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Contestants

Piano
1 prize
Special prize for the best performance of the concerto with chamber orchestra in the second round
#36
Masleev, Dmitry
(Russia)
Masleev, Dmitry
Russia

Age: 27
Born in Ulan-Ude. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof.Mikhail Petukhov (2011) and then finished postgraduate school (2014). He is currently an intern at the Lake Como International Piano Academy (Italy). He has won many competitions, among them the 7th Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France,2010), the 21st Premio Chopin Piano Competition in Rome (2011), and the Antonio Napolitano Competition in Salerno (2013). In 2014 he won third prize in the 2nd Russian Music Competition in Moscow. He performs in Russia, France, Romania, Germany, and Italy.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 848
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 26 in E-flat major (The Farewell), Op. 81a
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Chant elegiaque, Dance Scene (Invitation to a Trepak), Op.72,14 and 18
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10
Franz Liszt. Etude Wilde Jagd from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,8
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Joseph Haydn. Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/48
Stage 1 Camille Saint-Saens – Franz Liszt. Danse macabre (arr. by Vladimir Horowitz)
Sergei Rachmaninov. Variations on a Theme of Corelli in D minor, Op. 42
Felix Mendelssohn – Sergei Rachmaninov. Scherzo from the Incidental music to
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Franz Liszt. Totentanz, S. 525
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

2 prize
#19
Li, George
(USA)
Li, George
USA

Age: 19
Studies in the joint programme of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music under Profs. Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. In 2012 he won the Gilmore Young Artist Award which is restricted to pianists from the USA under the age of 22 and also the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at Verbier Academy (Switzerland). In 2014 he won at the Grand Prix Animato in Paris and took second prize at the Vendome Prize International Piano Competition. In 2011 he was invited by President Barack Obama to perform at the White House during a reception for Angela Merkel. The pianist’s solo concerts have been heard in the USA, Canada and Europe. He has performed with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Orchestra among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 885
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Theme and Variations in F major, Op. 19,6
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 10,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 33,6
Franz Liszt. Etude La Campanella in G-sharp minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141,3

Round II
Sergei Rachmaninov. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Stage 1 Franz Liszt. Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C-sharp minor, S. 244 (cadenza by
Sergei Rachmaninov)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Meditation, Op. 72,5; Valse de salon, Op. 51,1
Frederic Chopin. Variations “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, in B flat major Op. 2 (Jan Ekier edition)
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

2 prize
#22
Geniušas, Lukas
(Russia/Lithuania)
Geniušas, Lukas
Russia/Lithuania

Age: 24
Lukas Geniusas is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Prof. Vera Gornostayeva (2013). He is continuing his studies as a postgraduate student and intern. In 2010 he was a prize winner at the 15th Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA), and he also took second prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2012 he was awarded the Deutscher Pianistenpreis. In the 2014-15 season he debuted in London’s Wigmore Hall and in Paris at the Louvre Auditorium. In 2013 he was on the programme of the Stars of the 21st Century of the Moscow Philharmonic. He has recorded for the NIFC, Art Classic, DUX and other labels.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 3 in C major, Op. 2,3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Romance in F minor, Op. 5; Scherzo Humoresque, Op.19,2
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 10,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C major, Op. 33,2
Franz Liszt. Etude Wilde Jagd from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,8

Round II
Johannes Brahms. Sonata 1 in C major, Op. 1
Stage 1 Frederic Chopin. Etudes in E major, C-sharp minor, G-flat major, and E-flat minor, Op. 10,3-6
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 2 in G major, Op. 44
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

3 prize
#3
Redkin, Sergey
(Russia)
Redkin, Sergey
Russia

Age: 23
Born in Krasnoyarsk. He has studied since 2009 at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory under Prof. Alexander Sandler. In 2010 he won third prize at the 8th Paderewski International Competition for Young Pianists in Bydgoszcz (Poland). In 2012 he won the 3rd Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki, and in 2013 took the gold medal in the 6th International Prokofiev Competition in Saint Petersburg. He often goes on tour in Russia and abroad, and he gives solo concerts in Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, and Poland. He has appeared with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and the Svetlanov State Orchestra among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 892
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109
Frederic Chopin. Etude in F major, Op. 10,8
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in A minor, Op. 39,6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. From 18 pieces: Echo rustique, Dialogue, Un poco di Chopin and Dance Scene, Op.72/13, 8, 15, 18

Round II
Johann S. Bach. Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Stage 1 Franz Schubert – Franz Liszt. Aufenthalt, Liebesbotschaft, Der Muller und der
Bach, Erlkonig
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K. 414

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

3 prize
#27
Kharitonov, Daniel
(Russia)
Kharitonov, Daniel
Russia

Age: 16
Born in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. He studies at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. At present he is a pupil of Valery Piasetsky. At the age of six he received a scholarship from the New Names Charitable Foundation. In 2010 he won the 11th International Nutcracker Television Competition for Young Musicians. In April 2015 he took the Grand Prix at the 1st Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition. Since the age of 12 he has regularly performed with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He holds a scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov CharitableFoundation. He has appeared with the best Russian orchestras, among them the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Large Symphony Orchestra, and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in more than 20 countries and in Russia’s major cities. In 2013 he performed in Carnegie Hall in New York.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 891
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 23 in F minor, Op. 57
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Meditation, Op. 72,5
Franz Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,10
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25,6
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Johann S. Bach – Ferruccio Busoni. Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for violin in
Stage 1: D minor, BWV 1004
Franz Liszt. Petrarca Sonnet 123 from Annees de pelerinage, S. 161,6
Franz Liszt. Hungarian Rhapsody 12 in C-sharp minor, S. 244
Sergei Rachmaninov. Prelude in G-flat major, Op.23,10
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (second edition)
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Franz Liszt. Piano Concerto 1 in E-flat major, S. 124

4 prize
The prize of Moscow Music Critics Association
#20
Debargue, Lucas
(France)
Debargue, Lucas
France

Age: 24
Lucas Debargue has studied piano since the age of 11. He decided to give up his studies of literature and art to become a professional musician only when he was 20. He also studied in the CNSM of Paris, in the J-F Heisser class. He is currently studying at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Parisunder Prof. Rena Shereshevskaya. In 2014 he won the 9th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France). Russian music is prominent in his repertoire, including compositions by Nikolai Medtner and Nikolai Roslavets. He also plays jazz with several groups in Paris.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 852
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 7 in D major, Op. 10,3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Valse sentimentale, Op. 51,6
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25,6
Franz Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,10
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5

Round II
Nikolai Medtner. Sonata in F minor, Op. 5
Stage 1 Maurice Ravel. Gaspard de la nuit
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K. 491

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Franz Liszt. Piano Concerto 2 in A major, S. 125

#1
Abrosimov, NIkita
(Russia)
Abrosimov, NIkita
Russia

Age: 26
Nikita Abrosimov studied at the Indiana University (USA) under Prof. Alexander Toradze (2018–2011) and at the Royal College of Music in London under Prof. Dmitri Alexeev (2012 to the present). In 2011 he won the gold medal in the 57th Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA), and in 2013 he was a semi-finalist in the 14th Van Cliburn International Competition in Fort Worth (USA). He has performed in New York, Seoul, and various cities in the UK and Russia. He has participated in the Mariinsky International Piano Festival and the Stars of the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg. He received the Gawon International Music Society Award in Seoul (South Korea).

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 879
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 15 in D major, Op. 28
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10,4
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 39,1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Adagio from Sleeping Beauty (transcription by Mikhail Pletnev)
Franz Liszt. Mazeppa from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,4

Round II
Sergei Rachmaninov. Variations on a Theme of Corelli in D minor, Op. 42
Stage 1 Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#2
Favorin, Yuri
(Russia)
Favorin, Yuri
Russia

Age: 28
Graduated with honours from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof.Mikhail Voskresensky (2009). He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (under Prof. Jacques Rouvier). In 2007 he took fourthplace in the Olivier Messiaen Competition in Paris. In 2010 he won fourth prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. He has participated in the Crazy Days Festival in Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d’ Antheron Festival in France, L’Esprit du piano in Bordeaux, the Moscow Autumn Festival, and many others. He appears in such prominent venues as the Cite de la musique in Paris, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and halls in the Moscow Conservatory. He is an organizer and participant in Error 404, an ensemble devoted to freely improvised music.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Nocturne and Humoresque, Op. 10
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Franz Schubert. Sonata E-flat major, D. 568
Stage 1: Maurice Ravel. Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs
Franz Liszt. Reminiscences des Puritains based on Bellini’s opera, S. 390
Igor Stravinsky. Three Movements from Petrushka: Dance Russe, Chez Petrushka, La Semaine grasse
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K. 414

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op. 18

#4
Gugnin, Andrey
(Russia)
Gugnin, Andrey
Russia

Age: 28
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Prof. Vera Gornostayeva and pursued postgraduate studies with her as well. In 2013 he took second prize in the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. In 2014 he was a gold medallist in the 16th Gina Bachauer Piano International Competition in Salt Lake City (USA) as well as winner of the audience favourite award. Following these victorie she has appeared in many prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, and he is to record a solo disc on the Steinway & Sons label. His concerts have been heard inover twenty countries around the world. In Moscow he has performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Hall, and the International House of Music. He has a strong interest in chamber performances. He has participated inthe Musical Olympus and Art November festivals, the Lake Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia, the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, and others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 860
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 23 in F minor (Appassionata), Op. 57
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Nocturne and Humoresque, Op. 10
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C major, Op. 33,2
Franz Liszt. Feux follets from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,5
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10

Round II
Modest Mussorgsky. Pictures at an Exhibition
Stage 1 Alexander Scriabin. Three Pieces for piano, Op. 45
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

Round III
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

#5
Ullman, Alexander
(Great Britain)
Ullman, Alexander
Great Britain

Age: 24
Studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA) under Leon Fleisher, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and Robert McDonald. Alexander is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Professor Dmitri Alexeev and Professor Ian Jones. He has won multiple international competitions: the Franz Liszt International Competition in Budapest (2011), the Tunbridge Wells Young Concert Artists Competition (UK, 2012), and the Lagny-sur-Marnes Piano Competition (France, 2013). In 2014 he took second place in the Isidor Bajic Memorial International Competition in Novi Sad (Serbia). He performs on tour in Europe, Asia, and America. His recent engagements include a tour of China, solo concerts at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, and the National Archives inParis. He has performed with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, Fort Worth,New Jersey, and Montreal among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 848
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 6 in F major, Op. 10, No.2
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Theme and Variations in F major, Op. 19,6
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 33,6
Frederic Chopin. Etude in E minor, Op. 25,5
Franz Liszt. Etude in A minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141,6

Round II
Frederic Chopin. Mazurkas, Op. 24, Nos. 2 and 3
Stage 1: Frederic Chopin. Ballade 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Claude Debussy. Estampes, L. 100
Igor Stravinsky. Three Movements from Petrushka: Dance Russe, Chez Petrushka, La Semaine grasse
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K. 467

Round III
Frederic Chopin. Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op.21
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

#6
Korepanova, Asiya
(Russia)
Korepanova, Asiya
Russia

Age: 30
Born in Izhevsk. Studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Eliso Virsaladze and graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Prof. Peter Laul (2009). She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami under Prof. Santiago Rodriguez. In 2012 she won the gold medal in the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport (USA). She has performed on tour in many countries, as well as in cities across Russia. She collaborates with such orchestras as the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Svetlanov State Orchestra, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. She is an Honoured Artist ofthe Udmurt Republic. Since 2009 she has been a soloist for the Moscow Philharmonic.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 852
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 16 in G major, Op. 31,1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Meditation, Op. 72, 5
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C major, Op. 10,1
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 39,7
Franz Liszt. Mazeppa from Transcendental Etudes

Round II
Maurice Ravel. Gaspard de la Nuit
Stage 1 Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata 1 in D minor, Op.28
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K. 414

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#7
Mazo, Maria
(Germany)
Mazo, Maria
Germany

Age: 32
Graduated from the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media studying under Profs. Arie Vardi and Matti Raekallio (2010). In 2013 she won the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and was a prize winner at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy). In 2014 at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv she received the audience favourite award and the critics’ prize after her performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2014-2015 season she has gone on tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Israel, Japan, China, and Australia. She has recorded a disc of Beethoven sonatas.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 863
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 23 in F minor, Op. 57
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C minor, Op. 10,12
Franz Liszt. Etude 2 in E-flat major from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S.141
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 33,6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dumka, Op. 59

Round II
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Stage 1 Igor Stravinsky. Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kachtchei, Berceuse, and
Finale from The Firebird (transcribed for piano by Guido Agosti)
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 29 in B-flat major (Hammerklavier), Op. 106
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K. 467

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#8
Rimoldi, Emanuel
(Italy)
Rimoldi, Emanuel
Italy

Age: 28
Born in Milan. Studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Milan Conservatory and later at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Eliso Virsaladze, under whose guidance he completed postgraduate studies in 2013. In 2011 he won third prize in the International Ettore Pozzoli Piano Competition in Seregno (Italy). In 2013 he was victorious in two international contests: the Top of the World Piano Competition in Tromso (Norway) and the Citta di Cantu Piano Competition (Italy). He has performed at the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, at the Munich Chamber Music Festival, in the Great Hall of the Milan Conservatory, the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Glazunov Concert Hall of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 867
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 8 in A minor, K. 310
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Theme and Variations in F major, Op. 19,6
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in A minor, Op. 39,6
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12

Round II
Alexander Scriabin. Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28
Stage 1: Robert Schumann. Humoreske, Op. 20
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C minor, Op. 29
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K. 467

Round III
Johannes Brahms. Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

#9
Berestnev, Mikhail
(Russia)
Berestnev, Mikhail
Russia

Age: 27
Mikhail Berestnev graduated from the Gnesin Academy of Music (2011) and is currently studying at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth under Tamas Ungar. He took second prize in the 3rd BNDES International Piano Competition in Riode Janeiro (Brazil) where he was designated best performer of Brazilian music. In2013 he was a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. He has performed with many famous orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestraat the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, the Fort Worth Orchestra, and the Texas Christian University Symphony among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889
Joseph Haydn. Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI/33
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 6 Pieces op. 19,6: Theme and Variations in F major, Andante con moto
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in B minor, Op. 39,4
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C minor, op. 25,12
Franz Liszt. Etude Wilde Jagd from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,8

Round II
Bela Bartok. Sonata, BB 88 (Sz. 80)
Stage 1 Johannes Brahms. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-flat major, Op.24
Toru Takemitsu. Rain Tree Sketch No.2 (in memory of Olivier Messiaen)
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 5 in F-sharp major, Op. 53
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

#10
Sohn, Jeung Beum
(South Korea)
Sohn, Jeung Beum
South Korea

Age: 23
Graduated from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul studying under Prof.Chung Mo Kang (2012). He is currently studying at the Munich Academy for Music and Theatre under Prof. Arnulf von Arnim. He has won prizes in many nationwide competitions in Korea. In 2011 he took second prize at the George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (a first prize was not awarded). In 2012 he won aspecial prize at the Geneva Competition for the performing arts. In 2013 he took second place in the Val Tidone International Competition in Pianello Val Tidone (Italy) and third place in the Isang Yung International Competition in Korea.

Programme

Round I
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dumka, Op. 59
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 875
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C major, Op. 10,1
Franz Liszt. Etude in A minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 39,1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 23 in F minor, Op. 57

Round II
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Fantasia in D minor, K. 397
Stage 1: Frederic Chopin. Etudes, Op. 25,1-12
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83 Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Johannes Brahms. Piano Concerto 1 in D minor, Op. 15

#11
Chen, Moye
(China)
Chen, Moye
China

Age: 31
Born in Beijing. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He continued his education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA) studying with Angela Cheng (2012). He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Illinois. In 2011 he won second prize at the Seattle International Piano Competition and won the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in NewYork (USA). In 2014 he won the Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA) and as partof the award gave a solo concert in Carnegie Hall. He appears frequently in the USA, Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 882
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. April: Snowdrop, May: White Nights and June: Barcarolle from The Seasons Op.37/4, 5, 6 and 7
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 10 in C major, K. 330
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A-flat major, op. 25,1
Franz Liszt. Gnomenreigen from 2 Concert Etudes, S. 145

Round II
Domenico Scarlatti. Sonata in G minor, K. 8; in G major, K. 146
Stage 1: Edvard Grieg. Lyric Pieces: To Spring, Op. 43,6; Butterfly, Op. 43,1; March of the Dwarfs, Op. 54,3
Alexander Scriabin. Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 38; Sonata 10, Op. 70
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (Vladimir Horowitz edition)
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 27 in B-flat major, K. 595
Stage 2: Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

Round III
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

#12
Dubov, Andrey
(Russia)
Dubov, Andrey
Russia

Age: 27
Аndrey Dubov graduated with honours from the Gnesin Academy of Music where he studied under Prof. Sergey Senkov (2011). He is currently continuing his studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Prof. Andreas Groethuysen. In 2011 he took second prize in the 23rd Epinal International Piano Competition (France) and he took part in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2014 he won the 1st eMuse International Online Music Competition (Athens, Greece). He has frequently performedon tour in Russia and abroad. In 2008 he participated in projects at the Saint Petersburg House of Music. He has appeared with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and the Saint Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra among others.


Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 23 in F minor (Appassionata), Op. 57
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Meditation, Op. 72,5
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in F-sharp minor, Op. 39,3
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10
Franz Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,10

Round II
Johann S. Bach – Ferruccio Busoni. Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for violin in
Stage 1 D minor, BWV 1004
Modest Mussorgsky. Pictures at an Exhibition
Igor Stravinsky. Three Movements from Petrushka: Dance Russe, Chez Petrushka, La Semaine grasse
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K. 491

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op. 18

#13
Kim, Sangyoung
(South Korea)
Kim, Sangyoung
South Korea

Age: 31
Graduated from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston (USA) under Profs. Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She is currently studying for a doctorate. In 2006 she won the Heida Hermanns Competition in Connecticut (USA). In 2008 won the international competition held by Bosendorfer in Arizona and also received a special prize. In 2013 she wasa prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. She has appeared with many famous orchestras, including the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia among others. She has played solo programmes in concert halls in the USA: the Norris Cultural Arts Centre in Illinois, Jordan Hall at Harvard University in Boston, and Kennedy Centre in Washington. Her Latest disc was released in 2014 by Albany Records.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 892, 23
Joseph Haydn. Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/20
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 19, 4
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Grand Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37a, first movement, Moderato e risoluto
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in F-sharp minor, Op. 39, 3
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25, 6
Franz Liszt. Etude in A major from the Grandes Etudes de, S. 141, 6

Round II
Carl Czerny. Variations on a Theme by Rode (“La Ricordanza”), Op. 33
Stage 1 Alexander Scriabin. Piano Sonata 5 in F-sharp major, Op. 53
Ludwig van Beethoven. 15 Variations and Fugue on the contradance theme from the ballet “The Creatures of Prometheus” (“Eroica Variations”), Op. 35
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Scherzo from Symphony 6 (“Pathetique”) transcribed for piano by Samuel Feinberg
Stage 2 W. A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#14
Onishchenko, Dmitri
(Russia)
Onishchenko, Dmitri
Russia

Age: 32
Born in Lvov (Ukraine). He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying underProfs. Lev Naumov and Andrei Diev (2006) and then completed his postgraduatestudies (2009). He also studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchesterunder Norma Fisher and at the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Mediaunder Vladimir Krainev and Arie Vardi. In 2002 he was Fifth Prize winner in the XIIInternational Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2007 he took second prize in theVianna da Motta International Music Competition in Lisbon, and he won at the LysenkoInternational Competition in Kiev. In 2012 he won third prize in the Sydney InternationalPiano Competition. He performs in concerts in Russia and abroad.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 873
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 8 in A minor, K. 310
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 25,11
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. December: Christmas from The Seasons Op.37,12

Round II
Johann S. Bach – Ferruccio Busoni. Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for violin
Stage 1 in D minor, BWV 1004
Johannes Brahms. Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35
Sergei Rachmaninov. Six moments musicaux, Op. 16
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

#15
Tetzloff, Reed
(USA)
Tetzloff, Reed
USA

Age: 23
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s degree at Mannes Collegein New York studying under Prof. Pavlina Dokovska. He is currently pursuing amaster’s degree. In 2011 he won the concerto competition in the 6th Beijing International Festival and Academy (China). In 2014 he won third prize at the 58th Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA) and also won the audience favourite award. He has appeared with many orchestras in the USA, and as a solo performer he has toured many cities in America, as well as Tbilisi and Beijing among others. In 2014 he received agrant from the Centre for Musical Excellence, which has sponsored two of his albums:his solo debut disc “Sounds of Transcendence” and a recording of variations by Nikolai Kapustin on the Romeo Records label.

