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Second Prize
Artem Kuznetsov, Piano
USA

A native of Balashov, Russia, pianist Artem Kuznetsov is an award winning concert pianist, a vivid chamber musician hailed for his artistry, virtuosity, lyricism and exciting energy; he is extensively performing solo recitals as well as collaborating with orchestras in major concert halls around the world. He has been part of organisations and concert series that have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities including the “Multiple Sclerosis” society and “Direct relief Covid-19 response.” In 2020 he was appointed an Emissary of the Muses of the city of San Antonio by the Mayor Ron Nirenberg. 

Mr. Kuznetsov is a winner of more than ten international competitions including the Young Texas Artists Music Competition, the American International Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Dallas International Piano Competition among others. Throughout his career he performed in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Schloss Ettlingen and Asamsaal in Germany and the Muziekcentrum Enschede in the Netherlands. 

Mr. Kuznetsov was featured in several radio stations in the US including the “Texas Public Radio” in San Antonio and “King FM” in Seattle. He is actively involved in musical outreach for under-served communities, as well as educational events for young musicians with more than 10 outreach recitals in Texas and Washington, and gave more than 35 presentations and masterclasses for elementary, middle and high school students. His first LP on “Orpheus Classical” label was released on all the major streaming platforms.