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IGOR PRIHODKO

was born in 1963 in Kharkov. Graduated from the Kharkiv State Institute of Arts, 
piano class by L.N. Margarius and composition class by I.K.Kovach. The author of a symphony, string quartet, 
piano sonata, vocal cycles based on poems by Pushkin, Akhmatova, Lesya Ukrainka. 
Laureate of the National Competition of Chamber Ensembles (1987, Kiev), 
Diploma of the National Competition of Pianists (1984, Lviv),Candidate of Arts, 
Associate Professor of the Department of Harmony and Polyphony, 
Kharkiv State University of Arts. I.P. Kotlyarevsky. 
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VITALY SAMOSHKO

Student of L.Margarius from 1984 to 2002.2nd prize at the National Competition of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine 1988) | Finalist and Special prize at the Viotti International Competition (Vercelli, Italy 1990) | Finalist at the Sidney International Piano Competition (Sidney, Australia 1992) | 2nd prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy 1993) | 6th prize at the International Piano Competition (Pretoria, South Africa 1994) | 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition (Senigallia, Italy 1995) | 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition (Montreal, Canada 1996) | 2nd prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition (Tel-Aviv, Israel 1998) | 1st prize at the International Piano Competition (Pinerolo, Italy 1998) | 1st prize at the International Piano Competition (Cantu’, Italy 1998) | 1st prize at the International Piano Competition (Caltanissetta, Italy 1999) | 1st prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition (Bruxelles, Belgium 1999).Professor at the Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium. 5 CDs and a DVD were released. Concerts in Europe, Americas, Canada, Australia, Africa, Japan.



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ANDREI GELTONOG

Student of L.Margarius from 1985 to 1990.The 3rd prize at the International 
Piano Competition Riga (Latvia 1989) |
The 6th prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (Leeds, UK 1990).
A Docent of the Moscow Statal Conservatoire. 
On March 20, 2018, at the age of 46, Russian pianist Andrey Zheltonog died.
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ANNA KRAVTCHENKO

(born 1976) is a naturalized Italian classical pianist with an international career. She won the Busoni competition in 1992 and has been a piano teacher at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano from 2013.Kravtchenko began learning piano at age five; she recalls "the great  joy of being able to construct a phrase in a certain way and discovering  unique sounds".She moved to Italy in 1995.She studied with Leonid Margarius from 1991 to 2000, first at the Kharkiv music school ХССМШИ, then in Italy at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola.
In 1991, she won first prize at the international competition Concertino di Praga.A year later, at age 16, she won the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition,  a competition whose first prize had not been awarded for the four  previous years. She has since had an international concert career, and  has recorded works by Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt for Decca.
Kravchenko performed Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Berliner Philharmonie in 1994. In 1995, she toured Germany and Austria with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, playing Shostakovich's.Anna Kravtchenko has played in the most important halls and  worldwide events such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Great Hall of the  Musikverein in Vienna, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw for the  "Meesterpianisten serie", at the Tonhalle in Zurich, at the "La Roque  D'Antheron Festival", for the Brescia and Bergamo Festival, in the Sala  Verdi of Milan for "Serate musicali", in the Herkulessaal in Munich, for  the Ruhr Piano Festival, in the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in  London, in the Victoria Hall Geneva, for the "Piano Aux Jacobins"  Festival in Toulouse, for the Bergen Festival, etc. She has also toured Japan, South Africa, the United States and Canada.
She has performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio  Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Chamber  Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic  Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the Essen Philharmonic, London  Royal Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber  Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber  Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, etc.




