“Michelle Candotti allowed the music to breathe and has clearly studied the cultural, literary context of the work and Liszt’s deeper metaphysical intentions. The interpretation moved me greatly – Bravo!”
Michael Moran, Australian author and classical music critic
Michelle obtained the piano Diploma with top marks while attending Verona’s “Dell’Abaco” Conservatory of Verona at the age of 14 under the direction of Laura Palmieri. She also obtained with distinction the Master in Performance and the Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music.
She has participated in many piano competitions winning a number of them: among many, she won the “XV Competition for the Best Italian Musician’s Graduates 2009/10” (this led her to recording a CD in September 2011).She won the second prize and Audience prize at the “International Piano Competition A. Scriabin”, the second prize and the “Sir Philip Ledge Trophy” for the youngest finalist at “Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition”, the second prize and the “Rotary Club Award” for the youngest finalist at XXIII International Competition Chopin Rome, receiving also the medal of the President of the Italian Senate, the “Henk de by Junior Jury” in the International Piano Competition Franz Liszt in Utrecht, third prize in the “Brescia Classical International Piano Competition”, she won the XI International Piano Competition “Città di Firenze-Premio Crescendo”.
“ Konstantin Emelyanov is a quiet superstar: he displays no fancy aggressiveness, yet you cannot stop listening to his music. A bright head, a bright soul, an unusual, ear-pleasing sound.
“…Konstantin Emelyanov is a gem of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Indeed he makes a difference with his remarkably clever programme, unconventional choice of works, and harmonious interpretations, where technical stability is no obstacle to unconcealed emotions, temperament is curbed by thought, and the intuitive sense of style maintains a perfect balance between the performer’s vision and the author’s will in every piece.
Musical Life magazine
He became a true discovery at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2019. The winner of the third prize, he received the title “Artist of Radio Russia” and the Audience Award from the readers of Musical Life magazine. Yamaha Artist since 2019.
At the age of 9 Ilia became the winner of the International Youth Chopin competition (Saint-Petersburg). In 2011 he entered the Secondary Special Music School of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Olga Kurnavina and Professor Alexander Sandler). Since 2019 he is a student of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov, class Professor Alexander Sandler.
At the age of 13 he gave his first solo concert on the stage of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg. Ilia participated in master classes of Grigory Gruzman, Pavel Nersesian, Andrei Diev and Alexander Mdoianz.
Ilia is a laureate of many international and all-Russian competitions, including the 10th International Tchaikovsky youth competition (Astana, 2017), the 11th International Chopin competition of young pianists (Estonia, 2016), the 4th International competition of young pianists “Astana Piano Passion” (Astana, 2017), the IIId All-Russian music competition (Moscow, 2018), “Young Talents of Russia” (Moscow, 2019) and the Ist all-Russian Interconservatory Competition “Piano Today” (Saint-Petersburg, 2020), Vth International Piano Competition “City of Vigo – Galicia” (Spain, 2021), Ist Rachmaninoff International Competition for Pianists, Composers and Conductors (Moscow, 2022).
was born in 1996 in Seoul, Korea and began studying the piano at the age of 5. He studied at Yonsei University with Prof. Ian Yungwook Yoo and currently continuing my master course at Hochschule fur Musik in Hannover with Prof. Arie Vardi.
His first recital was in 2009 at the Kumho Prodigy Concert Audition program. After presenting debut recital, he has performed many solo recitals in the inside and outside of the country including Prague Spring Festival in 2017, the concerts in Bratislava and Paris, sponsored by Animato in 2019. Besides many solo recitals, he also performed with Kunwoo Paik in Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris, France, Slovakia symphony orchestra at Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola in Spain, Orchestre symphonique de montreal in Canada, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Bass Hall, Texas, Gyunggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwacheon Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS symphony ochestra, Bucheon philharmonic orchestra and incheon Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, He was awarded a scholarship from Yamaha Music Korea and the Shinhan Music Award.
Laureate of international piano competitions, notably the first prize-winner of MozArte Piano Competition 2022 and the sixth prize-winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2021, Dmitry Sin is a pianist who “literally lives every note he plays”, praised by the critics for his “original and profound interpretations”, “rich sound palette” and “extraordinary musical sensitivity” (RTDF, La Libre, La Provence).
Dmitry Sin was born in Khabarovsk, Russian Far East, and started music lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 14 during his concert tour in Moscow Dmitry was admitted to the Moscow Gnessin Special School (College) of Music for gifted children and continued his education in a class of Elena Plyashkevich. A crucial meaning for his future had Kabalevsky Competition in Moscow (2012), where he met his current mentor Prof. Rena Shereshevskaya. Having found out great potential of the young pianist, Prof. Shereshevskaya invited Dmitry to her class at École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. After 4 years of studies under the full scholarship, Dmitry obtained a Concert Diploma in 2018.
Slavomir Zaranok wurde in Lida, Weißrussland geboren und lebt seit 22 Jahren in Deutschland.
Mit 7 Jahren begann er Klavier zu spielen, und sein erster öffentlicher Auftritt im Alter von 8 Jahren sorgte bereits für Aufsehen, als er Werke von Bach, Mozart und Kabalewsky vortrug. Daraufhin wurde er in die berühmte Zentralmusikschule für hochbegabte Kinder in Minsk aufgenommen
Mit zehn Jahren begegnete Slavomir Zaranok dem Komponisten Kim Tjesakov, der sein Talent zu komponieren entdeckte. Der Erfolg einer intensiven Zusammenarbeit zeigte sich, als Saranok mit 17 Jahren einen Kompositionspreis beim Nationalwettbewerb in Grodno, Weißrussland gewann. Zur gleichen Zeit begann er sich mit Kammermusik zu beschäftigen. Mit 13 Jahren debütierte er mit dem zweiten Klavierkonzert von Liszt. Dank seiner großen Begabung gestattete man Zaranok als erstem Studenten in der Geschichte des Konservatoriums, das Studium in den Fächern Klavier und Komposition gleichzeitig aufzunehmen