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Prize winners 2011

1st prize: Marina Yakhlakova, Russia

Marina Yakhlakova
Since winning the International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition, Marina has come a long way toward establishing her international career. She was awarded an exclusive record contract with the Master Performers label, recording her debut CD in Brisbane, Australia in 2013. In February 2014, Marina produced a DVD with works by Schubert and Schubert-Liszt at the prestigious Mechanics Concert Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States. The DVD will be launched during the Paris Chopin Festival this year in June. As a direct and indirect result of winning the Liszt-Competition, Marina has performed concertos and given solo recitals in Austria, Australia, Germany, Holland, Israel, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Canada. In addition to her concert and recording schedule, Marina continues to study with Alexander Strukov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. (April 2014)

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)