Pianist Mihkel Poll wins The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize (Video)

The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually awards a talented Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall recital. Young and talented Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll was the recipient of this year’s award, and his winner’s recital became a special occasion.

London’s Wigmore Hall is a leading international recital venue that specialises in hosting performances of chamber music and is best known for classical recitals of piano, song and instrumental music. With near perfect acoustics, the Hall became quickly celebrated across Europe, acquiring almost legendary attraction for the greatest artists of the 20th century, such as Sergei Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten.

Photography by Kaupo Kikkas

25-year-old Estonian pianist delivered an ambitious and mesmerising programme with works by Ligeti, Bartók, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev – some of which are not necessarily box-office favourites. Stylishly dressed in black and full of determination, Poll pulled his performance off with a dedicated focus and commitment and ensured again that he is a musician to watch and follow.

Maestro Arvo Part has commented about Mihkel Poll: “Mihkel PolI is an interesting and original musician with superb technical skills, who is able to perform the most complex pieces with artistic supremacy and musical freedom.”

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Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and Politics & Society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.