"Exuberant and unpredictable": this is how critics characterize the talent of Evgeni Bozhanov, a Bulgarian pianist whose numerous honours include prizes at the Sviatoslav Richter competition in Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, and the Van Cliburn in Texas; his fourth-place prize at Warsaw's Chopin Competition in 2010 divided the critical world, setting off an international scandal. For so effervescent a personality making his Santa Cecilia debut, Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 3 is a fitting choice: a score in which the piano dialogues vigorously with the orchestra, using an instrumental technique that enhances the sound and makes timbre one of the concerto's structural pillars. All this vitality is perfectly framed by Beethoven's Elegischer Gesang op. 118 and by Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra; the latter was constructed by the composer as an instrumental game in which the orchestra's sections interact with one another to display a virtuoso mastery, resulting in an uninterrupted flow that guaranteed this composition's enormous success right from its first performance in Boston in 1944. Juraj Valčuha - chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI until 2016, and currently chief conductor of the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples - will be on the podium.