Programme

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 867, 22
Joseph Haydn. Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XIV/52
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation”, Op. 72, 5
Frederic Chopin. Etude in F major, Op. 10, 8
Franz Liszt. “Chasse-Neige” from the Transcendental Etudes for piano, S. 139, 12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat major, Op. 33, 7

Round II
Cesar Franck. Prelude, chorale and fugue for piano, M. 21
Stage 1: Alexander Scriabin. Piano Sonata 7 (“White Mass”), Op. 64
Domenico Scarlatti. Sonata in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449)
Charles T. Griffes. Piano Sonata, A. 85
Nikolai Kapustin. Variations, Op. 41
Stage 2: W. A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Franz Liszt. Piano Concerto 2 in A major, S. 125

Special prize for the best two competitors of the second round
#16
Rashkovsky, Ilya
(Russia)
Rashkovsky, Ilya
Russia

Age: 30
Born in Irkutsk. He studied at the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Mediaunder Vladimir Krainev (2000-2009) and at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris under Prof. Marian Rybicki. He has studied conducting and is currently taking courses in composition. In 2005 he won the 1st Hong Kong International Piano Competition. In 2011 he took third prize in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv (Israel). In 2012 he won the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan). He has participated in such festivals as La Roque d’ Antheron in France, the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), and the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong. He has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. His recording shave been released on the JVC, Naxos, and Dux labels among others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 853
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C major, Op. 33,2
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. April: Snowdrop from The Seasons Op.37,4
Frederic Chopin. Etude in C minor, op. 25,12

Round II
Robert Schumann. Phantasie in C major, Op. 17
Stage 1 Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 10, Op. 70
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 5 in F-sharp major, Op. 53
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#17
Voilochnikov, Georgy
(Russia)
Voilochnikov, Georgy
Russia

Age: 30
Born in Voronezh, Georgy Voilochnikov is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Prof. Stanislav Igolinsky (2011). He subsequently finished graduate school in 2014. He interns with Prof. Ilya Scheps at the Cologne University of Music. In 2008 he was a winner in the 4th International Scriabin Piano Competition in Moscow. In 2010 he took second prize at the 16th Premi Principat de Andorra International Piano Competition, and he took fifth place in the 2nd Takamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan). In 2014 he won at the Cologne International Music Competition. He performs solo and with chamber groups in Russia and abroad.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 878,
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. May: White Nights and August: Harvest from The Seasons Op.37,5 and 8
Franz Liszt. Concert Etude in D-flat major, S. 144,3
Frederic Chopin. Etude in E minor, op. 25,5
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5

Round II
Robert Schumann. Humoreske in B-flat major, Op. 20
Stage 1 Frederic Chopin. Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K. 491

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Bela Bartok. Piano Concerto 3 in E major, BB 127 (Sz. 119)

#18
Yakhlakova, Marina
(Russia)
Yakhlakova, Marina
Russia

Age: 23
Graduated with honours from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. AlexanderStrukov (2014). She is currently continuing her studies as a postgraduate intern underhis supervision. In 2011 she won the 7th International Franz Liszt Competition in Weimar and Bayreuth (Germany), where she also took the prize for best performance of a piece by Liszt. Since 2011 she has performed as soloist for the Saint Petersburg House of Music. She has appeared on tour in Europe, the USA, Australia and Canada. In 2013 she signed an exclusive contract with the Australian recording company, Master Performers, for which she has recorded two solo discs and another with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 867
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Nocturne and Humoresque, Op. 10
Franz Liszt. Mazeppa from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,4
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25,6
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Franz Liszt. Sonata in B minor, S. 178
Stage 1: Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Mikhail Pletnev. The Nutcracker, concert suite
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 24 in C minor, K. 491

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Camille Saint-Saens. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 22

#21
Kameneva, Daria
(Russia)
Kameneva, Daria
Russia

Age: 27
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied under Prof. Stanislav Igolinsky (2011) and is continuing there with her postgraduate studies. In 2008 she won second prize and a special prize for best performance of chamber music at the 4th International Piano Competition in Almaty (Kazakhstan). In 2011 she won the 3rd European Piano Competition in Normandy and also took the prize as audience favourite. In 2014 she took second prize in the 2nd International Chopin Competition in Canberra (Australia) and in the 10th Chopin Golden Ring International Competition inSlovenia. In 2012 the German recording label Acousence released her disc of compositions by Brahms. She performs frequently in Russia and abroad.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Frederic Chopin. Etude in F major, Op. 10,8
Franz Liszt. Waldesrauschen from Two Concert Etudes, S. 145
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dumka, Op. 59
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 39,1

Round II
Joseph Haydn. Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/20
Stage 1 Johannes Brahms. Sonata 2 in F-sharp minor, Op. 2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Prelude in G major, Op.32,5; Prelude in C minor, Op. 23,7
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Edvard Grieg. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

#23
Sokolovskaya, Natalia
(Russia)
Sokolovskaya, Natalia
Russia

Age: 26
Born in Astrakhan. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying piano under Prof. Yuri Slesarev and also composition (2013). She is continuing studies at the Royal College of Music in London under Prof. Norma Fisher and at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris under Prof. Marian Rybicki. In 2013 shew on two international piano competitions in Spain, the Ricardo Vines Competition in Lleida and the Maria Herrero Competition in Granada, as well as the Dudley Yamaha International Competition in Birmingham (UK). Since her debut as a solorecitalist (in 2003), she has performed in Russia, Europe, Australia, and the UK. She has performed with the symphony orchestras of Kharkov, Yaroslavl, and Astrakhan.

Programme

Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 14 in C minor, K. 457
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 868
Franz Liszt. Etude in E-flat major from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S.141,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C major, Op. 33,2
Frederic Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25,10
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Prelude and Scherzo from Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op. 21,1 and 6

Round II
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. 12 Variations on La Folie d’Espagne
Stage 1:
Leos Janacek. “Sonata 1.X.1905”, JW 8/19
Natalia Sokolovskaya. Eight Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata 1 in D minor, Op.28
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

#24
Korobeynikov, Andrey
(Russia)
Korobeynikov, Andrey
Russia


Born in Dolgoprudny. At the age of 19 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatorywhere he studied under Andrei Diev (2006) and subsequently completed hispostgraduate studies (2009). He also pursued postgraduate studies at the RoyalCollege of Music in London under Prof. Vanessa Latarche (2006-2008). In 2004 he wonthe 3rd International Scriabin Piano Competition in Moscow; in 2005 he won secondprize and the audience favourite award in the 2nd Rachmaninov International PianoCompetition in Los Angeles. In 2007 at the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competitionhe took the award for the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky, as well as theMoscow Conservatory prize — a recital in its Great Hall. He has appeared in over40 countries. His discs of compositions by Scriabin (Mirare, 2008) and Shostakovich (Mirare, 2012) have received the Diapason d’or, Diapason Decouverte and Choc deClassica awards.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 868
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. February/Carnival from The Seasons Op.37,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in F-sharp minor, Op. 39,3
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25,6
Franz Liszt. Etude La Campanella in G-sharp minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141,3
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
Stage 1 Johann S. Bach – Wilhelm Kempff. Siciliana from Sonata 2 for flute, BWV 1031
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata 2, Op. 61
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

#25
Sun, Jiayan
(China)
Sun, Jiayan
China

Age: 25
Commenced studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (2002–2006). He continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York where he received his bachelor’s (2012) and master‘s (2014) degrees. He is currently taking instruction from Profs. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Stephen Hough. In 2012 he took second place inthe Leeds International Piano Competition. In 2013 he took fourth place in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He has performed on tour in North America, Europe, and China, and he has played with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 878
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A major, Op. 25,11
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D minor, Op. 39,8
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Valse a cinq temps and Meditation, Op. 72, Nos. 16 and 5
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Round II
Sergei Rachmaninov. Six Preludes: in C major, Op. 32,1; in D major, Op. 23,4;
Stage 1: in F minor and F major, Op. 32, Nos. 6,7; in E-flat major, Op. 23,9;
in G-sharp minor, Op. 32,12
Franz Liszt. Sonata in B minor, S. 178
Bela Bartok. Out of Doors suite for piano, BB 89
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Franz Liszt. Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 16

#26
Klinton, Dinara
(Russia)
Klinton, Dinara
Russia

Age: 25
Born in Kharkov. She is a graduate of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Piasetski. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Eliso Virsaladze (2012). She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London under Prof. Dina Parakhina. In 2007 she wasa prize winner in the 2nd Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy). In2011 she participated in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2013 she took second prize and three special prizes in the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (Poland). In 2014 she placed third in the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She has participated in the French festival La Roqued’ Antheron, the Chopin Festival in Poland and others. Her disc of pieces by Chopin and Liszt recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was released on the American recording company Delos.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 10,2
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Nocturne and Humoresque, Op. 10; Valse sentimentale, Op. 51,6; Meditation, Op. 72,5
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in A minor, Op. 39,6
Franz Liszt. Feux follets from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,5

Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sarcasms, Op. 17
Stage 1 Franz Liszt. from Transcendental Etudes: Preludio, Molto vivace, Paysage, Mazeppa, Vision, Wilde Jagd, Allegro agitato molto, Harmonies du soir and Chasse-Neige, S. 139/1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K. 467

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

#28
Kociuban, Julia
(Poland)
Kociuban, Julia
Poland

Age: 23
Born in Krakow. She graduated from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2013) and is currently studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Prof. Pavel Gililov. In 2005 she won the Milosz Magin International Piano Competition in Paris; in 2011 she received the Jury Prize at the competition Les Jeudis du Piano in Geneva. She has performed at venues in Europe, North America and Asia. She participated inthe piano festival La Roque d’ Antheron in France and the Beethoven Easter Festivalin Warsaw. She has collaborated with such conductors as Kristjan Jarvi, Eri Klas, andHans Graf among others. She frequently appears with her brothers as part of a familytrio and duo.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889, 20
Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano Sonata 13 in E-flat major (“Sonata quasi una fantasia”), Op. 27, 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation”, Op. 72, Nos. 5
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 25, 11
Franz Liszt. Etude in A minor from the Grandes etudesde Paganini, S. 141, 6
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C minor, Op. 39, 1

Round II
Grazyna Bacewicz. Piano Sonata 2
Stage 1 Frederic Chopin. Piano Sonata 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Sonata 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Frederic Chopin. Piano Concerto 2 in F minor, Op.21

Special prize for the best two competitors of the second round
#29
Turpanov, Mikhail
(Russia)
Turpanov, Mikhail
Russia

Age: 26
Born in Krasnoyarsk. Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Nikolai Petrov until 2011; he continued under Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky. He is currently an intern at the Conservatory and is also pursuing postgraduate work. In 2010 he won the Vera Lotar-Shevchenko International Piano Competition in Novosibirsk. He has participated in the Pianoscope Festival in Beauvais (France), the Copenhagen Summer Music Festival and others. In both solo and chamber performances he has appeared in many cities across Europe and Russia; he has collaborated with symphony orchestras in Voronezh, Yaroslavl, Volgograd, Krasnoyarsk, Oryol, and Barnaul, as well as with the Moscow-based chamber ensemble Musica Viva. He plays contemporary music and has given premiere performances of them in Russia and abroad.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 868
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, Op. 25,6
Franz Liszt. Concert Etude La Leggierezza, S. 144,2
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 33,6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Aveu Passionne
Franz Schubert. Sonata in D major, D. 850

Round II
Johannes Brahms. Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel in B-flat major, Op.24
Stage 1: Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 7 (White Mass), Op. 64
Olivier Messiaen. Regard de l’Eglise d’amour from Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jesus, Op. 20
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in C major, K. 467

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Nikolai Medtner. Piano Concerto 2 in C minor, Op. 50

#30
Petrov, Alexey
(Russia)
Petrov, Alexey
Russia

Age: 32
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Associate Prof. AndreiPisarev and Prof. Zinaida Ignatieva (2007). He continued postgraduate studies at theRoyal College of Music in London under Prof. Vanessa Latarche (2007-2010). In 2010 hewon second prize in the 1st Russian National Music Competition. He performs in Russia and abroad. He has participated in several festivals: the Boris Berezovsky Festival inEkaterinburg, the Maribor Arts Festival (Slovenia), the Crazy Days in Nantes (France)among others. He has appeared in the Moscow Conservatory and in the philharmonichalls of Smolensk, Voronezh, and Oryol. He has given solo concerts in the USA, Japan,the UK, Germany, Slovenia, France and Georgia.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 878
Frederic Chopin. Etude in F major, Op. 10,8
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5
Franz Liszt. Etude Wilde Jagd from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,8
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 3 in C major, Op. 2,3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dumka, Op. 59

Round II
Mily Balakirev. Scherzo 3 in F-sharp major
Stage 1 Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in C-sharp minor, Op. 33,9;
Etude-tableau in A minor, Op. 39,2; Polka de W. R.
Sergei Prokofiev. Intermezzo, Etude and Scherzo from Op. 52,1, 3 and 6
Alexander Scriabin. Sonata 10, Op. 70
Dmitri Kabalevsky. Sonata 3 in F major, Op. 46
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K. 414

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

#31
Shishkin, Dmitry
(Russia)
Shishkin, Dmitry
Russia

Age: 23
Born in Ulan-Ude. Studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Eliso Virsaladze (2010 to present). In 2004 he won the 5th International Nutcracker Television Competition for Young Musicians. In 2013 he took third prize in the 59th Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy) and third prize in the Friuli Venezia Giulia International Piano Competition (Italy). In 2014 he came insecond in the 4th BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In 2010 he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Gnesin Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at the concert on Red Square to celebrate Russia Day. He has appeared with the Tchaikovsky Large Symphony Orchestra and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on tour in Europe and Asia. In 2014 he became a recording artist for the KNS Classical label.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 860
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 11 in A major, K. 331
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Russian Scherzo, Op. 1,1; June: Barcarolle from The Seasons Op. 37,6
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 10,2
Franz Liszt. Etude La Campanella in G-sharp minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141,3
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Johann S. Bach – Ferruccio Busoni. Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for violin in D
Stage 1: minor, BWV 1004
Sergei Prokofiev. 4 Etudes, Op. 2
Domenico Scarlatti. Sonatas: in E major, K. 380; in D minor, L. 366; in F-sharp major, K. 319; and F minor, K. 466
Franz Liszt. Mephisto Waltz 1 in A major, S. 514
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 21 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

#32
Hidaka, Shino
(Japan)
Hidaka, Shino
Japan

Age: 26
Graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Since 2014 she has been doing postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Yuri Slesarev. Winner of several national competitions in Japan. In 2012 she won the gold medal in the 5th Emil Gilels International Piano Competition in Odessa, where she also received a special prize for the best performance of the Rhapsody by contemporary Ukrainian composer, Vladimir Ptushkin. In 2013 she participated in the Tbilisi International Piano Competition where she was a semi-finalist and was awarded the Prize of the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatory.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 873
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 26 in E-flat major (The Farewell), Op. 81a
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dumka, Op. 59
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, op. 25,6
Franz Liszt. Chasse-Neige from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,12
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in D major, Op. 39,9

Round II
Frederic Chopin. Ballade 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Stage 1: Sergei Prokofiev. Toccata in D minor, Op. 11
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. October: Autumn Song from The Seasons Op. 3,10
Erwin Schulhoff. Charleston, Chanson, Tango and Toccata from Cinq Etudes de Jazz, Op. 58/1, 3, 4 and 5
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata 2 in B-flat minor, Op.36
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 23 in A major, K. 488

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 16

#33
Osokins, Andrejs
(Latvia)
Osokins, Andrejs
Latvia

Age: 30
Received a baccalaureate degree from the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. He completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Profs. Hamish Milne and Christopher Elton (2008-2011). In 2010 he was a prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. In 2012 he took third prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition and fourth prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. In 2014 he won fourth prize in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. He collaborates with many famous orchestras and conductors. His solo concerts are heard at such venues as Wigmore Hall and Westminster Cathedral in London, the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Great Guild Hall in Riga, and the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Programme

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 853, 8
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Humoresque”, Op. 10, 2; Romance, Op. 5
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 33, 6
Franz Liszt. Etude 2 in E-flat major from the Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S.141
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 10, 2
Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Round II
Joseph Haydn. Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI/34
Stage 1 Jean Sibelius. “Valse triste”, Op. 44
Maurice Ravel. “Gaspard de la nuit” for piano: “Ondine”, “Le gibet”, “Scarbo”
Richard Wagner-Franz Liszt. “Liebestod”, S. 447
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Sonata 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Stage 2 W. A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 12 in A major, K. 414

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev. Piano Concerto 3 in C major, Op. 26

#34
Huang, Miao
(Germany)
Huang, Miao
Germany

Age: 30
Graduated from the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media (2006). In 2008 she won third prize in the Hong Kong International Piano Competition. In 2013 she was awarded a special prize for the best performance of Mozart at the Cleveland International Piano Competition (USA). In 2014 she took the silver medal in two international competitions, one at Hilton Head (USA) and the other in San Marino. She has appeared with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and the San Marino Symphony Orchestra among others. She has appeared on tour in China, the USA, North America, and Europe. Her debut ondisc features works by Chopin and Ravel and was released by the German label, Genuin.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 863, 18
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109
Frederic Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor, Op. 25,6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Impromptu and Scherzo from Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op. 21,3 and 6
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5
Franz Liszt. Feux follets from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139,5

Round II
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata 9 in D major, K. 311
Stage 1: Alexander Scriabin. Sonata Fantasy 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19
Maurice Ravel. Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit
Frederic Chopin. Sonata 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Stage 2: Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Ludwig van Beethoven. Piano Concerto 4 in G major, Op. 58

#35
Medvedev, Nikolay
(Russia)
Medvedev, Nikolay
Russia

Age: 28
Born in Tyumen Oblast. He graduated from the Gnesin Academy of Music, where his primary teacher was Prof. Tatiana Zelikman. Since 2014 he has been serving as a teaching assistant to Prof. Zelikman and Vladimir Tropp. In 2011 he took third place in the International Pancho Vladigerov Piano Competition in Shumen (Bulgaria). In 2012 he won the silver medal in the 9th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev. Last year, in 2014 he won the second Russian National Music Competition in Moscow, the 2nd Semyon Benditsky Russian Piano Competition in Saratov, and the Vera Lotar-Shevchenko International Piano Competition in Ekaterinburg. He has participated in the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow and the Mariinsky International Piano Festival in Saint Petersburg. He has appeared in concert in Russia, Germany, Israel, Norway, France and other countries.

