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Yakov Kasman, Medtner Sonata in G minor Op.22 (1/2)

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Published on May 26, 2009

Mr. Kasmans debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medallist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg. Mr. Kasman has fifteen studio CD recordings on the Calliope label. His two CD set of the recordings of the complete sonatas of Prokofiev was awarded the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France in 1996. Other CDs include solo works by Haydn, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninov. The International Piano Quarterly magazine recommended his CD of Moussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition as one of 14 equally ranked best in a survey of recordings over the past 75 years. His recording of Shostakovichs Concerto No. 1, and Schnittkes Concerto for Piano and Strings, released in 2000, received the Choc du monde de la musique award in France, is rated highest for artistry and sound quality by Classics Today.com, and referred to as superlative in the American Record Guide. He has also recorded two CDs with Harmonia Mundi, the most recent one with the Pacific Symphony includes Piano Concerto No. 2 by Lukas Foss, released in 2001. In 2003 he completed a recording of all of the Scriabin piano sonatas and in 2004 recorded an All-Tchaikovsky CD featuring The Seasons and Grand Sonata in G-Major (Rated 10/10 by ClassicsTodayFrance.com in December 2005). In 2006 he completed a four-CD set of the chamber music of Shostakovich with the Talich Quartet on the Calliope label and will soon begin work on an all-Schumann CD.
Mr. Kasman is also active as a teacher and adjudicator. He is a jury member of the Horowitz Competition (Kiev), the Corpus Christi International Competition, and for the past four years has judged the Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado Springs). He has been guest artist and faculty at the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (Fort Worth), and at the Summer Music Academy in Kiev. Mr. Kasman graduated from Moscow Conservatory and previously a professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory, he is now Associate Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His students are winners of national and international competitions. For more information visit the website: www.yakovkasman.com.

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