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Moscow,
Small Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Small Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

The Hall was opened in 1898.  Its acoustics are ideal.  The Small Hall is known for its chamber concerts.  It also hosts student recitals, competitions, and festivals (among them the International Tchaikovsky Competition).

Seating capacity:  402
Address:

13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Moscow
Nearest Metro stations:
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10-15 minutes on foot)
Website: http://www.mosconsv.ru/

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Moscow,
Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

The Hall was opened in 1901.  Today it is one of the finest concert venues for classical music in Russia. It has unique acoustics.  Soloists, ensembles, and orchestras that are world-famous perform here.  The Great Hall is also a site for festivals and competitions (among them since 1958 the International Tchaikovsky Competition).

Seating capacity:  1737
Address:

13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Moscow
Nearest Metro stations:
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10-15 minutes on foot)
Website: http://www.mosconsv.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
The Mussorgsky Hall (Mariinsky-II)
The Mussorgsky Hall (Mariinsky-II)

The Mussorgsky Hall is located on the fifth floor. It is named after the great composer who was particularly enthralled with the music of the poetic word, and it is generally intended for vocal concerts. Here there are frequent programmes by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, directed by Larisa Gergieva. The Mussorgsky Hall also hosts the series Portrait of a Soloist which sees leading singers of the Mariinsky Opera perform recital programmes.

Seating capacity:  103
Address:

34 Dekabristov st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)
Website: https://www.mariinsky.ru/

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Moscow,
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall has been one of Moscow’s finest concert venues since its opening in 1940.  It is the principal concert hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society.

Seating capacity:  1505
Address:

31/4 Tverskaya st. (4 Triumfalnaya Square)
Nearest Metro stations:
Mayakovskaya (exit to Triumfalnaya Square, 1 minute on foot)
Website: https://meloman.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
Small Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia
Small Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

The Small Hall was opened in 1949 bearing the name of the great Russian composer Mikhail Glinka.  It was at this same location that the public concert life of the Russian Empire first took shape at the beginning of the 19th century.  Since 1802 the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia has offered concerts so that the capital’s music lovers could hear the latest in European music.  Premieres are performed in the Small Hall to this day.

Seating capacity:  440
Address:

30 Nevsky ave., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Nevsky Prospekt (exit to Kanal Griboyedova, 2 minutes on foot)
Website: https://philharmonia.spb.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
Grand Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia
Grand Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

The Hall that is now home to the Philharmonia was built in 1839.  The Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best concert halls in Europe.  Its first-rate acoustics have been singled out by leading recording companies from around the world.  Since the 1940s it has been the centre of musical life in Saint Petersburg.

Seating capacity:  1441
Address:

2 Mikhailovskaya st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiniy Dvor (exit to Ulitsa Mikhailovskaya, 3 minutes on foot)
Website: https://philharmonia.spb.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre
Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre

The presentation of the new Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre took place on 29 November 2006. It is the only theatre and concert venue of its kind in Russia, designed according to the very latest developments in construction and purpose-built to host concert programmes. With regard to technology and acoustics, the work of Mr Toyota, the new hall ranks alongside the world’s finest concert venues. In April 2007 the Concert Hall opened its doors to the general public. 

Seating capacity:  927
Address:

20 Pisareva st. (entry from Dekabristov, 37), Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)
Website: https://www.mariinsky.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
Mariinsky-II
Mariinsky-II

The building, covering 79114 m.sq., is one of the largest theatre and concert venues in the world. The auditorium seats up to 2000 people at full capacity. There new theatre has seven storeys above ground and three below. Alongside the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860, and the Concert Hall which opened in 2006, the Mariinsky II forms part of this theatre and concert complex, unique in its artistic and educational capabilities. This complex reiterated the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as one of the world’s most important cultural institutions.

Seating capacity:  2000
Address:

34 Dekabristov st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)
Website: https://www.mariinsky.ru/

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Moscow,
Zaryadye Concert Hall
Zaryadye Concert Hall

The concert hall is not only carefully designed to match the artificial relief of “Zaryadye” park, it is one of the key elements in the park’s view. The state of the art equipment provides for very different types of events.

Seating capacity: 1600
Address:
Moscow, ul. Varvarka, Vl. 6, Bldg. 4
Nearest Metro station:
Kitay-Gorod, Ploschad’ Revolutsii, Teatral’naya, Okhotny Ryad
Website: https://zaryadyehall.com/

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St. Petersburg,
State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg
State Academic Chapel of St. Petersburg

The Academic Glinka Capella is located in the complex of buildings that it has been occupying since 1810. In 1886 to 1889, the buildings were renovated according to the project of Leon Benois. Today the Concert Hall of the Capella is considered to be one of the best in Europe according to its acoustic qualities. The design of its floor and ceiling resembles a violin deck.

Seating capacity: 789
Address:
20 Moyka River Embankment, Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Nevsky Prospect, Admiralteyskaya, Gostiny Dvor
Website: http://capella-spb.ru/

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St. Petersburg,
Repino Concert Hall
Repino Concert Hall

The Concert Hall was opened on 31 May 2017. It was created by French architect and conservator Xavier Fabre. The unique acoustics are the brainchild of a world-renowned acoustics engineer Yasuhisa Toyota. 

Seating capacity: 300
Address:
Repino village, Pesochnaya st., 18 (Kurortny District, Saint Petersburg)

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Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble
Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble

The ensemble was formed by Yuri Bashmet with graduates of the Moscow Conservatory. It appears in major festivals. In 2008 the group was awarded a Grammy in the category of best performance by a small chamber ensemble for its recording of music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev.


Conductor - Ayrton Desimpelaere

He holds diplomas in piano and conducting from the National Conservatories of Paris and Versailles, as well as from the Royal Conservatories of Brussels
and Mons (Belgium). He has a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne. He collaborates frequently with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and choral
groups in Belgium and France. He participates in such festivals as Ars Musica, Est-Ouest, Musicasète, Kidzic, and the Valery Gergiev Summer Festival in
Mikkeli among others. He appears often as both soloist and conductor, and he writes for the classical music magazines «Crescendo» and «Larsen».

Moscow Chamber Orchestra (State Chamber Orchestra of Russia)
Moscow Chamber Orchestra (State Chamber Orchestra of Russia)

The Moscow Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1957 by Rudolf Barshai. The orchestra championed music of contemporary composers: Dmitri Shostakovich,
Georgy Sviridov, Kara Karayev, Mieczysław Weinberg, Alexander Lokshin, Herman Galynin, and Boris Tchaikovsky among others. After Barshai emigrated in 1976, the orchestra was led by Igor Bezrodny, Evgeny Nepalo, Viktor Tretyakov, Andrei Korsakov, and Konstantin Orbelyan. In 2010 oboist and conductor Alexei Utkin became head of the orchestra.

Conductor - Alexei Utkin

He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has pursued a post-graduate work with the oboe. He began his career as a professional musician with the
Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov, and he brought the oboe to centre stage as a solo instrument. In 2000 Alexei Utkin founded the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 he became leader of the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia. He performs with it as both conductor and soloist while maintaining the traditions established by its founder, Rudolf Barshai. He plays an instrument made specially for him by the renowned French craftsmen at the F. Lorée firm, and it is one of the rarest instruments of its kind in the world. Mr. Utkin is a professor at the Moscow Conservatory.

Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in 1978 by violinist and conductor Victor Kornachev. In 1988 Alexander Rudin took charge of the orchestra. One specialty of the orchestra is historically informed performances of music from the Baroque and Early Classical eras, along with performances of neglected works by Russian composers, and interpretations of compositions by contemporary composers.

Conductor - Valentin Uryupin

Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied the clarinet and symphonic conducting. He is winner of 20 international clarinet competitions, including the oldest competition in Geneva, as well as the Musin Russian National Conducting Competition. In 2007 he founded the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with leading Russian orchestras, orchestras in CIS countries, and also with ensembles abroad. In December 2013 with the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra he made a recording of the symphonic music for the opening ceremonies of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic
Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic

The orchestra was formed in 1931 by Leningrad Radio. During the war years it was the only symphonic ensemble inside the Leningrad blockade. Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, and Dmitri Shostakovich have had their compositions performed by the orchestra. In 1968 Yuri Temirkanov became leader of the group. Since 1977 the orchestra has been headed by Alexander Dmitriev. The ensemble regularly appears on tour, collaborates with outstanding musicians, and frequently presents previously unheard works by both foreign and Russian composers.

Conductor - Vladimir Altschuler

Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory studying viola and symphonic conducting. In 1972 he founded the Leningrad Philharmonic String Quartet. In 1984 he became Assistant Conductor and in 1994 Conductor of the Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. All of Bruckner’s symphonies, Handel’s oratorio “Saul” and Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo”, as well as other works were heard for the first time in Russia under his baton, and he also premiered compositions by Galina Ustvolskaya, Yuri Falik, Veniamin Basner, and Sergei Slonimsky. He is a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and the Saint Petersburg University of Culture and Art.

Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre
Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre

The Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre is a collection of highly accomplished musicians from the Theatre’s full symphony orchestra, and they are masters of music in all categories and styles. They appear at major international festivals and are often part of the youth programmes, creative projects, and concert tours of the Mariinsky Theatre.


Conductor - Alexei Bogorad

Alexei Bogorad graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying both clarinet and composition. He has won prizes in international competitions for
conductors in Kiev and Zagreb. He has collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski in the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”, and since 2012 he has worked at the Bolshoi Theatre. As both conductor and director he has prepared a production of “The Nutcracker” (2011, Japan) and “L’Histoire du soldat” (2013, studio-theatre of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts), “Moi do Dir”, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, “Marco Spada” (2012, 2013, Bolshoi Theatre), and “Le Corsaire” (2014, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples). He frequently performs with Russia’s leading symphony orchestras.

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia

The orchestra was founded in 1936 and has been led by Alexander Gauk, Natan Rakhlin, Konstantin Ivanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Vassily Sinaisky, and Mark
Gorenstein. Under Svetlanov’s leadership the orchestra became one of the best in the world and acquired a huge repertoire. In 2005 the orchestra adopted
his name. In 2011 Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–2013), took command of the group.

Conductor - Alexei Bogorad

Alexei Bogorad graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying both clarinet and composition. He has won prizes in international competitions for
conductors in Kiev and Zagreb. He has collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski in the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”, and since 2012 he has worked at the Bolshoi Theatre. As both conductor and director he has prepared a production of “The Nutcracker” (2011, Japan) and “L’Histoire du soldat” (2013, studio-theatre of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts), “Moi do Dir”, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, “Marco Spada” (2012, 2013, Bolshoi Theatre), and “Le Corsaire” (2014, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples). He frequently performs with Russia’s leading symphony orchestras.

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in 1951. Its first leader was Samuil Samosud. It was subsequently headed by Natan Rakhlin, Kirill Kondrashin, Dmitri Kitaenko, Vassily Sinaisky, and Mark Ermler. Under Kondrashin the orchestra was acclaimed worldwide, especially for premieres of compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Mieczysław Weinberg and other composers, as well as for accompanying Van Cliburn at the very first International Tchaikovsky Competition. The orchestra has collaborated with Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Krzysztof Penderecki. Since 1998 the ensemble has been led by Yuri Simonov.

Conductor - Yuri Simonov

Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory specializing in viola and symphonic conducting. In 1969 he débuted at the Bolshoi Theatre, and in 1970 he
was appointed its Principal Conductor. In 1998 he took charge of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been engaged for a series of opera productions in the world’s major theatres and has been a jury member for conducting competitions in Florence, Tokyo and Budapest. He began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory in 1978 and since 2006 has taught at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra was created in 1882 at the behest of Alexander III with the Court Musicians’ Choir. In the beginning of the 20th centurythe orchestra gave the Russian premieres of works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Alexander Scriabin, and Igor Stravinsky. In 1921 the ensemble was the basis for the newly formed philharmonic, the first of its kind in the country, and it performed with Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Felix Weingartner, Vladimir Horowitz, and Sergei Prokofiev. In 1934 the orchestra received the title of Honoured Ensemble of the Republic. Beginning in 1938 the ensemble was led for more than a half century by Evgeny Mravinsky.

Conductor - Nikolai Alexeev

He is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory studying both choral and symphonic conducting, and he is winner of many international competitions including the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition (West Berlin, 1982). The conductor has led the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; he has collaborated with many ensembles abroad. Since 2000 he has been conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

The history of this ensemble goes back more than two hundred years. The conductor’s podium has been occupied by Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gustav Mahler, Hans von Bülow, Arnold Schönberg, Otto Klemperer, and Arthur Nikisch among others.

In 1996 Valery Gergiev became head of the Mariinsky Theatre. Since his advent the orchestra’s repertoire has expanded many times, and the ensemble now maintains a full concert schedule and is listed among the world’s best orchestras by a whole range of authoritative foreign publications.

Conductor - Pavel Smelkov



Pavel Smelkov graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky Korsakov Conservatoire as an opera and symphony conductor (class of Professors Ilya Musin and Mikhail Kukushkin) and as a composer (class of Professor Alexander Mnatsakanyan). In 1999 he founded the Baltika Youth Chamber Orchestra, of which he remains Artistic Director and Conductor to this day.
Pavel Smelkov has worked at the Mariinsky since 2000. He has toured with the theatre to France, Finland, Austria, Germany, Israel and the USA.

Xie Ming
China
Age: 25

Studied at the Affiliated Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu with Professor Hanguo Yang. In 2011 he entered the Juilliard School in New York, at first the Pre-College Division and later the College Division. Emanuel Ax and Sergei Babayan are among his principal teachers. Now he continues his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Ronan O'Hora.

He has won numerous prizes at some of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, including the 2nd prize at the Valsesia Musica International Competition in Italy (2012), the prize for the Most Promising Competitor, the Alink-Argerich Foundation Award and the Rex Hobcroft AM People’s Choice Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition (2016), the gold medal, the Audience Prize and Ginastera Prize at the Panama International Piano Competition (2016).

PROGRAMME

Round I
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, op. 31 No. 3
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, WTC book 1, BWV 863
F. Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor op. 25 No. 6
P. Tchaikovsky. «Natha-Valse», op. 51 No. 4, Impromptu op. 72 No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in C minor, op. 39 No. 1
F. Liszt. Etude «La Campanella» in G-sharp minor from "Grandes Etudes de Paganini", S. 141, № 3

Round II
S. Prokofiev. “Sarcasms”,op. 17
М. Ravel. “Gaspard de la nuit”
S. Rachmaninoff – F. Mendelssohn. Scherzo from “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
A. Glazunov. Piano Sonata No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 74

Round III
S. Prokofiev. Piano concerto No. in C major,op. 26
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23

Gugnin Andrei
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory before completing his postgraduate studies at the Conservatory (class of Professor Vera Gornostayeva). Prize-winner of numerous international competitions such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA, 2014), the Svetislav StanchichćInternational Piano Competition in Zagreb (Croatia, 2011) and the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna (Austria, 2013). In 2016 won the 1st prize as well as several special prizes at the Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia).

He has worked with such teachers as Natalia Smirnova, Olga Mechetina, professors Valery Kastelsky and Lev Naumov. After graduating from the Conservatory has become a member of the Moscow Philharmonic’s Youth Program Stars of 21st Century.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book1, BWV 862
L. van Beethoven. Piano sonata No. 21 in C major «Waldstein», op. 53
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in B Minor, op. 39, No. 4
F. Chopin. Etude in A-flat major, op. 25, No. 1
F. Liszt. “Wilde Jagd” from the cycle «Transcendental Etude» No. 8
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka”, op. 59

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Piano Sonata in B-flat major, op. 83, No. 7
J. S. Bach – S. Rachmaninoff. Prelude, Gavotte and Jigue from «Violin Partita» in E minor
F. Chopin. Piano sonata B minor, op. 58, No. 3

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op.23
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 2 in G major, op. 44



Karmenova Meruert
Kazakhstan
Age: 26

She started studying violin at the Tchaikovsky Music Schoolin Pavlodar. From 2004 to 2012 she studied at the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music. In 2012 she entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and graduated in 2017. Now she is a graduate assistant at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Tatiana Berkul). Since September 2018 she has been an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the guidance of Augustin Dumay.

Laureate of international competitions. She twice won 2nd prize at the David OistrakhInternational ViolinCompetitionin Moscow (2007 and 2013). She also won 1st prizes at the II International Violin Competition in Astana(Kazakhstan, 2008), the VII International Competition of Young Musicians Symphony in Volgograd (Russia, 2010) and the VI L. van Beethoven International Violin Competitionin Austria (2010).

PROGRAMME

I Round
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 23, 24,op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-Scherzo” in C major, op. 34
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 for violin in D minor (“Ballade”), op. 27

II Round
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 1 in F minor for violin and piano, op. 80
H. Wieniawski. Polonaise in D major
S. Rachmaninoff. Romance for violin and piano in D minor
M. Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”

III Round
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.4 in D-dur, KV218

Dmitruk Vladimir
Belarus
Age: 31

In 2008 graduated from the Oginsky Music College in Molodechno (class of Margarita Vasilevich) and entered the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Dmitry Karpov).

Participated in the Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program and the Youth Ensemble of Theater an der Wien. Since 2017 has been a soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre.

Winner of the Little Opera Competition in Tallinn (2008), the All-Ukraine Oxana Petrusenko Vocal Competition (2010) and the V Irina Bogacheva's St Petersburg International Competition of Opera Singers (2011). Won the Grand Prix of the Romansiada International Young Russian Romance Performers Competition in Moscow (2012).

PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. F. Handel. Goffredo's aria from the opera "Rinaldo"
P. Tchaikovsky. "The Corals", to lyrics by W. Syrokomli, translated by L. Mei
G. Puccini. Kavaradossi’s aria from the opera "Tosca"

Vallentin Juri Florian Alexander
Germany
Age: 28

He studied at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg with Professor Clara Dent-Bogányi and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with Professor Jacques Tys.

In 2017 he was awarded the main prize as well as the Audience Award at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb.

Prize-winner at various international competitions such as the International Oboe Competition of Japan (2015), the International Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Muri (Switzerland, 2016), the Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Łódź (Poland 2014) and many others.

As a student, he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Since 2015 he has been Principal Oboe of the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover at the Staatsoper Hannover. He has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, as well as the leading opera orchestras of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich, among others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann: Fantasia No. 2
L. Berio. Sequenza VII for oboe solo
H. Dutilleux. Sonata for oboe and piano

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
P. Haas. Suite for oboe and piano, op. 17

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Liu Xiaoyu
Canada
Age: 22

Graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal earning the diploma of Le Prix avec Grande Distinction (class of Richard Raymond). Currently he studies with Dang Thai Son at the Universite de Montreal.

Winner of the Prix d’Europe (2015) and a prize-winner at the Sendai International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Animato in Paris (2016). Finalist at the Concours musical international de Montreal (2014) and the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv (2017).

