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World’s Best Young Pianists
September 30, 2011   
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The list of compositions performed during this year’s 66th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój was a tribute to both Frederic Chopin and another great composer of his era, Franz Liszt.

Works by Liszt had a major impact on Neoromanticism in music. Marking 200 years since his birth, this year has been designated as the Year of Liszt. Liszt’s evolution as a musician was considerably influenced by his acquaintance with Chopin, even though the two composers had very different personalities. Chopin dedicated his Etudes op. 10 to Liszt, who frequently transcribed and performed works by Chopin. He also wrote the first book about the Polish composer and published it in Paris in 1852. On his voyages around Europe, Liszt also paid a visit to Lower Silesia, where Duszniki-Zdrój is located.

According to Piotr Paleczny, the artistic director of the International Chopin Festival, pianists who performed at the Chopin Manor in Duszniki-Zdrój are the greatest young pianists in the world. “To begin with, the performers included prize winners of last year’s Chopin Competition in Warsaw: Ingolf Wunder, Lukas Geniusas and first-prize winner Yulianna Avdeeva,” Paleczny said.

“The festival closed with a rousing performance by Daniil Trifonov, who in the 2010/2011 season took home prizes from the world’s three most prestigious competitions. These were a Bronze Medal and a special prize for the Best Performer of a Mazurka at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw; the First Prize, a Gold Medal, the Audience Favorite Prize, the Chopin Prize and the Prize for the Best Performer of Chamber Music at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv; and a Gold Medal, the Grand Prix, the Audience Favorite Prize and the Prize for the Best Performer of a Chamber Concert at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.”

The festival events included a charity concert during which Yukio Yokoyama gave a musical marathon performance as part of the Helping Japan campaign and Nikolay Lugansky, the favorite of Duszniki-Zdrój audiences, gave a recital.

There was also a masterclass for talented young pianists, this year conducted by professors Andrea Bonatta and Jan Gottlieb Jiracek von Arnim. Halfway through the festival, audiences were able to attend the traditional Nocturne candle-light concert during which they could listen to 13 pianists over a glass of wine.
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