The first-ever piano recital by a First Busoni Prize at the legendary opera house underlines the Busoni Competition’s significance and loyalty to its mission of supporting its laureates.
The Busoni-Mahler Foundation faces the challenging task to fulfil its responsibility of promoting the current Busoni Prize winner –Emanuil Ivanov who won the last edition of the Busoni in September 2019 after his exceptional performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2. It was the “dust-free, ironic interpretation” of this seldom played concert and his “elegant virtuosity” that ensured the success of the young Bulgarian, wrote Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore.
Unfortunately the two years during which he was supposed to be taking advantage of the wide range of concerts provided by the competition’s global network were almost entirely overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic and many concerts had to be postponed.
The debut concert at Milano’s Teatro alla Scala on 27 February, which keeps his promise of a high quality and a rewarding concert experience, provided Ivanov with a stage matching his notable success in winning the competition. The 22 year old Ivanov, still a student with Pascal Nemirovski and Anthony Hewitt at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, performed works by Busoni, Ravel and Skrjiabin.