As a soloist he has performed with major orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue No.4 in C- flat minor WTC, BWV 849
L. van Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), op. 53
F. Chopin. Etude in C-sharp minor,op. 10, No. 4
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D major, op. 39, No. 9
F. Liszt. Etude “La Campanella” de Paganini No. 3 in G-flat minor, S. 141
P. Tchaikovsky. Romance in F minor, op. 5
P. Tchaikovsky – E. Wild. Dance of the four swans from «Swan Lake» Suite, op. 20

Round II
J.S. Bach. French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816
A. Scriabin. Piano Sonata No. 4 in F–sharp major, op. 30
M. Ravel. Miroirs:
III. Une barque sur l'ocean, IV. Alborada del gracioso, V. La vallee des cloches
S. Barber. Sonata for Piano in E-flat minor, op. 26

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, op. 44
S. Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, A minor, op. 43

Kwasnikowska Roksana
Poland
Age: 24

Graduated with honors from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under Professor Jan Stanienda. Roksana has actively participated in master classes with noted music teachers including Stephan Picard and Dora Schwarzberg.

Prize-winner at numerous international violin competitions. Performed as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Janachek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, the Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Roksana plays a Johann Augustin Wagner violin.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 10, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 6 for violin in E major, op. 27
K. Penderecki. SonataNo. 1 for violin and piano

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 9 (“Kreutzer”) in A majorfor violin and piano, op. 47
S. Rachmaninoff. Romance for violin and piano in A minor
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”
B. Britten.“Reveille”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K. 216

Croisé Christoph
Switzerland
Age: 25

He began his studies with Alexander Neustroev in 2007 and, as of 2013, he studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He has also received  music training from Steven Isserlis, Michael Sanderling, David Geringas, Walter Grimmer and Frans Helmerson. At the age of 17 he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall.

Won several 1st prizes at various international competitions including the Schoenfeld International String Competition (Harbin, China, 2016), the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competitionin (Verona, Italy, 2016), the International Johannes Brahms Competition (2015), the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competitionin Sicily (2010).

In 2017 Christoph Croiséreceived the Swiss Ambassador's Award. His debut album with Oxana Shevchenko was released in May 2015 on Quartz Classics. Plays a Matteo Goffriller cello made in Venice (1712).

Savinkova Ekaterina
Russia
Age: 28

Graduated from the Arkhangelsky Penza Music College (Conducting and Choir Department) and from the Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Vocal Department, class of Professor Svetlana Livshina). Currently is an assistant trainee at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Lidia Chernykh). From 2008 to 2013 worked as a soloist at the Governor’s Symphony Capella of the Penza Regional Philharmonic. Completed an internship at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre (class of Badri Maisuradze).

2nd prize winner at the Silver Lyre All-Russian Music Competition-Festival (Penza, 2012) and the 4th prize winner at the IV Bella Voce International Vocal Competition (Moscow, 2014). In 2018 won the Grand Prix of the V Shpiller All-Russian Vocal Competition.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. W. A. Mozart. Aria of Constanza from the opera "Abduction from Séral".
2. S. Rakhmaninoff. Arioso Francesca from the opera “Francesca da Rimini”
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Lullaby", to lyrics by A. Maikov

Kobylskiy Ivan
Russia
Age: 26

In 2009 graduated with honors from the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music and in 2014 from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He currently studies at the Haute école de musique de Genève (class of Alexei Ogrintchouk).

Prize-winner at international competitions such as the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments (2012, 1st prize and Audience Award), the Crusell International Oboe Competition (2014, 3rd prize).

He has toured in Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Switzerland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles. Has participated in the programs of the Bolshoi Orchestra, the musicAeterna Orchestra, the Moscow Instrumental Capella Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Armin Jordan (Switzerland), the Camerata Venia (Switzerland), the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Mexico), the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Russian National Orchestra and others. Since 2016 has served as Principal Oboe of the Croatian National Theatre Orchestra (Zagreb, Croatia).

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann Fantasia No. 10
N. Castiglioni. «Alef» for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
C.P.E. Bach. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in g minor, Wq 135
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Rothman Melanie Jessica
United Kingdom
Age: 28

British oboist Melanie Rothman studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Nora Cismondi at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional de Paris, with David Walter at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where she was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree with highest honous in June 2015, and also with Stefan Schilli at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in October 2018. She is currently continuing her studies at the Internationalen Ensemble Modern Akademie in Frankfurt.

Has been a recipient of a number of awards at prestigious oboe competitions.

She has given guest performances as Principal Oboist with the Britten Sinfonia, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Tyrol Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India. She has also played the oboe and cor anglais with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under conductors such as Thomas Adès, Ivor Bolton, Jiří Bělohlávek, Robin Ticciati, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano and Semyon Bychkov.

ROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 8
H. Holliger. Etude no. 2 for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
F. Couperin. Concert Royal no. 14, d minor
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
P. Haas. Suite for oboe and piano, Op. 17

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Yang Yi Ke
Canada
Age: 20

Graduated from the Juilliard School of Music (class of Julian Martin). Has also studied with Dang Thai Son. He is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Piano Performance through the Harvard University-New England Conservatory of Music Joint-Degree Program, where he studies with Professor Wha Kyung Byun.

At the age of 16 he won the 5th prize at the XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition as the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. Top prize winner at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition in Oberlin (USA). He was awarded the Jury Discretionary Award at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music. He has participated in many festivals and had also the honor to perform in front of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G major, WTC Book I BWV 860
L. van Beethoven. Piano sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101
P. Tchaikovsky. «Dumka», op. 59 Nocturne op. 10 No. 1
F. Chopin. Etude in C major, op. 10 No. 7
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude in F-sharp minor, op. 39 No. 3
F. Liszt. Transcendental Etude in F minor, S.139 No. 10

Round II
R. Wagner – F. Liszt. Tannhauser Overture
M. Ravel. Cycle «Gaspard de la Nuit»: Ondine, Le Gibet, Scarbo
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16

Volkova Olga
Russia
Age: 28

Began to study violin at the age of five at the Prokofiev Central Music School in Vladivostok (classes of Z. Bespalova and F. Kalman). M. Rostropovich invited Olga to continue her studies at Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor I. Bochkova). Received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (class of Professor Z. Bron). She continues to pursue her Master’s Degree at the same institution with Professor Barnabás Kelemen. She also studies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels under Professor Augustin Dumay and continues to refine her skills under Eduard Wulfson. Prize-winner at numerous international competitions such as the Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition. In 2012 she won the 1st Prize and all Special Prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Competition in Denmark. Since 2016 she has been the First Concertmaster of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 9, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 for violin in D minor “Ballade”, op. 27
D. Schostakovich. Preludes Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 from “24 Preludes”, op. 34
(arr. for violin by D. Zyganov)

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano in D major, op. 94
E. Chausson. “Poeme”, op. 25
P.Sarasate. Concert Fantasyon Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”, op. 25
F. Kreisler. "Liebesleid"

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Hattori Monè
Japan
Age: 19

At the age of 10 she became the youngest ever winner of the Lipinski and Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists. In 2013 she won the Grand Prix at the XII International Competition Young Virtuosos (Bulgaria) and the Grand Prix at the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in 2015.

She is now in her second year of the Toho College of Music, where she studies with Akiko Tatsumi. Performed with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vadim Repin at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival. Her debut CD was released in 2016 by Avex Classics.

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 17, op. 1
H.Wieniawski. Fantasia on Themes from “Faust”, op. 20

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in F minor, op. 80
H. Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin solo «The Last Rose of Summer»
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Rummukainen Senja Elina
Finland
Age: 24

Studied at the East Helsinki Music Institute with Taru Aarnio, the Sibelius Academy with Professor Marko Ylönen and the Folkwang University of the Arts with Professor Young-Chang Cho. In 2016-2017 she was an exchange student in Truls Mork’s class at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

In 2017 beganher Master’s Degree studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens-Peter Maintz. Participated in master classes with David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang Boettcher. In 2017 she became the second principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She is one of the Artistic Directors of the Helsinki Chamber Summer Festival.

Plays a cello made by Stefano Scarampella (1897), generously loaned to her by Jorma Panula.

PROGRAMME

Round I
L. Boccherini. Sonata in A Major for cello and piano: first movement Adagio and second movement Allegro
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
А. Piatti. Caprice No. 3 in B-flat major for solo cello, op. 25
E.-P. Salonen. “Knock, breathe, shine” for solo cello
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, op. 102
G. Cassado. "Dance of the Green Devil" for cello and piano
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme

Cañón-Valencia Santiago
Colombia
Age: 24

Student of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy.

His recent debuts include solo engagements with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the  Moscow Soloists, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles. From 2011 he has been a recipient of the Mayra & Edmundo Esquenazi scholarship. He is also a recipient of the MPower Artist Grants by the Sphinx Organization (2016).

He was awarded the prestigious Monini Prize at the Spoleto Festival (2017). winner of the Janos Starker Foundation Award (2018).

Major prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Sphinx Competition, the Pablo International Cello Competition, the Gaspar Cassado International Competition and the Beijing International Cello Competition.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 10 in H moll for solo cello, op. 25
A. Ginastera. Sonata for cello and piano, op. 49

Round II
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D821
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
H. Bottermund/J. Starker: “Variations on a theme by Paganini” for solo cello

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Muradyan Anna
Russia
Age: 26

Graduated from the Gnessin Music College in Moscow. Currently studies at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 2013 participated in Les Azuriales Festival in Nice. Finalist of the VI Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition (Moscow, 2016). Fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the

Mariinsky Theatre. She continues her professional training with the Mariinsky coaches and tutors as well as with guest pianists and stage directors from the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, USA and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Royal College of Music in London, UK.

She is an avid proponent of traditional and modern Armenian music and regularly collaborates with Armenian composers and musicians.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. G. Bizet. Leyla`s Cavatina from the opera "Pearl Seekers"
2. P. Tchaikovsky. "Wild Nights", to lyrics by A. Apukhtin
3. W. A. Mozart. Despina's aria from the opera "Così fan tutte"

Kopachevsky Philipp
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Central School of Music of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Conservatory itself where he also completed his postgraduate studies (class of Professor Sergei Dorensky). He is a prize winner at eight prestigious international competitions, including the Х International Franz Schubert Piano Competition (Germany) and the Enschede International Piano Competition (the Netherlands).

Has appeared at numerous international festivals, such as the Miami International Piano Festival, the Arts Naples World Festival (USA), the Steinway Festival, the Festival international de Musique de Colmar (France), the Mstislav Rostropovich Memorial Festival (Baku), the Baltic Seasons Festival (Kaliningrad), the Crescendo Festival and the Denis Matsuev Invites Festival among others. He performed at the world premiere of the choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s ballet Without at the Mariinsky Theatre. Soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic. Regularly participates in the Stars of the 21st Century project.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C minor, WTC, Book 1, BWV 846
J. Haydn. Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI: 46
P. Tchaikovsky. The Seasons, op. 37:
May: White Nights; June: Barcarolle; July: Song of the Reaper
F. Chopin. Etude in С major, op. 10, No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in D Minor, op. 33, No. 5
F. Liszt. Etude in A minor from "Grandes Etudes de Paganini", S. 140

Round II
R. Schumann. “Carnaval”, op. 9
N. Medtner. Canzona Serenada from the cycle Forgotten Melodies, op. 38, No. 6
A. Scriabin. “Vers la flamme”, op. 72
E. Grieg – G. Ginsburg. Suite No. 1 “Peer Gynt”, op. 46
1. Morning Mood; 2. The Death of Ase; 3. Anitra's dance; 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, A minor, op. 43

Pritchin Aylen
Russia
Age: 31

Began his music studies at the age of six. Studied at Middle Specialised School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Elena Zaitseva). Graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Eduard Grach). While still a student, Aylen won numerous competitions, including the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznan. In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the Long–Thibaud–Crespin Competition in Paris.

Performed with such musicians and ensembles as David Geringas, Alexander Melnikov, Teodor Currentzis, the musicAeterna Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 11, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
I. Stravinsky. “Suite after themes by Pergolesi”

Round II
C. Debussy. Violin sonata in G minor, L 148
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
I. Stravinsky. “Divertimento”
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K. 216
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Sendetskii Ivan
Russia
Age: 23

Graduated from St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (classes of Professor Anatoly Nikitin and Professor Sergei Roldugin). In 2017 began his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Germany (class of Professor Troels Svane). He currently studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA (class of ProfessorLaurence Lesser).

Winner of 1st prizes at Sviatoslav Knushevitsky International Cello Competition (Saratov, Russia, 2014) and the All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow (2018). Won the 3rd prize at VI Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition (Zagreb, Croatia, 2016).

Frequently participates in programs of St Petersburg House of Music.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
I. Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella”
(arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 1 in F major for cello and piano, op. 102
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
B. Martinu. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto № 2, op. 126

Malofeev Alexander
Russia
Age: 17

Student at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (class of Elena Beryozkina). In 2014 he won the 1st prize and gold medal at the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow. Grand Prix winner at the I International Grand Piano Competition in Moscow (2016). In 2017 he received the Premio Giovane Talento Musicale dell’Anno award at the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo and was named the first Young Yamaha Artist. 2nd prize winner at the I China International Music Competition (2019).

Has appeared at major concert venues all over the world. Prize winner the IX International Rachmaninoff Competition for Young Pianists in Novgorod (Grand Prix and Special Prize for Best Performance of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, 2014), the I Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition (2015) and many others. Scholarship recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, the New Names Charity Foundation, and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 889
L. van Beethoven. Piano Sonata No 23 F minor, op. 57
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka”, op. 59
F. Chopin. Etude A minor, op. 25, No. 11
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in A minor, op. 39, No. 6
F. Liszt. “Mazeppa” from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 4

Round II
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 36
P. Tchaikovsky. “The seasons”: October “Autumn song”, November “On the Troika”
P. Tchaikovsky – M. Pletnev. "Andante maestoso" from ballet “Nutcracker”
S. Prokofiev. Piano sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

Vodovozova Aliya
Russia
Age: 28

Studied at the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (class of Maria Chepurina). In 2015 she graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Alexander Golishev, People’s Artist of Russia) and began her postgraduate studies. In 2015 she also entered the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (class of Benoît Fromanger). Since 2003 has been a grant-recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.

1st prize winner of the Sforzando Competition in Kazan (2015).

She has taken part in many prestigious festivals, such as the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Encuentro Santander in Spain. As a soloist and with various orchestras, she played in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland and many other countries. Since 2012 she has been participating in the programs of the St Petersburg House of Music.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 3 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
T. Takemitsu. Voice

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Chernyshov Fedor
Russia
Age: 23

In 2013 he graduated from the St Petersburg Music Lyceum (class of Vladimir Ushakov) and entered to the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Denis Lupachev). Since June 2018 has been pursuing his Master’s Degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (class of Davide Formisano). Attended master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Vincent Lucas, Felix Renggli and Denis Bouriakov.

In 2006 received scholarship from the New Names Foundation. Prize-winner at regional and national music competitions. Participated in the Moscow Greets Its Friends organized by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (2005), the Crescendo Festival (St Petersburg, 2006). In 2015 became a member of the St Petersburg House of Music’s project A River of Talents.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
E. Carte. Scrivo in Vento

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Kitagawa Chisa
Japan
Age: 22

Began her violin studies at the age of three in Gifu with Yasuhiro Aoyama. Since 2006 she has studied under Professor Takashi Shimizu. In 2012 she enrolled at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

Chisa Kitagawa was recently awarded the 2nd prize at the I Viktor Tretiakov International Violin Competition in Krasnoyarsk. In 2018 she was awarded the 2nd prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Singapore International Violin Competition.

She is also the winner of five international competitions, including the VII International Beethoven Violin Competition (Austria, 2012), the III Euroasia International Violin Competition (Japan, 2013) and the V International Solo Violin Competition Cremona (Italy, 2014).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 3, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Ysaye. Poeme Elegiaque, op. 12

Round II
C. Debussy. Sonata for violin and piano in G minor, L. 140
H. Wieniawski. “Variations on an Original Theme”, op. 15
F. Kreisler. Recitativo and Scherzo for violin solo, op.6
I. Stravinsky. “Divertimento”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Islyamov Ravil
Russia
Age: 18

Graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of, Professor Alexander Vinnitsky, People’s Artist of Russia).

Won the 1st prize at the III All-Russian Music Competition (2018). Won gold medals at the Youth Delphic Games of Russia (Tyumen, 2016 and Vladivostok, 2018) and the XI Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States (2016), the Grand Prix of the XII International Beethoven Violin Competition (Austria, 2016) and the I Open Competition for Orchestra Soloists (Vladimir, 2018).

Since 2017 he has regularly participated in various programs of the St Petersburg House of Music. Performed at the Aleksandrovsky Hall of the Kremlin, the Moscow International House of Music, the Zaryadye Concert Hall, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, as well as concert halls of St Petersburg, Kazan, Yakutsk, Minsk, Italy, Germany and the Middle East.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 17, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Melodie”, op.42
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
I. Frolov. Fantasy for solo violin "In memory of David Oistrakh"

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 7 for violin and piano in C minor, op. 12
M. Weinberg. Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, op. 47
P. Tchaikovsky. Serenade melancolique in B-flat minor, op.26
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Kanagawa Mayumi
USA
Age: 24

Began her violin studies at the age of four in Japan. Moved to Los Angeles at the age of 12. Studied at the Juilliard Pre-College Division with Masao Kawasaki and the Colburn School with Robert Lipsett. She is currently an undergraduate student of Professor Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Won first prizes at the International Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius (2013) and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco (2011). Appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Kremerata Baltica. Performs on a violin crafted by Pietro Guarneri (Mantua, late 17th century), on generous loan from the Deutsche Musik instrumenten fonds of the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 10, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
G. Gershwin/J. Heifetz: “Bess, you is my woman now”, “Summertime”,“It ain't necessarily so”

Round II
C. Frank. Sonata for violin and piano in A major, FWV 8
H. Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin solo «The Last Rose of Summer»
F. Kreisler. “Syncopation”
A. Schnittke. Sonata for violin and piano No. 1, op. 30

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Pasko Diana
Russia
Age: 30

Graduated from the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (classes of Zoya Makhtina and Maya Glezarova). In 2012 graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and in 2014 completed her postgraduate studies (class of Maya Glezarova). She also learned from Maxim Vengerov, Vladimir Spivakov, Pierre Amoyal, Boris Kushnir, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Marius Stravinsky, Nina Kogan, Mikhail Kopelman.

