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Chopin winner ready for Shanghai

PIANIST Yulianna Avdeeva will perform at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on December 10 hot on the heels of winning the Chopin International Piano Competition.

The competition attracts pianists from around the world to face off every five years. Past winners include Li Yundi of China (2000) and Poland's Rafa Blechacz (2005).

Avdeeva, a 25-year-old Russian, beat 81 other participants at the 16th Chopin International Piano Competition this year.

Her first stop on her China tour is Shanghai and the concert will feature Chopin's pieces including four mazurkas, two nocturnes, "Sonata for Piano No. 2," "Scherzo No. 4" and a polonaise.

Chopin's music is so different and so complete in their message that Avdeeva finds it very difficult to choose one favorite piece. But she says that all the pieces in her program belong to the best pieces in piano literature.

"When listening to a performance, the most important thing for me is the music and the message which a musician transmits; it doesn't matter if it is a man or a woman," Avdeeva says.

Having a vision or story of the piece helps her performance, according to Avdeeva. The danger is that your story does not match the composer's idea, but this is not a problem for the pianist.

"For me, playing music is like reading a book - every person has their own vision of the personalities and places which the author describes. The facts stay the same, but every reader has their own imagination and sees the characters their own way," says Avdeeva.

Date: December 10, 7:30pm

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 80-280 yuan (40 yuan for students)

Tel: 6854-1234


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