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Finalist - Van Cliburn Compeition 2013

Nikita Mndoyants

2013 finalist

Age as of Competition: 24

“His performance was exciting, individualistic, vibrant, and full of dynamic and tonal detail.” –Clavier Companion

For performances that were “flawlessly paced, beautifully detailed and emotionally powerful” (Dallas Morning News), Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants finished among the top six of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, 36 years after his father also won a Cliburn prize. Since his first public recital at age 10, he has toured throughout China, Europe, and the United States in festival, concerto, solo, and chamber appearances, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj and a festival dedicated to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Highlights of the 2014–15 season include a return residency at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg, performances with the Khabarovsk and Saratov Symphony Orchestras, and recitals across Europe. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants’ piano and chamber works have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski Quartet, and others. The cadenza he wrote and performed for the Mozart D-Minor Concerto at the 2013 Cliburn Competition was heralded as a “brilliant confection that ranged from reflection to subtle jazz inspired riffs” (Huffington Post).

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Nikita Mndoyants on Tour

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