Breaking: Russians sweep another Liszt Grand Prix. Still won't smile.

After cleaning up at Weimar, Russians have taken the Grand Prize at Liszt 200 in Chicago.

The winners of the $8,000 award are Duo Vis à Vis, Polina Grigoreva and Yulia Yurchenko (St. Petersburg, Russia). They also collected a $2,000 Norman Pellegrini Schubert Prize.

They must be looking happier now. Surely?

The competition’s full name is “Liszt 200” Chicago International Duo Piano Competition, presented by the Music Institute of Chicago.

From the press release:

Duo Vis à Vis (Grand Prize “Liszt 200 Chicago” and “Norman Pellegrini Schubert Prize”): Duo Vis à Vis (Grand Prize “Liszt 200 Chicago” and “Norman Pellegrini Schubert Prize”): Polina Grigoryeva and Yulia Yurchenko perform at leading concert series in their native Russia, including St. Petersburg, and at festivals and with orchestras in Germany and abroad. They have participated in the Schubert Festival in Rostock, Germany and the International Festival of Modern Music “Musical Spring.” Other competition prizes include 1st prize in the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome and top honors in the Jesenik, Czech Republic Schubert competition and  the Bialystock, Poland Competition for piano duo. perform at leading concert series in their native Russia, including St. Petersburg, and at festivals and with orchestras in Germany and abroad. They have participated in the Schubert Festival in Rostock, Germany and the International Festival of Modern Music “Musical Spring.” Other competition prizes include 1st prize in the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome and top honors in the Jesenik, Czech Republic Schubert competition and  the Bialystock, Poland Competition for piano duo.

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