Young Belarusian Wins Nutcracker TV Contest

Vladislav Khandogiy of Belarus wins gold and audience choice award of Nutcracker music contestFrom December 2 to December 9, the 15th Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians organized by the Russia–Kultura (Culture) Television Channel was held in Moscow, Russia.

The contest comprises three disciplines, namely piano, string instruments, and wind instruments and percussion. Intended for young musicians who have not yet reached 14 (for piano, string instruments and percussion) or 15 (for wind instruments).

The contest consists of a preliminary round based on video recording and three public rounds. In 2014, as many as 160 musicians from different countries, including Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Thailand, and Ukraine applied for the contest. The Selection Committee composed of professional musicians evaluated the submitted recordings and 16 contestants in each category were admitted to the first round.

During the first and the second rounds each contestant performs solo or with an accompanist. In the third round, three contestants in each category are honored to perform with a symphony orchestra. This year, the finalists performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and were accompanied by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. The finals were broadcast live on the TV channel Russia–K (Culture).

Vladislav Khandogiy, a 13–year old pianist from Belarus, won the Gold Nutcracker in his category and the audience choice award. A saxophonist Giorgy Dzhishkariani and a violinist Georgiy Ibatulin, both from Russia, won their Gold Nutcrackers in two other categories.

Vladislav Khandogiy, a Belarusian pianist, wins Gold Nutcracker and Audience Choice Award

The pictures are found at Vladislav’s page in the VK social network