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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Born in Yerevan (Armenia), Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed the First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Sergey has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Munich Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich. Following his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2004, Sergey has subsequently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, the Boston Symphony and Bernard Haitink, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, and the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2005 Sergey performed at the Ravinia and Blossom Festivals and in 2006 made his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival performing the Beethoven concerto with Osmo Vänskä. Sergey has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, Esa Pekka Salonen, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Alexander Lazarev and Tugan Sokhiev. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra he performed the Bach Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Sibelius concerto with Jukka Pekka Saraste and the Khachaturian concerto on a North American tour in 2006. In 2011 he made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s second concerto conducted by Valery Gergiev. Since 2002 Sergey has performed regularly with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, including a Proms debut in 2005 conducted by Vassily Sinaisky and regular concerts subsequently with Gianandrea Noseda. Sergey works regularly with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg and at the Mikkeli Festival in Finland. His 2010-11 season included debut performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Rotterdam Philharmonic as well as the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Other highlights included the Munich Philharmonic with Thomas Hengelbrock, Orchestre National de Belgique with James Gaffigan, Swedish Radio Symphony with Susanna Mälkki, and the Berg concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Kirill Karabits. Sergey’s 2011-12 season includes concerts with the Bamberg Symphoniker and Herbert Blomstedt, Rundfunk Symphonieorchester Berlin with Juraj Valcuha, Orchestre de Paris with Andris Nelsons, his debut in China with the National Centre of Performing Arts Orchestra for New Year’s concerts conducted by Lorin Maazel and the world premiere of a new concerto by Arthur Aharonian with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. With his sister Lusine Khachatryan he has performed recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, the National Auditorium in Madrid, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2011-12 they will perform recitals in the series of Chicago University Presents, Detroit Chamber Music Society, Cite de la Musique in Paris, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Alice Tully Hall in New York and Herbst Theater in San Francisco. His recording of the Sibelius concerto was released by Naïve Classique in 2003, followed by a double Shostakovich concerto disc with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Cesar Franck sonatas for violin and piano in 2008 and most recently the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach. Sergey plays the 1740 ‘Ysaye’ Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
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Second Prize
Yossif Ivanov made an early impression on the international scene, taking First Prize at the Montreal Competition at the age of 16 and Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition two years later. Last season has seen him make his debut at Wigmore Hall in London with his brother Philippe and link up again with the Belgian National Orchestra and the Orchestre de Picardie. He has performed with the most eminent orchestras and conductors. Together with the violinists Lorenzo Gatto and Hrachya Avanesyan he founded the Trilogy violin ensemble, which performs not only classical masterpieces but also film music and jazz standards throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His first recording, released on Ambroisie/Naïve, won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2006. His first disc with orchestra, devoted to Bartók’s Second Concerto and Shostakovich’s First, was also very well received by the musical press. For his second CD with an orchestra, featuring works by Henri Dutilleux, Yossif Ivanov was accompanied by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon under Kazushi Ono. His first steps in music were followed by further studies under Zakhar Bron, Igor and Valery Oistrakh, and Augustin Dumay. Yossif Ivanov is the youngest violin teacher at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels.
