2nd Prize Piano 2012
Born in Gorki (Nijni Novgorod) in 1984, Mikhail Sporov began his musical training at 7 years old with Natalia Barkova. In 1997, he performed Chopin’s Concerto in E minor at the New Names Festival with the Nijni Novgorod Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, he won the Competition for Young Pianists of his hometown and, the same year, he won the Rozhdestvensky Competition for Young Pianists. In 1990, Mikhail won 1st Prize at the Syzran International Chamber Music Competition (Russia) in piano duet. In 2014, he was awarded 2nd Prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. He studied at the Nijni Novgorod Music School with professor Valery Starynin before pursuing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover (Germany) with Vladimir Krainev. Since 2008, he is a student of Adrian Oetiker at the Musik-Akademie in Basel. Mikhail Sporov regularly gives recitals in Germany, Italy, France and South Africa. In 2009, he made his debut with the Basel Symphony Orchestra performing Franz Liszt’s 2nd Concerto.