U of M music student is finalist in int’l piano competition

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Denis Evstuhin in the final moment of Rachmaninoff’s “Melody,” performing on “A Prairie Home Companion” on February 20, 2010.

One of the University of Minnesota School of Music’s piano students is about to compete in the final round of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Denis Evstuhin is one of five finalists in the competition and will perform at noon today, US Central time. The performance will be carried live on the competition website. Evstuhin, a student of U of M professor Alexander Braginsky, will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1.

Forty participants were selected to compete from applicants in auditions around the world. The two-week long competition in Bydgoszcz began on November 9.

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