Selected from 60 participating contestants around the globe, Russian-born pianist Nikolay Khozyainov was named First Prize winner of the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition on May 15, 2012. As first-prize winner, 20-year-old Mr. Khozyainov -- the second youngest winner in the Competition’s history -- received a cash award of €15,000 and numerous international engagements, including his New York debut recital on April 30, 2013, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. John O’Conor, Artistic Director of the Competition since its inception, reflected on Mr. Khozyainov’s remarkable triumph: “I was reluctant to award First Prize of this prestigious competition to such a young performer, but when Nikolay Khozyainov played like a young God of the piano, how could we not give him the support that his immense talent so richly deserved?” The program will be Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Prokofiev’sSonata No. 7, Chopin’s Berceuse in D-flat Major, Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor and Mozart/Liszt/Busoni’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Referred to as a “precocious genius” by Tom Mooney of Ireland’s Wexford Echo, who “handles formidable technical challenges with ease,” Mr. Khozyainov’s recital at Wexford Opera House “brought a captive and attentive audience on a sojourn, at times light and at times dark.” Regarding his rendition of Chopin, the Echo commented: “Khozyainov, lauded as a fine interpreter of Chopin, seems to be drawn to any challenge that can define different degrees of separation for the musician… the tension and release of the Berceuse are all the more compelling for Khozyainov because of the contrasting style, a cue for the occasional glimpses of ecstatic pleasure that often dawns on his young face…”
Nikolay Khozyainov is the winner of a multitude of international piano competitions, including First Prize at the "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte" International Piano Competition (Czech Republic, 2003), First Prize at the IX International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), First Prize at the Alexander Scriabin International Competition in Paris (2008), Second Prize at the 6th International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow (2008) and Second Prize at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition. Nikolay Khozyainov was also the youngest finalist of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). After the competition, he gave recitals in Zelazowa Wola (Chopin’s birthplace) and in Chopin’s Museum in Warsaw.
Mr. Khozyainov has performed numerous recitals and concerti in internationally renowned concert halls in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, Japan and the USA. Orchestras include the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also participated in the Gdansk Autumn in the Baltic Philharmonic Festival and the Mozart and Tchaikovsky International Music Festival in Paris (2009). This season, Mr. Khozyainov performs in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the USA in recital and with orchestras. He will make his debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 2014.
In 2011, Mr. Khozyainov’s debut album was released on CD Accord (distributed worldwide by Naxos), featuring works by Chopin and Liszt and recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. In 2012, the Chopin Institute in Warsaw issued his CD as part of their “Blue series”, which showcases Chopin performances recorded live during the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (October 2010). In October 2012, a recording for JVC was released in Japan, including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt.
Nikolay Khozyainov was born in 1992 in Blagoveschensk, Russia. He began playing piano of his own accord when he was just five years old. From 1999 to 2010 he attended the Central Musical School of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2005, he has studied with renowned pianist and teacher Mikhail Voskresensky at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music.
About the Dublin International Piano Competition
The Dublin International Piano Competition was established in 1988. A triennial event, it was sponsored for the first three competitions by GPA. In 1994, the sponsorship was taken over by Guardian Insurance and when AXA acquired the company in 1999 they also took over title sponsorship which they sustained for 10 years. The Dublin International Piano Competition is now supported by a private benefactor. Since its formation the Dublin Competition’s reputation has grown in stature, and now ranks among the most important piano competitions in the world. It offers a generous prize, but perhaps the most important aspect is the prestigious list of engagements secured for the winner. These include début concerts in London, New York, Paris and, of course, Ireland. Previous winners have launched highly successful international careers from this springboard. Chaired by Pianist and Artistic Director John O’Conor and adjudicated by distinguished members of the music profession from around the world, the Competition attracts an enormous international entry. The Dublin International Piano Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and previous winners currently engaged in successful careers include Philippe Cassard, France (1988); Pavel Nersessian, Russia (1991); Davide Franceschetti, Italy (1994); Max Levinson, USA (1997); Alexei Nabioulin, Russia (2000), Antti Siirala, Finland (2003), Romain Descharmes, France (2006) and Alexej Gorlatch, Ukraine (2009). Nikolay Khozyainov joins this elite group who fly the flag for Ireland’s premier music competition around the world.
NIKOLAY KHOZYAINOV, PIANO
Dublin International Piano Competition First-Prize Winner
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 7
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN: Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57
FRANZ LISZT: Sonata in B Minor
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART / LISZT / FERRUCCIO BUSONI: The Marriage of Figaro
Admission: $15, $13 for students and seniors.
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