Russians came first and second at the Sydney International Piano Competition.
Andrey Gugnin came first. But it was Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, in second place, who came away with a Universal Music record contract.
Gerard Willems commentating for the ABC at the competition said: ‘When I see [Arseny] play I see the whole history of piano playing begin to unfold before me’.
Universal Music Australia/Deutsche Grammophon awarded Arseny a five-album international recording contract.
L-R: Tom Ford (Universal), Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Cyrus Meher-Homji (General Manager, Universal Music Australia).
The photographer was first prize winner, Andrey Gugnin.