A laureate of international competitions. In 2016-2017 studied with Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland). As a soloist and concertmaster she toured with the Menuhin Academy Soloists chamber ensemble in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and South America.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 17, 24, op. 1
D. Schostakovich. 4 Preludes, op. 34, (arr. for violin by D. Zyganov)
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34 

Round II
B. Martinu Sonata for violin and piano No. 1, H. 182
C. Saint-Saens. Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28       
S. Rachmaninoff. Romance "April"
F. Schubert. Sonatine No. 2 in A major, op. 137 D 385 

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Choi Elli
USA
Age: 17

Since 2009 has studied at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. Collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and with many youth orchestras. Winner of the World Monaco Music Masters Competition (2016) and the Lipinski and Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists (2015). Won the Grand Prix at the XI International Competition Young Virtuosos in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was the semi-finalist at International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2018).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 4, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Ysaye / C. Saint-Seans. “Valse-Caprice”, op.52 No.6

Round II
G. Tartini. Sonata for violin and piano G minor “Devil’s trills”, Bg.5
H. Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin solo «The Last Rose of Summer»
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in F minor, op.80
F. Kreisler. “Syncopation”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Bouchkov Marc
Belgium
Age: 28

Studied with Claire Bernard and Boris Garlitsky. Completed his postgraduate studies at the Kronberg Academy under Mihaela Martin. Since 2018 he has been under the musical tutorship of Eduard Wulfson. Performed with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (conducted by Mariss Jansons), the hr-Sinfonie orchester of Frankfurt (conducted by Christoph Eschenbach), the Orchestre National de Belgique under the baton of Andrey Boreyko and many others.

In 2016 he received the London Music Masters Award. Since 2017 he has taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Liège and held a Musical Assistant position at the Kronberg Academy.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 7, op. 1
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 5 for violin in G major, op 27
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34

Round II
C. Frank. Sonata for violin and piano in A major, FWV 8
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op.26
S. Prokofiev. “Five Melodies” for violin and piano, op. 35 bis
H. Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin solo «The Last Rose of Summer»

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Lee SooBeen
Republic of Korea
Age: 18

Began her studies at the age of four. She won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra at the age of eight and won the 1st prize at the International Youth Violin Competition in Russia the following year. Currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory (USA).

Won 1st prizes at the Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (2013) and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York (2014).

As a soloist, SooBeen Lee performed with major Korean orchestras.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 17, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
H. Wieniawski. “Variations on an Original Theme”, op. 15

Round II
E. Grieg. SonataNo. 2 for violin and piano G major, op.13
J. Hubay. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”,op. 3, No. 3
S. Rachmaninoff. Romance for violin and piano in A minor
E. Ysaye. “Poemeelegiaque”, op.12

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Balanas Kristine
Latvia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (England), where she studied under Gyorgy Pauk, and from the Hochschule fürMusik Hanns Eisler (Berlin), where she studied under Kolja Blacher. She is currently mentored by Leonidas Kavakos.

Prize-winner at the 66th International ARD Music Competition (3rd prize). Regularly appears as a guest soloist on Latvian National Radio Recitals. In 2019-20 season she will make her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and other ensembles. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Gluzman and Boris Garlitsky. Kristine performs on a Antonio Gragnani violin (1787).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24,17, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
C. Saint-Saens. “Valse-Caprice”,op. 76

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in F minor, op. 80
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 6 for violin in E major, op. 27
F. Kreisler. “Beautiful Rosemary”
W. Lutoslawski. Partita for violin and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W.A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Andersen Christopher Tun
Norway
Age: 27

Studied with Professor Isaac Schuldman and Peter Herresthal at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2014 Christopher was accepted to the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music He also studied under Professor Boris Kuschnir in Vienna (2013-2014). Christopher is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Won the 2nd prize at the International Violin Competition in Wörthersee (Austria). Won the 1st prize at the Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany and the Europe Prize from the German Music Foundation. Prize-winner at the IV International Jascha Heifetz Competition.

He plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (Milan, 1753) courtesy of the Anders Sveaas Charitable Foundation.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 17, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
C. Saint-Saens. Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, op.28
H. Wieniawski. “Scherzo-Tarantelle” for violin and piano, op.16

Round II
E. Grieg. Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano in C minor, op.45
P. Tchaikovsky.Melodie op.42, No.3
F. Kreisler. Preludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani
C. Sinding.“Suite in Old Style”, op. 10

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
(cadenza: Christopher Tun Andersen)

Huang Sirena
USA
Age: 25

Made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine. Performed as a soloist with prestigious ensembles, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and many others. Appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival and others.

In 2017 she was awarded the 1st prize at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. In 2009 won the 1st prize at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She also won the 1st prize and Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year she was named the first Artist-in-Residence of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Top prize-winner at the Singapore International Violin Competition and the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
J. S. Bach. Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 1, 24, op. 1
B. Bartok. Rhapsody No.1 for violin and piano

Round II
I. Stravinsky.“Suite Italienne”
R.Schumann. Sonata No.1 for violin and pianoin A minor, op.105
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 5 for violin in G major, op. 27
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K. 216
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Savkina Anna
Russia
Age: 24

Studied at Gnessins’ Special Music School in Moscow and Turku Music Academy in Finland under Prof. Alexander Vinnitsky.

She had an internship at Folkwang University under Prof. Boris Garlitsky. Anna earned her bachelor of music degree at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where is currently pursuing her postgraduate diploma (class of Prof. Vladimir Ivanov).

Was awarded top prizes at many prestigious violin competitions, including the Louis Spohr in Germany, David Oistrakh in Russia, Heino Eller in Estonia, Andrea Postacchini in Italy and many others. Twice prizewinner of the Sendai Competition in Japan in 2013 and 2016.

Participated in master classes with Pinchas Zukerman, David Chan, Wolfgang Redik, Pierre Amoyal, Cho-Liang Lin. As a soloist toured in Europe, USA, and Asia.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 23, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Melodie”, op. 42, No.3
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
O. Messiaen. Theme and Variations for violin and piano

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano in D major, op. 94
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
M. Ravel. Concert rhapsody “Tzigane”
K. Szymanowsky. Nocturne and Tarantella, op. 28

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Zheleznyi Leonid
Russia
Age: 25

Studied at Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (class of Elena Malkina) and the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Alexander Vinnitsky). He currently continues his studies under Alexander Vinnitsky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Prize-winner at the Homecoming Festival-Competition (2009). Won 2nd prizes at the International Beethoven Violin Competition in Austria (2010) and the Leopold Auer International Violin Competition in St Petersburg (2015, 1st prize was not awarded). Won the Grand Prix at the VII International Violin Competition in Astana (2017), the 1st prize at the III Stockholm International Music Competition (2014), the 3rd prize at the I Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa (2016). Prize-winner at the Viktor Tretiakov International Violin Competition in Krasnoyarsk (2018) and the III All-Russian Music Competition (2018, 2rd prize), I International Music Competition Harbin (2018, 3rd prize).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 7, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Meditation”, op.72
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34

Round II
E. Grieg. Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 (edition by Fritz Kreisler)
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op.26
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 6 for violin in E major, op. 27
I. Frolov. Fantasy for solo violin "In memory of David Oistrakh"

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K. 216
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Menzel Albrecht
Germany
Age: 27

Began playing the violin aged four and made his solo debut aged 13 at the Dresden Music Festival. As soloist, he played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra and many others. Was invited to play as a soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Berliner Philharmonie. He also toured with her in the USA and Canada, appearing at Carnegie Hall and the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Plays a violin made by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona, 1709), on loan from the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.

PROGRAMME

Round I
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 22, 24, op. 1
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
P. Hindemith. Sonata for violin and piano in d major, op. 11, No. 2
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34

Round II
A. Schnittke. Sonata for violin and piano No. 1, op. 30
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in A major for violin and piano, op. 100
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 3 for violin in D minor “Ballade”, op. 27
S.Rachmaninoff. Romance in Dminor,op. 6 No. 1

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Etelavuori Sara
Finland
Age: 28

Started playing the violin at the age of three. In 2003 she enrolled to study with Seppo Tukiainen as part of the Sibelius Academy’s Youth Programme and since 2010 she has studied for her Master’s Degree at the Sibelius Academy. She currently pursues her postgraduate studies with Professor Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin for her Artist Diploma. Since September 2018 she has also been Assistant Concertmistress at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Participated in master classes with Ana Chumachenco, Christian Tetzlaff, Regis Pasquier, Pavel Vernikov and Hagai Shaham.

Prize-winner at numerous international competitions. Plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin (2011) kindly on loan from the Susan Brunnert Violins.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 23, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
F. Poulenc.Sonata for violin and piano, FP119

Round II
E. Grieg. Sonata No.3for violin and piano in Cminor,op. 45
K. Szymanowski. Notturno et Tarantella, op. 28
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
J. Sibelius.“Souvenir”, op. 79 No.1

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219

Boschkor Lara
Germany
Age: 19

Studied with Liviu Prunaru at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and with Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Since October 2015 she has studied under Erik Schumann as part of the Kronberg Academy’s Precollege Programme, which is run in cooperation with the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

Shegained international attention when she won the 1st prize and the gold medal of the 7th Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico (2013) and the 1st prize of the 12th Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in Hungary, where she was hailed as the youngest violinist in the competition’s history. In 2017 she won the 1st prize at the TONALi Competition in Hamburg (Germany).

Lara plays a Santo Serafin violin (Venice, 1735), generously loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 24, 21, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Chausson. “Poeme”, op. 25

Round II
E. Grieg. Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano in C minor, op. 45
E. Ysaye. Sonata No. 6 for violin in E major, op. 27
P. Tchaikovsky. “Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 5 in Amajor, K. 219

Al-Ashhab Milan
Czech Republic
Age: 26

Graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Teplice, the Czech Republic (classof Professor Kvitoslava Hasilova). In 2012-2018 Milan was a studentof Professor Ivan Straus at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Since 2018 he has studied with Professor Peter Schuhmayer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna at the post graduate course.

Participated in masterclasses with famous musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Hagai Shaham, Shlomo Mintz and Ida Haendel. Prize-winner at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition (Vienna, 2018), the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition (New York, 2018), the Luis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists (Weimar, 2010), the International Georg Philipp Telemann Competition (Pozna, 2007) and others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 9, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
H. Ernst. Etude No.6 for violin solo «The Last Rose of Summer»

Round II
M. Ravel. Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano, op. 77
F. Waxman. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”
P. Tchaikovsky.“Serenade melancolique”, op. 26
A. Skoumal.“Djinnia”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concertoin D major, op. 35
W.A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Kim Donghyun
Republic of Korea
Age: 19

Studies at the Korea National University of Arts (class of Nam Yun Kim).

Won the 1st prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in Korea (2018). He also won the 2nd prize at the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania (2016). In 2015 he won the 1st prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2018 he was invited by Maestro Christoper Poppen to perform at the Marvao International Music Festival.

Performed with such ensembles as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gangnam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pyeong Chang Music Festival Orchestra, the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. He plays a Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1763).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 1, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
E. Chausson. “Poeme”, op. 25

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in F minor, op. 80
E. Ysaye. Caprice after "Etude in the form of a Waltz” of C. Saint-Saens, op. 52
F. Kreisler. “Caprice Viennois”, op. 2
L. van Beethoven. Romance No.1 in G major, op. 40

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

Dogadin Sergey
Russia
Age: 30

Graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (classes of Professor Vladimir Ovcharek and Professor Andrei Dogadin). Studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA) with Maxim Vengerov (2012). Completed his postgraduate course at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (class of Professor Mihaela Martin) and the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (class of Professor Boris Kuschnir, under the guidance of whom Sergey continues to hone his skills at the Music and Arts University in Vienna).

Prize-winner at numerous international competitions, such as the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2nd prize and Audience Prize, 1st prize was not awarded), the 9th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover (1st prize) and the Singapore International Violin Competition (1st prize). Plays a Domenico Montagnana violin (Venice, 1721).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
N. Paganini. Caprice Nos. 21, 24, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky. “Valse-scherzo”, op. 34
A. Rosenblatt. Fantasia on Themes from G. Biset's “Carmen”

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in F minor, op.80
N. Paganini. Variations on the Theme “Nel cor piu non mi sento” from Giovanni Paisiello’s opera "La molinara"
D. Schostakovich. Prelude No. 6 in H minor from “24 Preludes”, op.34
(arr. for violin by D. Zyganov/L. Auerbach)
F. Kreisler. "Tambourin Chinois", op. 3

Round III
W. A. Mozart. Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K. 216
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Chen Yibai
China
Age: 17

Studied at Middle School of Music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In November 2016 he joined the Cello Akademie Rutesheim and took a masterclass given by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. He also took part in master classes by David Geringas, Jens Peter Maintz, Jian Wang, Martti Rousi, Liwei Qin, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gabriel Schwabe, Wen-Sinn Yang.

In 2013 and 2015 he passed the admission test of the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival. In February 2018 he won the 3rd prize at theXI Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. In September of the same year he won the 2nd prize at the George Enescu International Cello Competition in Bucharest.

He currently studies with Professor Danjulo Ishizaka at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He plays a cello by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (ca.1780-1800) on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No.6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo Capriccioso”, op. 62
B. Britten. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 65

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, op. 102, No. 1
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 19, third movement “Andante”
P. Sarasate. “Gypsy Airs”, op. 20

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
S. Prokofiev. Symphony-Concerto in E minor, op. 125

Choi Ha Young
Republic of Korea
Age: 21

Studied at the Kronberg Academy (from 2014 to 2017 under Frans Helmerson and from 2017 and onwards under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt). Among her international prizes are the 1st prize and two special prizes at the International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition (Poland, 2018). Prize-winner at the Kronberg Academy Festival (Germany, 2017), theInternational Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria, 2011), the International Dotzauer Cello Competition (Germany, 2009).

As a soloist, she has appeared withthe Camerata Salzburg (Austria), the Kremerata Baltica (Germany), the Frankfurt er Opern-und Museum sorchester (Germany), the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra (England) and the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Kraków (Poland).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prélude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, Op.62
Piatti. Capricce No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, Op. 25
F. Poulenc. Sonata for cello and piano

Round II
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
K. Penderecki. Divertimento for cello solo
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119: first movement Andante grave and second movement Moderato
N. Paganini. “Le Streghe”, op. 8

Round III
E. Elgar. Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33

Kim Ga Eun
Republic of Korea
Age: 17

Passed an early entrance examination to the Korea National University of Arts with a special admission in 2019. She is now studying with Professor Kang-ho Lee.

Won 1st prizes at the Antonio Janigro International cello competition (Croatia, 2012), the Liezen International cello competition (Austria, 2014) and the David Popper International cello competition (Hungary, 2015). In 2013 the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Republic of Korea honored her with the most Promising Young Artist in Korea award.

Most recently she had a solo recital at the Samsung Electronics Concert Hall. As a soloist, she performed with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Euro asia Philharmonic Orchestra and other Korean ensembles.

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 4 in E flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010
А. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
G. Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, op. 102
G. Cassado. "Dance of the Green Devil" for cello and piano
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
R. Schumann. Cello concerto in A minor, op.

Kobekina Anastasia
Russia
Age: 24

Graduated from the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Frans Helmerson. She went onto studyat the Universität der Künste Berlin (class of Professor Jens Peter Maintz). She is currently a student of JérômePernoo at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Parisand the Frankfurter Hochschule für Musik (class of Kristin von der Goltz (baroque cello)).

In the upcoming season 2019-2020 she will make her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and will go on tour with the Konzerthaus orchester Berlin.

She has participatedin many festivals, whereshe performed with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Giovanni Sollima, Denis Matsuev, Fazil Say, Vladimir Spivakov and Andras Schiff. Рerforms on a cello made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1743).

PROGRAMME

Round I
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op.62
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119

Round II
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
I. Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella”
(arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)
V. Kobekin. “Narrenschiff“ for solo cello
D. Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, op. 39

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
E. Elgar. Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85

Warenberg Alexander Simon
the Netherlands
Age: 20

Since he was 8 years old he studied with Professor Monique Bartels at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. From 2016 till 2019 studied in Berlin at the Barenboim-Said Academy with Professor Frans Helmerson.  Сontinues to study with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy.

In 2016 he won first prize at the Cello Biennale Competition in Amsterdam. He also won first prizes at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, the Dutch Britten Cello Competition, the National Competition for Young Musicians and the Prinсess Christina Competition.
He took part in master classes with Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Jens-Peter Maintz. Plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello (1845), on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.


PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
R. Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, op. 70
K. Penderecki. Divertimento for cello solo (Serenade, Scherzo, Notturno)
А. Piatti. Capricce No. 2 in E-flat Major for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D821
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
D. Popper. “Dance of the Elves” for cello and piano, op. 39

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Gray Edward Johannes
USA
Age: 22

Began playing cello at the age of two. He grew up in Chicago where he studied for many years with Hans Jensen and Gilda Barston. Received his Bachelor’s degree from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de dance Paris studying with Jérôme Pernoo. Took part in many festivals and master classes, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Kronberg Academy, and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam.

He is very passionate about chamber music, playing regularly in festivals around France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Currently he continues to study in Paris in the Master’s program and is simultaneously pursuing Artist’s Diploma at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin with Frans Helmerson.

In 2018 he received the Pablo Casals International Award for Young Cellists.

PROGRAMME

Round I
C. Debussy. Sonata D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
R. Schumann. “Fantasiestücke” for cello and piano, op. 73
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 3 in B flat Major for solo cello, op. 25
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in С minor for solo cello, BWV 1011

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119
J. Ducros. "Encore" for cello and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Wu Yuchong
China
Age: 23

Studied at the Middle School Affiliated to Xi’an Conservatory of Music (China). In 2010 enteredthe Juilliard School in New York. He was mentored by Veda Kaplinsky, Matti Raekallio and Robert McDonald and also worked privately with Paul Badura-Skoda, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, Murray Perahia.

Prize-winner of numerous international competitions such as the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (2009, 2nd prize), the Sendai International Music Competition (2013, Special Jury Award and Audience Prize), the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2015), the Leeds International Piano Competition (2018) and many others. Won the Munz Scholarship Competition at the Juilliard School (2016).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B minor WTC book 2 BWV 893
L. van Beethoven. Piano sonata No.18 in E-flat major, op. 31 No. 3
F. Liszt. Etude in F minor «La leggierezza» from Concert Etudes S. 144 No. 2
F. Chopin. Etude in G-sharp minor op. 25 No. 6
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D major op. 39 No. 9
P. Tchaikovsky. Polka op. 51 No. 2 Theme and variations op. 19 No. 6

Round II
F. Mendelssohn. Fantasy in F-sharp minor,op. 28
B. Bartok. «Out of doors» suite, Sz. 81
L. Janacek. Piano Sonata "1. X.1905", JW 8/19
S. Rachmaninoff. Sonata No. 2 B-flat minor, op. 36

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

Yemelyanov Konstantin
Russia
Age: 25

Graduated from the Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Olga Mechetina) and the Conservatory itself (class of professors Sergei Dorensky, Andrei Pisarev, Pavel Nersesyan and Nikolai Lugansky). In 2017-2018 was also a student of the Rachmaninoff Piano Academy in Catania, Italy (class of Epifanio Comis). Since 2018 has been a graduate assistant at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Prize-winner at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev, 2012), the Verona International Piano Competition (2017), the Suzhou Jinji Lake International Piano Competition (China, 2017). In 2018 won the 1st prize at the III All-Russian Music Competition.

