Ivan Bessonov

13, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ivan studies at the Lyakhovitskaya Children’s School of Music (St. Petersburg), his teachers are Olga Kurnavina, Eleonora Margulis.

He is a Grand Prix laureate at four annual etude contests of the Musical Lyceum Kikiny Palaty of Committee for Culture of Saint Petersburg (St. Petersburg, 2010-2013).

Ivan has started playing piano at the age of six. He enjoys improvising and composing. In 2015 Ivan made his debut in cinema as a professional composer – he wrote music for the Victor Kosakovsky documentary Varicella. In his spare time Ivan creates and stages drama scenes, reads a lot. He adores his two brothers Danila and Nikita.

Performance program at the 16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'The Nutcracker':

Round I

F. Chopin. Étude in E-dur, Op. 10 No. 3

F. Chopin. Étude in c-moll, Op. 10 No. 12 (Revolutionary)

Round II

S. Prokofiev. Mercutio from the ballet Romeo & Juliet

I. Bessonov. Fantasy

S. Rachmaninoff. Moment Musical e-moll

Round III

С. Saint-Saëns. Piano Concerto No. 2 in g-moll, 3rd movement

16th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker' laureate (eliminated in Round II).