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Music from The Western Reserve will highlight pianist Nikita Mndoyants, this year's winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, for its second concert.
Mndoyants will perform Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St. in Hudson.
Coming from a family of professional musicians, Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music a very young age. He gave his first public recital at age 8, and recorded his first CD (of a live performance in Helsinki) at age 10. Mr. Mndoyants received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he studied composition with Professor Alexander Tchaikovsky and piano with Professor Nikolay Petrov and Professor Alexander Mndoyants. Since 2013 he Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers.