Alexander Ghindin Wins Cleveland Piano Competition

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Alexander Ghindin of Russia, age 30, has won the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He receives $50,000, an Alice Tully Hall recital, a compact disc recording on the Naxos label, two years of concert management, and engagements drawing up to $100,000 in income.

Ghindin performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3 in the final found; his solo repertoire included Beethoven's Path_tique Sonata; Czerny's Variations, Op. 12; Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit ; Scarlatti's Sonata, K. 380; and Stravinsky's Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, he placed second at the 1999 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.

Israeli pianist Yaron Kohlberg, 24, received the $25,000 second prize and the special Contemporary Prize of $1,500. His repertoire included Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E major (from Book Two of The Well-Tempered Clavier), Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8 and Schumann's Davidsbundlert‹nze. He trained at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Academies, and won first prize in the 2006 Israel Radio Young Artists Competition in Jerusalem.

The $15,000 third prize was awarded to Manhattan School of Music alumnus Alexander Moutouzkine, 27, of Russia. The laureate of the 2004 New Orleans and Iturbi International Piano Competitions, he performed Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata, Dallapiccola's Sonata canonica [after Paganini], Haydn's Sonata Hob. XVI: 46, Liszt's B Minor Sonata and Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, among others. Moutouzkine also received the $2,000 Beethoven Prize and a $1,000 prize from a Junior Jury comprising local teenaged pianists.

Fourth Prize, $10,000, was awarded to Ran Dank, a 25-year-old Israeli Juilliard graduate. A friend and former classmate of Kohlberg, he performed Boulez's Douze notations, two Chopin polonaises, six Debussy etudes, Mozart's Sonata K. 570, Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2, and others. Dank also received the $1,000 Baroque Prize.

The Cleveland International Piano Competition is biennial. Its 2005 winners were Chu-Fang Huang, Sergey Kuznetsov, Stanislav Khristenko and Spencer Myer.

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