Programme

Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 886
Joseph Haydn. Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI/24
Frederic Chopin. Etude in A minor, Op. 25,11
Franz Liszt. Etude Wilde Jagd from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139
Sergei Rachmaninov. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op. 39,5
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Grand Sonata in G major, Op. 37a, 2nd movement, Andante

Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 6 in A major, Op. 82
Stage 1 Claude Debussy. Des Pas sur la Neige and Feux d’Artifice from the 24 Preludes for piano, L. 117,6; L. 123,12
Franz Liszt — Feruccio Busoni. Reminiscences de Don Juan based on Mozart’s opera
Stage 2 Wolfgang A. Mozart. Piano Concerto 20 in D minor, K. 466

Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Rachmaninov. Piano Concerto 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Violin
2 prize
#12
Tseng, Yu-Chien
(China, Taipei)
Tseng, Yu-Chien
China, Taipei

Age: 20
Studied music in Taiwan and continued at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA) under Profs. Kavafian and Aaron Rosand. In 2009 he won the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona (Spain). In 2011 he won the Isang Yun Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea) and also was awarded a special prize at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition (as best of those in Round II who did not make the finals). In 2012 he took fifth place in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, and the symphony orchestras of Singapore, Taipei, and Navarra among others. He has given solo concerts in cities in the USA, Europe and Asia. His debut disc featuring music by French composers was released by Naxos.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 2 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Frederic Chopin. Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 (arranged for violin and piano by August Wilhelmi)
Round II
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sonata in B-flat major for violin and piano, K. 454
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in A major for violin and piano, Op. 100
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Melodie” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place” for violin and piano, Op. 42, No.3
Henryk Wieniawski. “Variations on an Original Theme”, Op. 15
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

3 prize
#1
Milyukov, Pavel
(Russia)
Milyukov, Pavel
Russia

Age: 31
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Vladimir Ivanov (2004–2009) and continued advanced studies under him. During 2013 studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz under Prof. Boris Kuschnir. At present he is taking instruction from Lidia Baich at the Vienna Conservatory. He has won prizes in international competitions, among them the 5th Niccolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Moscow (2007, second prize), the competition in Astana (2008, grand prix), in Seoul (2012, second prize), and the 8th Aram Khachaturian Competition in Yerevan (2012, first prize). In 2011 he participated in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. He performs in cities throughout Russia, Austria, Belgium, China, and Korea among other countries. Since 2008 he has been as soloist at the Saint Petersburg House of Music, and since 2012 soloist for the Moscow Philharmonic. He plays the “ex-Szigeti” instrument made by Pietro Guarneri and provided by the Neva Foundation.

Programme
Round I

Witold Lutoslawski. “Subito”
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 24 and 5, Op. 1
Alexander Chugaev. Capriccio for violin solo
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 7 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 30, No. 2
Stage 1
Alfred Schnittke. “A Paganini” for solo violin, Op. 162
Maurice Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Dmitri Shostakovich. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

3 prize
#4
Conunova, Alexandra
(Moldova)
Conunova, Alexandra
Moldova

Age: 26
Studied at the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media under Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn. She won second prize (first prize was not awarded) at the 43rd Tibor Varga Competition in the Swiss city of Martigny (2010) and at the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2011). In 2012 she won the International Josef Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover. One result of this win was a debut disc on the Naxos label. In 2015 she took fourth place in the Singapore International Violin Competition. Some of her recent bookings have included her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Sinfonietta, and the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra among others. She is a participant in the festivals of Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, and the Radio France Festival in Montpellier. She plays a violin made by Santo Serafino in 1735 provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme
Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 15 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Fritz Kreisler. “Gypsy capriccio”
Round II
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45
Stage 1
Eugene Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin (“Ballade”), Op. 27
Sergei Prokofiev. “Five Melodies” for violin and piano, Op. 35 bis
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

3 prize
#17
Kazazyan, Haik
(Russia)
Kazazyan, Haik
Russia

Age: 32
Born in Yerevan and trained at the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Eduard Grach (2000–2006) and at the Royal College of Music in London under Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky (2006–2008). He is a prize winner of many international competitions, among them the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition (2002, fourth prize), the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Sion (Switzerland, 2004, first prize and three special prizes), the Isang Yun Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea, 2007, first prize and audience favourite award), and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2011, second prize). He performs in the world’s major concert venues as well as participating in the Verbier Festival, the Stars on Baikal Festival, and the Arts Square Festival among many others. In 2010 his solo album “Opera Fantasies” was released by the American Delos label. Since 2002 he has been a soloist for the Moscow Philharmonic and since 2008 has taught at the Moscow Conservatory.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 17 and 24, Op. 1
Henryk Wieniawski. Fantasia on Themes from Gounod's “Faust”, Op. 20
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano, Op. 13
Stage 1
Witold Lutoslawski. “Subito”
Nathan Milstein. “Paganiniana”, fantasia on themes of Paganini for
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Serenade melancolique, Op. 26
Henryk Wieniawski. “Variations on an Original Theme”, Op. 15
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

4 prize
Special prize
#13
Kang, Clara-Jumi
(Germany)
Kang, Clara-Jumi
Germany

Age: 28
Studied at the Lubeck University of Music under Prof. Zakhar Bron. She was a famous child prodigy who performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 5. At 9 she recorded Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and a solo programme for the Teldek label. When she was 11, she suffered a serious injury to her hand and was unable to play the violin for several years. Subsequently she studied at the Korean National University of Arts under Prof. Nam-Yun Kim and was a prize winner in several internationalcompetitions: In Seoul (2009, first prize), in Hannover (2009, second prize), and in Sendai (2010, first prize). In 2010 she won the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and also took five special prizes. She performs all over the world and plays with the most accomplished orchestras. In 2011 her solo album of violin pieces “Modern Solo” was released by Decca. She plays the “ex-Muller” violin made by Guarneri del Gesu in 1725 provided by the Samsung Music Foundation of Korea.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 7 and 24, Op. 1
Ernest Chausson. “Poeme”, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45
Stage 1
Sergei Prokofiev. “Five Melodies” for violin and piano, Op. 35 bis
Heinrich Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin: Introduction, Theme and Variations on the Irish song “The Last Rose of Summer”
Jeno Hubay. Fantasia on themes from G. Bizet's “Carmen”, Op. 3, No. 3
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Ludwig van Beethoven. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

5 prize
#11
Kim, Bomsori
(South Korea)
Kim, Bomsori
South Korea

Age: 25
Graduated from Seoul National University and at present continues her studies at the Juilliard School in New York under Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. In 2010 she took fourth place in the Sendai International Music Competition (Japan) and also won the audience favourite award. In that same year she was one of six finalists in the Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki. In 2011 she won the 3rd International Competition in Qingdao (China) along with a series of special awards. In 2013 she won the second prize at the 62nd International ARD Competition in Munich (Germany). She has appeared in the finest venues in Vienna, Helsinki, Slovakia, Berlin, and Seoul alongside such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and many more. She plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1774 provided by the Kumho Instrument Bank.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 5 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Round II
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 8 in G major for violin and piano, Op. 30, No.3
Stage 1
Franz Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”
Jean Sibelius. “Tanz-Idylle” and “Berceuse” for violin and piano, Op. 79, Nos. 5 and 6
Paul Hindemith. Sonata in E-flat major for violin and piano, Op. 11, No. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place” for violin and piano, Op. 42, No. 1
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Johannes Brahms. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

#2
Korzhenevich, Elena
(Russia)
Korzhenevich, Elena
Russia

Age: 27
Native of Perm. She graduated with honours from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Vladimir Ivanov. She has won prizes in several international competitions: the Robert Canetti Competition in Rousse (Bulgaria, 2008, first prize), the 5th Abram Yampolsky Competition in Moscow (2010, first prize), the 4th David Oistrakh Competition in Moscow (2009, second prize), and the 2nd Yuri Yankelevich Competition in Omsk (2011, third prize). In 2014 she came in second in the Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. She is a participant in festivals in Bulgaria, Italy, Bordeaux, as well as the first International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Orenburg among others. Since 2007 she has been concertmaster of the Concert Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory and since 2012 a soloist with the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 23 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Grazyna Bacewicz. Sonata for violin solo
Round II
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano, Op. 108
Stage 1
Eugene Ysaye. “Poeme elegiaque”, Op. 12
Maurice Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
Igor Frolov. Concert fantasia on themes from George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess”
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Sergei Prokofiev. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

#3
Stekolshchikova, Lyubov
(Russia)
Stekolshchikova, Lyubov
Russia

Age: 25
Born in Vladivostok. She graduated with honours from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Prof. Mikhail Gantvarg (2013). She is currently pursuing advanced studies. In 2013 won the Russian National Competition for Strings in Kazan and also took second place in the Vasco Abadjiev International Competition in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 2014 she won the 1st Leopold Auer Violin Competition in Saint Petersburg and the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. Since 2011 she has performed with the Saint Petersburg Soloists chamber ensemble and has a full schedule of concerts.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 10 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Maurice Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
Round II
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 9 (“Kreutzer”) in A major for violin and piano, Op. 47
Stage 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place” for violin and piano, Op. 42, No. 1
Camille Saint-Saens — Eugene Ysaye. “Etude in the Form of a Waltz”, Op. 52, No. 6
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Dmitri Shostakovich. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

Special prize
#5
Kishima, Mayu
(Japan)
Kishima, Mayu
Japan

Age: 28
Began her musical education in Tokyo. In 2012 she completed her studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance under Prof. Zakhar Bron. In 2009 she was a prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. In 2011 she won the International Music Competition Cologne and also the David Garrett Award for an outstanding interpretation. In the same year she entered the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition. She has collaborated with many well-known orchestras, and she has participated in the Yuri Bashmet Winter Festival of the Arts in Sochi and the Marta Argerich Festival in Lugano. She has gone on tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 her first solo disc “Chaconne” was released, and in 2013 her new solo disc “Rise”. She plays Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, created in Torino in 1779, which is kindly loaned by S&R Foundation to her.

Programme
Round I
Johannes Brahms. Scherzo for violin and piano in C minor (from the F. A. E. Sonata)
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse sentimentale”, Op. 51, No. 6
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 11 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Eugene Ysaye. “Poeme elegiaque”, Op. 12
Stage 1
Manuel de Falla. “Spanish Dance” from the opera “La vida breve”
Sergei Prokofiev. “Five Melodies” for violin and piano, Op. 35 bis
Richard Strauss. Sonata in E-flat major for violin and piano, Op. 18
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Dmitri Shostakovich. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

#6
Mo, Boson
(Canada)
Mo, Boson
Canada

Age: 25
Graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA). At present he is pursuing a doctorate at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University in Houston studying under Prof. Paul Kantor. In 2010 he won the Joseph Rouleau Award at the Montreal International Music Competition (Canada). In 2013 he took third prize at the Michael Hill International Competition in Auckland (New Zealand). His performances have been broadcast by radio stations in the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. He has participated in many festivals in Canada and America including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, as well as music festivals in Aspen and Houston. He has participated in many international youth programmes. He plays a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1871 provided by the Canadian Council of the Arts.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 23 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Olivier Messiaen. Theme and Variations
Round II
Lera Auerbach. Sonata No. 2 “September 11”, Op. 63
Stage 1
Richard Strauss. Sonata in E-flat major for violin and piano, Op. 18
Karol Szymanowski. Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

#7
Kim, Younguk
(South Korea)
Kim, Younguk
South Korea

Age: 25
Graduate of the Korean National University of Arts. He is continuing studies at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts under Prof. Christoph Poppen. In 2011 he was victorious at the 41st International Youth Music Competition in Belgrade; he also was awarded prizes in the Isang Yun Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea) and the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg (2013). He performs in the Novus String Quartet. This quartet has won a series of awards, such as in the 61st ARD Music Competition in Munich and first prize in the 11th W. A. Mozart Competition in Salzburg (2014). He has appeared with many well-known orchestras. He plays amade by Carlo Giuseppe Testore provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 1 and 24, Op. 1
Franz Schubert. Rondo brillant for violin and piano, D. 895
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, Op. 80
Stage 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, Op. 26
Young Jo Lee. “Honzanori” for violin solo
Maurice Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
Stage 2
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Dmitri Shostakovich. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

#8
Starikov, Stepan
(Russia)
Starikov, Stepan
Russia

Age: 22
Studies at the Moscow Conservatory (2011 to present). In 2009 he won the 6th Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, and in 2011 he won the main prize in the 1st Mario Fillioley International Competition in Siracusa (Italy). In 2014 he was a prize winner in the 3rd Leopold Auer Competition and Festival for Violin and String Quartets in Saint Petersburg. He was awarded a scholarship from the New Names Foundation and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation. He has participated in the Tchaikovsky’s Homeland Festival in Izhevsk, the Moscow Welcomes Friends Festival, and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. He has appeared in many of Moscow’s concert halls and has performed on tour in other Russian cities, Japan, Denmark, Italy, and China.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Heinrich Ernst. Etude in E major for violin solo from “Six Polyphonic Etudes”, No.3
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 7 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Eugene Ysaye. Sonata No. 1 in G minor for violin, Op. 27
Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, Op. 80
Stage 1
Niccolo Paganini. “La campanella”, finale of Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7
Robert Schumann — Fritz Kreisler. Fantasie in C major, Op. 131
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Alexander Glazunov. Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

#9
Kim, Stephen Jee Won
(USA)
Kim, Stephen Jee Won
USA

Age: 19
Currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA) under Shmuel Ashkenasi and Joseph Silverstein. In 2010 he won the International Competition for young violinists in California. In 2014 he won fourth prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Austin (USA). He won three violin competitions during the International Music Competition in Aspen (USA). He has given solo concerts and also been soloist with orchestras in many cities in America. Stephen currently plays on a Guarnerius del Gesù violin made in 1725.

Programme
Round I
Niccolo Paganini. Caprice No. 11, Op. 1
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprice No. 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Frederic Chopin. Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2 (arranged for violin and piano by August Wilhelmi)
Round II
Eugene Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin (“Ballade”), Op. 27
Stage 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse sentimentale”, Op. 51, No. 6
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, Op. 80
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Johannes Brahms. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

#10
Lukiyanenko, Tikhon
(Russia)
Lukiyanenko, Tikhon
Russia

Age: 29
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Sergey Girshenko (2009) and then undertook post-graduate studies with him. In 2010 he won third prize at the 1st Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. In 2013 he won the 5th Heino Eller Violin Competition in Tallinn (Estonia) and also reached the semi-finals of the 5th David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow. He maintains a full concert schedule as soloist and also performs with chamber ensembles and orchestras. He appears on tour in Russian and abroad.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 17 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Robert Schumann — Fritz Kreisler. Fantasie in C major, Op. 131
Round II
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45
Stage 1
Camille Saint-Saens — Eugene Ysaye. “Etude in the Form of a Waltz”, Op. 52, No. 6
Bela Bartok. Rhapsody No. 2 for violin and piano, BB 96b
Mily Balakirev. Impromptu for violin and piano (arranged by Dmitri Tsyganov)
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

#14
Tchumburidze, Veriko
(Georgia)
Tchumburidze, Veriko
Georgia

Age: 19
Born in Turkey. She began her training at Mersin University. She was a participant in the international Young Musicians on World Stages programme and then continued her studies at the Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts under Prof. Dora Schwarzberg. She is currently studying at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts under Prof. Ana Chumachenco. In 2012 she was a winner at the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland) after which she received offers to perform from concert impresarios in Russia, Switzerland, and Germany. In 2013 she appeared at the opening ceremonies of the 41st Istanbul Music Festival. That same year she participated in the Seiji Ozawa Academy at the Verbier Festival (Switzerland). In October 2015 the Sony label will release a disc of her performance with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. She plays an instrument made by Andrea Amati in 1540.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 15 and 24, Op. 1
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Franz Schubert. Rondo brillant for violin and piano, D. 895
Stage 1
Alfred Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano, Op. 30
Maurice Ravel. Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano, Op. 77
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Felix Mendelssohn. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

#15
Kim, Jee Won
(South Korea)
Kim, Jee Won
South Korea

Age: 25
Born in Seoul. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory Central Music School under Prof. Irina Bochkova. She completed her studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance under Prof. Mihaela Martin (2008–2014). She is winner of several nationwide competitions in Korea. In 2002 she won first prize in the Russian YouthCompetition in Ryazan and in 2014 took fourth prize at the InternationalCompetition in Qingdao (China). In 2015 she won a prize from the German Foundation for Musical Life. As beneficiary of a scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation she took part in the music festival in Colmar (France). She has performed with various Russian orchestras and has appeared in the concert halls of the Moscow Conservatory.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 11 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Claude Debussy. Sonata in G minor for violin and piano, L. 140
Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, Op. 80
Stage 1
Camille Saint-Saens — Eugene Ysaye. “Etude in the Form of a Waltz”, Op. 52, No. 6
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A major for violin and piano, D. 574
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Sergei Prokofiev. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Special prize
#16
Jang, Yoo Jin
(South Korea)
Jang, Yoo Jin
South Korea

Age: 24
Studied at the Korean National University of Arts and then at the New England Conservatory of Music of in Boston under Prof. Miriam Fried. She is a winner of international competitions: the Michael Hill Violin Competition in Auckland (New Zealand, 2009, second prize), the 4th Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya (Japan, 2013, first prize and two-year loan of the “Rainvill” Stradivarius violin from 1697), and the 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA, 2014, fifth prize and a special prize). In 2011 she participated in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Saint Petersburg. She has performed with well-known orchestras and founded the Kallaci String Quartet. Her future engagements include solo concerts at Jordan Hall and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Her debut disc in the “Young Musicians of Korea” series will soon be released on the KBS label.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 13 and 24, Op. 1
Karol Szymanowski. “Myths”, three poems for violin and piano, Op. 30: “Fountain of Arethusa ”, “Narcissus”, “Dryads and Pan”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Robert Schumann. Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, Op. 105
Stage 1
Alfred Schnittke. “A Paganini” for solo violin, Op. 162
John Corigliano. Sonata for violin and piano
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Dmitri Shostakovich. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77

#18
Park, Kyumin
(South Korea)
Park, Kyumin
South Korea

Age: 18
Studied at the Seoul National University Music College under Prof. Kowoon Yang. In 2013 he won the Thomas and Evon Cooper International YouthCompetition in Oberlin (USA) where he played with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he won fourth prize at the Irving Klein International Youth Competition in San Francisco (USA). In 2012 he had his solo concert debut under the auspices of the Kumho Prodigy Concert series for gifted youth. He performs with the leading Korean orchestras.

Programme
Round I
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 11 and 24, Op. 1
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 1 in D major for violin and piano, Op. 12, No. 1
Stage 1
Henryk Wieniawski. Fantasia on Themes from Gounod's “Faust”, Op. 20
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 2 D major for violin and piano, Op. 94 bis
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Felix Mendelssohn. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

#19
Zhelezny, Leonid
(Russia)
Zhelezny, Leonid
Russia

Age: 21
Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory Central School of Music studying under Prof. Aleksander Vinnitskiy (2008–2012). At present he is continuing his studies at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2010 he won second prize at the Beethoven International Competition in Vienna. In 2014 he was victorious in the 3rd Stockholm International Music Competition. He has taken part in many concerts and festivals in Russia and abroad. In 2009 he took a prize and a special jury prize at the Vozvrashcheniye Chamber Music Festival in Moscow. He appeared in the programmes of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.