PROGRAMME


Round I
J.S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, WTC Book II, BWV 873
J. Haydn. Piano Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI: 24
P. Tchaikovsky. Romance, op. 5 «Characteristic Dance», op. 72 No. 4 Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4
F. Chopin. Etude in A Minor op. 10, No. 2
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in A minor, op. 39 No. 6
F. Liszt. Etude «La Campanella» in G-sharp minor from "Grandes Etudes de Paganini", S. 141, № 3

Round II
P. Tchaikovsky. Elegiac song, op. 72
P. Tchaikovsky – S. Feinberg. Scherzo «Allegro molto vivace» from Symphony No. 6
S. Barber. Sonata for Piano in E-flat minor, op. 26
S. Rachmaninoff. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

Shishkin Dmitriy
Russia
Age: 27

Has played the piano since the age of two. From the age of four he attended the Tchaikovsky Music School in Chelyabinsk. Aged nine he entered the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (class of Mikhail Khokhlov). He later graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Eliso Virsaladze). Currently he is studying with Epifanio Comis at the Vincenzo Bellini State Conservatory in Catania.

In 2013 he won the 3rd prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy). Prize-winner at the Queen Elizabeth Competition (Belgium, 2016). Prize-winner at competitions in Russia, China, Germany, Bulgaria and Poland.

He has performed with orchestras across Russia, including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic. He has performed in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Japan, Austria, China and Poland.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G major, WTC, book I, BWV 860
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein", op. 53
P. Tchaikovsky. "Scherzo a la Russe", op. 1 No. 1
F. Chopin. Etude in c-sharp minor,op. 10, No. 4
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau op. 39 No. 8 in d minor
F. Liszt. Etude «La campanella» in g-sharp minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3

Round II
F. Chopin. 3 Mazurkas, op. 59, Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 31
N. Medtner. “Canzona-Serenata” from “Forgotten Melodies”, op. 38
S. Prokofiev. 4 Etudes, op. 2
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 36

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

An Tianxu
China
Age: 20

Began playing piano at the age of five. Has studied with Professor Hua Chang at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Meng-Chieh Liu. Participated in master classes with Robert McDonald, Sergei Babayan, Klause Baessler, Andrea Bonatta and Maxim Mogilevsky.

In 2010 he won the Grand Prix at the Helen Cup Shanghai International Piano Competition. 2nd prize winner at the VII Beijing International Music Festival. He attended the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy and the Sejong International Music Festival.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870
F. Chopin. Etude in С major, op. 10, No. 10
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in A Minor, op. 39, No. 6
P. Tchaikovsky. Scherzo Fantasy, op. 72 No. 10
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 23 F minor (“Appassionata”), op.57
F. Liszt. “Wilde Jagd” from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 No. 8

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Four Pieces for Piano, op. 2
J. Brahms. Paganini Variations, op. 35, Book 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Chopin Variation, op. 22

Round III
S. Rachmaninoff. “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, A minor, op. 43
P. I. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, op. 23

Mun Arsenii
Russia
Age: 20

Graduated from the Special School of Music of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Alexander Sandler). He now continues his studies at the St Petersburg Conservatory with the same teacher.

Winner of international competitions such as "Cliburn junior competition", "Artur Rubinstein in memorium" competition in Poland, "St.Priest competition", "Yamaha Music". From 2010 to 2016 he had been receiving the Sviatoslav Richter Grant from the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. Took part in Verbier academy and won the special prize for the best pianist in Academy. In November 2018 played LIVE on Radio France.

Has appeared at the International Yuri Bashmet Festival in Minsk, the Faces of Modern Pianism International Festival (St. Petersburg), Moscow Greets Its Friends Festival (Moscow) and Larisa Gergieva and Friends Festival (Vladikavkaz). Regularly participates in programs run by the St. Petersburg House of Music.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in D-sharp minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 877
L. van Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 23, F minor (Appassionata), op. 57
F. Chopin. Etude in С major, op. 10, No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in F-sharp minor, op. 39, No. 3
F. Liszt. Etude «La Campanella» in G-sharp minor from "Grandes Etudes de Paganini", S. 141 No. 3
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka”, op. 59 

Round II
R. Schumann. Carnaval. op. 9
M. Ravel. «Undine» from the cycle «Gaspard de la nuit»
S. Prokofiev. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16

Yasynskyy Artem
Ukraine
Age: 30

At the age of seven he entered the Special School for Gifted Children in Donetsk (class of Albina Oryshchuk). He later graduated from the Donetsk Prokofiev State Music Academy with honors. In 2010 he continued his piano studies at the University of the Arts in Bremen earning his Master’s Degree with Professor Patrick O'Byrne.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and competition prizes, including the gold medal at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA), the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, the Gian Battista Viotti Competition in Vercelli and many others.

Concert appearances have taken him throughout Germany, Canada, the USA, Australia, Cyprus, South Korea, Japan. He has participated in diverse international music festivals such as the Honens Festival in Calgary, Kiev Music Nights Festival, Rarities of Piano Music at the Husum Festival, the Bremen Music Festival, the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, South Carolina, the Gina Bachauer Festival in Salt Lake City and other festivals in Germany, Italy, Austria.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue G minor, WTC Book II, BWV 885
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 23 in F minor «Appassionata», op. 57
P. Tchaikovsky. Impromptu, op.72, No. 1
F. Chopin. Etude in C major, op. 10, No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau, op. 39 No.6
F. Liszt. Etude No. 6 in А minor from Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S.140 No 6

Round II
D. Scarlatti.
Sonata G minor, K.426
Sonata B-flat major, K.503
J. Brahms. Paganini Variations op.35, Book I and II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, op. 84

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

Gadjiev Alexander
Italy
Age: 24

He currently studies with Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and participates in prestigious master classes such as the Piano Academy Eppan and the Verbier Piano Academy.

At the IX Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2015, he was awarded the 1st prize as well as the Audience Prize. Winner of the Monte-Carlo World Piano Masters Competition (2018).

Has played in some of the most important opera houses and concert halls (the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, the Kioi Hall and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, the Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Osaka, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E major, WTC, Book 2, BWV 878
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”), op. 53
P. Tchaikovsky. Variations in F major, op. 19, No. 6
F. Chopin. Etude in E minor, op. 25, No. 5
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in e-flat minor, op. 39, No. 5
F. Liszt. “Mazeppa” from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 4

Round II
F. Liszt. Fantasia-Sonata for piano «Apres una lecture du Dante»
A. Scriabin. “Feuillet d’album” op.45 No.1; Etude No. 8 A-flat major, op. 8;
Preludes Nos. 2 (G-sharp minor), 3 (G-flat major), 4 (E-flat minor), op.16;
Poeme F-sharp major, op. 32, No. 1; Etude C-sharp minor, op. 42, No. 5
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 6 in A major, op. 82

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

Melnikov Alexey
Russia
Age: 29

In 1996 entered the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (class of Tatiana Shklovskaya). While still a student, participated in many competitions including the Carl Czerny International Piano Competition in Prague (2nd prize). In 2008-2013 has studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Sergei Dorensky, Nikolai Lugansky, Pavel Nersesyan and Andrei Pisarev.

Prize-winner of the Vera Lotar-Shevchenko Memorial International Piano Competition in Novosibirsk (2011, 2nd prize), the International Piano and Orchestra Competition Citta di Cantu (Italy, 1st prize), the San Marino International Piano Competition (2014, 1st prize, Audience Prize, Critics Jury Prize and Orchestra Prize), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2015, 3rd prize). Winner of the II Manhattan International Music Competition (2017).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, WTC, book I, BWV 867
L. van Beethoven. Piano sonata No. 23 in F minor (“Appassionata”), op. 57
P. Tchaikovsky. "The Seasons": October “Autumn Song"
F. Chopin. Etude in C major, op. 10, No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in C major, op. 33, No. 2
F. Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139 No. 10

Round II
F. Liszt. Sonata in B minor, S.178
A. Scriabin. Prelude in C major, A minor, B minor, F-sharp minor, B major, G sharp minor, E flat minor, op. 11
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in C minor, op. 33, No. 3
S. Prokofiev. 4 Etudes, op. 2

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

Yashkin Anton
Russia
Age: 21

In 2010 he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

In 2015 he became a prize-winner at the X International Competition for Young Pianists A Step Towards Mastery in St Petersburg and the winner of the Serebryakov International Piano Competition in Volgograd.

Since 2016 has been a student of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Natalia Trull).

Prize-winner at the VII JāzepsVītols Piano Competition in Riga (Latvia, 2017), the II Cidade de Vigo International Piano Competition (Vigo, Spain, 2017). In 2018 won the 1st prize at the IX International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (Weimar-Bayreuth, Germany). He has collaborated with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baltic National Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in B-flat major, WTC, Book 2, BWV 890, No. 21
L. V. Beethoven. Piano Sonata F minor (Appassionata), op. 57, No. 23
F. Chopin. Etude in С-sharp minor, op. 10, No. 4
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in F-sharp minor, op. 39, No. 3
F. Liszt. “Mazeppa” from the Transcendental Etudes for piano, S. 139, No. 4
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Scherzo», op. 1, No. 1

Round II
J. Haydn. Piano Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI: 44
F. Liszt. Scherzo and Marsch, S. 177
C. Debussy. Etude "Pour les quartes", L. 136 No. 3
M. Mussorgsky. “Pictures from exhibition”.

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
F. Liszt. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major

Kantorow Alexandre
France
Age: 22

Currently studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (class of Rena Shereshevskaya). At the age of 16 he was invited to play at the Les Folles Journées Festivals in Nantes and in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since then he has played with many orchestras and has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals.

Has played at major concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonie de Paris, the BOZAR in Brussels. Next season he will play with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (conducted by John Storgards), will give solo recitals in Paris dedicated to 200 years since the death of Beethoven and will also make his US debut with the Naples Philharmonic (conducted by Andrey Boreyko).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, WTC, BWV 852
F. Liszt. “Chasse-neige” from the Transcendental Etudes for piano, S. 139, No. 12
F. Chopin. Etude in F major, op. 10, No. 8
P. Tchaikovsky. “Meditation”, op. 72, No. 5
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D major, op. 39, No. 9

Round II
J. Brahms. Rhapsodie in B minor, op. 79 No. 1
J. Brahms. Piano sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, op. 2
I. Stravinsky. Three movements from «The Firebird Suite» (arr. D. Agosti)
G. Faure. Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat minor, op. 63

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, op. 44
J. Brahms. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83

Tarasevich-Nikolayev Arsenij
Russia
Age: 26

From 2000 to 2011 he studied at the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Alexander Mndoyants). While still a student, he won several music competitions including the New Names International Competition of Young Musicians in Moscow (2008). In 2016 he graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 2018 he completed his postgraduate studies (class of Sergei Dorensky). Since 2017 has been a student of the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy).

Winner of the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow (2012). In 2013 won the 2nd prize and the Special Prize for his performance of Russian music at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and in 2014 he received the 2nd prize at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen. 2nd prize winner at the Sydney International Piano Competition (2016). Was awarded the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize (Siena, Italy, 2017).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prélude and Fuguein E-flat minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 853
W. A. Mozart. Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat minor, K. 333
P. Tchaikovsky. “Meditation”, op. 72, No. 5
F. Chopin. Etude in Cmajor, op. 10, No. 1
F. Liszt. Etude “Chasse-neige” from the Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 12
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableau in D major, op. 39, No. 9

Round II
S. Rachmaninoff. Six moments musicaux, op. 16
S. Rachmaninoff. Etudes-tableaux in C major, op. 39, No. 9
S. Prokofiev. Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, op. 39

Round III
L. V. Beethoven. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23

Beisembayev Alim
Kazakhstan
Age: 21

Born in Kazakhstan. In 2008 he won the International Television Contest for Young Musicians The Nutcrackerand moved to study at the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After two years of studying in Moscow, he moved to the UK to continue his studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians with Tessa Nicholson.

Prize-winner at the Franz Liszt International Junior Competition in Weimar and the Manchester International Concerto Competition. 1st prize winner at the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition.

Since September 2016 has studied with Tessa Nicholson at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, Book 1, BWV 853
L. van Beethoven. Sonata № 7 in D major, op. 10 No. 3
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne F major op. 10, No. 1
F. Liszt. “Chasse-neige” from the Transcendental Etudes for piano, S. 139, No. 12
F. Chopin. Etude in C major, op. 10 No. 7
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D major, op. 39 No. 9

Round II
D. Scarlatti. Sonata in Gmajor K 13; Sonata in Bminor K 87
R. Schumann. Etudes symphoniques, op. 13
S. Prokofiev. Visions Fugitives, op. 22 Nos. 1-8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 20
I. Stravinsky. Movements from “The Firebird Suite” (arr. D. Agosti)

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
L. van Beethoven. Piano Concerto No. 4, G major, op. 58

Fujita Mao
Japan
Age: 20

Began his piano studies at the age of three. Currently studies at the Tokyo College of Music.

Prize-winner at numerous national and international competitions such as the World Classic in Taiwan (2010, 1st prize in the Junior Section), the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna (Austria, 2013), the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians (2015), the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (USA, 2016) and many others. In 2017 he won the 1st prize as well as three special prizes at the Concours international de piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 865
W. A. Mozart. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka”, op. 59
F. Chopin. Etude in A minor, op. 25 No. 11
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, op. 39, No. 5
F. Liszt. Etude No. 10 in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139

Round II
A. Scriabin. Piano Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 in G-sharp minor, op.19
F. Chopin. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58
S. Prokofiev. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

Broberg Kenneth
USA
Age: 26

He began his piano studies with Dr. Joseph Zins. Graduated from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems. Since 2016 has been studying at the Park University in Parkville, Missouri under Stanislav Ioudenitch.

Won the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2017). He is also a prize winner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions.

In the 2018–2019 season he performs at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Festival Virée Classique and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major, WTC Bk 1, BWV 862
L. van Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, op 110
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D minor, op 39, No. 8
F. Chopin. Etude in E minor, op 25, No. 5
F. Liszt. Etude “Wild Jagd” from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 8
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka”, op. 59

Round II
J. S. Bach. Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
S. Barber: Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, op. 26
N. Medtner: Piano Sonata in E minor, op 25, No. 2

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, A minor, op. 43

Cano Smit Albert
Spain
Age: 22

Studied at the Montserrat Abbey School and the Chetham’s School of Music with Marta Karbownicka, Murray McLachlan, and Graham Caskie. Currently studies with Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He has also benefited from major artistic advice by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ferenc Rados, Stephen Hough, Kevin Kenner, Ilya Itin, Christian Blackshaw, Sergei Babayan and Richard Goode. Alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy.

1st prize winner at the Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition (2017). Finalist and Special Prize winner at the Concours musical international de Montréal (2017). Prize-winner of numerous piano competitions such as the Eugènia Verdet International Piano Competition (Barcelona, 2015), the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2014) and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Well Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 885, No.16
L. van Beethoven. Piano Sonata No 17, op. 31, No. 2
F. Chopin. Etude in B minor, op. 25, No.10
F. Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 10
P. Tchaikovsky. Romance, op. 51 No. 5
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in D major, op. 39, No. 9

Round II
J. S. Bach. “The Art of Fugue”,I, IV, II, V, IX сontrapunctus, BWV 1080
R. Schumann. Humoreske B-flat major, op. 20
A. Skryabin. Poeme in F-sharp major, op. 32, No. 1
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83

Round III
J. Brahms. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23

Harliono George
United Kingdom
Age: 18

He studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music in London. Attended master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Lang Lang and Vladimir Ovchinikov. Regularly performs at concert venues in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Has played with such orchestras as the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, the Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

Has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions throughout the world including the Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Utah and the Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C-sharpmajor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 872
L. van Beethoven. Piano Sonata No. 23 F minor (Appassionata), op. 57
P. Tchaikovsky. “Natha Valse”, op 51
F. Chopin Etude No. 5 e-moll, op. 25
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau A minor, op. 39, No. 6
F. Liszt. Etude “Harmonies du Soir” from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 11

Round II
I. Stravinsky. “Three Mouvements from Petushka”: Dance Russe, Chez Petrushka, La Semaine grasse
F. Liszt. Romance in E minor “O pourquoi donc”, S. 169
M. Mussorgsky. “Pictures from exhibition”

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

Daneshpour Sara
USA
Age: 32

Sara Daneshpour has studied under Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, under Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School and under Oleg Volkov. Since 2015 she has continued to study under Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Winner of the Astral Artists National Auditions (2010) and the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association (2013).

Won the 1st prize and Gold Medal at the International Russian Music Piano Competition (2007), the 2nd prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition (2007), the 1st prize at the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012) and the 3rd prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (2017). Prize-winner of the Seoul International Music Competition (2014).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 885
J. Haydn. Piano Sonata in F major, Hob. XVI: 23
P. Tchaikovsky – M. Pletnev. Suite from the Ballet "The Sleeping Beauty"
1. Prologue, 2. Dance of the page, 3. Vision, 4. Silver queen, 5. Finale
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in C Minor, op. 39, No. 1
F. Chopin. Etude in F major, op. 10, No. 8
Franz Liszt. “Gnomenreigen” from Two Concert Etudes, S.145

Round II
P. Boulez. «Incises» (version 2001)
J. S. Bach. “The Art of Fugue” (2 selections):
Canon per Augmentationem In Contrario Motu; Contrapunctus No. 4
F. Chopin. «Barcarolle», op. 84
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, op. 84

Round III
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23

Geniushene Anna
Russia
Age: 28

Graduated from the Moscow State Frederic Chopin College of Music (class of Irina Gabrielova) and from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Elena Kuznetsova). In 2017 she also completed her postgraduate studies with the same professor. Since September 2015 has participated in educational and concert programs of the St Petersburg House of Music.

2nd prize winner at the Città di Barletta Competition (Italy). Won the 1st prize and the Audience Prize at the Sheepdrove Piano Competition (UK). In 2018 she won the prestigious Patrons’ Award of the Royal Academy of Music and became a prize-winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition (UK).

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in F major, WTC 2, BWV 880
M. Clementi. Sonata in f sharp minor, op. 25 No. 5
F. Chopin. Etudein A flat major, op. 10 No. 10
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, op. 33 No. 5
F. Liszt. Etude in F minor from Transcendental Etudes, S. 139, No. 10
P. Tchaikovsky. Romance, in F major, op. 51 No. 5
P. Tchaikovsky. «Scherzo a la Ruse», op. 1

Round II
R. Schumann. Humoresque, op. 20
C. Debussy. «Berceuse heroique»
S. Prokofiev. Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, op. 84

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26

Kim Dohyun
Republic of Korea
Age: 24

In 2017 graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and entered the Juilliard School in New York. Winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions (New York, 2017).

Prize-winner of numerous Korean and American competitions. Attended master classes with Anne-Marie McDermott, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kirill Gerstein and Edward Auer. Participated in the Verbier Festival, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, the Gilmore Music Festival and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 849
V. A. Mozart. Piano sonata in F Major, K 332
S. Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableau in A minor, op. 39, No. 6
F. Chopin. Etude No. 8 in F Major, op. 10
F. Liszt. “Mazeppa” from the Transcendental Etudes for piano, S. 139 No. 4
P. Tchaikovsky. “Un poco di Chopin”, op. 72 No. 15
P. Tchaikovsky – M. Pletnev. Selections from “Nutcracker Suite”, op. 71
March; Sugar Plum Fairy; Tarantella; Trepak

Round II
F. Chopin. Barcarolle, op. 60
F. Chopin. 12 Etudes, op. 25
I. Stravinsky. Three Mouvements from “Petushka”: Dance Russe, Chez Petrushka, La Semainegrasse.

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
S. Prokofiev. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16

Lerman Anastasia
Russia
Age: 26

Fifth-year student of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 2018 she completed an internship with Martina Ruping (Berlin, Germany). Received a scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (2011).

Diploma recipient of the Rimsky-Korsakov Singing Competition (2018) and Three Centuries of Classic Romance Competition (2018). Prize-winner of the International Rachmaninoff Competition, the Serval International Competition, the Romansiada International Young Russian Romance Performers Competition and other competitions.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. W. A. Mozart. Pamina`s aria from the opera "The Magic Flute"
2. P. Tchaikovsky. "Lullaby", to lyrics by A. Maikov
3. G. Verdi. Gilyde's aria from the opera "Rigoletto"

Cherniy Daria
Russia
Age: 26

In 2016 graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Professor Irina Bogacheva).
In 2015 participated in the Academy of Russian Opera Singers at the Académie de l’Opéra de Monte Carlo, where she worked with Laurent Campellone and Corrado Rovaris.

Since August 2016 she has been a soloist of the Primorskaya Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

2nd prize winner at the VII Three Centuries of Classic Romance Festival (2014) and the Feruccio Tagliavini International Competition (Austria). In 2017 worked as a soloist at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Since the end of 2017 has been a soloist of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. C. W. Gluk. Recitative and Orpheus`s aria from the opera "Orpheus and Eurydice"
2. M. Glinka. Recitative and Vanya`s aria  from the opera "Ivan Susanin"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Reconciliation",  to lyrics by N. Scherbina

Vikulina Anna
Russia
Age: 28

Graduated from the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Music College (class of Lia Shevtsova), currently studies at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Professor Olga Kondina). In 2017 completed an internship with Martina Rüping at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Germany).

Prize-winner and diploma recipient of various international competitions such as the International Music Competition St Petersburg Christmas Assemblies (St Petersburg, 2015), Playing Slonimsky Festival-Competition of Performing Arts (St Petersburg, 2016), the International Rachmaninoff Music Competition (St Petersburg, 2016) and others.

Since 2016 has been a soloist of the Music Hall Theatre. Special Prize and diploma recipient at the I Georg Ots International Music Competition (St Petersburg, 2017).

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. I. S. Bach. Aria from Cantata No. 21 "Seufzer, Tränen"
2. N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Marfa’s aria from "The Tsar’s Bride"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Amid the dark days ...", to lyrics by D. Ratgauz

Agladze Elizaveta
USA
Age: 32

Graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice and Psychology. Received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Sciences from The George Washington University. Currently studies with Carlos Montané at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previous voice teachers include Elizabeth Bishop, Luis Ledesma, and others. She has performed the roles of Composer in R.Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos", Mère Marie in Poulenc's "Dialoges des Carmelites", Olga in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", the title role in Rossini's "La Cenerentola", and others.

In 2018 won third place in Dr. Luis Sigall's International Voice Competition in Chile. Has appeared at the Hudson Opera Theatre (New York, USA), the IU Opera and Ballet Theater (Indiana, USA), the Lyric Opera Studio (Weimar, Germany), OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program (California, USA), and many concert venues, including the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.  

PROGRAMME

Round I
1.  F. Cilea. Princesse's aria from the opera "Adriana Lecouvreur"
2. G. F. Handel - Serse`s aria from the opera "Serse"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Was I not a blade of grass in the meadow?", to lyrics by I. Surikov 

Konicheva-Aladyina Ekaterina
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated from the Music Theatre Department of the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts – GITIS (Roman Viktyuk’s course). Graduate of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre (2011) and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2013, class of Professor Irina Maslennikova).

From 2012 to 2014 was a soloist trainee at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre where she performed as Tamara in Rubinstein’s Demon. In 2015 worked at the Novaya Opera Theatre.

Performed as a soloist in major concert halls of Moscow. Prize-winner of the Festos Moscow Student Art Festival (Moscow, 2007 and 2010), the Bella Voce International Vocal Competition (Moscow, 2010), the XII Chaliapin Moscow Competition for Youth (Moscow, 2014).

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. G. F. Handel. Cleopatra's aria from the opera "Giulio Cesare"
2. P. Chaikovsky. Liza's aria from the opera "The Queen of Spades"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Does Day Reign" to lyrics by A. Apuchtin

Michailov Aleksander
Russia
Age: 28

Graduated from the Murmansk College of Arts (Choral Conducting Department) and the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (Vocal and |Stage Directing Department). Was a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre. Has participated in the Music Festival Stars of the White Nights in St Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival and the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok. Winner of the IV International Shtokolov Vocal Competition in St Petersburg (2014). Diploma recipient of the V International Georgy Sviridov Chamber Singing Competition.

Made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Hylas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. He has since appeared in more than 20 roles including Gabriele Adorno (in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra), Cassio (in Verdi’s Otello), Andrei Morozov (in Tchaikovsky’s The Oprichnik), Edgardo (in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor), Rinuccio (in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), Lensky (in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin) and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. W. A. Mozart. Tamino's aria from the opera "The Magic Flute"
2. G.Verdi. Macduff's aria from the opera "Macbeth"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "It was early spring", to lyrics by A. Tolstoy

Huang Junpeng
China
Age: 27

Graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His opera portfolio includes such roles as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Marchese d'Obigny in Verdi’s La traviata, Raimondo Bidebent in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and many others. In 2017 was invited by the UBC University of Canada to appear as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. W. A. Mozart. Doctor Bartolo’s aria from the opera "Le nozze di Figaro"
2. P. Tchaikovsky. King Rene’s arioso from the opera "Iolanta"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "Amid the din of the Ball", to lyrics by A. Tolstoy

Jo Pureum
Republic of Korea
Age: 30

Graduate of the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. From 2014 to 2016 studied at the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Made her debut at the San Francisco Opera as Dai Yu in Dream of the Red Chamber. Performed at the Spoleto Festival (USA), the Lincoln Center Festival and many others. At the Houston Grand Opera, she has performed the roles of Papagena and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the Rose in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. Won the 2nd prize at the Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2014). She is a recipient of the Anna Case MacKay Scholarship.

PROGRAMME

Round I
1. G. F. Handel. Cleopatra’s aria from the opera "Giulio Cesare"
2. P. Tchaikovsky. "Was I Not a Little Blade of Grass in the Meadow?", to lyrics by I. Surikov
3. Ch. Gounod. Marguerite’s aria from "Faust"

Miroslavskii Emil
Russia
Age: 27

Graduated from the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Alexei Utkin).

Currently he is a postgraduate student of the Conservatory. Performs solo and with chamber ensembles. Since 2013 has been a soloist and Concertmaster of the Oboe Group of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Pavel Kogan. Has worked with Alexei Utkin, Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Lazarev, Valery Gergiev, Pavel Kogan, Rudolf Buchbinder, Pinchas Zukerman, Tugan Sokhiev, Mario Brunello, Paavo Järvi and other renowned musicians of our time.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 5
H. Holliger. Etude No. 2 for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Philipp Adrien
Switzerland
Age: 28

Began his clarinet studies with René Meyer at Conservatoire populaire de musique, danse et théâtre de Genève. He also studied with the French clarinetist Romain Guyot at the Haute école de musique de Genève. He is now perfecting his skills with the Finnish soloist Björn Nyman at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Attended master classes with Sabine Meyer, Wenzel Fuchs, Calogero Palermo, François Benda and Harri Mäki.

He played with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier. In 2016 he participated in the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 2017 and 2018, he was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In 2014 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the Concours National d'Execution Musicale in Riddes, Switzerland.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Lefevre Marceau Gregoire Urbain
France
Age: 25

Graduated from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris where he studied with Laurent Lefèvre and Fany Maselli. In 2015 he entered the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker where he studied with Stefan Schweigert and toured for two years.

Prize-winner of international competitions. Regularly performs as a guest Principal Bassoon with major orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre national de France, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and other ensembles.

Since September 2017 he has been Principal Bassoon of the Brussels Philharmonic. He is also a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Chiesa Aron
Italy
Age: 22

Graduated from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali G. Briccialdi di Terni in 2013.

He received the National Arts Award presented by the Italian Ministry of Education.

Prize-winner of the International Clarinet Competition Ghent (Belgium, 2015 and 2017), the Valentino Bucchi International Competition in Rome, the Dimitri Ashkenazy Clarinet Competition in Grenchen (Switzerland, 2018), the Carl Nielsen International Competition (Denmark, 2019) and others.

Has played as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St Petersburg, the Copenhagen Philharmonic. He is now Principal Clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W.A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake».

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Blair Max Daniel
USA
Age: 28

Graduated from the Juilliard School in New York (classes of Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes).

In 2016 he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest Principal Oboe with the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. For two seasons he also served as Principal Oboe of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York City. Has spent recent summers at the Marlboro, Verbier, Aspen, and Spoleto (USA) music festivals. He plays in chamber music settings as well.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 11
H. Holliger. Etude No. 2 for oboe solo
H. Dutilleux. Sonata for oboe and piano

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and pian

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Pidoux Gabriel
France
Age: 23

Born and raised in Paris, Gabriel began his oboe studies with Helene Devilleneuve and continued with Jean-Claude Jaboulay and Nora Cismondi. He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree with Jacques Tys and David Walter at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.

Attended master classes with Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue, Jean-Louis Capezzali, Nicholas Daniel.

He often plays at French chamber music festivals (La Folle Journée, Festival de la Vézère, Pablo Casals Festival of Prades and others). Prize-winner of international competitions.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasie No. 8
H. Holliger. Etude no. 2 for oboe solo
C. Saint-Saens. Sonata for oboe and piano, op. 166

Round II
C.P.E. Bach. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in g minor, Wq 135
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and pian

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Jensen August Lange Finkas
Denmark
Age: 26

He started to play the clarinet at the age of eleven, continuing his studies under John Kruse at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Since 2016 he has studied with Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles.

He has played with the various orchestras in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and The United States. He has also given concerts as a soloist and as a member of the Emanon wind quintet.

He was offered the contract of Associate Principal of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, starting August 2019. Previously he held the same position at the Stavanger Symphony in Norway.

He is also a recipient of numerous of prizes and awards like Léonie Sonning Talent Prize, Carl Nielsen Talent Prize, Fulbright Scholarship and Victor Borge Scholarship (2018).

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”

Kim Seohyeon
Republic of Korea
Age: 17

Began her flute studies at the age of eight. In 2012 she joined the Seoul Arts Center Music Academy and in 2014 she entered the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. She is now studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with Philippe Bernold.

She won the Alexander & Bueno International Flute Competition in the USA (2013) and the Maru International Flute Competition in the Republic of Korea (2015). She also received the 2nd prize at the International Flute Competition in Singapore (2014) as well as the Special Prize at the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan (2017).

She has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Steinway Hall in Singapore.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 1 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
C. Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (arr. by D. Bouriakov, or any other arrangement, including candidate’s own)
T. Takemitsu. Voice

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Stevensson Sebastian Uno
Sweden
Age: 32

Studied with Professor Knut Sönstevold at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and continued his studies in Mannheim with Professor Ole Kristian Dahl.

In 2009 he started working at the Norwegian National Opera. One year later, he became Principal Bassoon of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 worked as Principal Bassoon with the Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of Valery Gergiev. As a guest Principal Bassoon, has played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and other ensembles.

1st prize winner at the Solistpriset Competition in Sweden and the Gillet-Fox Competition in New York.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Viland Sofiya
Russia
Age: 23

She studied at the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 2013 entered the Conservatory (class of Valentin Cherenkov). In 2013-2015 she also studied at the Musik-Akademie Basel (class of Felix Renggli). Has taken part in summer academies run by Felix Renggli, Andreas Blau, Stefán Höskuldsson, Andrea Lieberknecht, Kersten McCall, Visens Prats, François Laurent and William Bennett.

Diploma-recipient of the Rotary Competition in Moscow (2011). She also received the Grand Prix of the 21st Century Art Competition in Kiev (2012).

As a soloist and as part of a chamber ensemble, she performed at the Virtuosi of the Flute festival (St Petersburg, 2016) and the Kissinger Sommer (Germany, 2017). Since 2013 she has been Principal Flute of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 3 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
E. Carte. Scrivo in Vento

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Kreshchenskyi Mark
Ukraine
Age: 27

Graduated from the Lysenko Special Music School in Kiev and the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (class of Professor Volodymyr Apatsky). While still a student, performed with European Youth Orchestras (the CEI Youth Orchestra, the I, CULTURE Orchestra) and attended master class with renowned bassoonists such as Eberhard Mar-schall, Marc Engelhardt, Meyrick Alexander, David Peterson.

Prize-winner of all-Ukraine and international competitions.

In 2011-2012 was a member of the K&K Philharmoniker (Lviv). From 2012 to 2014 was Concertmaster of the Bassoon Section of the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine as well as a member of the Nostri Temporis ensemble. Since 2014 has been a soloist of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Marinesku Alexander
Russia
Age: 31

In 2007 he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Olga Ivusheikova and Oleg Khudyakov). He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany (class of Renate Greiss-Armin) and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, Germany (class of Davide Formisano).

In 2013 he received the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung scholarship.

Prize-winner at the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow (1st prize, 2007), the International Theobald Böhm Competition for Flute in Munich (Special Jury Prize, 2011) and the International Gazzelloni Flute Competition (2nd prize, 2013 and 1st prize, 2017).

As a guest Principal Flute, has collaborated with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the SWR Symphonieorchester (Stuttgart). Since 2013 he has been a soloist and leader of the flute section of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
Y. Nagovitsyn. Sonata for flute and piano
C. Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
I. Yun. Etude no 5 for solo flute.

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Lee Eun Ho
Republic of Korea
Age: 29

Born in Seoul, Republic of Korea. At the age of 15, he was taught to play bassoon by his uncles Hongjin Kim and Yungseok Cho, musicians of the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, Jon Ho entered Seoul National University. A year later, he became a student of the University of Munich Music and Performing Arts, class of Professor Eberhard Marschall, which he successfully graduated in 2016.

Since then he has been attending master classes of Professor Dag Jensen at the Munich High School of Music and Theater. Lee Jon-ho performs with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (solo bassoon), the Munich Symphony Orchestra (solo bassoon), the Bach Munich College (solo bassoon), the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wonju (solo bassoon).

PROGRAMME

Round I
W.A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 10 № 1

II Round
Paul Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P.I. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest)
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

III Round
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 23.

Yoon Sooyun
Republic of Korea
Age: 27

Graduated from the Yewon School and the Seoul Arts High School, where she studied with Wansu Mok and Hyunok Lee. She also earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Oboe Performance at the Yonsei University under Seokyu Lee. She is now pursuing her Master of Music Degree in Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Professor Mario Kaminski.

She has performed with the Suwon Academy Orchestra and the Seoul Arts High School Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

Won many national and international competitions including the Seoul National Wind Music Competition, the Kyungwon University Music Competition, the Yonsei University Wind Music Competition, the Osaka International Music Competition and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasy No. 2
N. Castiglioni. «Alef» for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
B. Britten. Temporal Variations for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Maiseyenka Anton
Belarus
Age: 26

Graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Evgeny Petrov) and from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2018 has been an assistant trainee.

Winner of prestigious competitions such as the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (the UK, 2012) and the Beijing International Music Competition (China, 2013).

He is also a composer, co-founder of Duo Inspiro ensemble and SoundOut project. Held a series of master classes in Minsk, Yerevan, Pyongyang and Tashkent and at the Innovative School of Performing Arts.

He is Principal Clarinet with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev. Has performed at major concert halls in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, China and the USA.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”

Ueno Michiaki
Japan
Age: 23

Born in Paraguay. He started playing cello at the age of five. In 2009 he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. A year later he became the youngest 1st prize winner at the Bucharest International Music Competition.

In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition.

He gave his debut concert at the Suntory Hall at the age of 11. Since then he has performed with numerous orchestras, such as the New Japan Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

He studied at the Toho Gakuen Soloist Diploma Course under Hakuro Mori. In 2017 he completed his Konzer texamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf summa cum laude and is pursuing his studies with Pieter Wispelwey.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119

Round II
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D. 821
B. Martinu. “Variations on a Theme of Rossini” for cello and piano, H. 290
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 19, third movement “Andante”
I. Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella”
(arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

Gerassimez Wassily
Germany
Age: 27

Received his Bachelor’s degree under Professor Peter Bruns in Leipzig since 2019 has studied for his a Master’s degree under Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in Berlin.

Won 1st prizes at the German National Music Competition, the Liezen International cello Competition (Austria), the International Dotzauer cello Competition (Dresden, Germany) and many other prestigious competitions. Wassily has been composed music since his youth.

PROGRAMME

Round I
B. Martinu. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
R. Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, op. 70
P. Vasks. Book for cello solo: first movement Fortissimo

Round II
W. Gerassimez. “Constantinople“ for cello solo
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40: first movement Allegro non troppo and second movement Allegro
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 3 in А major for cello and piano, op. 69
K. Penderecki. “Capriccio for Siegfried Palm” for cello solo
P. Sarasate. “Spanish Dances”, op. 23: sixth movement Zapateado
(arranged for cello by W. Thomas-Mifune)

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Cohen Weissert Elia
Israel
Age: 24

Began studying cello at the age of seven at the Jerusalem Conservatory and merely two years afterwards, she received an honorary scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. She completed her Bachelor’sDegreein the class of Professor Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since October 2016 she has studied at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo in the class of Gary Hoffman and Jeroen Reuling.

Performed at several famous music festivals such as the Verbier Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival.She has regularly performed in Europe as well as in Russia, Israel and the United States of America as a chamber musician and as a soloist.

Received many prizes at various national and international competitions.

Plays a cello made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1833).

