Richard Slagstad Kierulf is nine years old, lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been under the expert piano supervision of Marina Pliassova since he was six. His music and piano classes, as well as regular student concerts, are held at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In November 2015 he was awarded second prize in the Norwegian Youth Music Competition. In 2016 he participated in Stage4Kids in Hamburg as well as in the Poros Piano Academy in Greece, where he was selected to play a concerto of Bach with the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Athens. When not playing the piano, Richard loves football, cooking, fishing and cross country skiing.