Programme
Round I
Niccolo Paganini. Caprice Nos. 7 and 24, Op. 1
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Igor Frolov. Fantasy for violin solo in memory of David Oistrakh
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place”
Stage 1
for violin and piano, Op. 42, No. 1
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45
Bela Bartok. Sonata for violin solo, BB 124, first movement Tempo di ciaccona
Henryk Wieniawski. Polonaise de Concert in D major for violin and piano, Op. 4, No. 1
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

#20
Balanas, Kristine
(Latvia)
Balanas, Kristine
Latvia

Age: 25
Educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying under Prof. Gyorgy Pauk. She is winner of international competitions: the 12th Kloster SchontalCompetition (Germany, 2007, first prize and a special prize), the J&A Beare Solo Bach Competition in London (2010, second prize), the 30th Rudolf Lipizer Violin Competition in Gorizia (Italy, 2011, fourth prize and prize for the best performance of a 20th century concerto). She has played with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra (in London’s Barbican Hall), the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and chamber orchestras in Poland, Slovakia, and Latvia. She has appeared in many venues in London, as well as in Dublin, Riga, Tallinn and other cities.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 17 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Robert Schumann. Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, Op. 105
Round II
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano, Op.108
Stage 1
Sergei Prokofiev. “Five Melodies” for violin and piano, Op. 35 bis
Karol Szymanowski. Three Paganini Caprices for violin and piano, Op.40
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Johannes Brahms. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

#21
Avstrikh, Daniil
(Russia)
Avstrikh, Daniil
Russia

Age: 30
Born in Leningrad and since 1997 has resided in Germany. He studied at the Secondary Special Music School of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory and at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA). Since 2004 he has been pursuing advanced studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance studying under Prof. Viktor Tretyakov. In 2005 he won second prize at the Pablo Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona (Spain) and the Niccolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Moscow. He appears on tour in Russia, Israel, and in countries in Europe, East Asia, and North and South America. In 2012 he joined the Michelangelo Quartet with which he often performs all of Beethoven’s string quartets. He plays a violin made by Pietro Guarneri in 1695 that is furnished by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme
Round I
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Meditation” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place” for violin and piano, Op. 42, No. 1
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 14 and 24, Op. 1
Maurice Ravel. “Piece en forme de Habanera”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A major for violin and piano, D. 574
Stage 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. "Serenade melancolique", Op. 26
Nikolai Roslavets. Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano (Marina Lobanova edition)
Camille Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Johannes Brahms. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

#22
Khukhua, Igor
(Russia)
Khukhua, Igor
Russia

Age: 23
Studied at the Murov Novosibirsk Music College. At present he is a fourth-year student at the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Eduard Grach. In 2012 he won the Grand Prix at the 4th International Violin Competition in Astana (Kazakhstan). In 2014 he was a prize winner at the International Eduard Grach Violin Competition in Dubna and won second prize at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. Since 2011 he has been an artist with the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Director, Eduard Grach).

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 17 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Camille Saint-Saens — Eugene Ysaye. “Etude in the Form of a Waltz”, Op. 52, No. 6
Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 2 D major for violin and piano, Op. 94 bis
Stage 1
Nathan Milstein. “Paganiniana”, fantasia on themes of Paganini for violin solo
Eugene Ysaye. Sonata No. 6 in E minor for violin, Op. 27
Alexander Scriabin. Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 5, No. 1 (arranged for violin and piano by A. Mogilevsky)
Franz Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Alexander Glazunov. Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

#23
Tarara, Stefan
(Germany)
Tarara, Stefan
Germany

Age: 29
Trained at the Zurich University of Music under Prof. Zakhar Bron. He has won prizes at international competitions 27 times, including the Rudolf Lipizer Violin Competition in Gorizia (Italy, 2011), the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest (2014), and the Boris Goldstein Competition in Bern (Switzerland, 2015). In 2010 he came in third at the Niccolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa; in 2011 he took the bronze medal in the 14th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznan. As soloist he has performed with many renowned orchestras in the foremost concert halls of Europe. His debut in China (2007) was very well-received, and he has been in the festivals in Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in the European Youth Festival of Art in Paris and many others. Since 2010 he has been concertmaster of the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2011 concertmaster and soloist with the Hulencourt Soloist Chamber Orchestra. He plays a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano provided by the German Musical Life Foundation.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 11 and 24, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Niccolo Paganini. Variations on the theme “Nel cor piu non mi sento” from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera “La molinara”
Round II
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, Op. 80
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Rondo brillant for violin and piano, D. 895
Eugene Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin (“Ballade”), Op. 27
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Jean Sibelius. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

#24
Pospelov, Sergei
(Russia)
Pospelov, Sergei
Russia

Age: 25
Born in Rostov-on-Don. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Eduard Grach (2014). He won the 1st David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow (2006), the 41st Concertino Praga International Competition for Young Musicians (2007), the 15th Alberto Curci International Violin Competition in Naples (2008), and the 6th Abram Yampolsky Competition in Moscow (2012). He performs regularly in Russian cities, as well as in Italy, France, Poland, Israel, China, and Japan. He collaborates with the Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra among others.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 23 and 24, Op. 1
Giuseppe Tartini. Sonata in G minor for violin and piano (“Devil’s Trill”, Fritz Kreisler edition), B.g5
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Round II
Maurice Ravel. Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano, Op. 77
Stage 1
Maurice Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Melody” from “Reminiscences of a Beloved Place” for violin and piano, Op. 42, No. 3
Henryk Wieniawski. “Variations on an Original Theme”, Op. 15
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Johannes Brahms. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

#25
Andersen, Christopher Tun
(Norway)
Andersen, Christopher Tun
Norway

Age: 23
Since 2010 he has been a student at the Norwegian Academy of Music (studying under Prof. Isaac Shuldman) and at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin (studying under Prof. Ulf Wallin). He also studied under Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna (2013–2014) and took master classes with Pinchas Zukerman in New York. He has won all the major youth competitions in Norway. In 2011 he took part in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 he was awarded a special prize in the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition in Vilnius. He is a participant in the Verbier Festival Academy, the Kronberg Academy, the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger (Norway), and the TIHMS Summer Academy in Holland. He plays an instrument made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1753 and provided by the Anders Sveaas Foundation.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005
Niccolo Paganini. Caprices Nos. 24 and 6, Op. 1
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, Op. 34
Christian Sinding. “Suite in the Old Style”, Op. 10
Round II
Edvard Grieg. Sonata No. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45
Stage 1
Niccolo Paganini. Variations on the theme “Nel cor piu non mi sento” from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera “La molinara”
Dmitri Shostakovich. Prelude in C-sharp minor from “24 Preludes for Piano”, Op. 34, No. 10 (arranged for violin and piano by Dmitri Tsyganov)
Johannes Brahms. Scherzo for violin and piano in C minor (from the F. A. E. Sonata)
Henryk Wieniawski. Polonaise de Concert in D major for violin and piano, Op. 4, No. 1
Stage 2
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Sergei Prokofiev. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Cello
1 prize
#10
Ioniță, Andrei Ionuț
(Romania)
Ioniță, Andrei Ionuț
Romania

Age: 20
Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts under Prof. Jens Peter Maintz. In 2009 he won the David Popper International Cello Competition in Várpalota (Hungary); in 2013 he took first place in the Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Yerevan. In 2014 he came in second at the prestigious 63rd ARD International Music Competition in Munich and in the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. He has performed with many prominent orchestras in Germany, Russia, and France. He has given solo concerts at the Konzerthaus and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, at the Petit Palais in Paris, and the Cité de Science in Tunis. His upcoming engagements include a performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Collegium Musicum in Basel and his début with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin. He is very interested in chamber music. He plays a cello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in 1671 provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Claude Debussy. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Vocalise”, Op. 34, No. 14
Alberto Ginastera. “Pampeana No. 2” rhapsody for cello and piano, Op. 21
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 39
Round II
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Mstislav Rostropovich. “Humoresque”, Op. 5
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Niccolò Paganini. Caprice No. 24 in A minor for solo violin, Op. 1 (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Dmitri Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107

2 prize
#23
Ramm, Alexander
(Russia)
Ramm, Alexander
Russia

Age: 27
Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya (2012). He is currently pursuing advanced studies there and at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin under Prof. Frans Helmerson. He has won prestigious international competitions, such as the 5th UNISA International String Competition in Pretoria (South Africa, 2010, fourth prize), the 3rd Beijing International Music Competition (2010, first prize), and the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki (2013, third prize). In 2010 he won the 1st Russian National Music Competition in Moscow, and in 2011 he participated in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has performed in the world’s foremost concert venues, including the Concertgebouw, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. Since 2012 he has been part of the concert programme of the Moscow Philharmonic. He plays a modern instrument made by Jebran Yakoub.

Programme:
Round I
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Johann S. Bach. Prélude, Sarabande and Gigue from Suite No. 4 in E-flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 1
Benjamin Britten. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 65
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
Bohuslav Martinů. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Sergei Prokofiev. Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125

3 prize
#12
Buzlov, Alexander
(Russia)
Buzlov, Alexander
Russia

Age: 31
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Natalia Gutman (2006) and is continuing his studies at the Conservatory. In 2005 he won second prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, and in 2007 he took the silver prize and was awarded two special prizes at the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2008 he took second place at the 63rd Geneva International Cello Competition, and in 2010 he won at the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. He frequently performs on tour in Russia and abroad and appears with many leading domestic and European orchestras. In 2005 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. He participates in the festivals of Colmar, Montpellier, Verbier, as well as in events such as the Russian Musical Olympus forum, the Stars of the White Nights, and Moscow Autumn among others.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello, BWV 1011
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A?flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Paul Hindemith. Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 11, No. 3
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Sonata for cello and piano in A minor (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Benjamin Britten. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 65
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
Niccolo Paganini. Introduction and Variations on one string on a Theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for a single violin string and piano (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonin Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

4 prize
#6
Ferrández-Castro, Pablo
(Spain)
Ferrández-Castro, Pablo
Spain

Age: 24
Born into a family of musicians in Madrid. He studied at the Queen Sofia College of Music under Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya. He completed advanced studies at the Kronberg Academy under the supervision of Frans Helmerson. He was a prize winner at the 5th Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki (2013, second prize), and the same year he was awarded a prize by the Edmond de Rothschild banking firm at the Gstaad Musical Summits Festival (Switzerland). His accomplishments as a prize winner enabled him to record an album with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra on ONYX Classics. His second album was with the Kremerata Baltica. He has performed as soloist with many leading orchestras in Spain, Finland, Germany, and Russia. He participates in the festivals of Verbier, Santander, Kronberg, and Florence among others. He plays the “Lord Aylesford” cello made by Stradivarius in 1696 provided by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Round II
Stage 1
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119, second movement “Moderato — Andante dolce” and third movement “Allegro ma non troppo”
Niccolò Paganini. Introduction and Variations on one string on a Theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for a single violin string and piano (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

5 prize
#16
Kang, Seung Min
(South Korea)
Kang, Seung Min
South Korea

Studied at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. After moving to Germany (in 2007) she studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin under Prof. Troels Svane. She has won major competitions in Korea, and in 2002 she took second place in the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Xiamen (China); in 2003 she won the Anna Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington. In 2006 she took first prize in the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Tokyo, and in 2009 won a special prize at the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris. She gives solo concerts and collaborates with various orchestras in Korea, the USA, and Germany. She has performed on tour in many cities throughout Japan.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A‑flat for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Robert Schumann. “Fantasie stücke” for cello and piano, Op. 73
Toshiro Mayuzumi. “Bunraku” for solo cello
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Alfred Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, Op. 129
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
Gaspar Cassadó. “Dance of the Green Devil” for cello and piano
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

6 prize
#20
Roozeman, Jonathan
(Netherlands)
Roozeman, Jonathan
Netherlands

Age: 17
Born in Helsinki. He studies at the Sibelius Academy under Prof. Martti Rousi. In 2012 he won second prize at the 4th National Cello Competition in Amsterdam. In 2013 he was awarded a special prize at the 5th Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, and he was one of three finalists in the Prémio Internacional Suggia Competition in Porto (Portugal). He also reached the semi-finals in the 3rd Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji (Japan). As soloist he has performed with orchestras in Finland, Lithuania, and Estonia. In 2015 he was chosen by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to represent Finland at the Nordic Soloist Competition in Bergen (Norway). He plays a cello made by David Tecchler in 1707 provided by the Finnish Culture Foundation.

Programme:
Round I
Gaspar Cassadó. Suite for solo cello
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40, first movement “Allegro non troppo” and second movement “Allegro”
Round II
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Gaspar Cassadó. “Dance of the Green Devil” for cello and piano
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119, first movement “Andante grave – Moderato animato”
Luigi Boccherini. Sonata No. 6 in A major for cello and piano
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Sergei Prokofiev. Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125

#1
Cho, Brannon
(USA)
Cho, Brannon
USA

Age: 20
Studied at the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois under Prof. Hans Jørgen Jensen. In 2012 he won the Anna Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington. In 2013 he took second place in the National Young Arts Foundation Music Competition in Miami and won the bronze medal at the 3rd Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji (Japan). He performs with many orchestras as soloist and recently gave a concert with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014 he was featured in an episode of the HBO series “Masterclass” with Joshua Bell with whom he later played chamber works in New York, London, Miami, and Washington. He plays a cello made by Antonio Cassini in 1668.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Robert Schumann. “Five Pieces in Folk Style” for cello and piano, Op. 102
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Zoltán Kodály. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8: third movement “Allegro molto vivace”
Round II
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Alexander Tcherepnin. Suite for solo cello, Op. 76
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Pablo de Sarasate. “Gypsy Airs”, Op. 20 (arranged for cello and piano by Hans Jørgen Jensen)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#2
Khamidullin, Rustem
(Russia)
Khamidullin, Rustem
Russia

Age: 26
Studied at the Gnesin Academy of Music (under Vladimir Tonkha). In 2008 he entered the Basel University School of Music studying under Prof. Ivan Monighetti. At present he is pursuing advanced studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart under Prof. Conradin Brotbek. In 2009 he won second prize in the 1st Semyon Kozolupov Cello Competition in Moscow. In 2014 he won at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow, at the Gisborne Music Competition (New Zealand), and also at 52nd International Beethoven Festival and Competition held at the palace of Hradec nad Moravicí (Czech Republic). In the 2009–2010 season he interned with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Since January 2015 he has been an intern with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Ludwig van Beethoven. “Romance” in F major for cello and piano, Op. 50, No. 2
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Henri Dutilleux. “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher” for solo cello
Round II
Stage 1
Zoltán Kodály. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8, first movement “Allegro maestoso ma appassionato”
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Karl Davydov. “Fantasie on Russian Themes” for cello and piano, Op. 7
Grigoraş Dinicu. “Hora staccato”
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Robert Schumann. Cello Concerto in a Minor, Op. 129

#3
Stadler, Alexey
(Russia)
Stadler, Alexey
Russia

Age: 24
Born into a musical family. He studies at the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar under Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. He has won several international competitions, among them the Grand Prix in the TONALi Competition in Hamburg (2012). He has a full schedule on tour. His recent milestones include débuts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, appearances at the Berlin Konzerthaus, and performances at the festival in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and the Yehudi Menuhim Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland). He has performed with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among many others. In 2012 he took part in the Kronberg Academy’s festival called “Chamber Music Connects the World” where he performed alongside Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, and Christian Tetzlaff.

Programme:
Round I
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Alfred Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, Op. 129
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 39
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Dmitri Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33

#4
Kobekina, Anastasia
(Russia)
Kobekina, Anastasia
Russia

Age: 20
Born into a family of musicians in Ekaterinburg. Since 2012 she has been studying at the Kronberg Academy (Germany) under Prof. Frans Helmerson. In 2007 she won the Nutcracker International TV Competition for Young Musicians. In 2014 she won second prize at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. As a soloist she has performed with chamber orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi and the Kremerata Baltica, as well as with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, and the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in many festivals and played in chamber orchestras conducted by Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Spivakov and Yuri Bashmet. She plays an instrument made by Stephan von Baehr in 2012 provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Elégie”, Op. 3, No. 1 (arranged for cello and piano)
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Gaspar Cassadó. Suite for solo cello
Niccolò Paganini. Introduction and Variations on one string on a Theme from
Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for a single violin string and piano (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#5
Sendetsky, Ivan
(Russia)
Sendetsky, Ivan
Russia

Age: 19
Studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory under Prof. Anatoly Nikitin. He won a first prize at both the 1st and 2nd Knushevitsky International Cello Competition in Saratov (2012, 2014). In 2012 he earned the fifth prize in the 7th International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland), and in 2014 earned a diploma at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition. He was awarded a scholarship from the New Names Foundation (2009) and also the Yuri Temirkanov Prize (2013). He performs on tour in Russia and abroad. He has given solo concerts in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Small Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic among others. In 2015 he appeared with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in the regional programme of the XIV Moscow Easter Festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Jules Massenet. “Méditation” from the opera “Thaïs”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Adam Khudoyan. Sonata No.1 for solo cello
Robert Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op. 70
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 1
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
Bohuslav Martinů. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#7
Haga, Sandra Lied
(Norway)
Haga, Sandra Lied
Norway

Age: 21
At the age of 6 she entered a programme for gifted children at the Barratt Due Institute in Oslo. When she was 15 she studied with Truls Mørk with whom she performed several times in chamber concerts. Winner of six national competitions, she took first place in the International Youth Competition in Tallinn (2004) and the Padua International Competition (2013). In 2013 she was a prize winner in the 1st International Chance Music Internet Festival, which staged its finals in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. After her début in London’s Wigmore Hall (at 12), she was engaged for many concerts in various countries in Europe. She appears with Norwegian orchestras and has participated in festivals in Gstaad, Verbier, and Aspen as well as in Bergen, Norway, where in spring 2015 she appeared in an ensemble with Leif Ove Andsnes in a chamber programme.

Programme:
Round I
Edvard Grieg. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano, Op. 36
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 4 in D minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Frédéric Chopin. “Introduction and Polonaise brillante” for cello and piano, Op. 3
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119, second movement “Moderato — Andante dolce” and third movement “Allegro ma non troppo”
Jacques Offenbach. “Jacqueline’s Tears” for cello and piano
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33 (in the composer’s original version)
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Special prize “Best contestant of Round II
#8
Elschenbroich, Leonard
(Germany)
Elschenbroich, Leonard
Germany

Age: 30
Studied at the Cologne University of Music and Dance under Prof. Frans Helmerson. In 2009 he won the Leonard Bernstein Prize at the open festival in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) where he played the Brahms Double Concerto with Anne Sophie Mutter under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. In 2012 he received the prestigious BBC New Generation Artist award which meant that he would perform and make recordings with the BBC orchestras and appear at the BBC Proms festival. That year he also was appointed Artistic Mentor the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia. He is a regular soloist with the Bremen Philharmonic (2013–2016) where each season he gives the world premiere of compositions commissioned for him. He appears with many famous orchestras in the foremost of the world’s concert venues, and he is a participant in the festivals in Lucerne, Ravinia, Gstaad, and Istanbul. His solo and orchestral albums are published by Onyx Classics. He often plays chamber music and is a member of the Sitkovetsky Trio. His instrument is the “Leonard Rose” cello made by Matteo Goffriller in 1693.