PROGRAMME

Round I
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 3 in B flat Major for solo cello, op. 25
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 4 in E flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo Capriccioso”, op. 62
F. Chopin. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 65

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119
F. Schubert. Sonata in A minor for cello and piano (“Arpeggione”), D821
G. Rossini. “Une Larme”, theme and variations for cello and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
E. Elgar. Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85

Lee Jeonghyoun
Republic of Korea
Age: 27

Began playing the cello at the age of seven. She made her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic only two years later. She was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 10 and studied there with Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. She studied with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School in New York and pursued an Advanced Performance Diploma under the guidance of Christoph Richter at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

She is the winner of the International ISANGYUN Competitionin Korea, as well as a laureate of the 1st Queen Elisabeth Competition. Has successfully made her debut with the Brussels Philharmonic with Augustin Dumay.

Performed at various prestigious festivals such as the Music @ Menlo, La Jolla Summer fest, the Music from Angel Fire, and Marlboro Music Festival.

She plays a Francesco Stradivaricello on loan from an anonymous sponsor. 

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 4 in E-flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010
P. Tchaikovsky. Pezzo capriccioso, op. 62
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
F. Poulenc. Sonata for cello and piano

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 5 in D major for cello and piano, op.102
G. Cassado. "Dance of the Green Devil" for cello and piano
I. Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella”
(arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)
S. Barber. Sonata for cello and piano in C minor, op. 6, first movement Allegro ma non troppo

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
W. Lutoslawski. Concerto for cello and orchestra

Sato Haruma
Japan
Age: 21

Graduated from the School of Musicat the Tokyo University of the Arts.He is now studying with Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Took part in master classes with Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Gustav Rivinius, Hans Jensen and Jean-Guihen Queyras.

As a soloist, he has performed with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio. Won 1st prizes at the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin and the XI Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.

Performed at various international festivals such as the Allegro Vivo Festival (Austria), the International Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg and the Summer Festival at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
B. Britten. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 65

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, op. 102
A. Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, op. 129
B. Martinu. Variations on a Theme of Rossini for cello and piano, H. 290

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

Haga Sandra Lied
Norway
Age: 25

Began playing the cello at the age of three. Her main teacher until 2015 was Truls Mork. She later studied with Frans Helmerson and Torleif Thedeen. She has been mentored by Lars Anders Tomter for the last four years.

Had her debut at Wigmore Hall aged 12, and since has performed at major concert halls all over Europe and beyond. She is a winner of the Young Musician –Tallinn, Your Chance International Music Festival in Moscow, the Padova International Music Competition and the Heran Cello Competition in the Czech Republic.

PROGRAMME

Round I
C. Franck. Sonata in A major for violin and piano, FWV 8
(arranged for cello and piano by Jules Delsart)
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 4 in D minor for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 19, third movement Andante
F. Chopin. “Introduction and Polonaise brillante”
(arranged by Maurice Gendron and Jean Francaix), op. 3

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

Mizuno Yuya
Japan
Age: 21

In 2018 he graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music, where he studied under Professor Sumiko Kurata. He currently studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Musicin Budapest under Professor Miklós Perényi. In 2015 he won the 1st prize and Audience Prize at the 13th Tokyo Music Competition. In 2017 he participated in the Queen Elisabeth Competition and was the youngest participant.

He attended master classes and lessons of Professor Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Michal Kanka, Miklós Perényiand Mario Brunello.

Performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra at various music halls across Japan.

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 6 in A-flat major for solo cello, op. 25
C. Debussy. Sonata D minor for cello and piano, L.135
G. Cassado. Suite for solo cello

Round II
L. van Beethoven. Sonata No. 4 in C major for cello and piano, op. 102
G. Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
B. Martinu. “Variations on a Theme of Rossini” for cello and piano, H. 290

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
E. Elgar. Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85

Fung Zlatomir
USA
Age: 20

Graduated from the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He studied with such teachers as Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, Julie Albers. Participated in master classes with Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis.

Performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra (conducted by Itzhak Perlman), the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky), the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Markand Thakar), the Santa Cruz Symphony (conducted by Daniel Stewart) and many others.

Won 1st prizes at the George Enescu International Cello Competition (2016), the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition and many other prestigious international cello competitions.

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op.62
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 9 in D major for solo cello, op. 25
A. Scriabin. “Poem”, op. 32, No. 1 (arranged for сello by Gregor Piatigorsky)
E. Carter. Figment No. 1 for cello solo
S. Tsintsadze. Five pieces on Folk Themes for cello and piano

Round II
L. Berio. Sequenza No. 14 for solo cello
A. Arensky. Morceaux for cello and piano, op. 56
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 1 in E minor for cello and piano, op. 38
G. Faure. “Papillon”, piece for cello and piano, op. 77

Round III
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 2, op. 126
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33

An Teaa
Republic of Korea
Age: 29

Graduated from the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul. Continued her opera studies with Professor Hendrikje Wangemann and Professor Olaf Bär at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. In 2018 attended a master class with Professor Edward Randall. She appeared as a soloist at the Semperoper Dresden with the orchestra of the Staatsoperette in Dresden and at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.

Winner of the 3rd prize at the International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition. Presently she is a guest soloist at the Staatsoperette Dresden.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. F. Handel. Juno’s aria from oratorio "Semele"
P. Tchaikovsky. "None But The Lonely Hearts" to lyrics by H. Heine translated by L. Mai
G. Bizet. Carmen’s aria from the opera "Carmen"

Batrakova Anastasia
Russia
Age: 27

Graduated from the Moscow Gnessin Middle Special School of Music (class of Gennady Sha-min) and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Valery Popov).

Prize-winner of international competitions. Was a soloist of the Veritas Orchestra under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev (2009-2012). Regularly participates in international projects of the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Alexei Utkin. From 2012 to 2018 was a soloist of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Founding member of the woodwind ensemble Conoro Quintet and the Alta Capella ensemble. Since 2017 has also been a member of the Norwegian ensemble of modern music Arktisk Sinfonietta.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No.4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Vaganov Nikita
Russia
Age: 30

He studied at the Moscow Gnessin Musical College under Vladimir Ferapontov, at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) under Professor Reiner Wehle and at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid (Spain) under Adolfo Garcés. In 2014 he received his Master’s Degree at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (class of Professor Norbert Kaiser). Participated in master classes with Sabine Meyer, Eduard Brunner, Vicente Alberola and Sergio Bosi.

Prize-winner at the I All-Russian Clarinetists Competition in Moscow (1st prize, 2003), the Possehl Young Performers Competition in Lübeck (1st prize, 2009), Lion’s Club Young Woodwind Performers Competition in Stuttgart (1st prize, 2012). He is a grant-recipient of Nikolai Shilin’s Russian Foundation Our Culture and Legacy as well as German foundations supporting young performers including those of Oscar and Vera Ritter and Maria Luisa.

Since 2013 he has been a soloist of the clarinet section of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Choi Naeun
Republic of Korea
Age: 26

Began playing the oboe at the age of 10. She studied at the Sunhwa Arts School and then entered the Korea National University of Arts where she currently studies with Professor Ingo Goritzki and Hag-young Kim. She performs with various orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

Prize-winner at national competitions such as the Music Education News, the Seoul National University Competition and many others.

As a soloist, has played with the Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Participated in master classes with Olivier Doise, Yun-jeong Lee and annually attended summer oboe camp with Hag-young Kim.

PROGRAMME
Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No.8
L. Berio. Sequenza VII for oboe solo
P. Sancan. Sonatine for oboe and piano

Round II
F. Couperin. Concert Royal No. 14, d minor
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and pian

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Alakina Olga
Russia
Age: 31

Graduated with honors from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory (class of Professor Liliya Belova). In 2018 completed her assistantship course.

Grand Prix winner at the Music of the Stars Spivakov International Competition (Saratov, 2015). Won 1st prizes at the Shpiller All-Russian Vocal Competition (Moscow, 2015) and the International Shtokolov Vocal Competition (St Petersburg, 2018). Had an internship with Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli and Cecilia Bartoli in Zurich (Switzerland, 2013-2014).

Received a scholarship for Young Culture and Art Workers from the Government of Russia (2016, 2018) as well as a scholarship from the Governor of Saratov (2017). Since 2011 has been a soloist of the Schnittke Saratov Regional Philharmonic.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

I. S. Bach. Aria from cantata No. 21 "Seufzer, Tränen"
P. Tchaikovsky. "The soul flew above heaven quietly", to lyrics by A.Tolstoy
G. Verdi. Scene and Leonora`s cavatina from the opera "The Troubadour"

Blanco Lewis Joidy Scarlet
Venezuela
Age: 27

She studied at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music and the National Academy of Flute in Venezuela with Professors José Medina and José Garcia. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree and at the Haute école de musique de Genève (class of Jacques Zoon), where she earned her Master en Interprétation degree.

Prize-winner of national and international flute competitions.

Participated in master classes with Philippe Bernold, James Galway, Peter Lukas Graf, Shigenori Kudo, Sarah Rumer, Michael Hasel and many others. She was the solo flute of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
Y. Kornakov. Sonata for Flute and piano N.1
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
E. Carter. Scrivo in Vento

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Kuznetsova Tamara
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Serebryakov Volgograd Conservatory in 2009 and from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.

Since 2014 has been a soloist of St Petersburg State Philharmonic for Children and Youth. Participated in master classes with such teachers and stage directors as Marina Shaguch, Elena Obraztsova, Makhvala Kasrashvili, Teimuraz Gugushvili, Tito Capobianco, Alessandro Svab.

Prize-winner of various international competitions.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

I. S. Bach. Aria from "Magnificat"
G. Verdi. Leonora's aria from the opera "The Power of Destiny"
P. Tchaikovsky. "To Forget so Soon", to lyrics by A. Apukhtin

Zhuravsky Lev
Russia
Age: 18

In 2006 he entered the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 2011 he began his studies in the clarinet class of Grigory Maliyev. Since 2018 he has been studying at the St Petersburg Conservatory with the same teacher.

He attended master classes with Heiner Schindler, Hedwig Swimberghe, Rosemary Brumbelow, Evgeny Petrov, Giora Feidman, Olli Leppäniemi, Ralph Manno.

In 2016 he won the Grand Prix at the St Petersburg Fanfares Competition and the 2nd prize at the Weber-сlarinet International Competition in Petrozavodsk. As a member of the wind quintet he won the Wind Ensembles Competition in Moscow (2018).

He played in the Netherlands and Switzerland. In September 2018 he toured in Asia with the Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Bashmet. Since 2017 he has been collaborating with the St Petersburg House of Music.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Arbona Lluch Ferran
Spain
Age: 22

He entered the Conservatori Professional de Música Mestre Vert de Carcaixent at age of 10 and graduated with honors. Attended master classes with professors Salvador Navarro, José Quilis, Enrique Pérez Piquer, Julia Heinen, Carlos Lacruz, Rafael Albert, Luis Miguel Méndez and Josep Fuster.

1st prize winner at the Ciudad de Xátiva Young Performers National Competition (2012), the Saverio Mercadante International Clarinet Competition in Bari (2012), the Mestre Vert International Chamber Music Competition (2013), the Clarinet World Congress Competition in Madrid (2015).

He has been a Principal Clarinet with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest. He is now a titular Principal Clarinet with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Demin Matvey
Russia
Age: 25

Studied at the Novosibirsk Special Music School (class of Nadezhda Furenkova). He continued his studies with Professor Andrea Lieberknecht. First, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover and then at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

Has won numerous competitions, such as the 1st prize at the International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition (Germany, 2013), the 2nd prize at the Deutscher Hochschulwettbewerb (2012), the 2nd prize (1st prize not awarded) and the Audience Prize at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf (2017).

Had been a solo flutist at the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra before he became a Co-Principal Flutist at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Has also appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and many others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26
Y. Nagovitsyn. Sonata for flute and piano
N. Paganini. La Campanella
L. Berio. Sequenza I for solo flute

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Baldanova Maria
Russia
Age: 30

Graduated from the Tchaikovsky College of Arts in Ulan-Ude and from the Vocal Department of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.

Prize-winner at the Elena Sharaeva Republican Vocal Competition (2012).

Diploma recipient of the Lhasaran Linhovoin International Competition (2013). Since 2018 has been a soloist of the Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

1. G. F. Hendel. Aria "Dignare" from cantata "Te Deum"
2. N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Lyubasha’s aria from "The Tsar’s Bride"
3. P. Tchaikovsky. "The night" to lyrics by J. Polonsky

Beverari Alessandro
Italy
Age: 31

In 2009 he graduated from the Conservatorio E.F. dall’Abaco di Verona (Italy). In 2008 he made his debut with the Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. From 2009 to 2011 he studied with Paolo Beltramini at the Conservatorio di Piacenza (Italy). From 2012 until 2016 he completed his Master’s Degree at the Haute école de musique de Genève with Romain Guyot. Since 2016 he has studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (class of Alessandro Carbonare).

One of his main interests is chamber music, he regularly plays with the pianists Miyuki Ishii, Jacopo Giacopuzzi and other ensembles. He was a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo conducted by Valery Gergiev, Jun Märkl and Andris Poga. Since 2017 he has been Principal Clarinet with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Prize-winner at various international competitions.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Chang Bizhou
China
Age: 30

Graduate of the Fudan University (Shanghai, China), where she received her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Economics degrees. She is currently pursuing Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where she received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance as well. Participated in master classes with Frederica von Stade and Martina Arroyo.

Has appeared as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites and Magda Sorel in The Consul with the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

She has attended festivals in the United States, Italy, Germany, Austria and China. Finalist of the Teatro alla Scala Academy of Lyric Opera Competition (2018).

PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. Puccini. Mimi's from opera "La Bohème"
W.A. Mozart. Fiordiligi’s aria from opera "Così fan tutte"
P. Tchaikovsky. " Was I not a blade of grass in the meadow? ", to lyrics by I. Surikov

Špačková Michaela
Czech Republic
Age: 25

After graduating from the Music Gymnasium in Prague and the Prague Conservatory, she went on to study at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Professor Volker Tessmann. Currently she coordinates her Master’s Degree studies in Berlin with a one-year Erasmus Program at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with Professor Laurent Lefèvre.

Prize-winner at international competitions, such as the Prague Spring International Music Competition, the Carl Maria von Weber International Music Competition, the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition, the International Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Muri, among others.

Performed as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie RheinMain and other ensembles.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Giannotti Raffaele
Italy
Age: 24

He began to practice bassoon with Professor Antonio Vergine and Claudio Gonella. He graduated with honors from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Verdi di Torino.

Prize-winner of national and international music competitions, such as the Magnificat Lupiae in Lecce, the Valeria Martina International Competition in Massafra, the Città del Barocco in Lecce and many others.

Has performed with numerous European orchestras. At 19 years old, was Principal Bassoon at the Opera di Firenze under the baton of Zubin Metha. In July 2016, at 21 years old, won the position of Principal Bassoon at the Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Minasova Anzhelika
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music (class of Natalia Pustovaya). In 2013/2014 joined the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Perfected her skills at master classes of Sergio Bertocchi and Fiorenza Cossotto (New Opera Ischia, 2008, 2010).

Since 2016 has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers. She made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Lucette in Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Prize-winner at the X International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers Competition (1st prize in Chamber Music and 3rd prize in Opera, Tikhvin, 2016). Diploma recipient at the V Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition (Moscow, 2014) and at the IV International Shtokolov Vocal Competition (St. Petersburg, 2014).

PROGRAMMS

Round I

J. S. Bach. Aria "Quia respexit" from "Magnificat"
P. Tchaikovsky. "The soul flew softly in heaven", to lyrics by A. Tolstoy
R. Leoncavallo. Nedda’s aria from the opera "I Pagliacci"

Yu Yuan
China
Age: 18

He currently studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et danse de Paris.

In 2017 he won the 1st prizes at the VII International Flute Competition in Kraków and at the IX Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2018 he received the Discovery Award at the International Classical Music Awards.

He receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and takes part in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. He also receives a scholarship from the Banque Populaire Foundation. He played in China, Japan, Singapore, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Slovenia, both as a soloist and with orchestras, such as the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 3 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
N. Paganini. “La Campanella”
T. Takemitsu. Voice

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Khismatullina Aigul
Russia
Age: 30

Graduate of the Nizhnekamsk Music College (Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance) and the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatory (Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance), where she also completed her postgraduate studies under Albina Shagimuratova.

Since 2017 has been a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre.

1st prize winner of the 56th Tenor Viñas Contest (Barcelona, 2019). Prize-winner at the Classics over Volga Festival (Tolyatti, 2013 and 2014), the II All-Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2014), the Boris Pokrovsky Competition (Moscow, 2014) and many others. She has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Christian Knapp, Pavel Smelkov, Valery Trubin-Leonov and Alim Shakhmametyev.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

W. A. Mozart. Aria of the Queen of the Night from "The Magic fluet"
G. Donizetti. Norina’s cavatina from the opera "Don Pasquale"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches", to lyrics by V. Sologub

Molletones Mendoza Etni Eliasib
Venezuela
Age: 28

He began his music studies at the age of nine at the Blanca Estrella de Méscoli Conservatory in Yaracuy, Venezuela. Then he continued his studies at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory and the Conservatoire de Strasbourg (class of Mario Caroli). Currently he studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany.

1st prize winner of numerous international competitions, such as the Jeune Flûtiste International Competition in Paris, the Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest, the Domenico Cimarosa International Flute Competition in Italy and many others. He worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel with whom he played at prestigious venues including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York among others.

He is currently Solo Flute at the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in Germany.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 1 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
T. Ichiyanagi. “In a Living Memory” for solo flute

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Djikoloum Armand Darom
France
Age: 24

Graduated from the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, where he studied with Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jerome Guichard. He then joined the Hochschule für Musik Saar (class of Philippe Tondre).

In 2017, he won the oboe audition of the Gewandhausorchester Academy.

Had the chance to play with such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Alan Gilbert and others.

Later he won the position of Solo Oboe at the Staatsoper Hannover. He worked with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Oper Frankfurt, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles where he is a regular guest as Solo Oboe. Won the 3rd prize and the Audience Prize at the 12th International Oboe Competition of Japan (2018).

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 2
H. Holliger. Etude No. 2 for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
F. Couperin. Concert Royal No. 14, d minor,
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
A. Dorati. Duo Concertante for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Tenyakova Olga
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire (class of Anna Panteleyeva). In 2015 completed her postgraduate studies at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Professor Svetlana Gorenkova).

2nd prize winner at the IV International Shtokolov Vocal Competition (2014). Winner of the Boris Pokrovsky Prize. 1st prize winner at the Romansiada International Young Russian Romance Performers Competition (Moscow, 2015) and at the New Opera World (Moscow, 2016).

