EMANUIL IVANOV IS THE WINNER OF THE 62ND BUSONI PIANO COMPETITION, SHIORI KUWAHARA TAKES 2ND, GIORGI GIGASHVILI IS AWARDED 3RD PRIZE
Bolzano, 6 September 2019 - Following the completion of the great finalissima with the Haydn Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer at the sold-out Bolzano Municipal Theatre, the jury chaired by Till Fellner has announced the winners of the 62nd International Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition .
After three rounds starting with 22 candidates, the remaining 3 finalists had chosen to perform piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns during the final round with orchestra. The concert evening began with the Japanese Shiori Kuwahara, who played Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 Opus 30, followed by Giorgi Gigashvili from Georgia with Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 Opus 26, while Emanuil Ivanov made a slightly more unusual choice performed Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 Opus 22.
At the end of the concert evening, which was broadcast live on the radio by Radio3 and Rai Südtirol, the jury withdrew for consultation and announced its decision at 23:30 o'clock:
The 1st prize was awarded to Emanuil Ivanov, 2nd to Shiori Kuwahara, 3rd prize to Giorgi Gigashvili.
The audience prize was awarded to Giorgi Gigashvili, Valentin Malinin received the prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, Shiori Kuwahara the special prize for the best performance of a work by Ferruccio Busoni during the Solo Finals. In addition to the prize fund and large variety of concert engagements, the Busoni prize winner will also get the chance to record and release an album that will be available exclusively on IDAGIO.