Programme:
Round I
Paul Hindemith. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 25, No. 3
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Witold Lutosławski. “Sacher Variations” for solo cello
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Claude Debussy. Sonata D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Niccolò Paganini. Introduction and Variations on one string on a Theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for a single violin string and piano (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Dmitri Kabalevsky. Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77

#9
Cornut, Tristan
(France)
Cornut, Tristan
France

Age: 30
Graduated from the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance after which he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and the University of Music Freiburg (under Prof. Jean-Guihen Queyras). He has won international competitions: the Ottomar Domnick Competition in Stuttgart (2007, first prize), the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji (Japan, 2009, second prize), and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich (2010, third prized and two special awards). He has performed with many renowned German orchestras, among them the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. As an exponent of chamber music he has shared the stage with such musicians as Salvatore Accardo, Antonio Meneses, Daniel Hope, Bruno Giuranna, Miguel da Silva, and Yo-Yo Ma. In 2009 he founded the Paul Klee Trio in which he has won prizes in the chamber music competitions in Melbourne and Trondheim.

Programme:
Round I
Henri Dutilleux. “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher” for solo cello
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 3 in B-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Claude Debussy. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
György Kurtág. Five pieces for cello from “Signs, Games, and Messages”: “Jelek I”, “Jelek II”, Op. 5b; and “Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval, Az hit, Schatten”
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40: first movement “Allegro non troppo” and second movement “Allegro”
Gregor Piatigorsky. “Variations on a Theme of Paganini” for cello and piano
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Special prize
#11
Philippe, Bruno
(France)
Philippe, Bruno
France

Age: 21
Studied at the Regional Conservatory of Paris under Prof. Raphael Pidoux (2008). In 2009 he enrolled at the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance studying under Prof. Jérôme Pernoo. In 2014 he took up studies at the Kronberg Academy (Germany) under Prof. Frans Helmerson. In 2011 he won third prize and a prize for best solo performance at the 3rd André Navarra Competition in Toulouse (France), and in 2014 he won third prize and the audience favourite award at the 63rd ARD International Music Competition in Munich. He performs in the most prominent concert halls of Berlin, Paris, and Toulouse. He is a participant in the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Crazy Days Festival in Nantes, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier and others. In 2009 he recorded an Offenbach duo with Raphael Pidoux for the Integral Classic label. He plays a cello made by Frank Ravatin provided by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 4 in E-flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, third movement “Andante”
François Poulenc. Sonata for cello and piano, EP. 143
Jérôme Ducros. “Encore” for cello and piano
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#13
Worlitzsch, Valentino
(Germany)
Worlitzsch, Valentino
Germany

Age: 25
Trained in Hamburg under Prof. Bernhard Gmelin and in Paris under Michel Strauss (2008–2011). At present he is pursuing advanced studies at the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar under Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt; in addition he is studying conducting. In 2013 he won the Antonín Dvořák prize at the Leoš Janácek Competition in Brno. In 2014 he won the International Pacem in Terris Music Competition in Bayreuth (Germany) and was also awarded two special prizes. He made the semi-finals in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and took a special prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. He has given a large number of concerts with various orchestras and also concentrates on chamber music.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Benjamin Britten. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 65
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 5 in D major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 2
Julius Klengel. Scherzo in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 6
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#14
Cañon Valencia, Santiago
(Columbia)
Cañon Valencia, Santiago
Columbia

Born in Bogotá. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Waikato in New Zealand (studying under Prof. James Tennant). He is currently pursuing advanced studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (USA) under Prof. Andres Diaz. He has won many awards and competitions such as the National Concerto Competition in Christchurch (New Zealand, 2012, first prize), the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition in Dallas (2014, second prize), and the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest (2014, third prize). He has performed with orchestras in Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Hungary. Since he moved to New Zealand (in 2007) he has given more than 100 concerts throughout the Pacific Ocean region with pianist Katherine Austin. At the age of 16 he recorded his début disc with pieces by Gaspar Cassadó, Alberto Ginastera, György Ligeti, and Zoltán Kodály. Upon its release in 2013 it was very favourably reviewed by music critics.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Claude Debussy. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Vocalise”, Op. 34, No. 14
Alberto Ginastera. “Pampeana No. 2” rhapsody for cello and piano, Op. 21
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 39
Round II
Stage 1
Franz Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
Mstislav Rostropovich. “Humoresque”, Op. 5
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Niccolò Paganini. Caprice No. 24 in A minor for solo violin, Op. 1 (arranged for cello by Luigi Silva)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Dmitri Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E‑flat major, Op. 107

#15
Crawford, John-Henry
(USA)
Crawford, John-Henry
USA

Age: 22
Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (USA). He made his début with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the annual Albert Greenfield Student Competition. In 2015 he took first place in the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) National Competition in Salt Lake City. His recent and upcoming engagements include a solo concert at the Auditorium of the Louvre in Paris, an appearance in Dresden, and a performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed on tour in twenty countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, and Mexico among others. He has participated in the Verbier Academy Festival and in Pinchas Zukerman’s programmes in Canada. He plays a cello that belonged to his grandfather, Austrian cellist Robert Popper.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
György Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119: first movement “Andante grave — Moderato animato” and third movement “Allegro ma non troppo”
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 3
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Alfred Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, Op. 129
Frédéric Chopin. “Introduction and Polonaise brillante” for cello and piano, Op. 3
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#17
Ni, Tao
(China)
Ni, Tao
China

Age: 30
Studied at the preparatory school of the Shanghai Conservatory. He continued his education in Canada and then at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles (USA). Among his teachers are John Kadz, Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy and Ronald Leonard. He was a prize winner at the 2nd International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Sendai (Japan, 1995, third prize), the 18th Irving Klein International Youth Competition in San Francisco (USA, 2003, second prize), and the 23rd Young Musicians International Competition in Pasadena (USA, 2008, first prize). He has performed with many orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and more. As a member of chamber ensembles he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Ani Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian and other prominent musicians. He has been a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and since 2012 has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Paul Hindemith. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 25, No. 3
Robert Schumann. “Five Pieces in Folk Style” for cello and piano, Op. 102
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 1 in E minor for cello and piano, Op. 38
Gaspar Cassadó. Suite for solo cello
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40, first movement “Allegro non troppo” and second movement “Allegro”
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 39
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Robert Schumann. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33

#18
Ueno, Michiaki
(Japan)
Ueno, Michiaki
Japan

Age: 19
Born in Paraguay and spent his childhood in Barcelona where he won many competitions for young performers. Since 2004 he has lived in Japan and is currently studying at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo under Hakuru Mori. In 2009 he won at the 4th International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Suwon (South Korea). In 2014 he took first place in the 21st Johannes Brahms International Cello Competition in Pörtschach am Wörthersee (Austria). As soloist he has performed with many orchestras in Japan and beyond. He has participated in the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades (Spain) and in the Kronberg Academy master classes (Germany). He has been awarded scholarships by many foundations and social organizations in Japan.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Robert Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op. 70
Toshiro Mayuzumi. “Bunraku” for solo cello
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
David Popper. “Hungarian Rhapsody”, Op. 68
Round II
Stage 1
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40, first movement “Allegro non troppo” and second movement “Allegro”
Bohuslav Martinů. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonín Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Special prize “Best performance of a concerto with chamber orchestra”
Special prize “Best contestant of Round II”
#19
Amosov, Fedor
(Russia)
Amosov, Fedor
Russia

Age: 27
Studied at Michigan State University (USA, 2010) under Prof. Suren Bagratuni and at the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA, 2012) under Prof. Stephen Geber. In 2004 he won the 5th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Kurashiki (Japan). He took first place at the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings (USA, 2009) and the Cleveland Institute Competition (USA, 2012). He has held scholarships from the Nikolai Roerich, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Vladimir Spivakov foundations. His recordings have been released on the Naxos, Bel-Air Music, and Centaur Records labels. He is also a teacher, conductor, as well as a composer and arranger of music. Since 2015 he has been deputy concertmaster of the cello section of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 8 in A minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62 (in the composer’s original version)
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 3 in A major for cello and piano, Op. 69
Fedor Amosov. Sonata-Fantasia for cello solo
Luigi Boccherini. Sonata No. 3 in G major for cello and piano (arranged by Alfredo Piatti): Largo and Allegro alla Militare
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. “Figaro” Paraphrase for cello and piano on Figaro’s cavatina from Rossini’s opera “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Antonin Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

#21
He, Sihao
(China)
He, Sihao
China

Age: 21
Studied at the preparatory school of the Shanghai Conservatory. He is currently continuing his studies at the Robert McDuffie Centre for Strings of Mercer University in Macon (USA) under Profs. Hans Jørgen Jensen and Julie Albers. He was a winner at the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Zagreb (Croatia, 2006), and he also took fourth prize at the 6th International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Suwon (South Korea, 2009). In 2013 he was a winner at the Concerto Competition of the Macon Symphony Orchestra and at the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) National Competition in New York; he also won the Grand Prix in the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji (Japan). As winner of that competition he gave solo concerts on tour in Japan. He has performed often in China and participates in festivals in the USA, Italy, and Canada. He is a member of the Simply Quartet.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
César Franck. Sonata in A major for violin and piano, FWV 8 (arranged for cello and piano by Jules Delsart)
Round II
Stage 1
Igor Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella” (arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 1 in E minor for cello and piano, Op. 38
Bright Sheng. Four songs from “Seven Tunes Heard in China” for solo cello: “Seasons: Shangai”, “Guessing Song: Yunnan”, “Little Cabbage: Hebei” and “Tibetan Dance: Tibet”
Pablo de Sarasate. “Gypsy Airs”, Op. 20 (arranged for cello and piano by Hans Jørgen Jensen)
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Robert Schumann. Cello Concerto in Aminor, Op. 129

#22
Zhilin, Alexei
(Russia)
Zhilin, Alexei
Russia

Age: 28
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Prof. Anatoly Nikitin. In 2010 he came in third at the International Johannes Brahms Cello Competition in Pörtschach am Wörthersee (Austria), and in 2011 second at the 38th Luis Sigall International Competition in Viña del Mar (Chile). In 2012 he took second place in the International Competition in Tongyeong (South Korea). He won second prize in both the 1st and 2nd Russian National Music Competitions in Moscow (2010, 2014). In 2009 he took part in the inauguration of the György Ligeti Hall in Graz (Austria). At present he is concertmaster of the cello section of the Music Aeterna Orchestra conducted by Teodor Сurrentzis, and he is a member of the David Oistrakh String Quartet. He participates in the programmes at the Saint Petersburg House of Music.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Round II
Stage 1
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 3 in A major for cello and piano, Op. 69
Alexander Borodin. Sonata in B minor for cello and piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Six préludes for solo cello, Op. 100, Nos. 23, 21, 13, 11, 19 and 24
Gustave Fauré. “Après un rêve”, Op. 7, No. 1; “Papillon”, Op. 77
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Dmitri Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107

#24
Szabó, Ildikó
(Hungary)
Szabó, Ildikó
Hungary

Age: 22
Born into a musical family in Budapest. At the age of 11 she enrolled in a special course for gifted children at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (studying under Prof. László Mező). Since 2011 she has been training at the Berlin University of the Arts under Prof. Jens Peter Maintz. She has won prizes at more than fifteen different competitions. She won the 7th Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Poreč (Croatia, 2008) and the 4th David Popper International Cello Competition in Várpalota (Hungary, 2009). In 2014 she took second prize, the audience favourite award, and seven more special prizes at the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest. She has performed in such concert halls as Mariinsky II, the Concertgebouw, and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. When she was 14 she made her début recording of popular virtuoso pieces. Now her discography includes Emanuel Moór’s Concerto for Two Cellos with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. She plays a cello made by Antonio Sgarbi in 1894 provided by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Programme:
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
György Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Bohuslav Martinů. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290
Round II
Stage 1
Zoltán Kodály. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8, third movement “Allegro molto vivace”
Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, Op. 102, No. 1
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, Op. 119
David Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, Op. 39
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Dmitri Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107

#25
Lim, Hee Young
(South Korea)
Lim, Hee Young
South Korea

Age: 28
Received her bachelor’s degree from the Korean National University of Arts. She continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance. At present she is pursuing an advanced degree from the Franz Liszt School of Music in Weimar under Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In 2011 she won the Grand Prix at the Normandy International Forum (France) and also came in third at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. In 2014 she won titles in the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest and the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. In 2007 she made her début solo concert at Kennedy Center in Washington. She has played in major concert halls in America, Europe, and Asia with leading orchestras. She is a regular participant in the programmes of the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

Programme:
Round I
Robert Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op. 70
Johann S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
Alfredo Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, Op. 25
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op. 62
Henri Dutilleux. “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher” for solo cello
Round II
Stage 1
Johannes Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, Op. 99
Dmitri Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
Mstislav Rostropovich. “Humoresque”, Op. 5
Stage 2
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
Robert Schumann. Cello Concerto in a Minor, Op. 129

Voice
1 prize
#6
Matochkina, Yulia
(Russia)
Matochkina, Yulia
Russia

Age: 32
Graduated from the Petrozavodsk Glazunov State Conservatory studying under Prof. Viktoria Gladchenko (2009). She was among the winners of Young Talents of Russia National Competition (2008), the Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition of Young Singers in Lipetsk (2010, third prize), the 26th International Sobinov Memorial Festival in Saratov (2013, first prize), and the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Tikhvin (2015, first prize). She received a diploma at the International Mezzo-Soprano Competition in Memoriam of Fedora Barbieri in Saint Petersburg. In 2006 she sang Olga (“Eugene Onegin”) at the State Philharmonia of Karelia. Since 2008 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. She debuted on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2009 as Cherubino in (“Le nozze di Figaro”). With the theatre’s opera troupe she has been on tour to Austria, Germany, Finland, Sweden, the UK, France, Japan, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. She participated in the Edinburgh International Festival on three occasions.

Programme
Round I
Joseph Haydn. Aria (Fac me vere tecum flere...) from the Stabat Mater
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Before Sleep”, Op. 27, No. 1, to lyrics by Nikolay Ogarev
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Lyubasha’s scene and aria (No, that cannot be...) from “The Tsar’s Bride”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Look, Yonder Cloud”, Op. 27, No. 2, to lyrics by Nikolay Grekov
Sergei Rachmaninov. “How Fleeting is Love’s Delight”, op. 14, No. 3, to lyrics by Afanasy Fet
Hector Berlioz. Ascanio’s aria (Maisqu’ai-je donc? Tout me pese at mennuie!) from “Benvenuto Cellini”
Russian folk song. “Vechor ko Mne Devitse” (“Last Night”)
Andrei Petrov. Ekaterina’s aria (Marta is no more) from the opera “Peter the Great”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Joan of Arc’s recitative and aria (It’s time… Forgive me, hills, beloved fields…) from “The Maid of Orleans”
Francesco Cilea. Princess de Bouillon’s aria from “Adrienne Lecouvreur”

1 prize
Grand Prix
#34
Ganbaatar, Ariunbaatar
(Mongolia)
Ganbaatar, Ariunbaatar
Mongolia

Age: 27
Graduate of the Mongolian State University of Culture and Art studying under Prof. O. Ichinkhorloo (2005-2010). In 2011 he won the 24th Glinka International Vocal Contest in Moscow with a prize as best baritone in the competition and the special Pavel Lisitsian Prize. In 2012 he received a prize for best singer in Mongolia. In 2014 he took first prize in the 3rd Muslim Magomaev International Vocalists Competition in Moscow. Since 2014 he has been a soloist for the Buryat State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ulan-Ude.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Bass aria (Dignare, o Domine) from the “Dettingen Te Deum”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “On the Golden Cornfields”, Op.39, No. 3, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Gioachino Rossini. Figaro’s cavatina from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “We Sat Together”, Op. 73, No. 1, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Edvard Grieg. “Ich liebe dich” Op. 5, No. 3, to lyrics by Franz von Holstein
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Tonio’s prologue (Si puo?. . . Si puo?. . .Signore!) from “I pagliacci”
Khaltaryn Bilegjargal. Lodon’s aria from “Tears of a Lama”
Mongolian folk song “Hulsan Tashuur”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Yeletsky’s aria (I Love You) from “The Queen of Spades”
Giuseppe Verdi. Count di Luna’s aria from “Il trovatore”

2 prize
#33
Moskalenko, Svetlana
(Russia)
Moskalenko, Svetlana
Russia

Age: 28
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Prof. Tamara Novichenko (2012). She was a prize winner at the International Zara Dolukhanova Vocal Competition “Amber Nightingale” in Kaliningrad (2008). She was winner of the 4th Bibigul Tulegenova International Vocal Competition in Almaty (2010) and the Baikal International Vocal Competition in Ulan-Ude (2011) and also finalist of the Competizione dell’Opera in Moscow (2011). In 2014 she won third prize and a prize for best performance of a Russian aria at the 5th Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singers Competition and second prize at Le Grand Prix de L’Opera in Bucharest. Since 2011 she has been singing in the troupe of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Her repertoire includes the parts of Susanna (“Le nozze di Figaro”), the Queen of the Night (“Die Zauberflote”), Oscar (“Un ballo in maschera”), Musetta (“La boheme”), Eudoxie (“La juive”), and Martha (“The Tsar’s Bride”) among others. She has toured in China and Japan.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Contance’s aria (Martern aller Arten) from “The Abduction from the Seraglio”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Lullaby”, Op. 16, No. 1, to lyrics by Apollon Maykov
Leo Delibes. Lakme’s scene and legend from “Lakme”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches” Op. 57, No. 1, to lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Before My Window”, Op. 26, No. 10, to lyrics by G. Galina
Russian folk song. “Ekh, da uzh Vy Nochi”
Richard Strauss. Zerbinetta’s aria from “Ariadne auf Naxos”
Andrei Petrov. Anastasia’s lament from “Peter the Great”
Round III
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Queen of Shemakha’s aria (Hymn to the Sun) from “The Golden Cockerel”
Jacques Offenbach. Olympia’s aria “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from “The Tales of Hoffmann”

2 prize
#36
Wang, Chuanyue
(China)
Wang, Chuanyue
China

Age: 30
Graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has been a participant in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera programme for young singers (2012, USA). He won the 5th China International Voice Competition in Ningbo (2011) and the Yang Soohwa International Voice Competition in Korea. He also took third prize in the International Competition of the Chinese Musicians’ Association. At present he holds an Adler scholarship and is a soloist for the San Francisco Opera where he debuted as Wagner and Nereo in a production of Arrigo Boito’s “Mefistofele”. He appeared as a soloist in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” for the Seiji Ozawa Academy. His opera debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing took place in 2011 when he took the roles of General Han (in the opera “The Chinese Orphan” by contemporary composer Lei Lei) and the Helmsman in “The Flying Dutchman”. He also sang Ernesto (“Don Pasquale”) in Shanghai.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Tamino’s aria (Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon) from “Die Zauberflote”
Giuseppe Verdi. Oronte’s aria (La mia letizia infondere) from “I Lombardi”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Again, As Before, Alone”, Op. 73, No. 6, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “It was in the Early Spring”, Op. 38, No. 2, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Hugo Wolf. “Verborgenheit” to lyrics by Eduard Morike
Folk song “Kangding” (“Love Song”)
Georges Bizet. Don Jose’s aria from “Carmen”
Lei Lei. Zhao Wu’s aria from “The Chinese Orphan”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lensky’s aria (Where, where have you gone) from “Eugene Onegin”
Giacomo Puccini. Rodolfo’s aria from “La boheme”

