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Two winners of the piano competition in Montreux 2009

Beka Gochiashvili, 13 years old, from Georgia and Isfar Sarabsky from Azerbaijan - on Bösendorfer!

Beka Gochiashvili (left) and Isfar Sarabsky on the Bösendorfer Grand Piano

Beka Gochiashvili (left) and Isfar Sarabsky on the Bösendorfer Grand Piano

This year the jury of the Montreux Jazz festival had a "tough job" to do because all participants were playing on such a high level that it choose two winners.
The 2nd prize went to Germany, to Franz von Chossy and the 3rd prize to Switzerland, to Claude Diallo.

The winners

13 years ago Beka Gochiashvili was born. Even when he was two years old he showed his musical talent and only two years later he was able to play different compositions on piano. At the age of six he attended music school and competitions, also as festivals, followed. The young man was awarded a lot of diplomas, e.g. for his participation in Georgian-German Festival for Young Musicians-Performers Tbilisi in 2003. Beka Gochiashvili also likes to play Jazz and so in 2007 he performed on the Lavtia Jazz Festival with famous musicians like Lenny White and Victor Bailey.

When he was seven years old, the year when Beka was born, Isfar Rzayev-Sarabski attended the Bul-Bul music school for eleven years. At the moment he is studying the second year at Baku Music Academy, at the National Conservatoire, and he is awarded a Presidential stipend. He participated at several festivals, e.g. in Norway and in Russia. It was Keith Jarrettt and Oscar Peterson, who have inspired him to "write" his own compositions. - Bösendorfer Switzerland

The leading piano store of that region and Bösendorfer business partner was again the patron of this year`s piano competition.

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