2012 Honens International Piano Competition
Chamber Music Kelowna is proud to present the Honens Prize Laureate, winner of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition, the results of which are announced in October 2012. Honens International Piano Competition is a leader in discovering and launching the careers of young concert pianists. It searches for Complete Artists - 21st century musicians for 21st century audiences - and awards its Laureates the competition world's largest cash prize and most comprehensive artistic and career development program. This competition takes place in Calgary, Alberta every three years.
The 2012 Honens Prize Laureate is awarded a half-million dollar (CAN) three-year artistic and career development program. The program includes worldwide representation for three years; debut recitals 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, coaching and mentorship opportunities with established touring artists, and a recording on the Hyperion lable. The program is custom-designed in consultation with the Laureate.
Chamber Music Kelowna audiences were mesmerized by the brilliant performance of another Laureate, pianist Minsoo Sohn who performed at our Cheers For Chamber Music special fundraising concert in 2010. CMK is honoured to be the first BC presenter of the 2012 Honens Prize Laureate.
Pavel Kolesnikov was named the 2012 Honens Prize Laureate at the Honens Competition Awards Show on 26 October.
Pavel Kolesnikov , Age 23"Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov equates music with fine perfumes, believing both arts simultaneously speak to the heart and subconscious. He began music studies with violin and piano at age six, and played both instruments before concentrating solely on piano after ten years. Kolesnikov studies at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky and at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. In 2008, he made his recital debut in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and has since played both as soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia and in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. He took part in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy in 2005 and 2006 and the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland in 2007 and 2009. Kolesnikov is also passionate about literature; he considers Tolstoy the literary incarnation of Beethoven" (honens.com)