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The names of the contestants will be known in April 2018
When fluffy snow falls outside the window, it is difficult to make plans for the next summer. However, young violinists should already begin now to prepare “for the beach season”, because during the 14-17 June 2018 the Odessa International Violin Competition will be held in sunny Odessa.
To compete in the skills will be able to talents from all around the world in two age categories: junior – up to 16 years old and senior – performers from 17 to 23 years old. Among the jury members are well-known violinists of the younger generation: Andrej Bielow, Stanislav Pronin, Aleksey Semenenko, Bogdana Pivnenko, Andrey Murza. The competition will take place at the Special Music School named after. P.S. Stolyarsky, which has a long history of education of young talents and whose graduates are playing at the best concert venues in the world.
Young musicians should think about participation in the competition right now, because the deadline for the applications is March 31, and in the first round of the competition the jury members will evaluate the video recording of contestant’s performance. Therefore, do not forget to practice on holidays Etudes, Caprices and Sonatas by Mozart! Detailed information about regulations of the competition can be downloaded here.
Only 12 participants from each age category, who will be selected by the jury in the first round, will go to Odessa for participation in the second round of the competition. Among the prizes of the competition are monetary awards, as well as special prizes from the German musical publishing house “Bärenreiter”, the manufacturer of strings and accessories “Pirastro” and free studio audio recording from the information resource “Moderato”.
A few more pleasant gifts: the laureates of the competition will be able to perform at the Odessa Philharmonic, and the best representative from Odessa will receive a prize from the Swiss association “Legato”. Within the framework of the
competition the jury members will give a master classes to the participants of the II round.
So, a good secret desire on New Year’s Eve will be participation and a worthy performance at the Odessa Violin
Competition, and perhaps – a bright victory!
Odessa International Violin Competition opens a new page in the cultural life of the city that can rightfully be considered the capital of the violin performing arts of Ukraine. Right there in Odessa in 1933, the Special Music School for gifted children was founded by professor Peter Stolyarsky who brought up a generation of outstanding violinists of the 20th century, among which are David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. The Stolyarsky School became a factory of talents discovering new names, whose performances captivate audience at the best venues of the world.
The acceptance of applications for the Odessa International Violin Competition up to the age of 23 has began. The competition is open to young violinists from all countries, and provides an opportunity to receive worldwide recognition and a ticket to a great creative life from the homeland of musicians whose names are written in gold in the world history of classical music.
Odessa International Violin Competition will be held from June 14 to 17, 2018 at the Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School, Sabaneyev Most 1, Odessa 65026, Ukraine. The competition is supported by the mayor of Odessa, Department of Culture of Odessa City Council and Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School. Goals of the competition are: development of international cultural connections, popularization of Ukrainian musical culture, strengthening of international reputation of Odessa as one of the centres of musical art, support and preservation of traditions of the Odessa violin school.
The competition is open to the violinists from all countries and is held within two age categories: junior under 16 years old senior from 17 to 23 years old. The age is determined by the day of the competition opening.
The competition is held in two rounds: I round video pre-selection II round open auditions. No more than 12 people from each category will be admitted to the second round. Names of the participants admitted to the second round will be announced in April 2018. The total prize fund is 53 thousand hryvna.
Prize from «Bärenreiter» publishing house (Germany). Prize from the strings and accessories manufacturer «Pirastro» (Germany). Recording of two pieces for violin solo at the «OliMusic» recording studio (Lviv / Ukraine), provided by Ukrainian musical blog «Moderato». Prize from the «Legato» association (Bern / Switzerland) for the best participant from Odessa or Odessa region. A concert at the Odessa Philharmonic Hall during the 2018/19 season.
Applications are accepted until March 31, 2017.
Detailed information on the website of the competiton.
ANDREJ BIELOW head of the jury
Born in 1981 in Ukraine, Andrej has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos, CPO, Avi-Music, Hänssler Classics, Hänssler-Profil, Guttingi, Solo Musica, Genuin, Hyperion and Rakete Media.
As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras as New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Radio France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic and Münchner Kammerorchester under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gianandrea Noseda, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Christian Arming, Agnieszka Duzcmal, Junichi Hirokami und Christoph Poppen, Enrique Mazzola to name a few of them. He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and in 1993 attended the special music boarding school in Kiev into a class of Professor Mikhail Kusnetsov.
At the age of 15, Andrej settled in Germany to study with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover. Further study followed with Gerard Poulet in Paris, Herman Krebbers, Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenko and more recently Alfred Brendel. Andrej Bielow won several major prizes at international competitions such as the Long-Thibaut Paris, ARD Munich, Hanover (Joachim), Citta di Brescia and also has appeared at the following Festvals: Schleswig-Holstein, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau, Kuhmo, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Ryedale, Macau and many others. Due to his extraordinary talent and musical qualities he was awarded various grants from the cultural institutions such as the Ukrainian Culture Foundation, Gundlach Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderpreis of the Lower Saxony. At the Kronberg Academy he performed with Gidon Kremer, Juri Bashmet and the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2011 he joined Kit Armstrong and Adrian Brendel to form a piano trio. Andrej Bielow is professor of the violin faculty at the University of Arts in Graz and Robert Schumann University of Music in Düsseldorf. He regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2005, together with jazz-guitarist Johan Weiss, he founded the „MBF“ Foundation (Musik braucht Freunde) which has provided financial support for over 130 needy students at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover. Andrej plays the violin “ex Flesch”, built in 1745 by Lorenzo Guadagnini.
