BU Piano Student Leon Bernsdorf Wins 2nd Prize in Moscow’s Liszt Competition


College of Fine Arts Freshman Piano student Leon Bernsdorf at the Liszt Competition

The Central Music School in Moscow of the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory held their Second International Liszt Piano Competition this past week.  The School, founded in 1935 is recognized as a leading institution for musically gifted children. Many outstanding artists like Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Natalia Gutman, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and many more studied there.

Under the remarkable leadership of Alexander Yakupov, the School now has new facilities, dorms, classrooms and four concert halls.  Young students from all over the world come to study here.

The competition had an outstanding artistic quality and we are very happy to report that our own Leon Bernsdorf, a student of Professor Boaz Sharon, won the Second Prize with a remarkable performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, the School’s orchestra conducted by Maestro Yakupov was extraordinary in it’s quality,  commitment and enthusiasm.  Young Russian musicians were invited to come to the BU Tanglewood Institute next year; one of them will come for the second time and is very interested in joining BU’s School of Music. More soon…