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Ivan Bessonov: “I would really like to become a director”

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Ivan Bessonov: "I would really like to become a director"Ivan Bessonov

Member of Grand Piano Competition Ivan Bessonov talked about what he associates with the cinema art, and what is good excitement.

– Ivan, tell me how your life changed after the previous contest Grand Piano Competition? Why did you decide to participate again?

– My life has changed radically, for the better. There were new concerts, acquaintances. I got a lot of emotions from the past and this competition.

I think that Grand Piano Competition one of the best in the world, because I do not know of any other junior competition with such amazing conditions.

– The second time this path is not so exciting?

-Of course, the second time is easier – experience has already appeared. But still I feel such excitement. It is a great pleasure to perform on stage with this orchestra and conductor, to play on such wonderful grand pianos.

– On the First Round, you performed your own composition – “Festive Waltz”. What inspired you to create it?

– I wrote it in Sochi. Inspired by the amazing nature of the city: the sea, palm trees, flowers …

– When did you first show yourself as a composer?

– It all began with the fact that my dad, who composed music for the cinema, began to dedicate me to this business as a child. He said to me:

“There are a lot of pianists in the world, and there are a few good composers. You need to bring new music to this world. “

– In the future, do you see yourself more like a composer or a performer?

– I think that I will combine. Still, I would very much like to become a director, write music for films, cinema art inspires me very much.

Ivan Bessonov: "I would really like to become a director"

– Today you have to play the final program. When you perform, from the outside you get the impression that the scene is completely your element, not the slightest hint of excitement. And there is?

– It depends on what excitement you mean. There is excitement when you are simply afraid to go on stage, you are afraid of the public, your hands are shaking. Quite different is from the anticipation of emotions, the awareness that you can inspire someone with your game. I always have the second.

– What would you wish other participants in the competition?

– Naturally, inspiration, that they all worked out well. But, first of all, health, because for any musician, good health first of all.


Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002, studying piano at the age of 6, a pupil of the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Vadim Rudenko).

In 2016 he presented a solo program on the stage of the Mariinsky Theater, performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, the orchestra of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg.

Laureate of the International Youth Competition named after Chopin (2015, St. Petersburg, Grand Prix), the Anton Rubinstein International Competition “Piano Miniature in Russian Music” (2016, St. Petersburg), the contest of the Government of St. Petersburg “Young Talents” (2016, I Prize), the International Grand Piano Competition Competition (2016, Audience Prize), Astana Piano Passion International Competition (2017, I Prize), Contest “Young Talents of Russia” (2017, 1st Prize).

Cooperates with conductors Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky and others, gives solo concerts in Russia and abroad.

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Interviewed by Natalya Poddubnyak