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ALEXANDER ROMANOVSKY

Fino dalla più giovane età si dedica allo studio del pianoforte  dimostrando uno spiccato talento: a soli nove anni suona per la prima  volta con un'orchestra e a undici dà il suo primo recital con  l'orchestra "I Virtuosi di Mosca" sotto la direzione di Vladimir Spivakov, che partendo dall'Ucraina tocca la Russia, i Paesi Baltici, la Francia e la Germania
Nel 1997 la sua vita ha una svolta: due anni prima il maestro Leonid Margarius aveva lasciato l'Ucraina per diventare docente presso l'Accademia Pianistica Internazionale "Incontri col Maestro" di Imola, nel bolognese,  ed ora lo chiamava dall'Italia per proseguire gli studi con lui. Per la  giovane famiglia Romanovsky è un salto nel buio: anche senza una  certezza per il futuro artistico del piccolo Sasha, la madre e la  sorellina di cinque anni si trasferiscono con lui a Casalfiumanese,  mentre il padre potrà raggiungerli solo dopo alcuni anni. Sono anni di  sacrifici e la madre inizialmente dovrà alternare il lavoro di  traduttrice dal russo con altri meno qualificati per poter mantenere la  famiglia in Italia.
Dopo due anni di studi in Italia, nel 1999 Alexander Romanovsky diventa Accademico dell'Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna: in passato, solamente Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart e Gioacchino Rossini hanno conseguito questo titolo all'età di quindici anni.
È però a diciassette anni nel 2001 che raggiunge l'attenzione internazionale vincendo il concorso pianistico internazionale Ferruccio Busoni di Bolzano. Da quel momento cominciano i suoi numerosi concerti in Europa, in Giappone (International Piano Concert 2000), ad Hong Kong e negli Stati Uniti.Nel 2007 è stato invitato a Castel Gandolfo ad eseguire per il sommo Pontefice Papa Benedetto XVI musiche di Mozart accompagnato dall'orchestra, in occasione del 110º anniversario del Papa Paolo VI.
Romanovsky appeared at age 11 with the Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov. His piano teacher was Leonid Margarius, a pupil of Regina Horowitz, who was the sister of pianist Vladimir Horowitz.[1]   When Romanovsky was 13, Margarius moved to Italy to teach at the  Accademia pianistica di Imola; Romanovsky followed him there to continue  his studies with him. Romanovsky graduated from the Accademia in 2007 with a master's degree. He also studied under pianist Dimitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London, England, graduating with an "Artist's Diploma" upon completing studies there in 2008.[3]
In 1999, at the age of 15, Romanovsky was awarded the title of  Honorary Academician by the Accademica Filarmonica di Bologna following a  performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations; before this, only Gioachino Rossini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had been accorded such an honor at that age. In 2001, at the age of 17, he won first prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. In 2007 he was invited to perform a Mozart concerto for Pope Benedict XVI, and signed a recording contract with Decca Records. His first CD, devoted to works of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, was produced in 2007. A second CD, devoted to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, followed in 2009. Future projects include recording the piano concertos of Alexander Glazunov with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by José Serebrier and the Diabelli Variations of Ludwig van Beethoven for Decca.
Romanovsky has played throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.He continues to live in Italy.


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CHRISOPHER HINTERHUBER

Student of L.Margarius from 1997 to 1999.One of the best known Austrian pianists. Laureate of the Bach Interational Piano Competition in Leipzig and Saarbrueken.
Numerous recordings.

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ALBERTO NOSE`

Student of L.Margarius from 1999 to 2005.5th prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition (Warsaw, Poland 2000) | 2nd prize at the International “World Piano Competition” (London, 2002) | 1st prize at the “Maj Lind International Piano Competition” (Helsinki, Finland 2002) | 2nd prize at the ”Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud” Internation Competition (Paris, France 2004) | 1st prize at the “Paloma O’Shea” International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain 2005). Numerous recordings including CDs with Naxor and Naxos. Concerts in Europe, North and South America, Japan.



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ROBERTO GIORDANO

is revealed to the attention of international critics and major concert halls in the world at the age of 22 , when in  2003 is laureate prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. "Poet of the Piano", "Excellent pianist, with a great class and elegance", "Incomparable virtuoso", "A refined and sensual musician", are some of the expressions used by an unanimous press to describe him.
Born in 1981, Roberto Giordano graduated in 1999 at the Ecole Normale de Musique “A. Cortot” in Paris, with unanimity and the special commendation of the jury and, in the same year, at the Conservatory "G. Rossini "of Pesaro with the highest rating and the honorable mention. Later he graduated in the International Piano Academy in Imola, where he received his diploma with the honorary title of MASTER. The Imola Piano Academy played a fundamental role in the artistic development of Roberto Giordano. Here he studied with Piero Rattalino and later with Leonid Margarius (pupil of Regina Horowitz), whom Roberto considers to be the most influential figure in his musical formation.
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HIRONAU SUZUKI

Student of L.Margarius from 2002 to 2006.He won a special prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, 6th place at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, and 5th place at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. In addition, Mr. Suzuki was a finalist at the Clara Haskil International Competition and the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany.
He won the 4th Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. Mr. Suzuki’s determined efforts during the competition were featured in an NHK documentary, which gained a lot of attention when it aired nationwide. He has been extremely active as a pianist since 2004.


