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Blog #70. Astana Piano Passion Finale

Bravo, Astana! Bravo the unique team, that organized with great enthusiasm the Competition this year. I’d like to thank Imangali Tasmagambetov for this idea and for his constant support for Astana Piano Passion. This Competition turns out to be a musical fairy tale for unique Kazakh hospitality, kindness and heartfulness. There are no more places in the world with such a wonderful atmosphere, healthy approach to competition and a good attitude. These facts affect people all over the world: unbelievable quantity of viewing on official web-site justifies it. 

The Competition is over, yesterday I was performing three concerts of P. I. Tchaikovsky in a row with maestro Gergiev in St. Petersburg , but emotions, evoked by Astana Piano Passion, still overwhelm me. We have a new “team”, new members of our big united family, and it’s priceless. I am looking forward to the forth Competition. We invite everybody to Astana in 2017. 


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Astana Piano Festival Supports Young Musicians

ASTANA – The third international classical music festival and young pianist contest directed by Denis Matsuev, a world-famous musician and People’s Artist of Russia, will take place from April 24 to May 2.

The contest will begin with the semi-finalists because the first qualifying round has already taken place via video. Participants will perform a solo programme. A concert accompanied by an orchestra will be the last segment of the event.

The prize money will total $60,000. The winners of the first three prizes will be awarded lithographs of Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Georges Braque paintings from the Chinggis & Ethan publishing house (Luxembourg). Winners of the special prize from Director Matsuev will participate in the following international festivals: Crescendo (Pskov, Russia), the Annecy Classic (Annecy, France) and Stars on the Baikal (Irkutsk, Russia).

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Blog # 69. Astana Piano Passion

One of the most waited and favourite events for me is coming. Astana Piano Passion Festival-Competition, which became famous all around the world in these three years for its high level of participants, unique atmosphere, and wonderful Kazakh hospitality. The format we worked out with Imangali Tasmagambetov turned out to be absolutely successful. We decided to organize a contest for young musicians (younger than 18) in three groups (younger, middle and senior). And it was more festival, than a competition. 

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