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Third Prize
Born in a musical family in Berlin, Sophia Jaffé has given public performances from the age of seven and has received various prizes at national and international violin competitions, including 2003 Leopold Mozart competition in Augsburg, 2004 Concours de Genèva. In 2005, she won the German Music Competition Berlin and the third prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she plays concerts and recitals at music festivals such as, Rheingau Musik-Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, Flaneries Musicals de Reims (France), Moravian Autumn. Her concerts brought her, besides European countries, also to Chile, Japan and USA. Sophia Jaffé has appeared in the London Cadogan Hall, in Jerusalem, Prague Rudolfinum a Shenzhen (China), Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg (Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg) and Konzerthaus Wien (Bruckner Orchester Linz). Sophia Jaffé regularly cooperates with numerous European orchestras and conductors, such as the Radio Orchestra Berlin (Marek Janowski), Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Dennis Russell Davies), Hallé Orchestra Manchester (Rory Macdonald), National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium (Gilbert Varga), Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (Lothar Zagrosek), Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague (Vladimír Válek), Czech Philharmonic (Leoš Svárovský) and I Solisti Veneti (Claudio Scimone). Forthcoming concerts include the Symphonie Orchester Basel and D. R. Davies, RSO Berlin and Marek Janowski, Metropolitan State Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and a tour with the Brno Philharmonic to Japan. As a prizewinner of the German Music Council, in 2009 the label Genuin classics released her CD with music by Beethoven, Bartók and Suk, with piano accompaniment by Björn Lehmann. Sophia Jaffé was first taught by her parents Nora and Abraham Jaffé. She later received lessons from Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam and studied with Stephan Picard 1998-2006 at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Since 2006 Sophia has been teaching the violin there.
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Fourth Prize
Japanese violinist Saeka Matsuyama has made concerto appearances with many of Japan’s leading orchestras, including the Tokyo and Shin Nippon Philharmonics, the Yomiuri Symphony, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also given recitals and made orchestral appearances in the US, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Eastern Mediterranean, and Argentina, and was invited to perform as a featured soloist in “Goodbye Alice,” a special concert commemorating the beginning of renovations to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The recipient of an S&R Washington Award, Saeka Matsuyama has also received top prizes from the 2007 S&R Foundation, the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Soloist Auditions, the 2004 Sendai International Violin Competition and the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2006 National Auditions, she was also the recipient of the Tchaikovsky Prize at the II Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians and received first prizes in the Juilliard Pre-College competitions. She has participated in such internationally renowned summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, Tanglewood Music Festival, Accademia Musicale di Siena, Encore School for Strings, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She has also appeared in Sendai Music Festival and La Folle Journée in Japan. In 2010, she became a professor at the New York Summer Music Festival. Saeka Matsuyama began violin studies at the age of two. She moved to New York from Japan at nine, when she enrolled in Juilliard’s Pre-College program under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Glenn Dicterow, Ronald Copes, and Michael Gilbert. She currently conducts private masterclasses in the US and Japan, and has served as a teaching assistant for Ronald Copes at Juilliard. Juilliard has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships, including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship as well as the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.
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Fifth Prize
Mikhail Ovrutsky is first prize winner at numerous international music competitions including the Pablo Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, the Liana Issakadze Competition in St. Petersburg, the Johansen Competition in Washington, the UNISA Competition in Pretoria, as well as laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Recommended by Anne-Sophie Mutter he won the Europäische Förderpreis of the Pro Europa Foundation in 2006. Born into a music family in Moscow in 1980, he began playing the violin at the age of five under Zoya Makhtina at a special school for musically gifted children. His studies subsequently took him to Albert Markow at the Manhattan School of Music, Dorothy Delay at the Julliard School in New York, Yumi Scott and Victor Danchenko at the Curtis Institute of Music and Zakhar Bron at the Musikhochschule Köln. As of 2005 he is teaching there as assistant in the class of Professor Bron. Mikhail Ovrutsky has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors including Philadelphia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow under Vladimir Fedoseyev, Trondheim Soloists, London Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic under Yoel Levi and the Marinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg under Valery Gergiev, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation under Mark Gorenstein, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under Toshiyuki Shimada or Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra under Jorma Panula, Prague Radio Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, Helsinki Philharmonic under Leif Segerstam, Basel Symphony Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, BBC Philharmonic and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Pietari Inkinen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Dmitrij Kitajenko, Wiener Symphoniker and the Filarmonica della Scala. He has performed as a soloist and chamber music musician at numerous festivals, including the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, the Kronberg Acedamy “ Chamber Music Connects the World”, where he performed together with Yuri Bashmet and Menahem Pressler. In 2008 he celebrated his debut at Lucerne Festival with a solo-recital and a concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose foundation supports him since 2004. Mikhail Ovrutsky has recorded CDs for Warner Classics and Naxos. In 2006 he became a member of the Beethoven Trio Bonn. A year later their debut-CD with music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn was released by the record label Antes Edition. He plays a violin by Gioffredo Cappa, Turin ca. 1700.
