What have been the biggest highlights of your career since your success in the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition?

Sydney gave me a good push, so after there were quite a few memorable concerts, among them: My debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in the Mariinsky Concert Hall, performing Grieg’s Concerto; Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto with the Svetlanov Orchestra in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall; my debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in London’s Royal Festival Hall, playing Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto. Also, there was a fascinating tour in Japan (recitals in Tokyo, Nagoya; Beethoven’s Third Concerto in Yokohama with Yokohama Philharmonic) this June and, of course, I’m happy to have my debut Decca Classics album released.

You’ve chosen quite a personal program for your debut album. What were some of the things you wanted to keep in mind as you were putting it together?

There are some pieces which I’ve been dreaming of recording since childhood, among them Prokofiev’s Vision Fugitives– I’ve always loved these and felt bad that there are almost no recordings of the complete cycle. The other cycle, which was ‘ripening’ inside me for quite some time is Rachmaninov’s Moments Musicaux.

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