3 prize
#2
Galoyan, Mane
(Armenia)
Galoyan, Mane
Armenia

Age: 21
Received her bachelor’s degree at the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory in the class of Prof. Susanna Martirosyan (2014). In 2009 she won at the Renaissance International Contest-Festival in Gyumri (Armenia). In 2013 she won a gold medal at the 7th Youth Delphic Games in Kazakhstan, was awarded the Presidential Prize of Armenia, and came in second at the 6th International Competition of Opera Singers “Saint Petersburg”. In 2014 the singer was selected to join the Young Artists Vocal Academy at the Houston Grand Opera. That same year she won a prize at the 33rd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Dusseldorf. She also won the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Vocal Competition in Astana (Kazakhstan) and received fourth prize at the 6th China International Voice Competition in Ningbo. In 2015 she won the 27th Concert of Arias: Eleanor McCollum Competition for young opera singers at the Houston Grand Opera.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Ilia’s aria (Padre, germani, addio) from “Idomeneo”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Servilia’s aria (My flowers!) from “Servilia”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Lullaby”, Op. 16, No. 1, lyrics by Apollon Maykov
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches” Op. 57, No. 1, lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Sing not to Me, Beautiful Maiden”, Op. 4, No. 4, lyrics by Alexander Pushkin
Komitas. “Lullaby”
Charles Gounod. Juliette’s waltz song (Je veux vivre) from “Romeo et Juliette”
Douglas Moore. The Silver Aria (Please, gentleman… Gold is a fine thing) from “The Ballad of Baby Doe”
Round III
Jules Massenet. Manon’s gavotte (Suis-je gentille ainsi... Obeissons, quand leur voix appellee) from “Manon”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tatyana’s letter scene from “Eugene Onegin”

3 prize
#40
Yoo, Hansung
(South Korea)
Yoo, Hansung
South Korea

Age: 30
Graduate of the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul (2007). He continued his studies at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre under Prof. Carolyn James. In 2010 he won second prize in the European Opera Singing Competition Debut in Weikersheim (Germany). In 2011 he won the International Opera Singing Competition in Marmande (France) and the Cologne International Music Competition. In 2012 he took second prize and the audience favourite award at the 61st ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since 2006 he has sung various parts in productions of the Korean National University of Arts, the Robert Schumann Music College in Dusseldorf, and the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. As a member of the Kassel State Theatre in the 2013-2014 season, he performed the part of Papageno (“Die Zauberflote”) and Falke (“Die Fledermaus”) among others.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Aria for bass (Gro.er Herr, o starker Konig) from the “Christmas Oratoria”, BWV 248
Charles Gounod. Valentin’s cavatina (Avant de quitter ces lieux) from “Faust”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “None but the Lonely Heart”, Op. 6, No. 6, to lyrics by Johann von Goethe translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Amid the Din of the Ball”, Op. 38, No. 3, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Robert Schumann. “Schone Wiege Meiner Leiden” from the song cycle “Liederkreis” to lyrics by Heinrich Heine, Op. 24, No. 5
Yong Ha Yoon. “Barley Fields”
Umberto Giordano. Gerard’s aria (Nemico della patria) from “Andrea Chenier”
Benjamin Britten. Billy Budd’s aria (Look! Through the port) from “Billy Budd”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Yeletsky’s aria (I Love You) from “The Queen of Spades”
Gaetano Donizetti. Lord Enrico’s aria (Cruda funesta smania) from “Lucia di Lammermoor”

4 prize
#12
Grigoriev, Dmitry
(Russia)
Grigoriev, Dmitry
Russia

Age: 28
Studies at the Gnesin Academy of Music under Andrei Grigoriev (2014 to present). In 2014 he won third prize at the 5th Georgy Sviridov International Chamber Singing Competition in Kursk and in the 4th Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga. That same year in Moscow he won the Natalia Shpiller Open All-Russian Vocalists Competition and received a diploma at the 25th Glinka International Vocal Contest. He appears in cities across Russia singing programmes of songs by Russian and international composers. Since 2014 he has been a soloist at the Russkaya Opera.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Zoroastro’s aria (Sorge infausta una procella) from “Orlando”
Mikhail Glinka. Susanin’s recitative and aria (They sense the truth!) from “A Life for the Tsar”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “I Bless You, Forests”, Op. 47, No. 5, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Russian folk song “Ah Ty, Nochenka, Nochka Tyomnaya” (Thou, Night, Dark Night)
Giuseppe Verdi. Philip II’s aria (Ella giammai m’amo!) from “Don Carlos”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Amid the Din of the Ball”, Op. 38, No. 3, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Georgy Sviridov. “Our Land” from “Pathetic Oratorio” to lyrics by Vladimir Mayakovsky
Mikhail Glinka. “I Recall a Wonderful Moment” to lyrics by Alexander Pushkin
Round III
Giuseppe Verdi. Banquo’s aria (Studia il passo...come dal ciel precipita) from “Macbeth”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. King Rene’s arioso (Dear Lord, if I sinned) from “Iolanta”

4 prize
#14
Vesenina, Antonina
(Russia)
Vesenina, Antonina
Russia

Age: 29
Graduated from the Voronezh Academy of Arts (2010). She won first prize at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov International Competition forYoung Opera Singers in Kaluga (2013) and second prize at the 3rd International Pavel Lisitsian Competition in Vladikavkaz (2013). In 2014 she also won a grand prix at the 1st Opera Without Borders Competition in Krasnodar. In 2010 she was invited to join the troupe of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera where she sang Gilda (“Rigoletto”), Lucia (“The Rape of Lucretia”) and Sister Genevieve (“Suor Angelica”). In 2011 she became a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. There she sings the Queen of the Night (“Die Zauberflote”), Rosina (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”) and the Queen of Shemakha (“The Golden Cockerel”). She also works with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein where she sang the Queen of the Night (“Die Zauberflote”).

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Recitative and aria of the Queen of the Night (O zittre nicht) from “Die Zauberflote”
Vincenzo Bellini. Amina’s recitative and cavatina (Care compagnie... Come per me sereno... Sovra il sen) from “La sonnambula”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven”, Op. 47, No. 2, lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Canary”, Op. 25, No. 4, lyrics by Lev Mei
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. “The Lark Sings Louder” from the cycle “In Spring”, op. 43, No. 1, lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Russian folk song “Travushka-Muravushka”
Gioachino Rossini. Rosina’s cavatina from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
Leonard Bernstein. Cunegonde’s aria from “Candide”
Round III
Wolfgang A. Mozart. The Queen of the Night’s aria (Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen) from “Die Zauberflote”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Queen of Shemakha’s aria (Hymn to the Sun) from “The Golden Cockerel”

#1
Kazaryan, Diana
(Russia)
Kazaryan, Diana
Russia

Age: 25
Studies at the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory in the class of Pavel Krasnov (2010 – present). In 2011 she won at the Ivan Alchevsky International Singing Competition in Kharkiv. In 2013 she was third in the 5th International Rachmaninov Music Competition in Saint Petersburg. In 2013 she received third prize at the 3rd International Pavel Lisitsian Competition in Vladikavkaz, and a prize for best Verdi performance at the 1st Global Internet Vocal Competition – Renato Bruson International Competition. In 2014 she took second prize at the 4th Maxim Mikhailov International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga. In 2015 she received a diploma at the 2nd Opera Without Borders Competition in Krasnodar. Since 2014 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Programme
Round I
Joseph Haydn. Hannah’s aria (Welche Labung fur die Sinne) from “The Seasons”
Vincenzo Bellini. Elvira’s aria (Qui la voce sua soave) from “I puritani”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “It was in Early Spring”, Op. 38, No. 2, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow?”, Op. 47, No. 7, lyrics by Ivan Surikov
Georgy Sviridov. “In Autumn”, lyrics by Mikhail Isakovsky
Giuseppe Verdi. Leonora’s cavatina from “Il trovatore”
Russian folk song “To Ne Veter Vetku Klonit” (“It is not the Wind Bending the Branch”)
Kirill Molchanov. Liza Brichkina’s vocalise from the opera “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Kuma’s arioso from (Where are you, my desire?) from “The Enchantress”
Giuseppe Verdi. Violetta’s scene and aria (Е strano!..) from “La traviata”

#3
Ayvazyan, Hovhannes
(Armenia)
Ayvazyan, Hovhannes
Armenia

Age: 32
Graduate of the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory (2011). He was winner of the International Gasparyan Opera Competition for opera singers in Yerevan (2008), and he was awarded the Armenian Presidential Prize (2009). In 2012 he was a finalist in the Placido Domingo Operalia World Opera Competition that took place in Beijing. He is a lead soloist for the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theatre, for Moscow’s Novaya Opera, and for the Dzhalil Tatar State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2010 he appeared with Canada’s Opera Belcanto of South Simcoe in Toronto. In 2013 he sang Manrico in “Il trovatore” for Novaya Opera and also performed with Anna Netrebko on the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in its Verdi Gala. That same year he debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in the role of Cavaradossi (“Tosca”) and Manrico (“Il trovatore”) as well as singing Cavaradossi at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Xerxes’ aria (Ombra mai fu) from “Xerxes”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Wild Nights”, Op. 60, No. 6, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Canio’s recitative and aria (Recitar… Vesti la giubba) from “I pagliacci”
Round II
Giuseppe Verdi. Manrico’s aria and cabaletta (Ah si ben mio...Di quella pira) from “Il trovatore”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “To Forget So Soon”, to lyrics by Aleskei Apukhtin
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Again I Am Alone”, Op. 26, No. 9, to lyrics by Taras Shevchenko translated by Ivan Bunin
Komitas. “Horovel” (a capella)
Alexander Harutyunyan. Sayat’s aria from “Sayat-Nova”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Hermann’s aria (What is our life?) from “The Queen of Spades”
Giuseppe Verdi. Radames’ aria (Celeste Aida) from “Aida”

#4
Gaskarova, Gelena
(Russia)
Gaskarova, Gelena
Russia

Age: 32
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory (2008). She received awards at the International Pavel Lisitsian Competition in Vladikavkaz (2004), the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers Competition (2004, 2008) and the 7th International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw (2010). Since 2001 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, and in that capacity she has sung a large number of parts in Russian and foreign operas. She is a guest soloist with the Latvian National Opera and the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In 2009 she made her debut at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse as Tatyana (“Eugene Onegin”), and in 2010 she sang Iolanta there. She also performed Tatyana at the Salle Pleyel under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev. In 2014 she debuted as Maria in “Mazeppa” at the Concertgebouw, and sang Tatyana at the Mariinsky premier of “Eugene Onegin”. She has performed with Larisa Gergieva in concerts in Vienna, Florence, Venice, Rome, and Paris.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Anastasio’s aria from “Giustino”
Antonin Dvorak. Rusalka’s aria from “Rusalka”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches”
Op. 57, No. 1, to lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Serenade” (“Oh, child, beneath your window”), Op. 63, No. 6, to lyrics by Konstantin Romanov
Jules Massenet. Thais’ aria from “Thais”
Sergei Rachmaninov. “The Migrant Wind”, Op. 34, No. 4, to lyrics by Konstantin Balmont
Igor Stravinsky. Ann’s aria and cabaletta from “The Rake’s Progress”
Russian folk song “Po Senichkam Dunyashechka Gulyala”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tatyana’s letter scene from “Eugene Onegin”
Jules Massenet. Salome’s aria from «Herodiade»

#5
Tracz, Ewa
(Poland)
Tracz, Ewa
Poland

Age: 26
Graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice studying under Ewa Biegas (2013). She is currently pursuing her doctorate. She is winner of a number of vocal competitions in Poland, including the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competition in Novy-Soncz (2013; first prize, Opera Krakowska orchestra prize, and special prize for best soprano), and the National Chamber Music Competition in Wroclaw (2014, first prize). She debuted as Soeur Angelique in the opera of the same name at Opera Slaska in Bytom in 2011, and in 2013 she sang Donna Anna (“Don Giovanni”) there. Since 2013 she has been a soloist of the Opera Wroclawska where she sings Joan of Arc (“Joan of Arc”), the Countess (“Le nozze de Figaro”), Marianna (“”Der Rosenkavalier”), and others. She sings in the best venues of her country. In 2014 at the inaugural concert at the new concert hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice she sang Lutoslawski’s “Silesian Tryptich” for soprano and orchestra.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Zaide’s aria from (Tiger! Wetzenur die Klauen) from “Zaide”
Vincenzo Bellini. Giulietta’s aria (Eccomi in lietavesta… Oh! quante volte) from“I Capuleti e i Montecchi”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Does the Day Reign”, Op. 47, No. 6, to lyrics by Aleskei Apukhtin
Round II
Felix Mendelssohn. “Hexenlied” (Witches’ Song), Op. 8, No. 8, to lyrics by Ludwig Holty
Wolfgang A. Mozart. The Countess’s recitative and aria (E Susanna non vien! Dove sono…) from “Le nozze di Figaro”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “To Forget So Soon”, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Douglas Moore. The Silver Aria (Please, gentleman… Gold is a fine thing) from “The Ballad of Baby Doe”
Feliks Nowowiejski. “Kazala mi mama” (“My Mom Told Me”)
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Iolanta’s recitative and arioso (Why hadn’t I known before) from the opera “Iolanta”
Giuseppe Verdi. Violetta’s scene and aria (Еstrano!..) from “La traviata”

#7
Ablaeva, Emilia
(Russia)
Ablaeva, Emilia
Russia

Age: 28
Graduated from the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine (Kiev) studying under Prof. Evdokia Kolesnik (2012). Currently she is continuing her studies as a postgraduate student. In 2014 she was second in chamber singing at the 4th Maxim Mikhailov International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga, and received a diploma for opera singing. In 2015 she was awarded a diploma and a prize for the best interpretation of a song by Rimsky-Korsakov at the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Tikhvin, and received a diploma at the 2nd Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar. She has given recitals in Macedonia, Turkey, Romania, and Germany. Since 2013 she has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Melissa’s aria from “Amadis”
Antonin Dvorak. Rusalka’s aria from “Rusalka”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches”
Op. 57, No. 1, to lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Why?”, Op. 6, No. 5, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Edvard Grieg. “A Dream”, Op. 48, No. 6, to lyrics by Friedrich Bodenstedt
Crimean Tatar folk song. “I was Told You were Beautiful”
Charles Gounod. Marguerite’s aria (the Jewel Song) from “Faust”
Kirill Molchanov. Liza Brichkina’s vocalise from the opera “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Iolanta’s recitative and arioso (Why hadn’t I known before) from the opera “Iolanta”
Georges Bizet. Micaela’s aria from “Carmen”

#8
Lim, Eun Kyong
(South Korea)
Lim, Eun Kyong
South Korea

Age: 30
Received her bachelor’s degree at the Yonsei University (Seoul) in 2008. She continued her education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich under Prof. Daphne Evangelatos. She was awarded third prize at the International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna (2013) and second prize at the 38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens (2014). In 2008 she gave a solo recital in Seoul. Since 2010 in Munich she has sung Olga (Peter Eotvos’s “Three Sisters”), Martha (“Iolantha”), Marcellina (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Forester’s wife (Janacek’s“The Cunning Little Vixen”) at the Prinzregententheater. In 2011 she debuted at the Staatsoper Hannover as Marcellina and sang Olga (“Three Sisters”) in the Staatsoper Berlin. In the 2013–2014 season she performed in the world premiere of Anno Schreier’s “Prinzessin im Eis” and sang Bradamante in “Alcina” at the Theater Aachen. In the 2014–2015 season she sings in the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s “The Antilope”, and Driade in “Ariadne auf Naxos”) in Lucerne. Starting in the 2015–2016 season the singer will be performing at the Lucerne Theatre opera troupe.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Rinaldo’s aria (Or la tromba in suon festante) from “Rinaldo”
Camille Saint-Saens. Dalila’s aria (Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse) from “Samson et Dalila”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “None but the Lonely Heart”, op. 6, No. 6, to lyrics by Goethe translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Why?”, Op. 6, No. 5, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Franz Schubert. “Der Zwerg”, D. 771, Op. 22, No. 1, to lyrics by Matthaus von Collin
Ilnam Chang. “Bimok”
Gioachino Rossini. Isabella’s aria (Cruda sorte!) from “L’Italiana in Algeri”
Leonard Bernstein. “What Lips My Lips have Kissed” from “Songfest”, No.11
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Joan of Arc’s recitative and aria (It’s time!) from “The Maid of Orleans”
Jules Massenet. Charlotte’s aria (Werther! Werther! Qui m’aurait dit la place) from “Werther”

#9
Li, Ao
(China)
Li, Ao
China

Age: 30
Teaches voice at the Shandong Normal University. In 2013 he won the 20th Placido Domingo Operalia World Opera Competition that took place in Verona. In 2014 he won one of the most prestigious vocal competitions in the USA—the National Council Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2010 as a participant in the Merola Opera programme of the San Francisco Opera he performed the part of Belcore (“L’elisir d’amore”). At the San Francisco Opera he has sung the roles of Ascanio Petrucci (“Lucrezia Borgia”), Lorenzo (“I Capuleti e i Montecchi”), Uberto (“La serva padrona”), and Don Basilio (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”) among others. His active repertoire encompasses lead roles in “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Don Pasquale” at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He also debuted to great acclaim in Korea as Gremin (“Eugene Onegin”) at the Seoul Arts Centre.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Zoroastro’s aria (Sorge infausta una procella) from “Orlando”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Reconciliation”, Op. 25, No. 1, to lyrics by Nikolay Shcherbina
Georges Bizet. Ralph’s aria (Quand la flamme de l’amour) from “La jolie fille de Perth”
Round II
Franz Schubert. “Der Erlkonig” to lyrics by Johann von Goethe
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Again, As Before, Alone”, Op. 73, No. 6, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Douglas Moore. Horacio Tabor’s aria (Warm as the Autumn Light)
Chinese folk song “Rainbow sister”
Sergei Rachmaninov. Aleko’s cavatina “All the gypsy camp is asleep” from “Aleko”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Gremin’s aria (All ages surrender to love) from “Eugene Onegin”
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Leporello’s aria (Madamina, il catalogo e questo) from “Don Giovanni” from “The Ballad of Baby Doe“

#10
Fang, Xianglei
(China)
Fang, Xianglei
China

Age: 27
Born in Zhengzhou, China. She graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Glinka Conservatory studying under Prof. Lyudmila Rubinskaya (2014). She is now pursuing her postgraduate studies at the Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory under Prof. Vladimir Vaneev. She received first prize at the International Musica Classica Competition and Festival in Ruza (2012), third prize at the International “Spring is Coming” Competition in Dzerzhinsk (2013), and second prize at the 8th Aleks ey Ivanov International Vocal Competition in Tver (2013). She sang the parts of Pamina (“Die Zauberflote”), the title role in “The Snow Maiden”, Gilda (“Rigoletto”), Violetta (“La traviata”), and the title role in “Iolanta”. She has an extensive concert schedule in Russia and China.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Soprano aria (Quia respexit) from “Magnificat”, BWV 234, No. 3
Antonin Dvorak. Rusalka’s aria from “Rusalka”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Lullaby”, Op. 16, No. 1, to lyrics by Apollon Maykov
Round II
Vincenzo Bellini. Norma’s cavatina (Casta diva) from “Norma”
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Sing not to Me, Beautiful Maiden”, Op. 4, No. 4, lyrics by Alexander Pushkin
Chinese folk song
Kirill Molchanov. Liza Brichkina’s vocalise from the opera “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Why?”, Op. 6, No. 5, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Round III
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Marfa’s aria (Ivan Sergeich, would you like to stroll in the garden…) from “The Tsar’s Bride”
Vincenzo Bellini. Amina’s recitative and cavatina (Care compagnie... Come per me sereno...Sovrailsen) from “La sonnambula”

#11
Chernetsov, Grigory
(Russia)
Chernetsov, Grigory
Russia

Age: 26
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory (2006-2011). He was winner of the 8th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Singers in Saint Petersburg (2011) and of the 5th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk (2012). He also came in second at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga (2013) and the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Tikhvin (2015). At present he is a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. During the 2014-2015 season he sang the title role in “Eugene Onegin” at the Mariinsky Theatre. He took part in the Moscow Easter Festival (2012 and 2013), and he also performed at the Grand Theatre de Geneve, the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich, and in concert halls in Russia and Europe.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Bass aria (Revenge, Timotheus cries) from the oratorio “Alexander’s Feast”
Giuseppe Verdi. Renato’s recitative and aria (Alzati… Eri tu che macchiavi) from “Un ballo in maschera”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Don Juan’s Serenade”, Op. 38, No. 1, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “None but the Lonely Heart”, Op. 6, No. 6, to lyrics by Johann von Goethe translated by Lev Mei
Anton Rubinstein. The Demon’s romance (On the ocean of the air) from “The Demon”
Antonin Dvorak. “Songs My Mother Taught Me” from “Gypsy Songs”, Op. 55, No. 4, to lyrics by Adolf Heyduk
Dmitri Kabalevsky. Colas Breugnon’s aria (Beyond Provence) from “Colas Breugnon”
Russian folk song “Vyidu na Ulitsu” (“I’m Going Out”)
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Robert’s aria (Who can compare with my Mathilde) from “Iolanta”
Giacomo Puccini. Gianni Schicchi’s aria (Eraeguale) from “Gianni Schicchi”

#13
Litvin, Anna
(Russia)
Litvin, Anna
Russia

Age: 31
Graduated from the Nizhniy Novgorod Glinka Conservatory with honours studying under Profs. Vladimir Vasiliev and Lyudmila Rubinskaya (2011), and later finished postgraduate school there (2014). She received third prize at the 2nd International Larisa Alexandrova Vocal Competition (2012), third prize at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Cheboksary (2013), and third prize at the 5th Valeria Barsova Open Vocalists Competition in Sochi (2013). In 2014 she won at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. In June of that year she took part in the Rheinsberg Chamber Opera festival in Germany singing the Neighbour in Stravinsky’s “Mavra” and also performed in galas. She frequently gives concerts in Nizhny Novgorod and beyond. The singer’s repertoire includes arias, art songs, chamber vocal cycles, wartime songs, and jazz compositions.

