Min Kyung Kim and Hyung Jin Moon have had a new compact disc released this fall by Toccata Classics in London. It is Volume Two in an ongoing series issued by Toccata Classics of the complete music for piano duo and duet by Shostakovich. Kim and Moon recorded Shostakovich's arrangements of his own Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102, and his Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141. Both of these works are world-premiere recording releases.
Review of Hando Nahkur in WholeNote (one of the largest music magazines in Canada) on his “Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube” CD (Estonian Record Productions ERP 8115). “The title track is brilliantly played with remarkable clarity through all the maniacal passages. The approach is disciplined and calculated but not lacking in any of the incendiary energy needed for this piece. “ Read more at http://www.thewholenote.com/index.php/booksrecords2/classicalabeyond/25748-keyed-in-december-2015 . Global Music Awards awarded it the Silver Medal in both Instrumentalist and Classical Music categories. http://www.globalmusicawards.com/
Baolong Zhang won the Lewisville Symphony Concerto Competition and will perform with that orchestra in their season opener in September 2016 in Lewisville, Texas.
Marcin Parys won the Grand Prize at the 24th Annual International Music Competition & Festival held in Ibla-Ragusa, Sicily (Italy) on July 6-16, 2015. The prize included concerts in The Netherlands and Italy and a spring tour of the United States with fellow winners, which culminated in a May 11, 2016 performance at Carnegie Hall.
Arsentiy Kharitonov performed at Carnegie Hall on May 20, 2016 playing a program of Scriabin (Prelude in B Major, Op. 11, No. 11), Rachmaninoff (Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22), and Tchaikovsky (Méditation, Op. 72, No. 5) to rave reviews. “Kharitonov, who has a rich imagination and seems able to do anything technically, was at liberty to reach the limits of both technique and emotion with ease,” according to reviewer Raymond Beegle. “His dynamic range had an astonishing breadth and the lyric passages were especially captivating.” Read more at http://observer.com/2016/05/arsentiy-kharitonovs-piano-magic-enraptures-a-packed-carnegie-hall/
Myung-Ji Lee won 1st Place in the American Protégé International Piano Competition for Romantic music and performed at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall on March 28, 2015.
Éva Polgár performed by invitation Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 with the Vác Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Tamás Vásáry on May 14, 2015, at the Danube Palace in Budapest, Hungary and the same piece with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig conducted by Hors Foerster on May 18, 2015, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. (http://www.dunapalota.hu/concert/szonyi-zsuzsa-emekkoncert) and (www.akademisches-orchester-leipzig.de/Konzerte14-15.htm). Éva Polgár and Sándor Vály have released a CD entitled Die Toteninsel with Ektro Records.
Ludmilla Georgievskaya's CD of Beethoven and Schumann, released on the Odradek Label, won the Bronze medal from the Global Music Awards as well as the Silver medal in the Instrumental Performer Category in 2015.