Sandro Gegechkori Wins Barcelona Piano Competition
Young pianist Sandro Gegechkori wins the 66th International Music Competition Maria Canals Barcelona.
Gegechkori reached the finals of the contest on Sunday alongside two other pianists, Portugal's Rafael Kyrychenko and Ziming Ren of China. His performances at the event have included works by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt.
The Maria Canals International Music Competition, founded in 1954, is the dean of music competitions in Spain and one of the first 10 in the world to be accepted by the World Federation of International Music Competitions, in 1958.
Throughout its history, the Association has organized over 120 competitions including the piano, singing, violin, cello, guitar, flute, percussion, and chamber music branches, with more than 8,000 contestants from more than a hundred different countries spread over the five continents, and the generous support of more than 200 musical personalities from around the world, who have been members of the jury.
The competition is held annually, in March, and is aimed at young performers from around the world, aged between 18 and 30. It is divided into four rounds that are held at the Palau de la Música Catalana, in Barcelona.
Alongside Gegechkori, the Maria Canals piano competition has also involved Tamar Makharadze, another Georgian pianist, among the dozens of artists from around 20 countries competing in the 1954-established contest.