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Alexia Mouza

born in Athens, is a Greek-Venezuelan pianist. She has been enrolled at the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy under the guidance of Professor Leonid Margarius from 1998 to 2013. She is the winner of the Cittá di Cantú Competition 2005 where she was also awarded the Press Prize. She was awarded First Prize at the “Giorgos Thymis” Piano Competition in 2008, Second Prize at the Competition “Val Tidone ” in 2009, First Prize at the International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg, Madrid (2015), Third Prize at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2015) and the Prize of the Academy of Athens (2015). Alexia has given concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, China, Japan, Venezuela, Hong­ Kong, and USA. She appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico in Mexico, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the State Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki.
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 HENRIETTE GAERTNER
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born 1975 in Freudenstadt  is a German pianist.
The Schneider Book of Records once referred to Henriette Gärtner as "the youngest concert pianist in the world", after she attracted international attention at the International Musical Festival Lucerne as an eight-year-old. Meanwhile, Henriette Gärtner enjoys excellent repute on the international stage.
Henriette's musical talent became apparent at an unusual early age; she began playing the piano already as a three-year-old, and just two years later she gave her first major concert in Stuttgart. In the following years, Henriette Gärtner won a series of piano competitions, lastly the International Master Players Competition in Swiss Lugano, whereupon an associated concert tour of the USA followed.Henriette Gärtner studied at the "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola with Leonid Margarius, pupil of Vladimir Horowitz' sister Regina. Furthermore, she was admitted to "Scuola Pianistica di perfezionamento L. Margarius"


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YUKI  KURASHIMA

Student of L. Margarius from 2003 to 2007.5th Prize PTNA-Competition (1995) | 3rd Prize W.A.Mozart Competition (Japan, 1996) | Finalist at the Maria Canals International Music Competition (Barcelona, Spain 2003).Diploma at the Tokyo College of Music (Japan, 1998). She studied at the Hamamatu International Piano Academy from 1999 to 2000. In March 2002 she graduated from the National University of Fine Arts and Music of Tokyo.Contract with studio Emi.

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Pietro Gatto

è nato ad Agropoli il 27/05/1986 e risiede dalla nascita a Cetara (SA).
Dopo essersi avvicinato al pianoforte all’età di 12 anni.nel 2001 è stato ammesso  all’Accademia pianistica di Imola “ Incontri con il Maestro”, dove inizia a studiare professionalmente con i Maestro Leonid Margarius  con i quale tuttora si perfeziona.
1°premio  al Concorso pianistico internazionale Città di Cantù e Premio del pubblico(2006)
1° premio  del Concorso Pianistico Internazionale A.Napolitano di Vietri sul Mare(2011);
2° premio al Concorso Pianisitco Internazionale Shura Cherkassky di Milano(2012)
1° premio al concorso Pianistico internazionale A.M.M.I (2011).
1° premio al concorso internazionale AnnaMaria de Vita(2014)
1° assoluto al concorso “Rospigliosi”di Lamporecchio(2008);
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ALESSANDRO TAVERNA


Student of L. Margarius from 2007 to 2009.2nd Prize at the International “World Piano Competition”
(London, UK 2009) | 1st Prize at the Minnesota piano e – Competition (Minneapolis, USA 2009) |
3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (Leeds, UK 2009).

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HYO-SUN LIM

Student of L.Margarius from 2005 to 2010.1st prize at the Viotti International Competition (Vercelli, Italy 2005) | Mozart prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Hamamatsu, Japan 2006) | 5th prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition (Bruxelles, Belgium 2007) | 3rd Prize at the International Piano Competition (Seoul, South Korea 2007). Numerous concerts and recordings.


Queen Elisabeth Competition.PIANO 2007 : Fifth Prize
Pianist Hyo-Sun Lim (Jeonju, Korea 1981) has been studying the piano since the age of three.Shestudied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Gary Graffman, getting the "Festorazziaward" as most outstanding student of the year. Afterwards she moved to Europe to complete hermusical education with Arie Vardi, Hannover Musikhochschule, and Leonid Margarius, Accademia Pianistica di Imola.Upcoming and recent activities include performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall LA, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Lincoln Center New York, Auditori Barcelona, and Opera City Hall Tokyo. She has also performed as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belgium, Vlaams Radio Orkest, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the SanRemo Symphony Orchestra.
Hyo-Sun Lim has won top prizes at many international competitions: 1stprize, audience special prize winner at the Viotti International Competition, special prize for late beethoven works at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, 1st prizes at the Junior Chopin and Oberlin International Piano competitions and Chamber Music prize at Beethoven Competition in Bonn.
Ms. Lim is also very well-known as a chamber musician....
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ANA CARINA ALAMO

