Nicolas Namoradze wins 2018 Honens Competition8:31, 10th September 2018
Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze, 26, has won the top prize of $100,000 (CAD) at the 2018 Honens international piano competition.
Han Chen and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner were runners up, each receiving Raeburn Prizes of $10,000 (CAD). Sanchez-Werner also won the inaugural Audience Award of $5,000 (CAD).
Namoradze studied in Budapest, Vienna and Florence before moving to the Julliard School in New York to complete his Masters. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Centre in New York, studying piano with Emanuel Ax and Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Following his Honens win, Namoradze will have the opportunity to perform in some of the world’s leading concert houses with major orchestras. He will also have access to professional management and recording opportunities.
‘Over the past two weeks our jury and devoted audiences have experienced world-class pianism of the highest possible level,’ said Jon Kimura Parker, the competition’s artistic director. ‘The Honens international piano competition has brought artistry, emotion, virtuosity and creativity to Calgary and to the world.’