Story: Positive Thinking "Why is everyone here so happy except me?" "Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere," said the Master. "Why don't I see goodness and beauty everywhere?" "Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside." Story: UNBREAKABLE
My friend Bob had a serious motorcycle accident and lost the use of his left hand.
"Fortunately I'm right handed," he told me as he adroitly served me a cup of tea. "It's amazing what I can do with just one hand." Despite the loss of his fingers, he learned to fly an airplane in less than a year. But one day, while flying over a mountainous region, his plane had engine problems and crashed. He survived, but was paralyzed from head to foot.
I visited him in the hospital. He told me, " This is a big challenge but what matters is what I decide to do now!" I was dumbfounded. I thought my friend was just trying to stay hopeful and that as soon as I left he would start crying and be broken.
Instead, life still had some fine surprises in store for him.
He met the woman of his life during a conference for handicapped people.
He invented a system of digital writing that responds to voice commands. He also sold hundreds of copies of a book that he wrote about developing the new system.
On the back cover he wrote this short note: "Before becoming paralyzed, I could do a million different things. Now I can only do 990,000. But what sensible person would worry about the 10,000 things he can no longer do, while there are 990,000 things left?"
The Shalamov Piano Duo, established in 2009, is the winner of the 1st prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2015. In this competition, Alina and Nikolay were also awarded the audience prize, as well as the prize for the best performance of the obligatory composition by Ferran Cruixent, commissioned especially for the competition that year (www.bechstein.com). Also, they won one of the two first prizes ever awarded in the Piano duo category in the history of the ARD Competition.
Alina and Nikolay began playing together as a duo in Bulgaria, under the supervision and direction of Professor Milena Mollova, a world renowned Bulgarian pianist. In 2011 Duo Shalamov moved to Madrid (Spain) after being accepted at the prestigious school of music "Reina Sofia”. They were invited to play at Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, and at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona – two of the most important concert halls in Spain.
In 2014 Alina and Nikolay proceeded with their Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock,studying with Prof. Hans-Peter und Prof. Volker Stenzl, both renowned musicians and pedagogues themselves.
In 2016 the duo made its debut in the renowned Henry le Boeuf concert hall in Bruxelles, giving a recital as part of the Steinway Prizewinner Concerts series.
In 2019 the duo received their Konzertexamen Diploma from the HMT Rostock, graduating with the highest possible score. At the moment both pianists reside in Berlin, being Bechstein artists and developing further their musical careers.
Duo Shalamov / Olivier Messiaen, Amen du Désir No. 4 from Visions de l'Amen
🎥Full performance: Link in Bio