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4 May 2016

Round II First Day Finished at Great Hall of Conservatory

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On May, 3 the first eight contestants performed in the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory. In the second round contestants were accompanied by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov". On the podium of the orchestra stood Alexandr Sladkovsky.

From the very beginning of the audition it became obvious that Grand Piano Competition sparks great interest of the audience. Completely filling the seating capacity of the Great Hall, spectators were passionately discussing performance of the contestants in the first round (a lot of people have had an opportunity to watch the videos), making their forecasts and looking forward to the beginning.

Like in the first round, the contestants had a chance to choose the instrument. The order of performers corresponded to the results of drawing. There was only one interval.

In the first act played Ilia Papoian (Beethoven-Concerto No. 3- Mvt. I and II) and Ivan Bessonov (Mozart – Concerto No. 21 – Mvt. II and III) from St. Petersburg, the 11-year-old pianist Shio Okui from Japan (Greig Concerto Mvt. II and III), and the Russian pianist Elizaveta Kliuchereva (Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 Mvt. II and III).

The second act was opened by Uladzislau Khandohi from the Republic of Belarus (Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 Mvt. II and III), who was followed by the Georgian pianist Ilia Lomtatidze (Liszt Concerto No. 1), the English pianist George Harliono (Tchaikovsky concerto No.1 Mvt. 1) and another participant from Georgia Sandro Nebieridze  (“The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”).

As well as at the first round the atmosphere was festive and not strict and competitive: both the audience and the award panel were lavish of applause, and all pianists took their bows.

The second round finishes today on May, 4. The audition starts at 18.00 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. As was announced earlier, today the award panel are to name five Grand Piano Competition laureates.

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