A concert “Towards the International Youth Piano Competition named after Sergei Rachmaninoff” will take place on March 21 in Veliky Novgorod

The International Youth Piano Competition named after Sergei Rachmaninoff will be held in March 21-26, 2023 – the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff – in Veliky Novgorod, in the composer’s native region.

The Novgorod Regional Philharmonic named after A. Arensky will host a concert “Towards the International Youth Piano Competition named after Sergei Rachmaninoff” on March 21 at 19:00. Soloist – Ivan Bessonov, the First Prize laureate of the International Competition of Pianists, Composers and Conductors named after Sergei Rachmaninoff, which was very successfully held in Moscow in 2022 on the eve of the anniversary of the great musician. An Honored Artist of Russia Yuri Tkachenko will conduct the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra. The concert program includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on Paganini Theme.

The concert as well as all the stages of the Competition will be broadcast online with the support of the largest Russian social network Vkontakte.
All the events of the music contest will be available live on the official website of the Competition, as well as in its official VKontakte community in March 21-26.

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The organization and holding of the competition are carried out by ROSCONCERT with the support of the Government of the Novgorod Region.



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Shadrina Airis


Born in 2004 in Minsk (Belarus).

A student of the Republican College of Music at the Belarus State Academy of Music.

Already at the age of 7 she gave her first solo concert performing 11 pieces of the “Children’s Album” by P. Tchaikovsky.

A laureate of numerous competitions and a winner of special prizes, including: the X International Competition for Young Pianists named after T. Nikolaeva (the Grand Prix and a special prize for the best performance of a piece by T. Nikolaeva, Bryansk), a three times laureate of the International Children’s Competition “Music of Hope” (Belarus, Gomel), the XXI International Competition for Young Pianists named after Maria Yudina (I prize. St. Petersburg), the XXVIII International Competition for Young Musicians maned after D. Kabalevsky (I prize. Samara).

A scholarship holder of the Yuri Rozum International Charity Foundation.

Along with improving her piano skills, Iris also tries herself as a composer of piano music.


I round

Chopin. Ballade №4 in F minor, Op.52
Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableaux in D minor, Op. 33, №4
Rachmaninoff. Etude- tableaux in G minor, Op. 33, №8
Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableaux in D major, Op. 39, №9

II round

Chopin. Piano Concerto in E Minor, Movement I