Contestant 5: Seldom one comes across a talent as exciting as Belarus’s Maya Irgalina. Her mind-blowing technical capabilities and show-womanship has made quite a furore around the globe, and soon it’s time to for the Tromsø audiences to experience this.
Maya has lots of experience with piano competitions. In 2009 she became a prize-winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K595 with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She also won 1st prize of the Pro-Piano Romania competition (Bucharest, Romania, 2003), Grand-Prix and a special diploma for the best performance at Schubert of the Europe-Asia competition (Orsk, Russia, 2004), 2nd prize at the Maria Yudina competition (St.-Petersburg, Russia, 2006) and 3rd prize at the Alexandre Scriabine competition (Paris, France, 2007).
Maya Irgalina is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma with Graham Scott at the Royal Northern College of Music. Supported by the Yamaha Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, BelSwissBank, and Else & Leonard Cross Scholarships in her studies, Maya has had a considerable success at the RNCM, being the winner of the Ryzhard Bakst Chopin’s Prize, Concerto Auditions 2011 and Gordon Green Prize. In June 2010 she was the only pianist to win the RNCM Gold Medal – the College’s highest accolade for solo performance.
Living and studying in the UK, Maya has developed a busy recital schedule, highlights of which have included performances in Yamaha Chappell in London, at Napier University of Edinburgh, and in Haworth to mark the return of the Bronte piano to the Bronte family home. The future engagements involve concert tour in Brazil in November 2011, concerts in Belarusian Philharmonic Hall and Academy of Music, chamber music concerts in Austria, and the numerous appearances around the UK including the performance of Barber Piano Concerto op.38 with the RNCM orchestra.