In 2012-2013 was a guest soloist of the Sverdlovsk State Academic Musical Comedy Theatre. Since 2014 has been a soloist of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre. Guest soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

I. S. Bach. Aria from Cantata
A. Dvorjak. Rusalka’s aria from opera "Rusalka"
P. Tchaikovsky. "First Date", to lyrics by K. R.

Tichonov Ivan
Russia
Age: 25

Studied at the Urals Music College (class of Igor Paraschuk) and the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Evgeny Petrov).
Currently studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Evgeny Petrov.

Actively participates in international competitions and master classes. Prize-winner at the II All-Russian Music Competition (2016) and the VIII Moscow Conservatory’s International Competition for Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments (2016).

Won the 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the IV International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Wind Instruments (St Petersburg, 2017).

Since 2018 has been a soloist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ivan Rudin.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Motolygina Maria
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory. Currently is an assistant trainee at the Yekaterinburg State Conservatory.

From 2016 to 2018 was an artist of the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre where she took part in various performances including premieres. Since 2018 has been a member of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program and has been studying with Dmitri Vdovin, Makhvala Kasrashvili and Svetlana Nesterenko. Participated in master classes with Tamara Sinyavskaya, Silvana Bazzoni, John Norris, Ivari Ilja, Elizabeth Vidal, Paul Curran and Lyubov Orfenova.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

W. A. Mozart. Fiordiligi’s aria from "Così fan tutte"
P. Tchaikovsky. Nastasia’s aria from the opera "The Sorceress"
P. Tchaikovsky. "To Forget so Soon", to lyrics by A. Apukhtin

Kachurovskiy Evgeny
Russia
Age: 30

In 2018 graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Pyotr Skusnichenko, People’s Artist of Russia). Continued his studies at the Conservatory as an Assistant Trainee.

Participated in the Young Artist Program of the Bayerische Staatsoper (Germany, 2014/2015). Since 2016 has been a soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre.

Prize-winner at the 46th Festival and Competition of Graduate Vocalists of Higher Music Institutions of Russia (St Petersburg, 2018).

PROGRAMMS

Round I

R. Leoncavallo. The romance of Kaskar from the opera "Zaza"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Night", to lyrics by D. Rathaus
W. A. Mozart. Recitative and aria of Count Almaviva from the opera "Le Nozze di Figaro"

Sanchez Colmenares Sergio Alberto
Venezuela
Age: 29

Studied with Professor Ricardo Riveiro at the Conservatorio de Música Simón Bolívar. Three years later he continued his studies at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales. In 2017 he graduated from the Musikhochschule Lübeck (class of Professor Diethelm Jonas) completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree studies.

Prize-winner at international competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, 2017), the Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition (2014), the Chieri International Competition (Italy, 2011) and others.

Currently he is Principal Oboist at the Staatstheater Augsburg, Germany. As a guest Principal Oboist, he has performed with such orchestras as the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, the Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Staatsoper Hannover.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 10
L. Berio. Sequenza VII for oboe solo
C. Saint-Saens. Sonata for oboe and piano, op. 166

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
B. Britten. Temporal Variations for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Radzevich Yuriy
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated from the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Dmitri Krasnik) and entered the St Petersburg Conservatory in 2004 (class of Professor Kirill Sokolov). In 2012 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Conservatory.

Since 2007 has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Prize-winner of the Open Competition of Young Performers (St Petersburg, 1999), the International Dmitry Beda Competition (Lviv, 2000), the V Mravinsky Competition (St Petersburg, 2006), the II Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg, 2008). Won the Grand Prix at the 21st Century Art Competition (Vorzel, 2003). 1st prize winner at the Russian-German Gartow Stiftung Competition (2011).

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Zimina Natalia
Russia
Age: 31

Graduated from the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Art. From 2012 to 2014 she was a trainee at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre.
Made her operatic debut as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto at the Opera Centre, where she also appeared as Olga (in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin) and Ratmir (Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila).

In 2014 joined the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre as a trainee soloist, becoming a soloist in 2015.

Prize-winner at various international competitions such as the Singing Nightingale Competition (Pro-Grand Category, 2012, Grand Prix), the New Opera World (2016, 2nd prize), the XXXI Sobinov Vocal Competition (2018, 1st prize) and others.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

W.A. Mozart. Sesto’s aria from the opera "The Grace of Tita"
G. Verdi. Eboli’s aria from "Don Carlos"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Reconciliation" to lyrics by N. Shcherbina

Michalik Szymon Tadeusz
Poland
Age: 24

He began playing the bassoon at the age of 11 with Jan Słowik. In 2010-2013 he studied in Cracow with Zdzisław Bogacz. He studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the bassoon class of Artur Kasperek. He also studied with Professor Ole Kristian Dahl at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim.

In 2016-2017 he was Principal Bassoon of the National Music Forum in Wrocław. Since 2017 he has been Principal Bassoon of the Sinfonia Varsovia and guest Principal Bassoon of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.

Winner of the Michał Spisak International Competition (2018), the International Wind Instruments Competition in Brno (2017) and the Carl Maria von Weber International Music Competition in Wrocław (2016).

PROGRAMME
Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Dulaev Dzambolat
Russia
Age: 26

After graduating from Vladikavkaz Gergiev College of Arts, he completed the Preparatory Course of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Alexey Martynov). Since 2014 has been a student of Dmitry Bertman’s course at the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts – GITIS (class of Olga Mironova).

Winner of the 1st prize and Special Jury Prize at the Viva Vocals, Viva Artist All-Russian Competition in Opera Category (2015) and the 1st prize in Operetta Category (2017). Won the Young Singers Competition of the III International Tchaikovsky Music Festival in Klin (2017).

PROGRAMMS

Round I

W.A. Mozart. Figaro’s cavatina from the opera "Le nozze di Figaro"
S. Rachmaninoff. Aleko’s cavatina from the opera "Aleko"
P. Tchaikovsky. "The Heroic Deed", to lyrics by A. Khomyakov

Pires Fernandes Sérgio
Portugal
Age: 23

Graduated from the Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá in Guimarães (Portugal), where studied with Vitor Matos. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik der Stadt Basel with François Benda.

Prize-winner of numerous competitions, including such competitions as the Paços Premium International Music Competition (2008), the Marco Fiorindo International Music Competition (2012), the Czech Clarinet Art Competition (2013), the Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition (2017).

Performs as a soloist as well as with orchestras and chamber ensembles. Principal Clarinet with the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur (Switzerland).

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Shkaptsov Arseniy
Russia
Age: 26

Began his bassoon studies in Orel with Valery Allakhverdyan. In 2007 he joined the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Stanislav Katenin). In 2011 entered the Lugano Conservatory, Switzerland (class of Gabor Meszaros).

Participated in international festivals, such as the Usedom Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn. Prize-winner at international competitions including the Silver Tuning Fork (Orel, 2006), the Concertino Praga (Prague, the Czech Republic, 2010), the Citta di Chieri (Chieri, Italy, 2012), the Lucerne Music Competition (Switzerland, 2016).

Soloist of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Symphonisches Orchester Zürich.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Ablaeva Emilia
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated with honors from the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine (Kiev) studying under Professor Evdokia Kolesnik (2012). Currently she continues her studies as a postgraduate student.

At the IV Mikhailov International Competition of Young Opera Singers in Kaluga in 2014, she won the 2nd prize in Chamber Singing and received a diploma in Opera Singing.

In 2015 she was awarded a diploma and Best Interpretation prize for a Rimsky-Korsakov’s song at the IX International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera Singers in Tikhvin. She also received a diploma at the II Opera Without Borders Competition for Young Opera Singers in Krasnodar. Prize-winner at the X Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2015).

Has given recitals in Macedonia, Turkey, Romania and Germany. Since 2013 she has been a soloist at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

C. V. Gluck. Alcesta`s aria from the opera "Alcesta"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Say what in the shadow of the branches", to lyrics by V. Sologub
R. Wagner. Princess Elisabeth’s entrance from the opera "Tannhäuser"

Jeon Jisu
Republic of Korea
Age: 24

Graduated from the Seoul National University (classes of Kwak Jung-sun and Kim Hyung-chan). In 2017 entered the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

1st prize winner at the Seoul University Competition (2012) and the Dong-A Competition in Korea (2015). In 2014 won the 3rd prize at the Osaka International Competition. Performed with the Yongin Youth Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Orchestra.

Attended master classes with Sergio Azzolini, Bence Boganyi, Pierre Martens, Tomas Frantis, Ondrej Rokovec.

PROGRAMME
Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Duleba Lívia
Hungary
Age: 29

She completed her university studies with honors at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (class of Professor János Bálint).

Prize-winner at many international competitions, such as the ARD International Music Competition (Germany), the Prague Spring International Music Competition (the Czech Republic), the International Flute Competition in Kraków (Poland) and many others. In 2016 and 2017 she received the Annie Fischer Scholarship.

She has worked with many national and international orchestras, including the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. She regularly performs with chamber orchestras and modern ensembles. Has participated in various festivals as a soloist and as a founding member of the Wind Quintet Budapest.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Melancolique, op. 26
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
E. Carte. Scrivo in Vento

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Peryazev Gleb
Russia
Age: 24

Graduated from the Music Department of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (class of Vladimir Vaneyev, People's Artist of Russia).

From 2015 to 2017 was a soloist of the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music (Artistic Director: Ildar Abdrazakov). In 2016 made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as December in Shchedrin’s A Christmas Tale. Has performed at the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany), the Teatro Amintore Galli (Rimini, Italy) and the Greek National Opera.

In August 2018 reached the semifinals of the Operalia, the World Opera Competition in Lisbon (Portugal). Has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Marco Armiliato, Massimo Zanetti and many others.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. Verdi. Banco’s aria from the opera "Macbeth"
W. A. Mozart. Figaro’s cavatina from the opera "Le nozze di Figaro"
P. Tchaikovsky. "I Bless You, Forests", to lyrics by A.Tolstoy

Kim Brian
Australia
Age: 19

Began his flute studies at the age of 10. Currently he is studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with Professor Philippe Bernold.

Participated in master classes with Susan Milan, Jim Walker, Thies Roorda, Aldo Baerten, Jane Rutter, Geoffrey Collins and Michael Scott.

Won the 1st prize at the Brisbane International Youth Music Festival Competition (2016) and the Australian Flute Festival’s Young Artist Competition (2013 and 2015). In 2011 he won the prestigious Alf and Pearl Pollard Award.

He actively performs as a soloist and as a member of various chamber music groups and orchestras.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 2 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
E. Denisov. Sonata for flute and piano
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
T. Takemitsu. Voice

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in D minor, Wq. 22 (H.425)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Descours Lola
France
Age: 31

Graduated from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (class of Marc Trénel). She also studied with Dag Jensen and Gustavo Nunez.

Prize-winner of international competitions, such as the International Double Reed Society Competition (2009 and 2018), the International Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Muri (Switzerland, 2016), the Crusell International Bassoon Competition (Finland, 2011), the Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition in Łódź (Poland, 2011). She currently teaches bassoon at the Pôle supérieur of Aix en Provence.

A solo bassoon at the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester (Germany). She played for 10 years with the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi and Daniel Harding’s artistic direction. Regularly plays with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, op. 191
P. Tchaikovsky. Nocturne, op. 19 No. 4

Round II
M. Bitsch. Concertino for bassoon and orchestra
P.Bonneau. Caprice en forme de Valse
P. Tchaikovsky. "August" (Harvest), arranged by I. Kostlan
G. Jacob. Partita for solo bassoon

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
J. Hummel. Grand Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, S 63/Woo 2

Fedorov Alexey
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (2011) and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (2013). Prize-winner at all-Russian and international competitions. Recipient of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung Scholarship (Germany).

Attended master classes with Alexei Utkin, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Christian Wetzel, Ingo Goritzki. Took part in the German Children Philharmonic projects.

From 2011 to 2013 he was a trainee with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2013 has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 3
N. Castiglioni. «Alef» for oboe solo
H. Dutilleux. Sonata for oboe and piano

Round II
А. Vivaldi. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in c minor, RV 53
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
B. Britten. Temporal Variations for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292

Ulakhnovich Elizaveta
Russia
Age: 26

After finishing her 3rd year at the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in St Petersburg, she entered the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Evgeniya Gorokhovskaya, People’s Artist of Russia). In 2016 joined the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program under Dmitri Vdovin.

3rd prize winner at the IX Ubel Swallow Monyushko International Competition (Minsk, 2013). Special prize winner at the Ismaele Voltolini International Young Opera Singers Competition (Buscoldo di Curtatone, Italy, 2016).

Participated in master classes with such teachers as Irina Bogacheva, Lyubov Orfenova and Semyon Skigin (Russia), Alessandro Amoretti, Giulio Zappa and Franco Pagliazzi (Italy), Elizabeth Vidal (France) and others.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. F. Handel. Cleopatra's aria from the opera "Giulio Cesar in Egypt"
G. Donizetti. Adina's aria from the opera "L'elisir d'amore"
P. Tchaikovsky. "If I Knew", to lyrics by A.Tolstoy

Eletskiy Sergei
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Vladimir Ferapontov) and from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Evgeny Petrov). He also studied at Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) with Professor Reiner Wehle.

Prize-winner of numerous international competitions such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany (2nd prize, 2012), the Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense, Denmark (1st prize, 2013), the International Clarinet Competition Ghent in Belgium (1st prize, 2015).

Has taken part in various international festivals including the Festival Radio France, the Colmar International Music Festival (France), the Diaghilev Festival, the Bornholm Music Festival (Denmark) and many others.

Soloist of the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, the musicAeterna Orchestra and the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Krimer Alexander
Germany
Age: 23

Began playing the oboe at the age of 10 with Heinrich Kreipl in Bonn. Currently he studies with Professor Diethelm Jonas at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and with Professor Jacques Tys at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. Since summer 2018 he has studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig with Professor Nick Deutsch.

Since 2019 he has been a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan.

Has won a number of competitions as an oboist and a pianist. Participated in master classes with different teachers such as Maurice Bourgue, Hans Jörg Schellenberger, Albrecht Mayer, Stefan Schilli, Nick Deutsch, Dudu Carmel, Ivan Podyomov, Alexei Ogrintchouck and Matthias Bäcker.

PROGRAMME

Round I
G. Telemann. Fantasia No. 8
N. Castiglioni. «Alef» for oboe solo
F. Poulenc. Sonata for oboe and piano, FP 185

Round II
C.P.E. Bach. Sonata for oboe and basso continuo in g minor, Wq 135
R. Schumann. 3 romances for oboe and piano, op. 94
B. Britten. Temporal Variations for oboe and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”.
R. Strauss. Concerto for oboe and orchestra, TrV 292.

Chibirov Shota
Russia
Age: 29

Graduated from the Vladikavkaz Gergiev College of Arts (class of Nelly Khestanova) in 2009 and from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Anatoly Kiselyov) in 2015.

From 2015 to 2018 continued his studies at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers with Grayr Khanedanian. Since February 2019 has been a soloist of the Helikon-Opera Moscow Theatre (Artistic Director: Dmitry Bertman).

Winner of the V International Pavel Lisitsian Vocal Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2017), the VI International Shtokolov Vocal Competition (St Petersburg, 2018) and the José Carreras Grand Prix of the International Tenor Competition.

PROGRAMMS

Round I

W. A. Mozart. Aria of Ferrando from the opera "Così fan tutte"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Again, As Before, Alone", to lyrics by D. Rathaus
S. Rachmaninoff. Romance of the Young Gypsy from the opera "Aleko"

Vovchenko Aleksey
Russia
Age: 25

From 2008 to 2012 studied at the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2017 graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Evgeny Petrov). He is currently an assistant trainee in the class of Evgeny Petrov.

Prize-winner of numerous international competitions, including the VII Symphony International Competition for Young Musicians in Volgograd (2nd prize, 2010), the VIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow (1st prize in the Wind Instruments nomination, 2011), the Shtark All-Russian Clarinetists Competition in Moscow (Grand Prix, 2014), the VIII Moscow Conservatory’s International Competition for Performers on Wind and Percussion Instruments (1st prize, 2016). In 2017 won the 4th prize at the IV International Clarinet Competition Ghent (Belgium).

Since 2018 has been participating in the St Petersburg House of Music programs and master classes.

PROGRAMME

Round I
W. A. Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, K. 622 (Allegro)
I. Stravinsky. 3 pieces for clarinet solo
P. Tchaikovsky. «Russian Dance» from «Swan Lake»

Round II
R. Schumann. «Fantasiestucke» for clarinet and piano, op. 73
E. Denisov. Sonata for clarinet solo
J. Verdi – L. Bassi. Concert Fantasia on Motives from “Rigoletto”

Round III
C. Debussy. Premiere Rhapsodie
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky Aria from “Eugene Onegin”
G. Rossini. Introduction Theme and Variations

Saito Shino
Japan
Age: 27

Earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Tokyo University of the Arts. She continued her studies at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (Austria) with Karl-Heinz Schütz, Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer and Gottfried Pokorny.

Participated in master classes with Jacques Zoon, Denis Bouriakov, Mathieu Dufour and Michael Martin Kofler.

Won the 2nd prize and the Audience Award at the Japan Woodwind Competition (2014). Finalist of the Japan Flute Convention (2011) and the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition (2015). Since 2017 she has received the Hironao Seki Memorial Culture and Arts Foundation scholarship.

As a soloist, has performed with the Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra and the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J.S. Bach. Partita in a minor for solo flute
V. Tsybin. Concert Allegro No. 3 for flute and piano

Round II
Р. Tchaikovsky. Serenade Mélancolique, op. 26 (arr. in F minor by D. Bouriakov)
S. Prokofiev. Sonata for solo flute, op. 115
T. Boehm. Grande Polonaise
T. Takemitsu. Voice

Round III
C.P.E. Bach. Concerto for flute and orchestra in A minor, Wq. 166 (H.430)
P. Tchaikovsky. Lensky aria - Paraphrase d'Eugène Onenguine (arr. by G. Braunstein)
P. Tchaikovsky. Violin Concerto in D Major, arranged for flute in F major by D. Bouriakov
III mov. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Fenina Ekaterina
Russia
Age: 27

In 2015 graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Professor Svetlana Gorenkova) and in 2017 completed her postgraduate studies at the Conservatory (class of Professor Irina Bogacheva). Studied privately with Franco Pagliazzi, participated in master classes with Neil Shicoff, had an internship at the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala. Since 2015 has been a soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theatre (St Petersburg).

1st prize winner at the VII St Petersburg International Opera Singers Competition (2015). Winner of the Youth Award of the Government of St Petersburg (2017). Participated in the gala concert of the Three Centuries of Classic Romance Festival and the Rubinstein Chamber Music Festival (2013).

Kupriyanov Vladislav
Russia
Age: 25

Graduated from the Perm Music College and the Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture. Had an internship at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary with Stephen Morscheck, a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera.

