Thursday 19 April 2018

Nikolay (21) heads the bill of events for younger audience

Rising international star Nikolay Khozyainov will play in St Michael’s Church on Saturday at noon.
Rising international star Nikolay Khozyainov will play in St Michael’s Church on Saturday at noon.

It's hoped that young people will be weaned from a diet of One Direction and Jedward and onto some of the finest classical artists in Europe at this week's New Ross Piano Festival. Organisers are hoping that young people will take a particular interest in 21-year-old Nikolay Khozyainov, who is described as one of the most promising pianists of his generation and is due to wow audiences at this year's festival.

Having won first prize at the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition at the age of 20, the second youngest winner in the competition's history, Khozyainov has gone on to perform at numerous international engagements including his debut recital at Carnegie Hall last April.

He has won a host of international piano competitions from Sydney to Paris.

Nikolay will be giving a solo recital this Saturday, September 28, at 12 noon in St Mary's Church as part of the festival and he is really looking forward to encapsulating his audience with pieces from Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt.

Organisers of the New Ross Piano Festival have said that young Nikolay should serve as an inspiration to any young piano students and are hoping that a number of them will turn up to the recital to see him perform. Tickets for students are priced at just €8 and all booking for concerts throughout the Piano Festival can be made through St Michael's Theatre on 051 421255.

The theme of 'youth' is extremely prevalent in this year's festival and it will begin with a concert completely performed by young students of piano from across the New ross area aged from 8 to 18. Learning the piano can be a lonely business, so giving the youngsters the chance to perform in front of an audience of friends and relatives will be a big bonus to them. The tickets for this opening concert will be priced at €5 and young and old are welcome to attend.

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