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Competition Winners: 1991

The 1991 competition featured the commissioned work, Recuerdos, by William Bolcom.


Duo Zheleznov
Gold Co-Winner

As the Duo Zheleznov, Irina and her husband Maxim won 6 international piano-duo competitions worldwide. They now have separate careers.

Irina Zheleznova studied piano with Alexey Nasedkin and Tigran Alikhanov at the Piano Faculty of the State Conservatory in Moscow and earned her PhD in Chamber Music at the same conservatory.

In 2008, Irina immigrated to Israel. She works as accompanist in Israel Conservatoire in Tel-Aviv and is a member of Piano Faculty at Keshet-Eilon Music Centre. She performs in chamber music concerts, in Petite American Opera Project and in Israels Chamber Opera concerts.

Irina has performed as a member of chamber ensembles and accompanist in Russia, Israel, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Uzbekistan. Irina has CD-, TV and radio records as duo-pianist and accompanist. Reviews noted the spirituality and imagery of Irina’s playing, her high technical and ensemble skills, and refined interpretations.

Since 2008 year Irina lives and works in Israel. Now she works as accompanist at the Schtriker, Israel Conservatory in Tel-Aviv, and is a member of Piano Faculty at Keshet Eilon Violin Master-Course.


Duo Lisitsa & Kuznetsoff
Gold Co-Winner

Valentina and Alexei met at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1991, after winning the competiton, they moved to the United States to further their careers as concert pianists. Their New York debut was at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in 1995.

They subsequently developed solo careers. With her multi-faceted playing described as "dazzling", Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti. She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven. Previous highlights include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, WDR Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Alexei and Valentina continue to occasionally play as a duo.

Valentina Lisitsa www.valentinalisitsa.com.


Lewis & Perry Duo

E. Martin Perry made his orchestral debut at the age of 15 in his hometown of Sacramento, California. He graduated from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of the legendary Russian pianist Josef Lhévinne. Embarking on a busy concert schedule, Martin moonlighted in New York as a Broadway pianist, with a special affinity for the music of Gershwin, Bernstein and Sondheim.

Martin has served on the piano faculties of Bowdoin and Bates Colleges, and continued an affiliation with PSO as orchestra pianist for several years. He now divides his time between Maine and New York City, performing a diverse array of solo, chamber and orchestral music, ranging from the complete piano works of Alan Hovhaness (with whom he shares an Armenian-American heritage) to 18th and 19th century classical and romantic repertoire on Viennese fortepianos from the studio of R.J. Regier in Freeport, Maine.

Kathryn Lewis, a native of Washington, D.C., now lives in North Carolina. Ms. Lewis has been a part of the music staff of opera companies around the United States, as coach, accompanist, and assistant conductor. Her credits include the Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, the Wolf Trap Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera Center, among others.

She is on staff at Duke University and NC State, plays for master classes, lessons and recitals at UNC , and has become a valued addition to the music staff at Opera Company of North Carolina, Longleaf Opera, and Capital Opera.

The duo are Steinway Artists.

Martin Perry www.martinperrypiano.com


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