Let the 2021 Grand Piano Competition begin! Fifteen pianists, aged 12 to 17, take on time-tested masterpieces of the piano repertoire as they vie for the Grand Prize... And to start the festivities in style, world-renowned Denis Matsuev and astonishing young virtuoso Alexandra Dovgan—the competition's reigning champion—bring piano pyrotechnics to this opening gala, broadcast live from the Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall!
The gala kicks off with Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 2, a product of multiple compositional techniques—Shchedrin was inspired by twelve-tone music and also left space for improvisation in the second movement. The work is diabolically difficult, a daunting challenge for any pianist that Matsuev meets with his usual aplomb. Next, Dovgan takes the stage to perform Chopin's Grande Polonaise brillante, one of the composer's most spirited and ebullient pieces, preceded by a delicate, dreamy Andante spianato. The poet of the piano finds a worthy interpreter in the young but staggeringly capable hands of Dovgan, one of the most promising young musicians of our day.
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