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Sixth Prize
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Unranked laureate
Born in Kirghizistan, Alena Baeva initiated her musical studies in Kazakhstan from the age of five and then went on to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow to study with Eduard Grach. After winning first prize at the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (2001), she also won the Moscow Paganini Competition (2004) and the Sendai competition (2007). Her recent recitals in Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago (USA), and in Hamarikyu Asahi Hall (Tokyo) met with great success, as well as her symphonic debuts in the UK with the Beethoven Concerto (English Classical Players/J.Brett) and in Denmark with the Szymanowski Concerto (Danish Royal Opera/S.Skrowaszewski). Moreover, she has performed with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Tokyo Symphony, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Russian National Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Ensemble, under conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, P. Berglund, S. Skrowaczewski, J. Maksimyuk, A. Lazarev and V. Fedosseyev. Alena Baeva has performed in such halls as the Herkules-halle (Munich), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Verdi Hall (Milan), Carnegie Hall (New York), Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Auditorium du Louvre, UNESCO, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre de Champs-Elysées (Paris). She has over 35 concertos in her repertoire, and also loves playing chamber music. Her chamber music partners are Yuri Bashmet and Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan and Alexander Melnikov, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Alexander Kniazev. For several years she has been working with Mstislav Rostropovich, Schlomo Mintz and Ida Haendel. Since 2007 she participates each year in the Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland and she has been invited to other festivals in Vienna, Istanbul, Shanghai, Prague, etc. Alena Baeva has recorded for Pentatone Classics (Bruch/Schostakovich), DUX (Szymanowski Violin concertos) and SIMC (Poulenc/Debussy/Prokofiev Sonatas). Currently she plays an Antonio Stradivari violin, owned by the State Collection of Russia.
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Andreas Janke, of German-Japanese origin, initiated his violin studies at the age of 3. He started his musical training in Germany and then Austria, at the Mozarteum of Salzburg under Igor Ozim. Prize winner of many international competitions, he has won Second Prize at the Rodolfo Lipizer Competition and Third Prize at the Benjamin Britten Competition. He has performed with various European orchestras, and given recitals in Europe as well as in Japan. Since November 2006 he is concertmaster of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and since 2013 he teaches the violin at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Together with pianist Oliver Schnyder and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger he performs as the Oliver Schnyder Trio.
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Antal Szalai made his UK debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, his Berlin debut with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and his Hong Kong debut with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the direction of Yip Wing-sie. Over recent seasons Antal Szalai has performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukrainie, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with eminent conductors such as Yoel Levi, Paavo Järvi, Gilbert Varga, Paul Goodwin, Ludovic Morlot, Laurent Petitgirard, Rico Saccani, Shlomo Mintz and Mykola Dyadyura. Antal Szalai has given recitals in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and has given recital performances at the Kennedy Center, Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna and Chan Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver. Antal Szalai has recorded three albums for BMC Records and Hungaroton Classic. His first album was named "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone Magazine and garnered praises from various publications including BBC Music Magazine and Classics Today. First prize winner of the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition (2004), Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (2005) and Valsesia Musica International Violin Competition (2004), Antal Szalai was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1981. There he first studied with Laszlo Denes and Peter Komlos. He completed his studies under Katalin Sebestyen in Brussels. In addition, he attended masterclasses with Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Erick Friedman, Tibor Varga and Lewis Kaplan. Antal Szalai plays the 1733 "ex-Garay" Stradivarius violin on loan to him from a private sponsor.
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