From 2014 to 2016 was a soloist of the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 2017 has been a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre. Made his debut at Mariinsky Theatre as Grigory Gryaznoy in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride during the Music Festival Stars of the White Nights. Participated in the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok.

Prize-winner at various international competitions. Has toured in Germany and Hungary. Guest soloist of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Germany).

Stavrakakis Alexandros
Greece
Age: 30

Graduated from the Athens Conservatoire (class of Despina Kalafatis) in 2014. Winner of the Maria Callas Scholarship. Continued his studies with Lyudmila Ivanova and Matthias Henneberg at the Dresden Music Academy. Attended master classes with Paata Burchuladze, Giacomo Aragall, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dimitri Kavrakos, Deborah Polaski, Marina Krilovici and Elena Obraztsova.

In 2016-18 was a soloist of the Junges Ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden.

A soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia since 2018/19 season. Has performed Verdi's Requiem at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Took part in performances of the Greek National Opera, appeared in radio and TV broadcasts and in recitals in Athens, Dresden, Berlin, Istanbul and many other cities. Prize-winner at various international competitions.

Gil Byeong Min
Republic of Korea
Age: 25

Studied at the Seoul National University’s College of Music. Attended the Oxford Lieder Festival’s Residential Mastercourse. His competition successes include the 1st prize at the Opera Crown International Voice Competition in Tbilisi, the International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna, the Monte Carlo Voice Masters in Monaco, the International Singing Competition of Toulouse in France and other major singing competitions.

Appeared in recitals at the Kukje Art Center in Seoul and at the Oxford Lieder Festival. He will join the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme for the 2019/20 season.

Piyazov Jenisbek
Uzbekistan
Age: 31

Graduated from the Vocal Department of the Nukus Shamuratov College of Arts (class of A. Kaliev) and from the Uzbekistan State Conservatory (class of Professor S. Tsoi). Won the 1st prize at the Republican Vocal Competition, the XII Kazakh Romansiada International Competition, the XIII Romansiada International Young Russian Romance Performers Competition in Moscow. Grand Prix winner of the Muslim Magomaev International Vocalists Contest (2012).

Has participated in various festivals in France, Spain, Malaysia, Germany and Portugal. Took part in The Big Opera TV project on the Russia-Kultura TV Channel (2014). Student of the Accademia d'Arte Lirica di Osimo (Italy).

Sannikova Ekaterina
Russia
Age: 26

A graduate of the Tver Music College (bachelor’s degree in Acting) and St. Petersburg Conservatory (master’s degree in Vocal Performance). She sang on St. Petersburg’s most prestigious stages, such as St. Petersburg State Philharmonia, St. Petersburg Capella, Music Hall Theater, Zazerkalye Theatre and Conservatory’s Studio Theatre. Performed at the Stars of the White Nights Festival Gala Concert, conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev, at the III Mariinsky International Far East Festival and on Mariinsky historic stage.

A first prize winner at the festival-competitions such as the Three Centuries of Russian Romances (St. Petersburg, 2016), Romansiada” (Moscow, 2016), Star Rhapsody (St. Petersburg, 2016) and others. Since 2017 has been a fellow at the Atkins Young Artists Program at Mariinsky Theatre.

Lee Myonghyun
Republic of Korea
Age: 30

Graduated from the Seoul National University’s College of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Prize-winner at the XXIII Korean National Singing Contest in Seoul (2010, 1st prize), the XXIX Deagu Voice Competition (Republic of Korea, 2011, Grand Prix) and the IX Seoul International Music Competition (2013, 4th prize). In 2013 won 1st prizes at the International Singing Competition Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh (Germany) and the 40th Dr Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Viña del Mar (Chile). Has sung as Alfredo (La traviata) at the Seoul Arts Centre and as Rodolfo (La bohème) at the Seoul National University. In 2012 gave a recital at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Has also appeared in recitals in Chile, China, Germany and Japan.

Kim Gihoon
Republic of Korea
Age: 27

Received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Yonsei University in Seoul (class of Professor Kwan-Dong Kim). Currently pursues his Master’s Degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (with Sabine Ritterbusch). Prize-winner at various international competitions. Performed at the Verbier Festival.
Soloist of the Staatsoper Hannover.

Choi Jongwon
Republic of Korea
Age: 32

Graduated from the Seoul National University in 2014. Since 2017 has studied at the Mannes College the New School for Music. He has studied with such musicians as Arthur Levy, Joshua Greene, Susan Versage, Susan Caldwell and Philip Kang.

Vasilyev Vyacheslav
Russia
Age: 30

Graduated from the Krasnoyarsk College of Arts and the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of Nadezhda Drozdova-Weiner, People’s Artist of Russia).

In 2017 studied at the Young Singers Academy of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, where he participated in master classes of renowned classical musicians such as the singers Roberto Alagna and José van Dam, the conductor Jacques Lacombe, the stage director Adriano Sinivia and many others. Winner of the V International Shtokolov Vocal Competition (St Petersburg, 2016), the III International Slovtsov Competition for Opera Singers and Directors (Krasnoyarsk, 2015). Prize-winner at numerous prestigious competitions. Soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre.

Lee Myungin
Republic of Korea
Age: 30

Studied at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul under Lim Unggyun and then at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin under Scot Weir. Prize-winner of singing competitions in Korea and Russia. He has appeared as Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in various theatres across the Republic of Korea.

Matvienko Daniil
Ukraine
Age: 29

Completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Donetsk Prokofiev State Music Academy under Professor Petro Onchul. Received his Master's Degree from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, where he studied with Professor Alexander Diachenko. Shortly after joined the Akademia Operowa of the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw where he studied with Eytan Pessen. He is currently an artist in residence at the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris. He will be an artist in residence at the Opera Studio of the Oper Frankfurt for the 2019/2020 season.

Received the 2nd prize at the International Antonina Campi Vocal Competition in Lublin (Poland) and Special Prize at the IV International Shtokolov Vocal Competition in St Petersburg (Russia).

Abdulov Gamid
Russia
Age: 24

Graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He took his first serious steps in opera as an apprentice of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and later on as a student of the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music. Since 2018 he has been a fellow of the Atkins Young Artists Program at the Mariinsky Theatre.

3rd prize winner at the International Pavel Lisitsian Vocal Competition in Vladikavkaz, Russia (2013). Won the Grand Prix of the Harmony International Music Competition and special prizes at the Francisco Araiza International Vocal Competition in Hermosillo, Mexico (2017). In October 2018 he joined the Atkins Young Artists Program’s inaugural US tour.

Mayorova Oksana
Russia
Age: 32

Graduated from the Khanty-Mansiysk College of Arts and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Since 2015 has been a guest soloist of the State Academic Symphony Capella of Russia.

In 2012 she took part in the Year of the Mariinsky Theatre in Ugra. In 2016 she made her debut at the Bregenz Festival as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Later she appeared as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Graz and other roles.

Participated in master classes with William Matteuzzi, Brigitte Fassbaender, Kamal Khan and others. Won the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the Operalia, The World Opera Competition (Astana, 2017). Finalist of various international competitions.

Park Jae-Eun
Republic of Korea
Age: 31

Graduate of the Ewha Womans University (class of Professor Myoung Ja Yoon) and the Universität der Künste Berlin (class of Professor Peter Maus). In 2016-2018 studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg Konzertexamen Opernstudio with Professor Angela Nick.

Since 2016-2017 season has been an artist of the Opernstudio and an ensemble member at the Theater Freiburg, where she has appeared as Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, as Alice in Anno Schreier’s Wunderland and many other roles.

3rd prize winner at the XI International Art Song Competition in Stuttgart, Germany (2018) and at the VIII International Vocal Festival-Competition in Immling, Germany (2016). Finalist of the VIII DEBUT European Vocal Competition (Germany, 2016).


PROGRAMMS

Round I

G. Puccini. Mimi’s aria from "La Boheme"
P. Tchaikovsky. "Wild Nights", to lyrics by A. Apukhtin
W. A. Mozart. The Countess’s recitative and aria from "Le nozze di Figaro"

Barakova Maria
Russia
Age: 21

Graduated from the Murov Novosibirsk Music College (class of Svetlana Balashova) and entered the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (class of Vladimir Malchenko). Since 2017 has been an artist of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program.

Prize-winner at the Bella Voce International Vocal Competition (Moscow, 3rd prize), the Shpiller All-Russian Vocal Competition (Moscow, 1st prize), the International Glinka Vocalists Competition (Kazan, 1st prize and Irina Arkhipova’s Special Prize).

As a member of the Young Artists Opera Program in 2017, she participated in the Vocale International Music Festival in Linz (Austria). In November 2017 made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Petrovna in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

Lee Sungjin
Republic of Korea
Age: 31

2006 - 2011
Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, Republic of Korea 2012 - 2013
Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy
2014 - 2016
Universität der Künste Berlin MA Oper, Berlin, Germany 2016 -
Universität der Künste Berlin MA LOK, Berlin, Germany


Prize

2013 International Competition “Musica Spazio” Special Prize

2014 International Competition “Ferruccio Tagiavini” Special Prize

2014 International Competition “Santa Chiara” Special Prize

2016 Premio Lirico Internazionale “A.Bazzini” 1st Prize

2016 Premio Lirico Cittá di Magenta 3rd Prize

2017 Premio Lirico “Benvenuto Franci” Baritone Special Prize

2017 Premio Lirico “Piero Cappuccilli” 3rd Prize

PERFORMANCE

Opera

2006 Performed in major cast of Rigoletto by G.Verdi

2007 Performed in major cast of L'elisir d'Amore by G.Donizetti

2009 Performed in major cast of Die Zauberflöte by W.A.Mozart

2011 Performed in major cast of Die Fledermaus by J.Strauss

2013 Performed in major cast of Un Giorno di Regno by G.Verdi

2013 Performed in major cast of La Scala di Seta by G.Rossini

2015 Performed in major cast of I due litiganti il terzo gode G.Sarti by G.Sarti

2016 Performed in major cast of Melusine by A.Reimann

Oratorios

2006 roll for Mass in C.K 317 “Krönungs messe” by W.A.Mozart

2007 roll for Mass in “Missa in Tempore Belli” by J.Haydn

2008 roll for Mass in “Messe solennelle” by H.Berlioz

2015 roll for Mass in “Weihnachtsoratorium” by J.S.Bach

2016 roll for Mass in “Requiem” by M.Duruflé

2016 roll for Mass in “Johannes Passion” by J.S.Bach

 

2012

-Ridotto dei Palchi "A.Toscanini", Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy

2013

-Concerto le domeniche alla Scala, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy -Casa di Riposo per musicisti G.Verdi

-Ridotto dei alchi "A.Toscanini", Teatro alla Scala

-Concerto Finale with Orchestra del teatro alla Scala Milan, Italy

Fernández Lara Rolando De La Guadalupe
Mexico
Age: 28

Graduated from the Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands (Professor Alexander Petrasch). From 2016 to 2018 he continued his Master’s Degreestudies with Professor Antonio Meneses at the Hochschule der Künste Bernin Switzerland. He currently studies with Professor Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule fur Musik Berlin.

In 2013 he received an honorable mention at the LeosšJanácek International Competition in Brno, the Czech Republic.In 2014 he wonthe 3rd prize at the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. In 2017 he won the 2nd prize at the Anton Rubinstein International Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in С minor for solo cello, BWV 1011
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo Capriccioso”, op. 62
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119

Round II
W. Lutoslawski. “Sacher-variations” for cello solo
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 19, third movement “Andante”
N. Paganini. Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt"
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, op. 99

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Amosov Fedor
Russia
Age: 31

Fedor’s education includes Diplomas from the most prestigious schools. He received his Performance Diploma from Michigan State University in 2010 and his Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012. At 2014 Fedor became an Assistant in Natalia Gutman’s studio at Moscow Conservatory.  

Fedor has won the following awards: first Prize in the Concertino Prague 38th International Competitio with a Special Prize for the best performance of Sonata No.3 by Martinu; first prize the Fifth International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition in Japan (Kurashiki),  first prize at the All-Russian Cello Competition “The Magic Bow” (Grand Prix, 2003);  first prize at the International Knushevitsky Cello Competition (2007). In the United States he triumphed by taking First Prize at the WAMSO and Corpus Christi International Competitions, In 2O15 Fedor recieved a special prize for J. Haydn concerto performance at XV Tchaikovsky Competition and also a Diploma as the best performer of the Second Round.

Fedor  is a regular participant in music festivals including the Colmar Music Festival, Aspen International Festival, Telavi International Festival (Telavi, Georgia), Vivacello International Cello Festival (Moscow, Russia), To The Memory of Oleg Kagan (Moscow, Russia ), Rachlin’s Seasons (Kazan, Russia), The Green Noise (Surgut, Russia), Monrepos Nights Festival (Wiborg, Russia) and the Qabala International festival (Qabala, Azerbaijan).

Since 2015 Fedor is a soloist at Moscow Philarmony’s prestigious program  – Stars of the XXI Century. He is also a soloist of Saint Petersburg’ House of Music, where he participated in such concert series as: Masterous Embassy, Young Performers of Russia, The Generation Next, Music of Stars.

He recorded such albums as  “Six Sonatas of Luigi Boccherini for Cello and Basso Continuo” arranged for cello and piano by Alfredo Piatti, “Russian Cello”, CD with music by Alexander Glazunov and Ivan Sokolov, Jean-Baptiste Bréval’s “Six Sonatas op.12” for Cello and Piano,"Six Sonatas" by Jean Balthasar Tricklir and an album "Reveries" devoted to the encore pieces and children`s music.

 Mr. Amosov is also published as composer and arranger by Wiltshire Music Company and Ovation Press.

PROGRAMME

Round I
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 8 in A minor for solo cello, op. 25
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
L. Beethoven. Sonata No. 3 in А major for cello and piano, op. 69
S. Rachmaninov. Sonata in g minor for cello and piano, op. 19, third movement “Andante”
J.-B. Tricklir. Sonata No. 4 for cello and piano, op. 1
F. Chopin. “Introduction and Polonaise brillante” (arranged by Maurice Gendron
and Jean Francaix), op. 3
P. Tchaikovsky. “The Seasons. October: Autumn Song” in D minor (arranged for cello by F. Amosov), op. 37

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello concerto in B minor, op. 104

Ferre Martínez Alfredo
Spain
Age: 24

Began his studies with Francisco Pastor and Rafael Jeziersky. Later he moved to Madrid to study at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía with Natalia Shakhovskaya and Michal Dmochowski. He has studied with Ivan Monighetti, Sol Gabetta and Anton Kernjak. He receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the activities offered by the Academy.

Winner of the 1st prize and four special prizes at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb (2016).

Plays a Stefano Scarampella cello (Mantua, 1905) courtesy of the Foundation Boubo-Music.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 9 in D major for solo cello, op. 25
K. Penderecki. Divertimento for cello solo (Serenade, Scherzo, Notturno)
C. Debussy. Sonata D minor for cello and piano, L. 135
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F major for cello and piano, op. 99
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
G. Cassado. "Dance of the Green Devil" for cello and piano

Round III
E. Elgar. Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33

Mun Taeguk
Republic of Korea
Age: 25

Attended the Juilliard School Pre-college Division and the New England Conservatory. He is currently studying with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California.

Winner of various competitions, such as the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition (2014) and the III André Navarra International Cello Competition. He was also a prize-winner at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

Played solo and chamber concerts and appeared with various orchestras throughout Korea and the United States. Performed at the Budapest Spring Festival in Hungary, the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, the World Orchestra Festival in Korea and many others.

Plays a cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1697 (Milan), generously on loan from the Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 12 in E minor for solo cello, op. 25
G. Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
I. Stravinsky. “Suite Italienne” for violin and piano from the ballet “Pulcinella”
(arranged for cello by Gregor Piatigorsky)

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119
M. Rostropovich. “Humoresque”, op. 5

Round III
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33

Skanavi Ivan
Russia
Age: 22

Ivan Skanavi was born in Moscow in 1996. He began to play the cello at the children’s department of the Moscow Conservatoire’s Music College, eventually continuing at the Music College itself. Currently, he is completing his studies in the class of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar. In addition, he took part in master classes of David Geringas, Claudio Bohórquez, Boris Andrianov, Denis Shapovalov, Ivan Monighetti, Jerome Pernoo, Torleif Tedéen and Natalia Gutman.

He won prizes at youth competions in Tallinn 2009, Saratov and Montreux 2012, and a scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Culture as a winner of the “Young Talents of Russia”-Competition, 2009. He receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.

He has played in the Moscow Conservatoire’s subscription series “Music Dynasties”, at the Festival “I Mozartini” in Italy, and at the Rostropovich Festival in Baku. As a soloist with orchestra, Ivan has appeared with the Nizhny Novgorod Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Chamber Orchestra of the Pavel Slobodkin Centre, Moscow, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, “Südwestdeutsche Kammerphilharmonie”, and others.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 7 in C major for solo cello, op. 25
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
R. Schumann. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, op. 70
A. Schnittke. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano, op. 129

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
D. Popper. Spinning wheel, op. 55

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, Op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Swensen Jonathan Algot
Denmark
Age: 22

Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under Toke Moldruphas. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree with Professor Torleif Thedèen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Performed at various festivals in Denmark including the Copenhagen Summer Festival, the Schubertiade of the Schubert Society of Denmark, the Fejo Kammermusik festival and many others.

Won 1st prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2018, as well as seven YCA performance prizes. He also received1st prizes at the Windsor Festival International String Competition (2019), the Khachaturian International Cello Competition (2018), the Danish String Competition (2016), and the Swedish International Music Competition (2014).

PROGRAMME

Round I
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 11 in G major for solo cello, op. 25
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in С minor for solo cello, BWV 1011

Round II
S. Prokofiev. Sonata in C major for cello and piano, op. 119:
first movement Andante grave
N. Paganini. Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt"
G. Ligeti. Sonata for solo cello
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
D. Shostakovich. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Kloeckner Caspar Benedict
Germany
Age: 30

Studied with Martin Ostertag, Michael Sanderling, Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman at the Kronberg Academy.

Performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, the Munchener Kammerorchester and many others. Championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle, he performed at various venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Symphony Hall in Chicago, the John. F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and others.

Plays a cello made by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona, 1680) kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

PROGRAMME

Round I
J. S. Bach. Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 6 in D Major for solo cello, BWV 1012
A. Piatti. Caprice No. 3 in B flat Major for solo cello, op. 25
D. Shostakovich. Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40
P. Tchaikovsky. “Pezzo capriccioso”, op. 62

Round II
J. Brahms. Sonata No. 2 in F Major for cello and piano, op. 99
P. Tchaikovsky. String quartet No. 1 in D major, op. 11, second movement Andante cantabile
G. Pyatigorsky. “Variations on a Theme of Paganini” for cello and piano

Round III
P. Tchaikovsky. “Variations on a Rococo Theme”, op. 33
A. Dvorak. Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104