Contestants from Russia and China have become the Grand Prix winner of the Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition!

Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition Denis Matsuev announced the names of the Grand Prix the winners – the prize is split between Bakirov Lev (Russia) and Wu Yifan (China).

The Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition held from March 21 to 26 – in the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff ended today in Veliky Novgorod.

The competition was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Novgorod Region. ROSCONCERT with the participation of the Novgorod Regional Philharmonic named A. Arensky organized and held the competition.



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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