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Second Grand Piano Competition directed by Denis Matsuev kicks off in Moscow

Round 1 auditions will be held from April 30 to May 1 at the Conservatory Rachmaninoff Hall

MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. The second International Grand Piano Competition for Young Pianists directed by world renowned Russian pianist Denis Matsuev kicks off on Sunday at the Conservatory Grand Hall, the Moscow Philharmonic press service reported.

The Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Grand Opening, conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky. The Grand Prix holders of the first Grand Piano Competition - Russia’s Alexander Malofeyev and Georgia’s Sandro Nebieridze - as well as the competition’s founder Denis Matsuev will perform at the opening ceremony.

Round 1 auditions will be held from April 30 to May 1 at the Conservatory Rachmaninoff Hall. Fifteen contestants aged under 16 from Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, the US and South Korea will take part in the auditions. On May 3 and 4, the contestants will demonstrate their skills at the finalist auditions with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

The Grand Piano Competition prize fund is $40,000. Five contestants will win the title of Laureate and a $5,000 prize each, whereas there will be no first, second and third places. Ten Diploma Holders will be given a $1,000 prize. In addition, the laureates’ teachers will each receive $1,000.

The competition’s laureates will be announced at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on May 5, where the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra will perform with them, conducted by Sladkovsky. Matsuev and conductor Valery Gergiev will take part in the gala concert. The Grand Prix Giveway will be also held there, and the winner will be awarded with a Yamaha C3X concert grand.

The Grand Piano Competition first took place in 2016. The competition is becoming increasingly popular among young hopefuls. This year the jury received 98 applications from 26 countries, and the level of applicants was extremely high, Matsuev said.