Looking Back: Bakitone Award
December 25, 2010As one of the steps to support young aspiring artists, we have decided to present the Bakitone International Award to one of the musicians, who will greatly benefit from it during his or her long way to the top.
Web presence, nowadays, is the most effective way to express creative endeavours and connect with an international audience. Therefore, this year"s special prize from Bakitone was a creation of a personal website for one of the participants at a competition.
In the beginning of September one of our competition-members, the International Music Competition "The Muse Junior", invited us to visit the contest and award the prize at the closing ceremony. It was our delight to select one of them - a young and promising Serbian violinist from Belgrade. With great believe in her potential we were happy to award this prize to Dunja Kalamir!
Moving Ahead: What to expect in 2011
December 25, 2010Can you believe we are already approaching 2011? Just yesterday, well, in the spring of 2010, we had ideas how to expand the information available for musicians looking for competitions on Bakitone.com. As we started to plan and implement such a major update, we kept receiving great suggestions from musicians and our competition-members alike. We felt the need to combine and implement all the proposals together. So the work on Bakitone v2.0 has begun.
Fully equipped with new exciting ideas and motivation we anticipate bringing you the "new" site in early 2011. In the meantime, folks, stay tuned and have a pleasant holiday season!
WIC to Cover Travelling Expenses
November 19, 2010Washington International Competition has just announced it will be awarding transportation reimbursement up to $1,000 each for the six contestants proceeding to the finals at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2011. Additionally, PayPal has been integrated into their Online Application, since WIC now accepts major credit cards.
WIC has been on the competition stage for almost 60 years, but major initiatives to modernize their competition and invite a more global applicant pool have brought them greater recognition this year. One of the oldest competitions in America, WIC distinguishes itself by offering rotating disciplines annually. Washington International Competition will feature Piano in 2011, Strings and Composition in 2012, and Voice in 2013. All finals occur at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center in the nation's capital.
Washington International Competition announces 2011 Piano Edition
November 5, 2010Now in its 58th year, the Washington International Competition is happy to join Bakitone International to announce its annual event, which will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 27 and 28, 2011.
This year the competition is open to pianists from all over the world. Eligible applicants will win monetary (top prize is as much as $11,000) as well as performance prizes at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection. The last day to apply for the Washington International Competition is March 1, 2011. Read more about age requirements, program and more on our site and check out their interesting blog for updates.
Yulianna Avdeeva wins Chopin Piano Competition
October 23, 2010The 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition is over. After the winners perform one more time during the last prize winners" concert tonight we"ll have to wait another five years to find out the next generation of the competition"s laureates. In the meantime, we shall look forward to more concert performances from Yulianna Avdeeva, Russian pianist who won the 16th competition; Lukas Geniusas representing Russia and Lithuania and Ingolf Wunder from Austria who shared the 2nd prize; the 3rd prize winner Daniil Trifonov from Russia and Evgeni Bozhanov and Francois Dumont, who were awarded the 4th and the 5th prize respectively.
Yulianna Avdeeva is the first female winner of the Chopin Piano Competition since Martha Argerich"s triumph 45 years ago. She has followed in the steps of the great pianist, the winner of the 7th contest, as well as the other two world-famous female winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition - Bella Davidovich and Halina Czerny-Stefanska.