Teenager hits right notes in Russia

A YOUNG Kesgrave pianist is today celebrating after coming third in a prestigious competition in Russia.Erdem Misirlioglu of Fletchers Lane, who is hoping to become a concert pianist, flew to Russia last week after he was invited to take part in the International Rachmaninov Young Pianist Competition.

A YOUNG Kesgrave pianist is today celebrating after coming third in a prestigious competition in Russia.

Erdem Misirlioglu of Fletchers Lane, who is hoping to become a concert pianist, flew to Russia last week after he was invited to take part in the International Rachmaninov Young Pianist Competition.

The 16-year-old said he memorised ten pieces to play in Russia.

Taking a break from his revision for GCSEs he said: “I couldn't believe it at first as the standard was so high.


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“The Russians have amazing technique and it was very inspiring to be there and experience a different culture.

“I really enjoyed it. I was very happy with the result.”

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Erdem practised two hours a day after he heard he would be going to Veliky Novograd, the composer's birthplace about 120 miles south of St Petersburg.

A student at Northgate High School and keen Beethoven fan Erdem is currently studying at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Mum Julia 46 travelled with Erdem to the competition.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience. I think I was more nervous than he was my hands were trembling but he just took it in his stride.

“I couldn't believe he got so far. It was a wonderful experience for him.”

Erdem scooped $300 a laureate prize and a diploma for his efforts.

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