Culture News, 20/03/2018

Young Gifted Pianists Play Steinway in Kharkiv

13th International Krainev Competition for young pianists opened in Kharkiv specialized music boarding school on March 19.

More than 60 pianists from 10 countries – USA, Canada, Australia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Georgia, Romania, Kazakhstan, Austria and Ukraine – have applied to take part in the outstanding musical event which is held once in two years in Kharkiv. The competition will last until March 27.

It was the famous pianist Vladimir Krainev who launched the young pianists’ competition in 1992. The musician finished Kharkiv music boarding school and took a great interest in discovering and supporting young talents in different countries and particularly in Ukraine. Krainev used to open every competition in person and played piano for the participants until his death in 2011.

In 1997, the Krainev competition was included into the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth. Its participants are divided into two age groups: the juniors (7-13 years) and the seniors (14-18). Also “Debut” nomination for 7 to 13-year-old participants was introduced in 2016.

“For 20 years, our student Vladimir Krainev opened this competition,” says the principal of the Kharkiv music boarding school Valery Altukhov. “He was the only pianist from Ukraine, who in 1980 won the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. No one has gained the same accomplishment yet.”

This year, the opening of Krainev competition concurred with his dream coming true – the competition received a Steinway grand piano as a gift. Now the competitors are going to play the sumptuous piano in the Great Hall of the school within their auditions.


Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration