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Yulianna Andrejewna Avdeeva (Russian: Юлиа́нна Андре́евна Авде́ева; born July 3, 1985) is a Russian concert pianist.
Avdeeva was born in Moscow. She started piano lessons at the age of five, studied at the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow, and graduated from Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. After her graduation, she became assistant to her teacher, Konstantin Scherbakov.Since 2008 Avdeeva has studied at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. She has received outstanding international recognition as the winner of First Prize of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, 2010). She is the fourth woman to have won this title, after Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Bella Davidovich (ex aequo in 1949) and Martha Argerich (1965).
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Vadim Chaimovich was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and began studying piano at the age of five, giving his USSR debut performance with an orchestra just two years later. His winning the First Prize at the «Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte» International Competition in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic) in 1991 was followed by more awards at international competitions in Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Vadim Chaimovich is a graduate with honors from a few conservatoires of music. His teachers were two distinguished musicians: Lev Natochenny in Frankfurt and Peter Rösel in Dresden, - both of them students of the legendary Lev Oborin. He rounded up his skills in master classes with Claude Frank, Rudolf Kehrer, Gary Graffman and Eugen Indjic.
Vadim Chaimovich received prizes at many international piano competitions, including the Schubert Competition in Dortmund (Germany), the Schlern Music Competition (Italy), the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland (USA) and the 29th Masterplayers International Music Competition in Lugano (Switzerland). He is also the winner of the 2009 10th International Web Concert Hall Competition (USA). As the First Prize winner of the 2009 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York) he gave his debut performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He was awarded scholarships by the Da-Ponte Foundation (Darmstadt), the Ottilie Selbach Redslob Foundation and Gotthard Schierse Foundation (Berlin), the Open Lithuanian Foundation, Alfred & Ilse Stammer-Mayer Foundation (Switzerland) etc. In 2003, Vadim Chaimovich’s outstanding artistry was distinguished with the Promotion Prize of the Dresden Art and Culture Foundation.
The young pianist has given numerous concerts in several European countries, Japan and the USA.
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Yuja Wang was born February 10, 1987. Sheis a Chinese classical pianist. She was born in Beijing, began studying piano there at age six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.[ By the age of 21 she was already an internationally recognized concert pianist, giving recitals around the world. She has a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Wang comes from a musical family. Her mother, Zhai Jieming, is a dancer and her father, Wang Jianguo, is a percussionist. Both live in Beijing.
Wang began studying piano at age 6. At age 7, she began three years' study at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. At 11, Wang entered the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival (at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta), as the festival's youngest student.
At age 15, Wang entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied for five years with Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008. Graffman said that Wang's technique impressed him during her audition, but "it was the intelligence and good taste" of her interpretations that distinguished her.