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Tchaikovsky Competition results to keep intrigue

June 30, 2011

The winners of the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition were announced in Moscow at the award ceremony on Thursday. However, we’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out who the highly anticipated Grand prix winner is. We’ll bet on a pianist. Well, let’s wait.

The distinguished jury awarded Russian pianists Daniil Trifonov, 20, the gold medal. Yeol Eum Son and Seong Jin Cho from South Korea were awarded the second and third prizes respectively. Alexander Romanovsky from Ukraine was fourth and Russian Alexei Chernov received the fifth prize.

The new winner in the Cello category is Narek Hakhnazaryan from Armenia. We salute him for not losing his temper and focusing on the Final Round despite racist remarks made by the conductor Mark Gorenstein during one of the rehearsals.

Second prize went to Edgar Moreau from France and the third prize was awarded to Ivan Karizna from Belarus. Norbert Anger from Germany and Umberto Clerici from Italy were named the fourth and the fifth prize winners respectively. And that’s for the laureates competing in Moscow this year.

For the first time in its history part of the Tchaikovsky Competition was held in St. Petersburg. 26 violinist and 40 singers arrived to the northern capital of Russia on June 14. Five violinists were selected for the Final Round, but none of them was awarded the gold medal. The second prize, however, was divided between Russian Sergey Dogadin and Itamar Zorman from Israel. Jehye Lee from South Korea was awarded the third prize. Americans Nigel Armstrong and Eric Silberger became laureates of the fourth and the fifth prizes.

It was a triumph for South Korean singers winning two gold medals in Voice category – female singer Sun Young Seo was awarded the gold medal and Jong Min Park was the winner among male singers. The jury awarded Elena Guseva from Russia was awarded the third prize and the second prize to male singer from Mongolia Amartuvshin Enkhbat.

All the 2011 laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition are listed on its profile on Bakitone.

$66,000 in Prize Money for 13-17 year-old String Players

June 22, 2011

It is rare for $66,000 in prize money to be earmarked for young string players 13-17 years of age.  Yet that is what happens every three years, when the Johansen International Competition (JIC) for Young String Players takes place. There are separate awards for violin, viola, and cello. First prize for each category is $10,000; second prize is $7,000; and third prize is $5,000. Performance opportunities for winners may include appearances with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (PA), Capital City Symphony (DC), Prince Georges Philharmonic (MD), London Master Classes (England), and a Winners Recital in Washington, D.C.

The Johansen International Competition was founded in 1997 through the generosity of a trust fund established by Anna Storch Johansen. Mrs. Johansen wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most – when they must make decisions about whether to continue with their dedication to music, or perhaps move away from it as they look to college and other interests. This will be the sixth time the Johansen Competition has been held.

The Johansen International Competition is open to students of violin, viola, or cello and will be held March 21-24, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Application package and audition CD must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.

Application process for Albert Mamriev Competition to end June 30

June 4, 2011

"We are looking for the Great and Natural Music Talent. We give a chance to all musicians - without the limits of age, nationality, and the Music Style - to show their talents in front of the concert managers." That's how the rules of the 1st Albert Mamriev International Music Competition start. Participants of the competition will have to prepare a 20-minute program and try to impress the jury comprised of concert agents, as well as critics, producers, festival and competition directors invited to attend the auditions. The jury panel will award a monetary prize of 5,000, a one-year management contract, and a CD recording and its distribution in Germany to the winners of the competition.

Organized by the "Neue Sterne Classical Artists" concert agency, the competition will take place in the German town of Braunschweig from September 23 until 25, 2011. Applications from all instrumentalists, singers and chamber music ensembles must be submitted not later than June 30, 2011.

WIC: Piano 2011 Winners Announced

June 2, 2011

The winners of the Washington International Competition for Piano, held at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 28, 2011 are:

  • First Prize - Yoonjung Han
  • Second Prize - Yejin Noh
  • Third Prize - Anna Shelest
  • Audience Prize - Anna Bulkina

Judges: Jane Coop, John O’Conor and Andre-Michel Schub.

During the intermission, French semi-finalist Arthur Ancelle performed his original piano transcription of Paul Dukas’ L’apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) to the audience’s delight.

Established in 1950, WIC competitions for singers, pianists, and string players are held each spring in annual rotation. The next 2012 Washington International Competition will be open to string players and composers.

Argento Competition enjoys record-breaking year

June 1, 2011

Unprecedented for the International Music Competition Pietro Argento, 180 young artists from 29 countries applied for the competition this year. With such a high number of participants the organizers had to add an extra day of preliminary auditions beginning from June 2, 2011. Competition Director Paola Sorentino said the organizing committee is very pleased with response from the global music community and adds: "The numbers speak for themselves. It secures the competition's place at the top of international music competitions in Europe."

The International Music Competition Pietro Argento takes place in a Puglia region of Southern Italy every year. It is open to pianists, chamber music performers and singer with no age limit. The 14th edition will take place from June 1 until 5, 2011 with closing ceremony at the Rossini Theatre in Gioia del Colle of Bari province.

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