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Post-Concert Basking With Pavel
Featuring Pavel Kolesnikov
Russian Pianist
November 5, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1989. He began to study piano and violin at the age of six and entered the Moscow State Conservatoire in 2007. He continues his education at the Royal College of Music in London as a Else Gertrude Martin Scholar supported by an Evelyn Tarrant Award. He has participated in many festivals and won numerous awards, including the first prize at the Gilels International Piano Competition. In June 2011 he got the special Jury Prize at the XIV International P.I. Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has participated in the master classes of D. Bashkirov, S. Bishop-Kovacevich, and many others. Pavel plays concerts both as soloist and chamber musician in Russia, the Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland. He collaborated with many famous conductors. In 2007 he was awarded the President’s Order Young Talent of Russia. In September 2012, he entered the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, in the piano section under the direction of Maria João Pires.

Ivan Hewett says this about Pavel:

Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov is too thoughtful to be called brilliant, and too mercurial to be described as introverted.

In turn, Pavel has this to say:

Music is the only totally abstract art, with no connection to the world, so there’s a danger of going to extremes, being all emotion or all intellect. I’m looking for a way to find the perfect balance.

At last year’s Honens piano competition at Calgary he was named “Laureate” (i.e. 1st prize-winner), which brought with it a carefully-chosen schedule of concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
Enjoy Pavel’s rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata, P. 3”.

He lives in London, England.

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