Biography Aylen Pritchin & Yury Favorin

Aylen Pritchin
began music lessons at the age of six. Since 2005 he has been studying at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Eduard Grach. He has taken master classes with such eminent musicians as Shlomo Mintz, Yair Kless, Gyorgy Pauk, Jossif Rissin, Zakhar Bron, Hatto Beyerle, Natalia Gutman, Boris Berman and Vadim Sakharov. He has also won prizes in several competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Kurashiki (Japan, 2004), Abram Ilich Yampolsky Competition in Moscow (2006), Pancho Vladigerov Competition in Shumen (Bulgaria, 2007), Canetti Competition in Haifa (Israel, 2009) and in Sion Valais (Switzerland, 2009). Aylen has given concerts in major venues in St. Petersburg and Moscow and in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Israel, France, Japan, Germany and Poland.

Yury Favorin
Born in 1986, Yury Favorin, who has been described by Journal Zibeline as a “very big musician in the Kingdom of Piano”, a “masters the most difficult: the art of silence” (Performarts France), possessing the “musical intelligence, impeccable technique and artistic sovereignty” (La libre), studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and received his graduate and postgraduate degrees under professor Mikhail Voskresensky.

Among the pianist’s awards are the Fourth of the Olivier Messiaen Competition in France, the First prize of Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation in Austria and Nikolay Rubinstein Competition for Young Pianists. In 2010 Yury Favorin became a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium that immediately boosted his international career.

The pianist has appeared with recitals, chamber music programs and as a soloist with orchestra at such famous music festivals as the “La Folle Journée” in Nantes and in Tokyo, Art-November in Moscow, “Musique en Vallée du Tarn” and “L'esprit du piano” in Bordeaux, the International Festival of Saint-Lizier in France, International Festival of Modern Music Moscow Forum: Francophony, International Festival dedicated to the 100th birthday of Olivier Messiaen, the Academy of the Festival Verbier in Switzerland and the International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands among others.

Yury Favorin has been welcomed at the great concert halls in Moscow and other Russian cities, as well as in Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Norway, Italy, Japan, and France. His rapidly growing repertoire includes all main classical composers, but the pianist is also widely renowned for his deep interest to contemporary music and its promotion. He has regularly performed pieces by Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, Georg Friedrich Haas, Peter Ablinger, Philippe Leroux, Richard Barrett, Salvatore Sciarrino, Hugues Dufourt among others and was invited twice as a soloist to perform Messiaen and Béla Bartók works with the Ensemble Intercontemporain with maestro Pierre Boulez as a conductor.

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