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Sonata b minor / Mazurki op. 59 / Berceuse
Frédéric Chopin

Sonata b minor / Mazurki op. 59 / Berceuse

Georgijs Osokins

Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Format: CD
Barcode: 5907690736897
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Catalog number: NIFCCD 624
Releasedate: 10-06-16
- few pianists in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition exuded quite the confidence of the 20-year-old Georgijs Osokins from Latvia

- despite not winning one of the ultimate prizes, he earned a place in the Final Stage and his playing throughout the competition helped him to walk away with a slew of engagements, as valuable a prize as any

- his individual style was recognized quickly too
Few pianists in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition exuded quite the confidence of the 20-year-old Georgijs Osokins from Latvia. Yet his obvious self-belief - which manifested itself in a strong mix of flamboyance and focus - was not misplaced. Despite not winning one of the ultimate prizes, he earned a place in the Final Stage and his playing throughout the competition helped him to walk away with a slew of engagements, as valuable a prize as any. His individual style was recognized quickly too. Reporting on the First Stage for the Chopin Courier, Jacek Marczyƒski wrote that ‘Fortunately, an effective finale was provided by Georgijs Osokins … who drew attention with his personality and mature interpretations, in which insight was combined with virtuosic élan.’ Responding in the same paper to his performances in the Second Stage, Kacper Miklaszewski called him ‘a personality … but also controversial.’ During October 2015 in Warsaw, the Latvian pianist was never in any danger of disappearing from the spotlight.

 
Georgijs Osokins

Born in 1995, in Riga. He began learning piano at the age of five and made his concert debut as a ten-year-old in Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, K466 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. He is a student of Sergejs Osokins and since 2009 has also taken lessons from Mikhail Voskresensky. Since September 2015, he has been continuing his studies at the Juilliard School of Music. He has won the 9th International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow (2014), the Scriabin Competition in Paris (2009) and the Jurmale International Piano Competition in Latvia (2010). In 2015 he received an honourable mention at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has also won a special prize for the best performance of a work by Chopin in the ‘Rina Sala Gallo’ International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy. He has performed in concert with the Lviv Symphony Orchestra, the Amber Orchestra of Liepaja, the Armenian National Orchestra and the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has won a reputation for his prizes and appearances in international festivals and has also been distinguished by an award from the Latvian Minister of Culture. He has attended masterclasses given by Dmitry Bashkirov, Sergei Babayan, Bernd Goetzke, Georg Friedrich Schenck and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg.