Classical music

Fast-rising young Russian phenom to open Miami Piano Festival series


If you go

What: Miami International Piano Festival Discovery Series

When: Thursday-Saturday

Where: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

Pianists: Nikolay Khozyainov, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Joseph Moog, Kemal Gekic, Misha Dacic

Tickets: $15-$50, six-concert package $150 at Colony box office or Ticketmaster

Info: 305-674-1040,

South Florida Classical Review

The Miami International Piano Festival’s Discovery Series has a knack for bringing distinctive, relatively unknown talent to town. Impresaria Giselle Brodsky scours submissions, competitions and the Internet to find performers she considers special, often with unique interpretations in their repertoire.

In 2010, while working her way through the winners of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, she came across the name of then-18-year-old Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov.

“I saw that he was awarded a special prize as one of the most promising talents in the competition,” Brodsky recalls. “So I went to the site and started to listen, and I just fell in love with him. Even though he was so young, whether he played Liszt or Chopin, everything had something.

“He’s born with this gift, musicality that is so organic and so pure. He’s absolutely natural at the keyboard.”

Now 20, Khozyainov will kick off the 2013 Discovery Series on Thursday at the Colony Theater with a “Songs and Sonatas” program that nearly duplicates his April 30th Carnegie Hall debut.

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