The Honens Piano Competition is a sort of Canadian Van Cliburn competition, where an award is given just every three years. The competitors are all under the age of 30, and the winner receives not only a major cash award of $100,000 but also an extensive career development program valued at about half a million dollars.
The 2015 Honens Prize Laureate was the Italian pianist Luca Buratto. He just released his first studio album, a collection of piano music by Robert Schumann. Buratto recently spoke with Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell about Schumann's music, why recording a studio album is kind of like being in jail, and what he misses the most when he's traveling. Hear the interview below.