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Andrey Ponochevny

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Andrey Ponochevny (Belarusian: Андрэй Паначэўны; born 31 December 1976) is a Belarusian-American pianist.



Ponochevny graduated from Belarusian Academy of Music where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He also holds his Artist Diploma from TCU, Fort Worth and SMU, Dallas, where he studied with Tamas Ungar and Joaquin Achucarro.[citation needed]

He was awarded the Bronze Medal at the XIII Tchaikovsky competition. Ponochevny has won First Prize at the "Tomassoni International Piano Competition in Cologne", Germany (1996) and the First Prize at the "William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland", USA (1998). His other competition accolades include top prizes in Prague, Warsaw (Chopin), Dublin (AXA), Moscow, Hong Kong, Riga (Latvia), Alexandria and New Orleans (Louisiana). He received an honorable mention at the XIII International Chopin Piano Competition.[citation needed]

Among his numerous awards, he was twice named "Outstanding Artist in China" (2009 and 2011). In his hometown of Minsk (Belarus), he was awarded the title "Minskovite of the year" in 2002.[citation needed]

In addition to his concert schedule, Mr.Ponochevny also teaches piano at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. [citation needed]

Ponochevny is a Yamaha Artist.[citation needed]

Record of piano prizes[citation needed]
Year Competition Prize 1st prize winner
1987 Latvia Riga International Music Competition 1st prize
1991 Czech Republic Concertino Prague, Radio Competition for Young Musicians 2nd prize Ukraine Anna Kravtchenko.
1996 Germany Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Köln 1st prize
1998 United States William Kapell International Piano Competition, Maryland 1st prize
2002 Russia Tchaikovsky International Competition, Moscow 3rd prize Japan Ayako Uehara.
2005 Republic of Ireland AXA International Piano Competition, Dublin 5th prize Finland Antti Siirala.
2005 Hong Kong Hong Kong International Piano Competition 4th prize Russia Ilya Rashkovsky.
2007 United States Louisiana International Piano Competition 2nd prize China Dizhou Zhao
2010 United States New Orleans International Piano Competition 2nd prize Russia Eduard Kunz


  • [1] 2002 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Winners
  • [2] 2010 New Orleans International Piano Competition Winners
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