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Prize winners 2011

1st prize: Marina Yakhlakova, Russia

Her personal highlight of 2011 - next to winning the 1st prize in the 7th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition - was being part of a concert of the Ascending Stars of the Russian Piano School in the hall of the Moscow International House of Musicon 10 December. Marina Yakhlakova was born in Moscow in 1991 and is studying at the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire in Moscow under A.S. Strukov. She has been a scholarship holder of the Vladimer Spivakov foundation. In 2010 she received the Marina Bondarenko Memorial Award. She was also the winner of the sixth Festival of Romantic Music for Young Moscow Musicians and the Concerto Competition of the Piano Master Classes.

2nd prize: Sergey Sobolev, Russia

Sergey Sobolev was born in 1982 and received his entire music education in Moscow. From 2000 – 2008 he studied piano at the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire in Moscow under Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky. The 29-year old is currently doing a second postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music in London. He won the first prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein Piano Competition and succeeded at the Moscow Tschaikowsky Competition in 2007, the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition and the XVI Concurso Internacional die Piano de Santander. Sergey Sobolev has performed at several festivals, including the Usedom Music Festival and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland.

3rd prize: Ilya Kondratiev, Russia

With his Robert Quintet, Ilya Kondratiev won the second prize at the sixth  Stasys Vainunas chamber Music Competition (no first prize awarded) as well as the third prize at the Premio Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition. Born 1988 in Samara (Russia), he studied piano at the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire in Moscow. In 2009 he received a scholarship at the sixth International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar-Bayreuth which enabled him to study piano in Weimar under Prof. Rolf-Dieter Arens for six months. Apart from that he was a prize winner at the Liszt Piano Competition in Wroclaw (2008), Budapest (2011) as well as the Chopin Competition (2011) in Hannover.

Special awards

Marina Yakhlokova
  • Special award for the best interpretation of a work by Franz Liszt

Sergey Sobolev
  • Audience award (final round)