By Nazrin Gadimova
Azerbaijan’s pianist Narmina Ismailova won the 2nd Prize of the 11th Chopin international competition of young pianists in the Estonian town of Narva.
The Frederic Chopin International Competition of young pianists brought together 50 musicians from 11 countries. The international jury chaired by Professor Peep Lassmann, included Professor Pavel Kaminski (Poland), Teppo Koivisto (Finland), Toms Ostrovskis (Latvia) and Victor Portnoy (Russia).
Narmina, who performed Chopin’s Waltz in E-flat major, opus 18, also joined a traditional gala concert of winners in Tallinn accompanied by the Narva Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anatoly Schura.
Azerbaijan was represented in the middle and older age groups by students of the Central special music school named after Bulbul and Music school named after Gara Garayev.
Sabina Rzazade and Heidarli Nigar were awarded the diplomas, while Elkhan Niftiyev received the special diploma “The participant of the second round”.
In an interview with Azertac correspondent, Director of the Narva musical school, Deputy chairman of the organizing committee of the contest Tatiana Goncharova said that technical skills of the Azerbaijani pianists meet the high requirements of the Chopin Competition.
The competition started in 1997 by the initiative of Polish ambassador in Estonia J. Wolansiewicz and in Narva began the tradition to hold here the competition for young pianists of Estonian music schools that is devoted to the famous Polish composer F. Chopin. As the first competition was very successful, in 1999 it was decided to organize the 1st International competition.
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