Alexander Scriabin competition and centenary

This summer I was awarded the First Prize in the piano competition “Alexander Scriabin” celebrated during the Mozarteum International Summer Academy 2015 in Salzburg. This event focused monographically on the music of Alexander Scriabin on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. The competition took place on Tuesday, August 4 at the Grosses Studio of the Mozarteum University, and the award ceremony was held on Friday, August 7 at the same venue followed by a concert performed by the three prizewinners (Jin-Hyeon Lee, Yunus Herrmann and myself).

Also as a tribute to the great Russian composer, I also recently performed Scriabin’s complete piano sonatas in two recitals at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. I am currently seeking to arrange further performances throughout the world. Should you be interested in having the complete cycle performed at your institution or venue, please contact me and I will be very pleased to discuss the format and details of the concert(s).

Open Piano Competition (Torino, October 2013)

The Italian city of Torino was the stage for the second edition of the Open Piano Competition, which took place in October 2013. The three rounds of the competition took place at the auditorium of the Educatorio della Provvidenza, one of the oldest cultural institutions in Torino.

I had the great honour of being awarded the First Prize and the Special Prize to the best performance of a modern work, the latter for my performance of Pierre Boulez’s Sonata No. 2 in the final round. Continue reading

Preisträgerkonzert at Mozarteum Grosser Saal (August 23, 2013)

In the summer of 2013 I participated, for the fourth consecutive year, in Ya-Fei Chuang’s piano masterclass at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Each summer stay in Mozart’s birth city during these last years has been an unique, incomparable experience – two weeks of masterclasses, concerts and competitions in a community of the most talented teachers and students arrived from all over the world, interspersed with impressive sunsets by the Salzach, night walks in the picturesque streets of the old town, and excursions into the gorgeous neighbouring mountain landscapes of the Austrian Alps. Continue reading