Contestant 16: Evgeny Starodubtsev
He has won the 1st Prize 15 times and 2nd Prize twice in international piano competitions – will Evgeny Starodubtsev add to his incredible tally in Tromsø?
Russian Evgeny Starodubtsev was born in 1981, and was accepted into the Central Musical School of Moscow at 10. After graduating in 1999 as a pianist and a composer, he became a student at the Moscow Conservatory’s Faculty of Composition. In 2000, Evgeny began studying under the guidance of prof. Natalia Trull, from which he graduated in 2006. He has since continued as her assistant at Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Faculty. Besides this, he is a Laureate of the international piano competitions.
Evgeny’s competition results speak volumes. He won 1st prize at Spanish music in the International Piano Competition “Compositores de Espa’a” (Madrid) 2004, 1st prize at “Cidade do Porto” 2005, 1st prize and a special prize for best performance of Spanish music in the International Piano Competition ”Ciudad de Ferrol” (Spain, 2007) and 1st prize and two special prizes for best performance of Chopin compositions and for best performance of Szymanowski compositions in an First International Baltic Piano Competition (Gdansk, Poland) 2007.
The following year, he won 1st prize “Gran Premio Marcatel” at the International Piano Competition “Parnassos 2008” (Monterrey, Mexico) 2008, and in 2009 he won an unbelievable 5 international piano competitions in France, Italy, Spain (2) and Canada.
In recent years, he is famous for having won 1st prize at the International Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius 2011, three more competition wins in 2013 (Greece, France & Kazakhstan), and three 1st prizes (Serbia, Italy and Italy) and a 2nd prize (Armenia) in 2014. To say that he is one of the favorites to win in Tromsø, is an understatement.
Evgeny succesfully performs recitals and concert tours in Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Canada and others. One of his most important performances was in September 2006, in Amsterdam Concertgebouw Hall at the Shostakovich Music festival. He performed Mozart double piano concerto in Barcelona Palau de lá Musica in 2011. The following year, he made his debut in Konzerthaus, Berlin where he among other compositions performed II book of Ligeti etudes.