edeltraut Zellweger.
The talent of young musicians from the Volgograd Children's Symphony Orchestra won the grand jury of the festival “Grand Piano in Palace” and they awarded them the highest award - the Grand Prix. Young musicians with the help of the Chief conductor Sergey Grinev prepared a big program for the festival, which included both classical works and modern music. This program of children's string orchestra also won the first prize.
Solo performances of young Volgograd artists also did not go unnoticed. The first prize of the festival was won by vocalist Lev Gulyaev. The first prize winners were also horn player Fyodor Kiyashkin, and three flutists - Ksenia Stekolnikova, Alisa Kabezas and Anna Kriventseva. And at the end of the competition, the organizers offered Volgograd residents a big recital in the hall of the Union of Composers.
The Volgograd Children's Symphony Orchestra is a unique group of musicians. All the artists are from 8 to 17 years. They are students of music schools in Volgograd. During the seven years of its existence the young artists played dozens of concert programs in their hometown Volgograd, as well as in Moscow (the State Kremlin Palace, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior), in Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Finland, and Latvia. The orchestra won the first prizes and the Grand Prix of International competitions.