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14 year old Anastasia Rizikov Wins 13th Giuliano Pecar International Piano Competition


December 3, 2013


TORONTO, ON - Ukrainian-Canadian pianist 14-year old Anastasia Rizikov has received first place in the 13th Giuliano Pecar International Piano Competition, adding to her already impressive list of musical accolades and accomplishments.  This competition, under the artistic direction of Siavush Gadjiev, offers first place prize money of 5,000 Euros (approximately $7200 Canadian), and four recitals: the International Music Festival “Nei suoni dei luoghi”; the Centro sloveno di educazione musicale “Emil Komel; the Università Bocconi di Milano (2014 season), and at the Kawai Halle, Krefeld, in Germany.  The second prize winner was Chen Guang, 19, of China, and third prize was split between Charles Offenstein, 30, of France, and Zamira Kumarzhanova, 25, of Kazakhstan.

Despite her young age, Rizikov chose to participate in the longer, more grueling competition category that was open to all pianists under the age of 35; she was the only competitor under the age of 20 in this category. Competitors were required to prepare three unique concert programs, showcasing a total of 95 minutes of music over a duration of three rounds.

Miss Rizikov performed monumental works such as Balakirev’s Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 Appassionata.  Her programs also included classic works such as Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23, and Granados’ Allegro de Concierto, in addition to technical masterpieces like Liszt’s concert etude La Leggierezza.  Upon her win, Anastasia said, “I am truly overwhelmed to be a winner.  I was glad to be back in Europe; this continent treats me well, and I have wonderful memories.  I had the great opportunity to meet and converse with much more experienced musicians, from whom I have so much to learn.  The Giuliano Pecar competition has been an amazing instructive experience for me, and I am determined to work and continue improving myself as an artist.”

No stranger to the concert stage, Anastasia began her career as a professional pianist at the age of seven, performing Polunin’s Concertino in A minor with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine. Miss Rizikov has performed in Carnegie Hall and has won first place in numerous competitions such as the Rotary International Piano Competition in Spain (Senior Division – up to 28 years), the Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition, and the 8thThousand Islands Chopin International Piano Competition for Young People.  Nationally in Canada, she has taken first place in both the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Chopin Competition.

Anatasia has been the lucky recipient of a generous donation from the Glenn Gould Foundation in the form of a Yamaha C1 grand piano, to encourage excellence in her artistic development and further develop her career as a professional pianist.

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