Programme
Round I
Christoph Willibald Gluck. Orfeo’s aria (Che faro senza Euridice) “Orfeo ed Euridice”
Giuseppe Verdi. Azucena’s scene and story (Condotta ell’era in ceppi) from “Il trovatore”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Amid the din of the ball”, Op. 38, No. 3, to lyrics by Alexey Tolstoy 
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Reconciliation”, Op. 25, No. 1, to lyrics by Nikolai Scherbina
Claude Debussy. “La flute de Pan” from “Chansons de Bilitis” to lyrics by Pierre Louis
Russian folk song. “Ne velyat Mashenke za rechenku hodit'” (arranged by Alexander Glazunov)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Joan of Arc’s aria (Forgive me, hills, beloved fields) from “The Maid of Orleans”
Leonard Bernstein. Old Lady’s tango (I am easily assimilated) from “Candide”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Warrior’s arioso for mezzo-soprano from the cantata “Moscow”
Giuseppe Verdi. Eboli's aria from opera "Don Carlos" (O, don fatale!)

#15
Petryanik, Yaroslav
(Russia)
Petryanik, Yaroslav
Russia

Age: 30
Graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Nadezhda Drozdova-Weiner. In 2014 he was a prize winner in the Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar (fourth prize), in the 6th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk (first prize), and in the 4th Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga (first prize). While he was a student he appeared in the Conservatory’s theatre in the roles of Figaro (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Ibn-Hakia (“Iolanta”), and Germont (“La traviata”). Since 2013 he has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Caesar’s aria (Quel torrente, che cade dal monte) from “Giulio Cesare”
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Cascart’s aria (Zaza, piccola zingara) from “Zaza”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Don Juan’s Serenade”, Op. 38, No. 1, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Love of a Dead Man”, Op. 38, No. 5, to lyrics by Mikhail Lermontov
Georgy Sviridov. “The Virgin in the City” from the vocal poem “Petersburg” to lyrics by Alexander Blok.
Russian folk song “Ne Odna vo Pole Dorozhka” (“There’s More Than One Path through the Field”)
Giuseppe Verdi. Montforte’s aria (In braccio alle dovizie) from “I vespri siciliani”
Rodion Shchedrin. Chichikov’s aria (No, this is not the provinces) from “Dead Souls”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Monologue for baritone from the cantata “Moscow”
Giuseppe Verdi. Don Carlo’s recitative and aria (Morir! Tremenda cosa! Urna fatale del mio destino) from “La forza del destino”

#16
Teemets, Arete
(Estonia)
Teemets, Arete
Estonia

Age: 30
Studied at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn under Prof. Nadia Kurem and at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia under Rebecca Berg. In 2011 she was awarded third prize at the International Opera Singers Competition 2011 in Spoleto (Concorso Comunita Europea). The same year she received the Premio Via Vittoria awarded to best students of the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia. In 2014 she won the 1st prize at Concours Flame in Paris. She has sung at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto, the Estonian National Opera, the Estonian Music Academy Opera Studio and other theatres. She took part in the concert to celebrate 50 years on stage of Renato Bruson, the famous Italian baritone. In 2012 she participated in Saaremaa Opera Days in Estonia. She sang with the baroque ensemble Ausonia at the Festival de l’Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thierache (France). She has given recitals in Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Greece.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Cleopatra’s aria (Da tempeste) from “Giulio Cesare”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Pimpinella: Florentine Song”, Op. 38, No. 6
Giuseppe Verdi. Leonora’s aria (Tacea la notte placida) from “Il trovatore”
Round II
Mart Saar. “Kevadel”
Franz Schubert. “Die junge Nonne”, Op. 43, No. 1, D. 828, to lyrics by Jacob Nikolaus Craigher
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Mild Stars Looked Down”, Op. 60, No. 12, to lyrics by Aleksei Plescheev
Piret Rips. “Velum temple” from “Stabat mater”
Gioachino Rossini. Elena’s aria (Tanti affetti) “La Donna del Lago”
Round III
Ottorino Respighi. Maria’s aria (Qual potenza... O bianco astore) from “Maria egiziaca”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Kuma’s arioso from (Looking from Nizhny) from “The Enchantress”

#17
Bazargurueva, Ayuna
(Russia)
Bazargurueva, Ayuna
Russia

Age: 32
Studied at the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory under Prof. Zinaida Didenko. Completed her education at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Sergey Nikulshin (2009). In 2010 she was awarded a diploma at the 3rd Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singers Competition and at the 1st Russian National Music Competition. In 2011 she received a diploma at Competizione dell’Opera in Moscow. She won second prize at the Baikal International Opera Competition in Ulan-Ude (2011), third prize at the Competizione dell’Opera in Minsk (2012), and second prize at the Purevdorj International Competition in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia, 2012). In 2014 she won the 4th Maxim Mikhailov International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga. From 2009 to 2013 she was a soloist at the Tsydynzhapov Buryatia Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 2014 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Programme
Round I
Giuseppe Verdi. Aida’s scene (Ritorno vincitor) from “Aida”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Whether Day Dawns”, Op. 47, No. 6, lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
George Frideric Handel. “Son come navicella” from the cantata “Lungi dal mio bel nume”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “A Soul Floated Gently up to Heaven”, Op. 47, No. 2, lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Antonio Spadavecchia. Gemma’s aria (Oh, that word, my friend) from the opera “The Gadfly”
Buryat folk song “Yaruuna”
Giacomo Puccini. Cio-Cio-San’s aria (Un bel di vedremo) from “Madama Butterfly”
Sergei Rachmaninov. “I’m Waiting for You”, Op. 14. No. 1, to lyrics by Maria Davidova
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lisa’s arioso (It will soon be midnight) from “The Queen of Spades”
Giuseppe Verdi. Aida’s aria (Qui Radames verra) from “Aida”.

#18
Suchkov, Konstantin
(Russia)
Suchkov, Konstantin
Russia

Age: 26
Studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Pyotr Skusnichenko. In 2014 he won the 4th Boris Shtokolov International Vocal Competition in Saint Petersburg, took second prize at the 5th Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition, also won third prize in the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow. He appears in productions of the Open Stage Theatre and at the Moscow Conservatory’s opera theatre. In 2013 he sang several roles in a concert presentation of Benjamin Britten’s “Death in Venice” in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky). That same year he debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in a show called “Be in the Mood for Opera” (in the baritone part). He has performed on tour in Japan, Italy and other countries, and he has appeared at the Russian Balls in Vienna.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. The Count’s aria (Hai gia vinta la causa) from “Le nozze di Figaro”
Giuseppe Verdi. Rodrigo’s death scene from “Don Carlos”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “On the Golden Cornfields”, Op.39, No. 3, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Night” (“Weak Candlelight is Flickering”), Op. 73, No. 2 , to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Georgy Sviridov. “The Virgin in the City” from the vocal poem “Petersburg” to lyrics by Alexander Blok.
Russian folk song “Kaby Volga-matushkа” (“If Mother Volga”)
Giacomo Puccini. Gianni Schicchi’s aria from “Gianni Schicchi”
Vissarion Shebalin. Petruchio’s aria (It’s naught but empty words) from the opera “The Taming of the Shrew”
Round III
Giuseppe Verdi. Don Carlo’s aria from “Ernani”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Robert’s aria (Who can compare with my Mathilde) from “Iolanta”

#19
Lee, Myonghyun
(South Korea)
Lee, Myonghyun
South Korea

Age: 26
Graduated from the Seoul National University College of Music. He is currently pursuing advanced studies at the Hamburg Hochschule for Music and Theater under Prof. Carolyn James. He has won at the 23rd Korean National Singing Competition in Seoul (2010, First Prize), the 29th Voice Competition in the city of Deagu (Korea, 2011, Grand Prize) and the 9th Seoul International Music Competition (2013, fourth prize). In 2013 he got 1st Prize at the Neue Stimmen International Competition in Gütersloh (Germany) and also 1st Prize at the 40th Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Viña del Mar (Chile). He has performed the roles of Alfredo ("La Traviata") at the Seoul Arts Centre and Rodolfo's ("La Boheme") at Seoul National University. In 2012 he gave a solo recital at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. He has given solo recital in Chile. He has sung tenor part in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with various orchestra in Korea and China. Recently he made Opera Gala concert in Japan. 

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Tamino’s aria (Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon) from “Die Zauberflote”
Gaetano Donizetti. Fernando’s aria (Spirto gentil) from “La favorita”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “I Should Like a Single Word”, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Terrible Moment”, Op. 28, No. 6, to lyrics by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Franz Schubert. “Der Neugierige” from “Die Schone Mullerin”, D. 795, No. 6
Friedrich von Flotow. Lyonel’s aria (Ach! So fromm) from “Martha” 
Bak-Youn falls - Korean folk song 
Igor Stravinsky. Tom Rakewell’s aria (Here I stand) from “The Rake’s Progress”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lensky’s aria (Where, where have you gone) from “Eugene Onegin”
Gaetano Donizetti. Tonio’s aria (Ah! Mes amis, quel jour de fete) from “La fille du regiment”

#20
Hukasian, Harri
(Ukraine)
Hukasian, Harri
Ukraine

Age: 22
Studies at the Odessa National Nezhdanova Academy of Music under Prof. Galina Polivanova (2011 to present). Since 2014 he has been a soloist for the Odessa National Theatre of Opera and Ballet where he has sung the part of Fiorello (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”) and the Marquis (“La traviata”). He also sang in a concert in honour of the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth. In December 2014 he debuted at the theatre in the role of Yeletsky (“The Queen of Spades”).

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Bass aria (Dignare, o Domine) from the “Dettingen Te Deum”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The Venetian guest’s aria (City of stone) from “Sadko”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Heroic Deed”, Op. 60, No.11, to lyrics by Aleksei Khomyakov
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Robert’s aria (Who can compare with my Mathilde) from “Iolanta”
Konstantyn Dankevych. Gnat’s ballad from “Nazar Stodolya”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Don Juan’s Serenade”, Op. 38, No. 1, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Georgy Sviridov. “The Virgin in the City” from the vocal poem “Petersburg” to lyrics by Alexander Blok.
Anatoly Kos-Anatolsky. “Oi, Ty Divchino s Gorikha Zernya” to lyrics by Ivan Franko
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Yeletsky’s aria (I love you) from “The Queen of Spades”
Gioachino Rossini. Figaro’s cavatina from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

#21
Pavlova, Natalya
(Russia)
Pavlova, Natalya
Russia

Age: 32
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory specializing in choral conducting (2006). She advanced her skills under the guidance of Rafael Sirikyan. She was winner of the 2nd Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar (2015). In 2007 she was a soloist with the Russian Conservatory Chamber Capella; in the same year she started working with the vocal ensemble Intrada. Since 2009 she has been a soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble of Song and Dance. In 2010 she finished recording her debut disc “Shostakovich: Songs for the Front” on Toccata Classics. Since 2012 she has been a guest soloist for the Ryazan Oblast Musical Theatre. Since 2013 she has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Singers. In 2014 as part of that troupe she participated in the Baltic Sea Festival in Helsinki and Stockholm where she sang Susanna in Shostakovich’s unfinished opera “Orango” performed under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Aria, recitative and siciliana from “Armida abbandonata”
Charles Gounod. Marguerite’s aria (the Jewel Song) from “Faust”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Why?”, Op. 6, No. 5, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “To Forget so Soon”, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Op. 56, No.2, to lyrics by Apollon Maikov
Russian folk song “Ty Razdolye Moyo” (“The Vast Expanse”) (arranged by S. Vasilenko)
Gaetano Donizetti. Anna’s aria (Cielo, a’ miei lunghi spasimi) from the opera “Anna Bolena”
Igor Stravinsky. Ann’s aria and recitative from “The Rake’s Progress”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tatyana’s letter scene from “Eugene Onegin”
Alfredo Catalani. Wally’s aria from “La Wally”

#22
Shishkova, Irina
(Russia)
Shishkova, Irina
Russia

Age: 30
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Grayr Khanedanian (2011). She was a prize winner at the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Saint Petersburg (2009) and earned a diploma at the International Competizione dell’Opera in Dresden (2010). As a second-year student she debuted on the stage of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre in the role of Carmen; there she also interpreted the roles of Polina and Milovzor (“The Queen of Spades”) and Siebel (“Faust”). Since 2010 she has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. In 2010 she made her debut at the Latvian National Opera in the role of Olga (“Eugene Onegin”), and she also appeared at Kennedy Center in Washington with the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 she performed on tour in Europe with the Academy. In 2014 she debuted in the role of Lyubasha (“The Tsar’s Bride”) at the Mikhailovsky Theatre and sang the part of Olga (“Eugene Onegin”) at the Geneva Opera. In 2015 she appeared in a concert in honour of the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in the Kremlin, for which she sang an aria from the prologue to Kirill Molchanov’s opera “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here” with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

Programme
Round I
Johann S. Bach. Aria for alto (Bu. und Reu) from “Matthaus-Passion”, BWV 244, No.10
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches” Op. 57, No. 1, to lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Giuseppe Verdi. Eboli’s aria from “Don Carlos”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Before Sleep”, Op. 27, No. 1, to lyrics by Nikolay Ogarev
Claude Debussy. “Beau soir” to lyrics by Paul Bourget
Kirill Molchanov. Rita Osyanina’s aria from “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here”
Russian folk song. “V Lesu Kanareika” (“There’s a Canary in the Forest”)
Francesco Cilea. Princess de Bouillon’s aria from “Adrienne Lecouvreur”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Joan of Arc’s aria (It’s time! …Forgive me, hills, beloved fields) from “The Maid of Orleans”
Gioachino Rossini. Rosina’s cavatina from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

#23
Dushina, Evgenia
(Russia)
Dushina, Evgenia
Russia

Age: 29
Graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying under Prof. Pyotr Skusnichenko (2008) and then completed her postgraduate studies. She won fourth prize at the 22nd Glinka International Vocal Contest in Chelyabinsk (2007), second prize at the 1st Russian National Music Competition in Moscow (2010), third prize at the Nodar Gabunia International Classical Music Competition in Tbilisi (2013) along with other victories. In 2012 she was a soloist with the Natalia Sats Musical Theatre. In 2013 she performed in the opera-ballet “The Golden Cockerel” (Rimsky-Korsakov) which was part of Russian Seasons of the 21st Century series at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. In 2014 she sang in a concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Death in Venice” at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky) and recorded Rachmaninov’s unfinished opera “Monna Vanna” with Ondine (conductor Vladimir Askhkenazy). In June 2015 she sang Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus” at the Schonbrunn Palace Theatre, Vienna.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Fiordiligi’s aria from “Cosi fan tutte”
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Nedda’s ballad and scene from “I pagliacci”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “If I had Known”, Op. 47, No. 1, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Russian folk song “Tsveli Tsvetiki” (arranged by Nikolay Rakov)
Hugo Wolf. Mignon’s lied (Kennst du das Land) from “Goethe Lieder”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Lullaby”, Op. 16, No. 1, to lyrics by Apollon Maykov
Giuseppe Verdi. Leonora’s aria (Tacea la notte placida) from “Il trovatore”
Sergei Banevich. Gerda’s aria (It’s Me Calling You) from the opera “The Story of Kai and Gerda”
Round III
Giuseppe Verdi. Desdemona’s ballad and prayer from “Otello”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tatyana’s letter scene from “Eugene Onegin”

#24
Zelenkov, Alexey
(Russia)
Zelenkov, Alexey
Russia

Age: 26
He is currently studying at the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory (under Prof. Dmitry Suslov). In 2013 he won first prize and an award for best performance of a song by Rachmaninov at the 1st Lidia Myasnikova Russian National Vocal Competition in Novosibirsk. In 2014 he was winner of the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow and took a bronze medal at the 13th Youth Delphic Games of Russia in Volgograd. Since 2013 he has been a soloist for the Novosibirsk State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for which he has taken the roles of Germont (“La traviata”), Mill (“La cambiale di matrimonio”) and Biterolf (“Tannhauser”).

