THE SHALAMOV PIANO DUO, established in 2009,
is an interesting musical ensemble, combining the capabilities of two remarkable pianists. The symbiosis between two bright personalities gives birth to an unusual for their youth creative maturity and a unique stage presence. The joint work of the performers is very successful and leads to great achievements. “This couple’s performance is just phenomenal” – points out “Mundo Clásico”.
Winning the 1st prize at the International Music Competition in Munich in 2015 is one of the highest and most extraordinary recognitions for the formation. Alina and Nikolay not only received the highest evaluation from the jury, (highly impressed by their masterful interpretation of the Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos, KV 365) but were also awarded the audience prize, as well as the prize for the best performance of the obligatory composition, commissioned especially for the competition that year. This success has now become part of the 64 year old history of the ARD Competition.
The Bulgarian Alina Shalamova is a graduate of the Lyubomir Pipkov National Music School in Sofia and the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in the piano class of prof. Milena Mollova. The Russian Nikolay Shalamov graduated from the Music School and the Conservatory in his hometown of Rostov-on-Don under prof. Igor Benditsky. He also studied at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia under prof. Milena Mollova (2008-2009). He is the winner of the Pancho Vladigerov International Competition in Shumen (2011). In 2011 the Shalamov Duo moved to Madrid (Spain) after being accepted at the prestigious Reina Sofía School Of Music. They proceeded with their Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, having the wonderful opportunity to extend their musical knowledge and experience while studying with Prof. Hans – Peter Stenzl and Prof. Volker Stenzl.
Shalamov Piano duo has won distinctions at competitions including: “Concertino” – Prague, “Mily Balakirev” in Krasnodar and “Arthur Rubinstein” in Moscow, the International Competition “The Music and the Earth” in Sofia and the International competition “Franz Schubert” in Ruse (Bulgaria), the 1st prize at the competition Verfemte Musik in Schwerin (Germany), the Schubert Piano duo competition in Jeseník (Czech Republic) and others. He is the winner of the music award of the Bruno Fry Foundation for 2015.
The ensemble has played with a number of European symphony orchestras and participated in festivals on the Old Continent. There are recordings for many German radio and television stations. He has given concerts in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria and others.