Russian pianist wins Honens International Piano Competition


31 October 2012
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<p> Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has been named the Prize Laureate of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition, the finals of which took place in Calgary, Canada, on 25 October.</p> ...
  • Winner Pavel Kolesnikov (age 23) receives the $100,000 Enbridge Prize (cash, CAD) and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars - the largest award of its kind in the world.  
  • Finalists Lorenzo Cossi (Italy), Maria Mazo (Russia), Jong-Hai Park (South Korea) and Eric Zuber (United States) each received $10,000 (CAD) prizes and Semifinalist Zenan Yu of China was awarded the $2,500 Raeburn Prize for Artist of Special Promise.

Words from Stephen McHolm, Honens’ President & Artistic Director: 'These last ten days have been an inspiration for music-lovers inside the concert hall and around the world via live and archived webcasts. I’m more convinced than ever that Honens is a festival of music and not a traditional knock-em down competition. The Jury’s choice of Pavel Kolesnikov - a thoughtful and inquisitive young musician - is a testament to Honens’ commitment to discover musicians with an original voice.'

THE JURY comprised of pianists Aleksandar Mad┼żar, HaeSun Paik and Jon Kimura Parker, cellist Adrian Brendel, Lucerne Festival Executive Director Michael Haefliger, conductor Julian Kuerti, and Hyperion Records Executive, Michael Spring.

ABOUT HONENS Honens International Piano Competition is a leader in discovering and launching the careers of young concert pianists. The comprehensive three-year Artistic & Career Development Program (valued at a half million dollars) which is awarded to the Honens Prize Laureate includes: worldwide general management by Honens for three years; recital debuts in career-building markets that may include Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Munich, New York, Paris and Toronto; residencies at The Banff Centre in preparation for collaborative touring projects, development of repertory and live recordings; a recording on Hyperion label; and mentorship opportunities with Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Leon Fleisher, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Sir Neville Marriner.

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Learn more about Honens and watch videos of the 2012 Semifinals and Finals