DMA candidate Mikhail Grazhdanov makes semi finals at the MA Festival Brugge Competition 2024

Mikhail Grazhdanov, Harpsichord and Fortepiano

CWRU Historical Performance Program DMA candidate Mikhail Grazhdanov has made the semi finals at the MA Festival Brugge Competition 2024. The 12 candidates will perform on Tues, Aug 6 to earn a spot in the final on Thur, Aug 8.

The MA Competition — start­ed in 1964 — has devel­oped into an unri­valled tal­ent pool as a pres­ti­gious inter­na­tion­al music com­pe­ti­tion. Every year, tal­ent­ed young musi­cians from all over the world enjoy the oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage in dia­logue with pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians in the field of ear­ly music and thus per­fect their artis­tic per­for­mance.

MA Competition is a unique plat­form for train­ing and pro­fes­sion­al inte­gra­tion of young artists with the aim of dis­cov­er­ing new tal­ent and enabling new encoun­ters. Its unique­ness stems from its place at the heart of MA Festival.

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Mikhail Grazhdanov was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He began his music studies on bayan (button accordion), shifting to piano at age 17. From 2013 - 2018 he was a student of Vladimir Tropp (piano), Olga Fillippova (harpsichord), and Alexey Lubimov (fortepiano) at the Moscow Conservatory. With the aid of a Fulbright scholarship, he earned a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2021, studying with Daniel Shapiro (piano). Currently he is a DMA candidate in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University, where he studies with Francesca Brittan (fortepiano), Peter Bennett (harpsichord) and Jonathan Moyer (organ). He has participated in a wide variety of masterclasses, including with Francesco Corti, Mark Edwards, and David Breitman. Recent professional appearances include performances with the American Bach Soloists Academy and a concert at the Boston Early Music Festival (summer 2023). He also appeared on the Young Artists Program at the Early Music America summit in Boston (Fall 2023).