Russian prodigy returns

Russian prodigy returns

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Photo: F. Broede, IMG Artists
Few reach legendary status at the young age of 12 as Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin did. That year, 1984, the fluffy-haired pre-teen became an overnight sensation with his virtuosic performance of both Chopin piano concertos.

The legend became historic when the late maestro Herbert von Karajan, just a few months before his death, performed with the 16-year-old whom he called "a genius".

Sensational as he is, Kissin never seeks overt publicity. His cool persona and his hot-blooded pianism are well-known, and so is his generosity in encores. There were five on his last Hong Kong visit.

This month, Kissin will perform an all-Liszt recital to celebrate the bicentenary of the King of Piano, and as part of the University of Hong Kong's centenary celebrations. There will be a public talk on November 21 (register at 100.hku.hk/kissin), followed by the performance on November 23 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tickets are on sale at Urbtix - but Young Post has five pairs to give away.

To enter, send your answer to the question "What city was Kissin born in?" along with your full name, age, school and contact number to yp@scmp.com. Deadline for entry will be noon, November 16.

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