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, which promises a high quality and a rewarding concert experience, provides 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, will perform works by Busoni, Ravel and Skrjiabin.
The concert will be live streamed for free on February 27 from 8 p.m. CET
on the website of La Scala and their Facebook and YouTube channels.