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Pianist Vladimir Tiagunov portrays precision and power through his performance of
“Appassionata” by Beethoven
Every field has its pioneers, prodigies and legends and the realm of music is no different. These
individuals redefine the norm, while their work represents the epitome of creativity, ingenuity and
excellence. To an accomplished pianist, Beethoven’s Appassionata is a true masterpiece. To recreate
such complex a composition, even a master pianist is forced to push himself to his very limits.
Vladimir Tiagunov decided to undertake this prestigious challenge at his solo concert, where his
talent, finesse and precision was truly awe inspiring.
The Appassionata is regarded as the holy grail of complex and soulful compositions, by veterans and
aspiring pianists alike. During his performance, Vladimir Tiagunov had the audience riveted to their
seats as his effortless rendition left them spellbound. Vladimir elaborated, “The Appassionata is
timeless and immortal. Performing it was both an honour and an indescribable pleasure. I am glad
that I was able to convey its power, emotion and soulfulness to the audience.”
Vladimir has been playing the piano from the young age of 6, while he has always been extremely
fond of the classical era and its music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Beethoven, Vladimir
mastered his craft to become a truly talented and renowned pianist of today. In an ode to his idol,
Vladimir’s scintillating performance ended with a standing ovation.
Vladimir Tiagunov is a reputed pianist, performer, teacher and mentor. He has been performing
from the age of 9, having won a plethora of awards and accolades in recognition of his talent, skill,
passion and dedication to music. In 2010 Vladimir won first prize in the International Music
Competition “21 st Century Art” in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2013 Vladimir graduated from the Masters
Degree Program with Honors and chose to move to the USA shortly after.
Since his arrival to the United States, Vladimir has represented Steinway and Sons at showcases at
Smith Haven Mall and Roosevelt Field Mall. When he isn’t travelling the world and performing as a
solo pianist, he spends his time teaching piano and promoting musical education. Several of his
students have performed internationally, having won several competitions and awards, following in
the steps of their mentor.
Despite his many accomplishments at a young age, Tiagunov continues to learn, adapt and evolve as
a musician and a performer. He continues to draw inspiration from classical music and constantly
looks for ways to raise the bar even further. He has a vast amount of recordings from concerts
including such works as the Op.10 by Chopin, “Wanderer Fantasy” by Schubert, “Pictures at an
Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, and of course, the “Appassionata” by Beethoven along with several
Currently, Vladimir is active as a soloist and chamber musician, while giving recitals in several
European countries as well as the United States. He has performed at leading venues such as
Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art Concert Hall, various Steinway Halls, Tilles Center,
University of F. Chopin Concert Hall (Poland) and several venues in Russia and Ukraine. Vladimir
reminisced about his journey this far and added, “I remember learning Piano as a child, and after all
these years, I have had the privilege of performing the Appassionata. It’s been a wonderful
experience and I will continue to do my best.”
Music without Borders International Piano Festival returns to the Gould Academy campus in Bethel for its 13th season, July 1-- 27, 2019. Concert artist and master teacher Tamara Poddubnaya assembles aspiring young pianists from the U.S. and Europe for up to four weeks of intensive study on the Gould campus, where they live and enjoy the exceptional practice and performance facilities offered at this All-Steinway School, in a friendly community nestled in the mountains of western Maine.
The first two recitals for the general public are on Thursday, July 4, and Saturday, July 6. Thereafter, regular public recitals are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, July 9 through July 27. All recitals are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. Programs are held in air-conditioned Trustees Auditorium of the McLaughlin Science Center on the Gould campus. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited.