Second Concert – Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 5 pm

WINNER 2016 CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
 Winner 2016 Cleveland
International Piano Competition

Every three years, the Cleveland International Piano Competition attracts some of the most acclaimed pianists in the world between ages 18 to 30. Following twelve days of unparalleled performances, winners are announced August 6. Recitals, recordings and concert careers begin. As an extra special bonus, Music from The Western Reserve is proud to announce that a winner of this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition will headline an entire evening of our 2016 – 2017 concert season.

NIKITA MNDOYANTS

Coming from a family of professional musicians, Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music a very young age. He gave his first public recital at age eight, and recorded his first CD (of a live performance in Helsinki) at age 10. Mr. Mndoyants received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he studied composition with Professor Alexander Tchaikovsky and piano with Professor Nikolay Petrov and Professor Alexander Mndoyants. Since 2013 he has taught orchestration, also at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory.

Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers.

Mr. Mndoyants has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. and appeared in major concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Paris. He has worked with renowned conductors including Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. Mr. Mndoyants also has been pianist and composer in residence at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg (France) since 2012.

Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets. His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and others.  Mr. Mndoyants has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records and Praga Digitals labels.