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Fifth Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition November 2019, New York City.

November 14, 2017 Tony Yun, TIBC Grand Prize Winner in recital at Steinway Hall@ 7.30
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Evgeny Kissin

The Tureck International Bach Competition extends its deep gratitude to Evgeny Kissin, who was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the competition.
Kissin serves as a unique inspiration to our young pianists.  Since his legendary performance of Chopin’s Piano Concertos in Moscow at the age of twelve which drew widespread international acclaim, Kissin quickly established himself as one of the great prodigies of the younger generation.  He followed with celebrated tours of Japan, Western Europe, and the United States.
Kissin’s depth of musicality and extraordinary virtuosity have won him praise by critics and his adoring public alike.  He has performed with all the leading orchestras, and his appearances regularly draw packed houses all over the world.
Musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Kissin.  In 1987 he received the Crystal Prize of the Osaka Symphony Hall for the best performance of the year 1986 (which was his first performance in Japan).  In 1991 he received the Musician of the Year Prize from the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy.  He was a special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards Ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at over one billion, and became Musical America’s youngest Instrumentalist of the Year in 1995.  In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia’s culture, one of the highest cultural honors awarded in the Russian Republic, and again, as the youngest-ever recipient.  He was the first pianist to be invited to give a recital at the BBC Proms in 1997, and in 2000 became the first concerto soloist ever to be invited to play in the Proms opening concert.  Kissin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Manhattan School of Music in 2001, and in 2003 he received the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia’s highest musical honors. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize.  Among other awards are l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, an Honorary Doctorate from Hong Kong University, and an Honorary Doctorate in 2010 from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Kissin’s recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades, having contributed significantly to the library of masterpieces recorded by the world’s greatest performers.  Past awards have included the Edison Klassiek in The Netherlands, Grammy awards, and the Diapason d’Or and the Grand Prix of La Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France.
Kissin’s tour schedule can be found here.