Andrii Murza artistic director of the competition
Member of Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra (Germany), concertmaster of Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra (Istanbul, Turkey). He takes part in the jury of international competitions and gives master classes in the cities of Ukraine, China and Germany.
Andrii Murza is the winner of several international competitions, including international violin competition named after Julio Cardona in Portugal, Eugen Coca in Moldova and “Art of the XXI Century” in Ukraine. He took part in international festivals in Heidelberg (Germany), Santander (Spain), “Two days and two nights of new music” and “Golden Violins of Odessa” (Ukraine). He performs concerts in the cities of Switzerland, France, Germany, Ukraine, Italy and Spain, where he made his debut at the National Radio of Spain, in which he performed works by Bach, Schubert, Schnittke and Saint-Saens.
Andrii was born in Odessa in a family of musicians. He began his education at the Stolyarsky School in the class of Dozent Anna Lapteva, then at the Odessa National Music Academy named after A.V. Nezhdanova in the class of Professor Mikhail Turchinsky. Soon he continued his education with the world-famous Professor Marco Rizzi at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid (Spain), as well as in solo postgraduate studies at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts (Germany). A huge influence on his professional development was provided by classes with outstanding musicians of the present, including Pinchas Zukerman, Gerard Poulet, Zakhar Bron, Viviane Hagner, Miriam Fried and Ferenc Rados.
During his life in Europe Andrii has repeatedly won various awards and grants of cultural funds, including Isaac Albeniz Foundation (Madrid), German National Cultural Foundation (Berlin), Ottile Zelbach Foundation (Berlin) and Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation (Moscow). And in 2013 he made a concert tour of the cities of Spain, whereupon he was honored to play for the Spanish royal family, where he was awarded the Queen of Spain with a distinctive diploma.
Andrii Murza has collaborated with such orchestras as National Orchestra of Opera and Ballet of Moldova, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, State Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television of Ukraine, Odessa National Symphony Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Odessa National Orchestra of Opera and Ballet, and collaborated with many well-known conductors, among them Aziz Shokhakimov, Pawel Przytocki, Igor Shavruk, Vladimir Sirenko, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Jaime Martin and others.
In 2015 he won the competition of Sinfonima Foundation in Germany, which provided him for personal use the violin by Nicolo Amati.
Violinist and composer Stanislav Pronin was born in Moscow and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, as well as composition lessons with Professor Sven-David Sandstrom, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Professor Zakhar Bron.
Stanislav’s professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. Stanislav has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival, Kronberg Festival, Skanderborg Festival etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre, Berlin Waldbühne, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Teatro Colon, KKL Luzern, Salzburg Festspiele, Paris Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Slatkin, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Stanislav has also been Primarius of the Toronto-based Annex Quartet since 2012.
He has worked with and premiered works of such composers as John Adams, Fabian Panisello, Murray Schafer, Ned Rorem, Toivo Tulev, Hans Abrahamsen and Lera Auerbach.
As far as recent composition projects are concerned, Stanislav recorded his new solo violin cycle “In Solitude – 7 Impressions”. He also completed his sonata for two violins, written for Jeanne Marie Conquer of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and “4 Songs, In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva” for soprano and piano.
As soloist and Concertmaster of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Stanislav has recorded CD albums on Naxos/Sono Luminus, Decca and Dacapo labels.
Stanislav is a recipient of multiple awards from such organization as the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He is a laureate of numerous international competitions, including Michael Hill, Wieniawski, and Queen Elizabeth.
Bohdana Pivnenko is a very creative violinist and brilliant representative of a new musicians’ generation. She is the Head of Violin Department at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. She graduated with honours an assistantship program course at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, studying under such established Ukrainian violinists as Prof. Bohodar Kotorovych, Prof. Igor Pylatyuk and Mikhail Kuznezov. Bohdana also improved her professional characteristics studying under the world-famous violinists among which Viktor Tretiakov, Zakhar Bron, Olga Parchomenko and many others.
Bohdana Pivnenko is the Honored Artist of Ukraine, laureate of the Interpreters Performers International Competition (Moldova), Mykola Lysenko International Competition (Ukraine), “IBLA GRAND PRIZE” International Competition (Italy), Tadini International Music Competition (Italy), as well as laureate of the National Arts Programme “New Names of Ukraine”.
From 2000 until 2004 she was a concertmaster of the «Kyiv Soloists» National Chamber Orchestra and since 2001 became a soloist of the National ensemble «Kyiv Kamerata». Bohdana Pivnenko has performed as a soloist with the leading Ukrainian symphony and chamber orchestras and presented Ukrainian musical culture at the concerts in Moscow, Paris, Vienna, Berlin. On May 2017 she made her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York.
