, Peter Friis Johansson

Awe-inspiring playing at the Alaska International Piano-E-Competition

e-competition semi-finalists

This is the first Internet channeled “e-competition” that features a crop of well-trained adult pianists. The preceding Yamaha Disklavier sponsored events were youth-based and originated in the Midwest–(Minnesota to be exact)

With current Disklavier technology flying high, the newest venue for pianists to dish out their talent with satellite assistance, is the great state of Alaska.

Such a pianistic convergence with Classical emphasis notches up the cultural level of “the Last Frontier,” trumping Iditarod or dog sled madness.

The international lure of E-Competition has also grown with each passing year through media pumped “LIVESTREAMING.” The cyber beam can easily steer a crowd of sports fanatics to an out of bounds concert hall, which is a mouse click away from the soccer championships.

Reminder: It takes just as much finesse to play the piano beautifully, as to land a Gold Medal at the Olympics or be tagged the Most Valuable Player at the World Cup.

And speaking of the “winner’s circle,” a pianist of Russian heritage but representing Spain, delivered a knockout performance during the Recital Round, Day 2.

Marianna Prjevalskaya graced the stage of the Davis Concert Hall, (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) earning herself a ticket to the Semi-Finals!

Bio: (abridged)
“…As a recitalist Ms. Prjevalskaya performed for thrilling audiences in the US, Europe, Korea, Japan and beyond. She gave acclaimed performances at prestigious venues such as the Grosser Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Goldoni of Florence, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Chopin Museum in Valdemossa in Palma de Mallorca, Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Yamaha Artists Services in New York. She appeared at important festivals such as Bearcat Piano Festival in Cincinnati, Texas State International Piano Festival, Norwich and Norfolk Festival in UK, Salzburg Festival, Festival Russo in Rome, Bologna Festival, and Divertimento Festival in Poland.

“In addition to her role as performing artist, Ms. Prjevalskaya serves as the Artistic Director of the Open Piano Competition (London), where she was as a jury member in 2012. In November 2014 she will be adjudicator at Albacete National Piano Competition in Spain.

“Ms. Prjevalskaya earned the Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, Artist Diploma from Indiana University South Bend and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London, where her principal teachers included Irina Zaritskaya, Kevin Kenner, Alexander Toradze and Boris Berman. At diverse festivals, she has studied with renowned pianists such as Liliya Zilbernstein, Emmanuel Ax, John O’Conor, Leon Fleisher, Choong-Mo Kang, Richard Goode, Peter Frankl and Piotr Paleczny, among others.

“Having grown up in Russia and Spain, Ms. Prjevalskaya benefited from early lessons with her mother, Tatiana Prjevalskaya, starting at age six and continuing into her teens. Currently, she is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore under the guidance of Boris Slutsky.”


More about the Competition:
(click the sub link CONTESTANTS to see program listings)

13 thoughts on “Awe-inspiring playing at the Alaska International Piano-E-Competition”

  1. Shirley, you are right. Marianna is incredible. Her subtleties and intense expression drew me right into the music. She is an artist.


    1. Yes, she is an “artist,” and the others are banging too much like Schubert is Brahmsian music, when it isn’t..Schubert wrote Lieder.. song… and even the Earl King, with dramatic tremolo is song. I can’t listen to all this banging. Sadly, she had a few slip-ups, where the others didn’t, so I hope it does not cost her..I think Marianna is an incredible communicator..and that’s what music is about.


  2. Glad to see that Marianna is in the finals! I also like Alexey C. He was in the Cliburn Finals last year. The next few days should be amazing to watch!


    1. Yes, I was delighted that both Marianna and Alexey Chernov made the finals. Both rendered Schubert as if they knew he composed a body of lyrical lieder. I think the others were not in synch with the composer’s language.


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