12-year-old Canadian wins first prize at international piano competition
By Crystal Chan
On May 13, 12-year-old Scarborough resident Anastasia Rizikov beat out 25 other competitors—some over twice her age—to win first prize at the Rotary International Piano Competition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She competed in Category A, which was open to those aged 28 and under. Competitors who were required to play a total of one and a half hours of diverse repertoire over the three rounds, from memory, with no repetition. She will win approximately $3,600 Canadian and is invited to return to Spain for a solo recital tour and performance with the Baleares Symphony Orchestra.