She has participated in a numerous of international festivals, among which the International Youth&Music Festival Vienna, where she won the Grand Prix, Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik, Europaisches Klassik Festival (Ruhr), Kyiv-Musik-Fest, the Warsaw Autumn, and Nostalgie (Poland) and «Days of Ukraine» in Paris. Bohdana has toured with recitals in Spain (including Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona), Poland, Russia, Georgia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Ukraine, Armenia, England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and France.
Over the years Bohdana Pivnenko constantly promotes the latest Ukrainian music. She regularly takes part in the world premiere performances of works by Ukrainian modern composers. She was presented the author’s program of Valentin Silvestrov “Ringtone Moments” with the Maestro on the concert stages of Berlin, Poznan, Brno, Kiev, Tbilisi. She collaborated with such conductors as Juozas Domarkas, Theodore Kuchar, Saulius Sondeckis, Vladimir Sirenko, Natalya Ponomarchuk, Vag Papian, Erki Pehk, Liutauras Balciunas and others. Bohdana is the creator and the producer of such unique project as «The Anthology of Contemporary Ukrainian Music» which has released eleven CD albums.
Ukrainian violinist Oleksii Semenenko is praised for passionate performances replete with stunning technique, intonation, as well as an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence. This was evidenced in his triumph at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, where he captured Second Prize and went on to perform Laureate concerts throughout Belgium with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Liège and Brussels. In 2015-2016, he performs at Musée du Louvre in Paris, Rotary Club d’Arlon and Rotary Gent-Zuid in Belgium, and at University of Florida Performing Arts, Merkin Concert Hall, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, DuPage Symphony, Meridian Symphony and Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Oleksii Semenenko has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kiev National Orchestra, the Junge Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Sinfonietta Hungarica, among others. He appeared at the Interlaken Classics Festival in Switzerland as soloist with the Zakhar Bron Chamber Orchestra and toured Germany. At the 2011 Musik:Landschaft Westfalen Festival, he performed Paganini’s Concerto No. 2 with the National Philharmonic of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, and was subsequently invited by the Spivakov Foundation to perform at the Kremlin in Moscow and at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Oleksii’s other honors include First Prize in the 2015 Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition, Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2015), the Audience Prize at the 2015 Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, the Alois Kottmann Award at the 2010 International Day of Music Festival in Hofheim, Germany, and the Grand Prix of the 2006 National Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine.
Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, Kennedy Center and Paramount Theatre. He has also appeared in recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Port Washington Library, Rockefeller University, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, La Grua Center for the Arts.
Born in Odessa, Oleksii began his violin studies at the age of six with Zoya Mertsalova at the Stolyarsky School. He also studied with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
Oleksii Semenenko plays the Antonio Stradivari violin, loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben fund of Hamburg, Germany.
The competition is supported by the mayor of Odessa, Department of Culture of Odessa City Council and Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School.
The competition is open to the violinists from all countries.
The age of contestants of junior category should not exceed 16 years old, and senior – 23 years old, at the time of opening the competition (June 14, 2018).
The application must be submitted via the competition website www.odessacompetition.com by 31 March 2018.
The first selection round will be held on the basis of the video recordings of contestants, among which jury members will choose 12 candidates from each age group to participate in live audition of the second round.
Live auditions will be held in the Great Hall of the Stolyarsky School.
The awarding ceremony and gala concert of laureates will be held on June 17th in the Great Hall of the Stolyarsky School.
The Jury: Andrej Bielow, Stanislav Pronin, Bogdana Pivnenko, Alexey Semenenko, Andrey Murza.
3 prizes in each age group will be awarded according to the results of the Odessa International Violin Competition.
Призовой фонд Одесского международного конкурса скрипачей:
I prize – 10.000 UAH.
II Prize – 5.000 UAH.
III prize – 3.000 UAH.
I prize – 20.000 UAH.
II Prize – 10.000 UAH.
III prize – 5.000 UAH.
The special prizes from the partners of the competition will be awarded as well: German publishing house «Bärenreiter», German manufacturer of strings and accessories «Pirastro», Swiss association «Legato» and Ukrainian musical resource «Moderato».
Odessa International Violin Competition opens a new page in the cultural life of the city that can rightfully be considered the capital of the violin performing arts of Ukraine.
Right there in Odessa in 1933, the Special Music School for gifted children was founded by professor Peter Stolyarsky who brought up a generation of outstanding violinists of the 20th century, among which are David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. The Stolyarsky School became a factory of talents discovering new names, whose performances captivate audience at the best venues of the world.
The competition is open to young violinists from all countries, and provides an opportunity to receive worldwide recognition and a ticket to a great creative life from the homeland of musicians whose names are written in gold in the world history of classical music.
Goals of the competition are: development of international cultural connections, popularization of Ukrainian musical culture, strengthening of international reputation of Odessa as one of the centres of musical art, support and preservation of traditions of the Odessa violin school.