International Piano-e-Competition

FIRST PRIZE: Edisher Savitski Edisher Savitski

Edisher Savitski, 29, began his musical studies in his birthplace of Tbilisi, Georgia. He first studied at the Central Music School with Maya Beridze and later at Tbilisi Conservatory with Nana Khubutia. Often appearing in Georgia in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras, he received a special grant from the President of Georgia in 1998. In 1998, Savitski joined the piano studio of Alexander Toradze at Indiana University South Bend, where he earned his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. The following year, he won second prize at the William Byrd International Piano Competition and was invited to spend the summer studying at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In 2001, he was one of six pianists to be invited to the prestigious Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In the same year, he also took first prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. In 2002, as a participant in the first Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, he received fourth prize. Savitski has performed in Carnegie Weill Hall, New York; Mozarteum, Salzburg; Wigmore Hall, London; and Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg; as well as in other venues in Japan, Israel, New Zealand, and throughout Europe and the United States. He has also appeared in major music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Austria; the Ruhr Festival, Germany; the Ravenna and Stresa Festivals in Italy; and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. His performances have often been broadcasted on television and radio, including on NPR's "Performance Today" show. Next year, Savitski will be pursuing his doctoral degree at Michigan State University, where he received the single fellowship for music students. His future engagements include performances in Portugal and Switzerland and with the Pacific Symphony in Orange County.

SECOND PRIZE: Ryo Yanagitani Ryo Yanagitani

Ryo Yanagitani, 27, has distinguished himself as one of Canada's most promising young concert artists. Currently a student of Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, Yanagitani received his Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under Henri-Paul Sicsic and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute under Sergei Babayan. In 2005, Yanagitani received third prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and was a prizewinner at the Scottish Competitions. At the Honens International Piano Competition, Yanagitani was awarded the prizes for both the performer of special promise and the best performance of commissioned work. A recipient of several scholarships and awards, Yanagitani has been endowed twice by the Canadian Arts Council with a grant as an Emerging Artist and has been broadcasted on numerous occasions on National Radio in Canada. Yanagitani has made concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, and the UBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as with orchestras in the United States. In addition to many solo recitals, he has collaborated as a chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire, from duo sonatas to large ensemble pieces. Next year, Yanagitani is beginning his doctoral studies at Yale University. His upcoming engagements include a solo performance with the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, 28, who is of Canadian nationality and resides in Moscow, represents the third generation of musicians in her family. She carries on the rich musical tradition of her celebrated grandfather, violinist Leonid Kogan, as well as that of her grandmother, violinist Yelizaveta Gilels; her uncle, violinist and conductor Pavel Kogan; and her mother, pianist Nina Kogan. Korchinskaya-Kogan began taking piano lessons at the age of five. Since the age of thirteen, she has given solo concerts and played with orchestras in Russia and abroad. At the age of seventeen, she enrolled at Moscow Conservatory, where she studied under Lev Vlasenko, Sergei Dorenski, and Pavel Nersessian. In 1998, Korchinskaya-Kogan was a prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition. At the 2000 Andorra International Piano Competition, the 2001 Stravinsky International Competition for Young Musicians in the USA, and the 2005 Gyeongnam International Music Competition, she received first prize. Korchinskaya-Kogan also took second prize at the 2002 International Piano-e-Competition. She has been studying at the acclaimed International Piano Academy Lake Como since 2004.

FOURTH PRIZE: Mikhail Mordvinov Mikhail Mordvinov

Mikhail Mordvinov, 29, from Moscow, was born into a family of engineers. At the age of six, he began taking music lessons at a local school. A few months later, he was admitted to the Gnessin School of Music, where he studied under Tatiana Zelikman for the next ten years. Following his graduation in 1994, he studied under Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Academy of Music until 1999, when he graduated with the highest honors. He completed his postgraduate work under Bernd Goetzke at the University for Music and Drama in Hannover, Germany. Since 2004, he has been teaching as an assistant professor at the Gnessin Academy of Music. First prizes at two German competitions -- the 1996 International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau and the 1997 International Schubert Competition in Dortmund -- launched Mordvinov's international career. In 1998, he recorded his first solo CD, featuring works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff. He currently performs around fifty times per year in orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as in solo recitals. He performs mainly in Europe. Although Mordvinov's repertoire consists mostly of works by the Viennese classic and romantic composers, with whom he feels a special affinity, it also includes baroque and contemporary music, with a special emphasis on chamber music. Mordvinov has been awarded a number of scholarships, such as the President of Russia's Award in 1996, 1997, and 1998; the Heinrich Neuhaus Award in 1997 by the Rostropovich Fund; and an award by the German Academic Exchange Service in 2000 and 2001. He also has won prizes at several international piano and chamber music competitions, including the 1999 International Shostakovich Competition in Moscow; the 2001 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris; the 2003 Franz Schubert and Music of Modern Times Competition in Graz, Austria; and the 2004 Rina Sala Gallo International Competition in Monza, Italy.

FIFTH PRIZE: Einav Yarden Einav Yarden

Einav Yarden, 27, from Israel, recently completed four years of intensive study with the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She received a Graduate Performance Diploma in 2003 and a Masters of Music with highest honors in 2005. Yarden began her musical training at age six. She studied with Hadassa Gonen at the Israeli Conservatory of Music and later with Emanuel Krasovsky at Tel Aviv's Rubin Academy, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors. In 2001, Yarden made her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Aldo Ceccato. She has performed with many other orchestras, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le'zion. She also has played solo recitals throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States . When she performed for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported that Yarden, only twenty-two at the time, "plays with an authority and a beauty of sound that one simply does not expect from anyone that young." Yarden won first prize in the 2001 Aviv Competitions, the most prominent competition in Israel . Reporting on the competition, the Ha'aretz newspaper wrote, "Yarden has what every pianist dreams of: a beautiful sound, lightness and spark, and a fantastic flexibility in style." Yarden's other first prizes include the 1998 and 2001 Piano and Chamber Music Competitions at the Israeli Rubin Academy; the 1999 Ariana Katz piano competition; and the 2003 Tel Hai International Piano Competition. She also won the Olja and Miriam Zilbermann Prize for the best performance of an Israeli piece. Yarden's festival experience includes IMS Prussia Cove, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen School and Festival, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, the Verbier Festival and Academy, and the Pablo Casals Festival and Academy.

SIXTH PRIZE: Gregory DeTurck Gregory DeTurck
Gregory DeTurck, 24, from the United States, recently received his Masters degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin. He received his Bachelor of Music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Schumacher. His previous instructors include Meng-Chieh Liu, Jungeun Kim, and his mother, Mary DeTurck. In 2003, DeTurck became the first American competitor to receive first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. He also was a finalist in both the 2002 Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the 2004 Concert Artists Guild Competition at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. DeTurck has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and several others in the Pennsylvania Area. He has played in premieres of solo and chamber works at the 2003 Aspen Music Festival in the Harris Concert Hall, as well as in several New York venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, and Paul Recital Hall. He has given alumni solo recitals at the Greater Washington Suzuki Piano Institute, the New Jersey Governor's School for the Arts, and the Cherry Hill Public School Systems, where he helped raise over half the cost of a new nine-foot Steinway piano for the district. Last summer, DeTurck attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he was awarded the Festival's Collaborative Piano Fellowship. He is currently preparing for a recital at the Millennium Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Next year, he will begin his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music.  

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