An artist of exceptional sensitivity, the Venezuelan-born pianist Ana Karina Alamo has been acknowledged by critics and audiences for her ability to project a rare vulnerability and honesty on stage, while drawing upon her virtuosic abilities. Performing her first recital at the age of six for an audience of five hundred, Ms. Alamo gave her concerto debut at nine years old with the Jovenes Arcos Orchestra performing “Pequena Fantasía” (Little Fantasy), a work written for her by Alejandro Slobodianik. Shortly after, at the age of eleven, Ms. Alamo was invited to record the same work with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eduardo Marturet, and in 1997, in recognition of her contribution to the enhancement of her country, was awarded the “Jose Felix Ribas Prize” – highest honor given by the Family Minister of Venezuela to a young artist.Ms. Alamo received her Piano Performance degree in 2000 from the “Escuela de Música Manuel López” in Venezuela under the guidance of Olga Lopez, with whom she continues to study when in Venezuela , and her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2005 from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Ms. Alamo has also studied with Brigitte Engerer, and is currently studying at the “Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro” in Imola, Italy as a pupil of Leonid Margarius.
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DENIS ZHDANOV

Student of L. Margarius  from 2008 to 2012
The 56th International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain (WFIMC, 2010, 1st Prize)
The 2nd Internation Piano Competition “Cherny-Stefanska in Memoriam” Poznan, Poland (EmCy, 2011, 1st Prize)
The 7th International Youth Piano Competition “Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland (EmCy, 2007, 1st Prize)
The 19th International Piano Competition “Roma-2009: Chopin Prize” (Rome, Italy, 1st Prize),
The 3rd Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland (2012, 2ndPrize)


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ANNA FEDOROVA

is the winner of 14 international piano competitions including her recent First Prize at the International Rubinstein In Memoriam piano competition (Poland 2009). Other awards were a.o. prizes at the Frederick Chopin competition in Narva (Estonia), 1st prize at the Tbilisi International Young Pianists competition in Georgia, where she also received the Special Prize “Best Pianist of the Competition,” the Dorothy McKenzie awards at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (NY, USA 2006, 2007, 2008), the Second Prize and Special Prize of the Institute of Frederick Chopin at the Fourth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists.In 2008 Anna Fedorova graduated from the Lysenko Musical College for Gifted Children (Kiev, Ukraine, class of prof. Boris Fedorov). She was the recipient of “The President of the Ukraine Scholarship” during 2003-2008. Future engagements for the 2010/2011 season: again 3 times in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw(with a.o. a Chopin recital); re-invitations to Mexico and Argentina, tour to Japan with 3 concerts in Tokyo, Switzerland, Poland, Ukraine, Italy and France. Student of Prof.L. Margarius  from 2008 to 2013 at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale di Imola “Incontri col Maestro”
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REGINA CHERNYCHKO

is a winner of the 60 International Piano Competition of Maria Canals in Barcelona , she had already collected first prizes in other international competitions such as  “Internationaler Wettbewerb für Klavier Animato Stiftung”, Zuerich (Switzerland), “Pianistico Internazionale Spazio Teatro 89”, Milano (Italy), “Ricard Vines” International Piano Competition,Lleida (Spain), laureate of “Chopin Prize” in Rome (Italy), “Delia Steinberg” Competition, Madrid,(Spain), “Young Musicians” in Enschede (Netherlands) and of  the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival, New York (USA).
The engagements have brought Chernychko Regina at some of Europe’s important halls: Sala Verdi in Milano, Salle Cortot in Paris, Mozarteum Big Hall in Salzburg, Smetana–Saal in Prag, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Reduta Bratislava Concert Hall, Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martin”, Brucknerhaus Big Hall in Linz, Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid , L’Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

NICOLO' CAFARO

made his debut at the age of 8 with his tutor Renato Siracusano. Since 2011 Cafaro is a student of Graziella Concas at the the music institute “Vincenzo Bellini”. The young pianist was already part of more than 30 concerts, such as the most recent concert in February at the theater ”Teatro Massimo Bellini” in Catania, playing with the “Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini”. Cafaro has already won numerous important awards in Italy and abroad, among them the “Giulio Rospigliosi-“, the “Città di Treviso” competition and the “Vladimir Krajnev International Piano Competition in Moscow”.Since 2013 Nicolò joins the annual courses of Leonid Margarius. Eventually he became a student of Leonid Margarius at the International Piano Academy of Imola “Incontri col maestro”. 6th Prize at the Busoni Competition 2019.
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