Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to take the gold medal at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2010. Fresh off her win, Avdeeva toured Europe with the New York Philharmonic last summer as a victory lap. Hear her performance of Chopin's First Piano Concerto this week.
Avdeeva, now 26 years old, was one of 82 pianists to take part in the quinquennial competition. The nearly 100-year-old competition is known for its tough judging, which left the world without a winner in 1990 and 1995. Past winners include Martha Argerich and Maurizio Pollini.
Watch Avdeeva perform the first movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor at the final round of the International Chopin Competition in 2010 below.
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano
Beethoven - Egmont Overture
Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 1
Debussy - Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber