Kasimov and his students Suna and Erol returned triumphant from the 2nd
International Music Competition ‘Heirs of Orpheus’ which took place in Albena,
a sea resort on the Bulgarian black sea coast from September 02-12, 2014 in
which fourteen countries took part. Eleven disciplines were available on the agenda
of the competition, so quite a number of talented young musicians had assembled
was very happy to learn that….
Alsançak (7), in the age group of 7-12 was given first prize PLUS a special
award for being the youngest pianist.
Emmioğlu (17) in the age group of 15-19) was granted the third prize for his
was on stage twice, once with her teacher Rauf Kasimov, playing one of his own
compositions four-handed and the next day a solo recital (Bach - two part inventions, Kuhlau-Sonatina in C, Gavrilin-"Nejnaya".
Erol played: Bach-Prélude and Fuga D minor from WTC vol.1,
Beethoven-Rondo "Rage of the lost penny", Liszt-Transcendental Étude
know both young pianists, last year I heard Suna for the first time play in
Bellapais and Erol I have been watching growing and developing since the age of
five and I am sincerely hoping that both find their way in the world of music.
Kasimov tells me that he was moved to see his two students play in the
competition among about 50 participants of all age groups in the piano
discipline. It is the reward for his efforts in tuition he has been giving them
over the years. “It is very important to take the students to competitions, he
says, first to be judged by a jury of professionals and also to measure
themselves within a circle of other talents from all over the world. The older
the young students get the more difficult it is in competitions to be in the
first row as many highly talented youths from all over the world are pushing
forward. Erol should seek without further delay high conservatoire education
with all the necessary background education.”
Kasimov is much concerned about the future of his students, it is also his
life, he has invested a lot into them, and he wants to see them come into full
shall have an opportunity to see him and his many students on a concert in
Bellapais shortly, on October 12; the programme and the names of the students will
soon be published.