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Nikolai Khozyainov composed a piano piece titled “Petals of Peace(Pétales de la Paix)” for a concert held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2022, under the theme “Between Human Rights and Civilization.” Khozyainov has previously written several transcriptions and arrangements for piano, with two of them already published. However, this marks the first time his original composition has been published.
Preface by Nikolai Khozyainov
Nowadays all we hear people talk about is war, so it is not surprising that according to the United Nations there are 25 nations at war around the world now. That is why I composed a piece specifically for this concert and gave its world premiere at the United Nations. I called my work the “Petals of Peace” (Pétales de la Paix). Peace is like a mirage, like a beautiful vision; we can sometimes see it, we can even touch it sometimes. Yet it is what we all strive for and what we want more than anything. This piece is another world, a world where the beauty reigns, where we are all together as one. It is a dream that we want to go on forever.
Nikolay Khozyainov is one of the most remarkable pianists of the world. His musicality and formidable technique have thrilled audiences across the planet, his recitals and concerto engagements include sold out performances on all continents at the world’s foremost stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, The Louvre and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tonhalle in Zurich, Palazzo Quirinale in Rome, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the United Nations and many others.
Maestro Khozyainov has been honored by numerous presidents and heads of state, great cultural and political figures. In January 2018, the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated Nikolay at his concert in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. In 2022 he was knighted by the Spanish Royal Family as Knight Commander. After Maestro Khozyainov’s concert at the United Nations in November 2022, he was awarded the Gold Medal of Peace by the Blue Helmets – the United Nations Peacekeeping Force.