Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

4:47, 13th March 2017

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

He will perform one of his Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles (Op. 126), Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, and Prokofiev’s eighth sonata.

Mndoyants’ performance of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto in the final round of the CIPC earned him $75,000 plus three years of management services, a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall on 7 June 2017, and a recording on the Steinway & Sons label. Reporting from the competition, IP‘s Stephen Wigler described Mndoyants as ‘the most prominent Russian child-prodigy pianist of the post-Kissin era’ and praised his final performance as ‘superb, poetic and relaxed’.

Mndoyants is the son of Alexander Mndoyants, who won a number of piano prizes during the 1970s. He began playing with some of Eastern Europe’s best orchestras and conductors in his early teens, and has since toured extensively. He has been pianist and composer in residence at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg since 2012, and has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records and Praga Digitals labels. A new recording on the Steinway & Sons label will be released at New York debut.

His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by artists including Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.



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