Trustees, volunteers and supporters of Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK) enjoyed a wonderful couple of hours of music and art at the Russian Culture House in Kensington. The evening was a gift to the charity from the Belarusian Embassy for all the work it has undertaken in Belarus.
Oleg Ermolovich, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Belarus to the UK, welcomed everyone and introduced the evening.
Anna Kolos, whose paintings and other forms of graphic art were exhibited, spoke about her personal project which was conceived as an experiment of synthesis of Fine Art and Music.
Surrounded by these images, virtuoso pianist Vladislav Khandogiy, a 16 year old Belarusian from Minsk, played two Rachmaninov preludes, Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel and Prokofiev’s Sonata number 7 with great sensitivity, maturity and insight. The audience was spellbound. It was a dazzling performance from a very modest young man.
Vladislav’s musical career began in 2010 with a scholarship bursary from the Belarus Special Foundation for Young Talent and since 2013 he has been a student at the Republic of Belarus College of Music. He has competed in international competitions including the XV International Television Competition for Young Musicians where he won the Golden Nutcracker trophy. Vladislav won first prizes at both the Sviridov Competition for Young Performers held in St Petersburg and the International Competition for Young Pianists in Astana. Vladislav was the audience’s choice to win a prize in the 2014 International Television Contest for Young Musicians. Vladislav was awarded the Denis Matsouev Diploma at the First International Contest for Young Pianists Grand Piano Competition and participated in the Denis Matsouev’s festival in Annecy, France. In 2016, Vladislav recorded a CD.