Programme
Round I
Giuseppe Verdi. Count di Luna’s aria from “Il trovatore” 
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Figaro’s aria (Aprite un po’ quegli occhi) from “Il barbiere di Siviglia” 
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Heroic Deed”, Op. 60, No.11, to lyrics by Aleksei Khomyakov
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “No Response, No Word, or Greeting”,
Op. 28, No. 5, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Mazeppa’s aria (O, Mariya) from “Mazeppa” Georgy Sviridov. 
Georgy Sviridov. “The Harmonica is Playing” to lyrics by Alexander Prokofyev  
Yuri Butsko. Poprishchin’s monologue from “Diary of a Madman” 
Russian folk song “Vot Mchitsya Troika Udalaya” (“Here Comes the Troika”)  
Round III
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Tonio’s prologue from “I pagliacci”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Prince’s recitative and arioso (But the image of your virtues is always before me) from “The Enchantress” 

#25
Demidchik, Dmitry
(Russia)
Demidchik, Dmitry
Russia

Age: 32
Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory studying under Prof. Grayr Khanedanian (2010). In 2008 he won third prize at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Saint Petersburg. In 2011 he earned a diploma and received a special prize in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2012 he was a prize winner in the 1st All-Russian Competition for young vocalists called “The Future of the Musical Theatre” in Omsk. Since 2003 he has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. As a member of that troupe he has performed on tour in France, Finland, Spain, the USA, and Japan. His repertoire embraces the title role in “Otello”, Canio (“I pagliacci”), Pinkerton (“Madama Butterfly”), Don Jose (“Carmen”), Cavardossi (“Tosca”), Hermann (“The Queen of Spades”) along with others.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Don Ottavio’s aria from “Don Giovanni”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Why?”, Op. 28, No. 3, to lyrics by Lev Mei
Giacomo Puccini. Grieux’s aria (Ah! Manon, mi tradisce il tuo folle pensiero!) from “Manon Lescaut”
Round II
Antonio Spadavecchia. Arthur’s arioso from “The Gadfly”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Again, As Before, Alone”, Op. 73, No. 6, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Giacomo Puccini. Cavaradossi’s aria from “Tosca”
Johannes Brahms. “Am Sonntag Morgen”, Op . 49, No. 1, to lyrics by Paul Heyse
Russian folk song “Akh, ty, dushecheka” (“Oh, sweetheart”)
Round III
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Canio’s recitative and aria from “I pagliacci”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Hermann’s aria (What is our life?) from “The Queen of Spades”

#26
Fedorova, Anastasia
(Russia)
Fedorova, Anastasia
Russia

Age: 32
Studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Yury Grigoriev. She is now continuing her education in post-graduate school. She won first prize at the 5th Independent International Competition for Opera Singers (2014), and a diploma from the 25th International Glinka Vocal Contest in Moscow (2014). In the 2006–2007 season she worked at Novaya Opera in Moscow where she sang Tatyana (“Eugene Onegin”), performed in “Nabucco”, and in a tribute to Maria Callas. She gives concerts extensively. With the Bolshoi Theater she was on tour in China. She has sung at Salzburg’s Mozarteum, at the Liszt Academy Concert Centre in Budapest, at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and in other venues.

Programme
Round I
Giuseppe Verdi. Amelia’s aria from “Parid ed Elena”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow”, Op. 47, No. 7, lyrics by Ivan Surikov
Christoph Willibald Gluck. Paride’s aria from “Parideed Elena”
Round II
Giuseppe Verdi. Amelia’s recitative and aria (Ecco l’orrido campo… Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa) from “Un ballo in maschera”
Kirill Molchanov. Liza Brichkina’s vocalise from the opera
Sergei Rachmaninov. “My Love has Brought Me Sorrow”, Op. 8, No. 4, to lyrics by Aleksei Plescheev based on Taras Shevchenko’s verse
Russian folk song. “Okh, Dolga Ty Noch” (“Long Night”) “At Dawn It’s Quiet Here”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Does the Day Reign”, Op. 47, No. 6, to lyrics by Aleskei Apukhtin
Round III
Giuseppe Verdi. Elena’s bolero from “I vespri siciliani”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Kuma’s arioso from (Where are you, my desire?) from “The Enchantress”

#27
Zaraev, Anton
(Russia)
Zaraev, Anton
Russia

Age: 28
Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory specializing in choral conducting under Prof. Vladimir Kontarev. In 2010 he continued his education as a vocalist under Prof. Boris Kudryavtsev. In 2014 he won third prize in the 25th Glinka International Vocal Contest in Moscow. In 2011 he sang the part of Bottom in Benjamin Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. In 2011 he was an interning soloist, and in 2012 a full soloist in the Stanislavsky Theatre’s troupe. His repertoire includes Tomsky (“The Queen of Spades”) , Wolfram von Eschenbach (“Tannhauser”), Escamillo (“Carmen”), and Leporello (“Don Giovanni”) among others. He performs in early music concerts led by Ivan Velikanov.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Zoroastro’s aria (Sorge infausta una procella) from “Orlando”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Mazeppa’s aria (O, Mariya) from “Mazeppa”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “On the Golden Cornfields”, Op.39, No.3 , to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Heroic Deed”, Op. 60, No.11, to lyrics by Aleksei Khomyakov
Gustav Mahler. «Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz» from “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”, to lyrics by Gustav Mahler
Russian folk song “Vniz po matushke po Volge” (“Downstream on Mother Volga”) (a capella)
Modest Mussorgsky. Shaklovity’s aria (The Streltsy nest sleeps) from “Khovanshchina” (Dmitri Shostakovich edition)
Benjamin Britten. Bottom’s dream (When my cue comes, call me) from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tomsky’s song from “The Queen of Spades”
Ruggero Leoncavallo. Tonio’s prologue (Si puo?... Si puo?...Signore!) from “I pagliacci”

#28
Achmedov, Evgeny
(Russia)
Achmedov, Evgeny
Russia

Age: 26
Trained at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory under Olga Kondina. In 2013 he won the 3rd International Pavel Lisitsian Competition in Vladikavkaz. Since 2011 he has been a soloist for the Mikhailovsky Theatre where he has sung Lensky (“Evgeny Onegin”), the Novice (“Billy Budd”), the Helmsman (“The Flying Dutchman”), Lykov (“The Tsar’s Bride”), and Nemorino (“L’elisir d’amore”). Since 2013 he has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. In 2014 he debuted in the premiere of a new production of “Evgeny Onegin” (mounted by the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev conducting) in the role of Lensky. In 2014 he sang the part of Lensky for the Mikhailovsky in a production nominated for the Golden Mask national theatre award in the category of best male opera performance.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Ferrando’s aria (Un’aura amorosa) from “Cosi fan tutte”
Gaetano Donizetti. Nemorino’s aria (Una furtiva lagrima) from “L’elisir d’amore”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “I Should Like a Single Word”, to lyrics by Heinrich Heine translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Jacques Offenbach. Hoffmann’s ballad from “The Tales of Hoffmann”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “In This Moonlit Night”, Op. 73, No. 3 to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Johannes Brahms. “Ach, wende diesen Blick”, Op. 57, No. 4, to lyrics by Georg Daumer
Russian folk song “Ty Razdoliye Moyo” (“The Vast Expanse”) (arranged by Sergei Vasilenko)
Leonid Klinichev. Pechorin’s aria (God is just) from “Bela”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lensky’s aria (Where, where have you gone) from “Eugene Onegin”
Umberto Giordano. Count Loris’s aria (Amor ti vieta) from “Fedora”

#29
Chuluunbaatar, Badral
(Mongolia)
Chuluunbaatar, Badral
Mongolia

Age: 25
Graduated from the Ulaanbaatar College of Music and Dance (2012). He is continuing his training at the Gnesin Academy of Music under Prof. Natalia Dmitrieva (2012 to present). He has won prizes in Mongolian nationwide competitions. In 2013 he won the Grand Prix in the 8th People’s Artist A.P. Ivanov International Competition in Tver. In 2014 he was awarded second prize in the 6th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk and the 25th Glinka International Vocal Contest in Moscow; in addition he won the Grand Prix in the Natalia Shpiller Open All-Russian Vocalists Competition. Since 2008 he has been a soloist for the Military Academic Ensemble of the Mongolian Ministry of Defence. In his native country he has sung many lead roles in operas by Mongolian and international composers. In 2014 he was a finalist in the Grand Opera series on the Kultura TV channel.

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Xerxes’ recitative and aria from “Xerxes”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “None but the Lonely Heart”, Op. 6, No. 6, to lyrics by Johann von Goethe translated by Lev Mei
Giuseppe Verdi. Count di Luna’s scene and aria from “Il trovatore”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Heroic Deed”, Op. 60, No.11, to lyrics by Aleksei Khomyakov
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Silence of the Secret Night”, Op. 4, No. 3, to lyrics by Afanasy Fet
Mongolian folk song “Khaany titem shig otgontenger”
Alexander Borodin. Prince Igor’s aria (No sleep, no rest for my tormented soul) from “Prince Igor”
Khaltaryn Bilegjargal. Lodon’s aria from “Tears of a Lama”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Mazeppa’s aria (O, Mariya) from “Mazeppa”
Giuseppe Verdi. Rigoletto’s aria from “Rigoletto”

#30
Selivanov, Ilya
(Russia)
Selivanov, Ilya
Russia

Age: 25
Graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory (2013). In 2013 he won second prize at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga. In 2014 he won the 6th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk. In 2015 he took the Grand Prix in the 2nd International Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar. Since 2012 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. His repertoire includes Lensky (“Eugene Onegin”), Levko (“May Night”), Count Almaviva (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”), Anatole Kuragin (“War and Peace”) and the Prince (“Rusalka”) along with others. He has performed on tour in Italy, the UK, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Germany.

Programme
Round I
Christoph Gluck. Paris’s aria (O del mio dolce ardor) from “Paride ed Elena”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Levko’s recitative and aria (Sleep, my lovely) from “May Night”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The Corals”, Op. 28, No. 2, to lyrics by Wladyslaw Syrokomla translated by Lev Mei
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Again, As Before, Alone”, Op. 73, No. 6, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Charles Gounod. Faust’s recitative and cavatina (Quel trouble inconne... Salut, demeure chaste et pure) from “Faust”
Daniil Frenkel. Farkov’s aria “Hard to make out the end of road” from the opera “Ugryum-Reka” (“Gloomy River”)
Johannes Brahms. “Ach, wende diesen Blick”, Op. 57, No. 4, to lyrics by Georg Friedrich Daumer
Russian folk song “U zari-to, u zorenki”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lensky’s aria (Where, where have you gone) from “Eugene Onegin”
Giuseppe Verdi. The Duke of Mantua’s recitative and aria (Ella mi fu rapita... Parmi veder le lagrime) from “Rigoletto”

#31
Nersesyan, Hovhannes
(Armenia)
Nersesyan, Hovhannes
Armenia

Age: 28
Currently studies at the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory under G. Akopyan (2011 to present). In 2013 he won third prize in the Maria Bie.u International Competition for young musicians in Chisinau. In 2014 he came in third at the 1st International Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar. In 2015 he won the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Tikhvin. Since 2014 he has been a soloist for the Spendiarov Armenian State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In Yerevan he has appeared in a concert performance of Ruben Altunyan’s ballet-oratorio “The Book of Lamentations” (2012), at the Verdiana Festival, and a concert performance of “Tosca” among other engagements. He participated in the Palaces of Saint Petersburg International Music Festival and in the gala concert “Distinguished Voices of Armenia” in the Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic(2014).

Programme
Round I
George Frideric Handel. Bass aria (Dignare, o Domine) from the “Dettingen Te Deum”
Giuseppe Verdi. Fiesco’s aria from “Simon Boccanegra”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “I Bless You, Forests”, Op. 47, No. 5, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Don Juan’s Serenade”, Op. 38, No. 1, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Modest Mussorgsky. “What are Words of Love to You?” to lyrics by Alexander Ammosov
Gregory of Narek (Grigor Narekatsi). “Threatening Voice”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Gremin’s aria (All ages surrender to love) from “Eugene Onegin”
Armen Tigranian. David Bek’s aria from the opera “David Bek”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. King Rene’s arioso (Dear Lord, if I sinned) from “Iolanta”
Mikhail Glinka. Susanin’s recitative and aria (They sense the truth!) from “A Life for the Tsar”

#32
Bayarsaikhan, Batjargal
(Mongolia)
Bayarsaikhan, Batjargal
Mongolia

Age: 25
Graduated with honours from the Mongolian State University of Culture and Art studying under Profs. D. Bandi and D. Gankhuyag (2007-2012). He is a prize winner and also winner of a special jury award at the Tsevegjav Purevdorj International Competition in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia, 2012). In 2014 he took part in the 25th Glinka International Vocal Contest in Moscow and was a semi-finalist in the International Singing Competition of Toulouse (France). Since 2013 he has been a soloist for the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He has appeared there in the roles of Don Jose (“Carmen”), Manrico (“Il trovatore”), and Alfredo (“La traviata”) as well as lead roles in operas by Mongolian composers. He maintains a full schedule of concert appearances in his own country and abroad. In November of 2014 he was part of the Golden Voices of Mongolia concert in Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Tamino’s aria (Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon) from “Die Zauberflote”
Giacomo Puccini. Rodolfo’s aria (Che gelida manina) from “La boheme”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Again, As Before, Alone”, Op. 73, No. 6, to lyrics by Daniil Rathaus
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Amid the Din of the Ball”, Op. 38, No. 3, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Georgy Svidirov. “Approaching Izhory”, to lyrics by Alexander Pushkin
Giacomo Puccini. Calaf’s aria (Nessun dorma) from “Turandot”
Byambasuren Sharav. Jamukha’s aria from “Genghis Khan”
Mongolian folk song. “Tsenkherlen kharagdakh uuls”
Round III
Giacomo Puccini. Cavaradossi’s aria (E lucevan le stele) from “Tosca”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Lensky’s aria (Where, where have you gone) from “Eugene Onegin”

#35
Gulik, Maria
(Russia)
Gulik, Maria
Russia

Age: 31
Graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS) where she studied at the Musical Theatre Faculty in the class of Profs. Alexander Titel and Igor Yasulovich (2007) and then completed her postgraduate studies. Since 2007 she has been a guest soloist at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow and an actress at the Dmitry Krymov Lab of the School of Dramatic Art Theatre. She has played in the Lab’s famous performances, such as “Paris” with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the leading role, “As You Like It”, and others. After completing her studies at the Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Centre she became a soloist there in 2013. That same year she took part in a performance of “Tristan + Isolde” of the Theatre Ballet Moscow where she sang the song cycle “Wesendonck Lieder” and fragments from Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”. In December 2014 she debuted on the stage of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre as Venus in Wagner’s “Tannhauser”.

Programme
Round I
Henry Purcell. Dido’s aria from “Dido and Aeneas”
Gaetano Donizetti. Leonora’s aria from “La favorite”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Before Sleep”, Op. 27, No. 1, to lyrics by Nikolay Ogarev
Round II
Russian folk song “Kaby Byli Zlaty Krylyshki”
Modest Mussorgsky. “Trepak” from “Songs and Dances of Death”, No. 3, to lyrics by Arseny Golenischev-Kutuzov
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Wild Nights”, Op. 60, No. 6, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Amilcare Ponchielli. The Blind Girl’s song from “La Gioconda”
Gian Carlo Menotti. Madame Flora’s aria from “The Medium”
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Warrior’s arioso from the cantata “Moscow”
Francesco Cilea. Princess de Bouillon’s aria from “Adriana Lecouvreur”

#37
Protasova, Venera
(Russia)
Protasova, Venera
Russia

Age: 29
Graduated from the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatory in the class of Lyudmila Tserkovnikova (2013). She is continuing her postgraduate studies under Albina Shagimuratova. She won third prize at the 11th Open Republican Salikh Saidashev Vocal Competition in Kazan (2012), the Grand Prix at the 1st International Singing Competition “Sanduchag — Nightingale” in Kazan (2014), and third prize at 25th Glinka International Vocal Contest in Moscow (2014). Since 2013 she has been a soloist with the Dzhalil Tatar Opera and Ballet Theatre where she sings Gilda (“Rigoletto”), Frasquita (“Carmen”), and Gianetta (“L’elisird’amore”).

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Recitative and aria of the Queen of the Night (Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen) from “Die Zauberflote”
Giuseppe Verdi. Gilda’s recitative and aria (Gualtier Malde!... Caro Nome) from “Rigoletto”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Lullaby”, Op. 16, No. 1, to lyrics by Apollon Maykov
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches” Op. 57, No. 1, to lyrics by Vladimir Sollogub
Sergei Rachmaninov. “To Her”, Op. 38, No. 2, lyrics by Andrei Bely
Belorussian folk song. “Bulba” (arranged by A. Turenkova)
Gaetano Donizetti. Lucia’s cavatina (Regnava nel silenzio) from “Lucia di Lammermoor”
Rezeda Akhiyarova. Zaytuna’s aria from the opera “A Poet’s Love”
Round III
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Marfa’s aria (Ivan Sergeich, would you like to stroll in the garden…) from “The Tsar’s Bride”
Charles Gounod. Juliette’s waltz song (Je veux vivre) from “Romeo et Juliette”

#38
Evchuk, Yuri
(Ukraine)
Evchuk, Yuri
Ukraine

Age: 31
Graduate of the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music of Ukraine (2009). He won the 11th International Balaton-Youth-Art Festival and Competition (Hungary, 2011, Grand Prix) and the Spring of Romance Competition in Saint Petersburg (2012, first prize). In 2013 he took second prize in the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga. In 2014 he won the 1st International Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar. From 2008 to 2011 he was a soloist for the Kiev Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth. Since 2011 he has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers. He has been part of the Larisa Gergieva and Guests Festival in Vladikavkaz (2012, 2013) and of the Helsinki Art Festival (2014) where he collaborated with Esa-Pekka Salonen on Shostakovich’s opera “Orango” (as bass soloist). He has performed on tour in France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Estonia, and China.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Sarastro’s aria (O Isis und Osiris) from “Die Zauberflote”
Alexander Borodin. Konchak’s aria (Are you well, Prince?) from “Prince Igor”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “I Bless You, Forests”, Op. 47, No. 5, to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “On the Golden Cornfields”, Op.39, No.3 , to lyrics by Aleksei Tolstoy
Sergei Rachmaninov. “Christ is Risen”, Op. 26, No. 6, to lyrics by Dmitry Merezhkovsky
Russian folk song. Song of the Volga Boatmen (“Ey, ukhnem”) (arranged by Fyodor Shalyapin and Fyodor Keneman)
Giuseppe Verdi. Fiesco’s romanza from “Simon Boccanegra”
Boris Grabovsky. Famusov’s aria from “Woe from Wit”
Round III
Giuseppe Verdi. King Philip II’s aria from “Don Carlos”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Gremin’s aria (All ages surrender to love) from “Eugene Onegin”

#39
Starkova, Tatiana
(Russia)
Starkova, Tatiana
Russia

Age: 26
Graduated from the Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture (2014). Holds diplomas from the 1st Vissarion Shebalin Competition in Omsk (2012), the 4th International Rachmaninov Music Competition in Saint Petersburg (2012), the 3rd International Pavel Lisitsian Competition in Vladikavkaz (2013), and the 1st Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar (2014). She received second prize at the 42nd Competition of Russian Music Schools Alumni in Saint Petersburg (2014) and first prize at the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Tikhvin (2015). Since 2012 she has been a soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Opera Singers.

Programme
Round I
Wolfgang A. Mozart. Fiordiligi’s aria from “Cosi fan tutte”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “To Forget So Soon”, to lyrics by Aleksei Apukhtin
Stanislaw Moniuszko. Halka’s recitative and aria from “Halka”
Round II
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. “The First Meeting”, Op. 63, No. 4, to lyrics by Konstantin Romanov
Franz Schubert. “Erlkonig” to lyrics by Goethe
Russian folk song “Govoryat, Chto Ya Guleva” (“They Say I’m Fond of Fun”)
Giuseppe Verdi. Leonora’s aria (Tacea la notte placida) from “Il trovatore”
Vissarion Shebalin. Catherine’s aria (Our home looks like a fair now) from “The Taming of the Shrew”)
Round III
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Kuma’s arioso (Where are you, my desire?) from “The Enchantress”
Giuseppe Verdi. Elvira’s cavatina (Surte e la notte …Tutto…) from “Ernani”