Young Bulgarian pianist wins prestigious competition in Germany

The 13-year-old Thomas Kalin Simeonov, Laureate of Yordan Kamdzhalov Foundation for 2020, is the winner of the Gold honours of the “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Music Competition in Bonn, Germany. He also received an invitation to participate in the Gala Concert at Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. Congratulations, Tommy!

Thomas Kalin is a pianist who has already won many national and international music prizes at prestigious competitions. He has been awarded seven gold medals, three silver ones, and became a 3rd degree laureate in Moscow, Russia.

“For me it is easy to play the piano. I play for six, seven, even eight hours. In Moscow was the toughest competition I have taken part in, it was fiercely competitive. My favourite subject is music,” says the young pianist.

“We didn't want for him to be a musician because my husband is a musician. However, his uncle played an important role in his choice by giving him an electronic synthesizer as a present. At first, he played for pleasure, and then he went to classes. It is hard for us, but not impossible. Now the goal for him is to apply to the National School of Music in Sofia. Music fosters responsibility, sensitivity, making commitments and keeping them. I feel proud,” the mother of Thomas Kalin, Olga Simeonova, told Bulgarian National Radio.

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