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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Since winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1985, the violinist Hu Nai-Yuan has performed in the world’s leading concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and other major venues in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He has played as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, among others, under conductors such as George Cleve, Adam Fischer, Leon Fleisher, Gunther Herbig, Gerard Schwarz, and Maxim Shostakovich. He has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic (London) and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and has toured Germany with the National Orchestra of Belgium. He is music director of Taiwan Connection, a music festival he founded in his homeland in 2004. A chamber music enthusiast, he has collaborated with musicians such as Fou Ts’ong, Martha Argerich, and Misha Maisky at the Beijing Music Festival and Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at the Taipei International Music Festival. Hu Nai-Yuan has made recordings for EMI, Delos, Koch, and Sunrise.
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Second Prize
Ik-Hwan Bae was born in Seoul, Korea, and made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12. Two years later he became the youngest recipient of the Korean Government Award in Arts. After studying with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music, Ik-Hwan Bae held a professorship at the University of Connecticut between 1976-79. His recitals in Amsterdam, Brussels, Hague and New York were received with much acclaim. Some of the ensembles he has appeared with are the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the French Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Liege Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Mexico, TASHI, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and The Chick Corea - Gary Burton Duo. Ik-Hwan Bae performs in festivals world-wide. In 1985, he won Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition and also was a prize winner at the Munich International Competition in 1984. In 1986 he was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was artistic director of the Bargemusic Ltd., one of the leading presenters of chamber music in New York City, for thirteen years, until 1995. The Complete Brandenburg Concertos recorded by the Bargemusic under his direction is available under the label of Koch. As concertmaster of the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra in Korea, which is a conductorless string orchestra, he has led them to Cracow, Poland and the Casais Festival in Puerto Rico. Much sought after as a pedagogue, Ik-Hwan Bae is a professor at the Indiana University where he directs the string chamber music program as well as teaching violin classes, and has taught at the Peabody Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Korean National Institutes for the Arts. Every year he gives master classes world-wide. Ik-Hwan Bae has been a jury member of the Munich ARD competition in Germany and the Carl Nielson International Violin Competition in Denmark. He has recorded for RCA, ECM, Delos, and Koch labels.
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Third Prize
Belgian violinist Henry Raudales was born in Guatemala into a musical family. His father Enrique Raudales, a student of Zino Francescatti, Henryk Szeryng (violin) and Erich Kleiber (conducting), started Henry on the violin at the age of four. Aged seven he played his first public concert with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra which caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin, who recommended him for a scholarship in London. At age 14 he received the award ‘Young Violinist of the Year’ by the Panamerican Union. Henry Raudales studied conducting and violin at the conservatory of Guatemala, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp with teachers such as Erick Friedman, Henryk Szeryng and Mrs.Kogan. In 1985 he won the 3rd prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Since then, he has given innumerable concerts and recitals throughout the world, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Pierre Amoyal, Nigel Kennedy and Yehudi Menuhin. Additionally, since 2001 he has been the concertmaster of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, which he also conducted for several cd recordings. His ties to Belgium remain strong: having played as a concertmaster at the Royal Flemish Opera, he is also a founding member of the Belgian chamber orchestra Enkabara and since 2005 the concertmaster of Brussels Philharmonic. Henry Raudales plays a Guadagnini violin from 1787.
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Fourth Prize
Hu Kun, a child protégé, started to study the violin with his father Prof at the age of six. In 1976 he went to Beijing and played the Paganini D major Concerto which brought him a nickname over night “The little genius from Sichuan”. He was immediately offered a soloist post at the China Central Radio Symphony Orchestra and China National Science Defence Committee Artist Company. He then began to study with Prof. Lin Yiao Ji. During this time he toured all over China with the Company, also winning The Exceptional Solo Performer Prize at the National Military Artist Company Award in Beijing, 1977. In 1979 (16yr) after he won both the Northern Section and the National Selective Competition for the Sibelius International Violin Competition, he was welcomed back to China as a national hero when he took the Fifth Prize at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1980. He became the first person ever who won an international violin competition prize in Chinese music history. Since then, he has gained media coverage all over the country, on major television and radio programs, in some documentary films. He performed for the state's guests, including President Reagan in 1983. He was awarded a Secondary Military Medal and was promoted to Battalion Commander at the age of 18. He was also given an exceptional statue by the Culture Minister to enter the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to continue his study with Prof. Lin Yiao Ji. HU Kun then graduated in 1984 as one of the two Exceptional Graduates of the year from the Beijing Conservatory. The same year, he was sent by Chinese government to study at the Menuhin Academy with Alberto Lysy in Gstaad, Switzerland, and a few months latter he became the fourth prize winner and the TV and Radio public prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Three months later he won the 1st Prize of the Menuhin Competition in Paris with the title “Grand Laureate de la ville de Paris”, which was given by Madame Chirac whom has honoured Kun a French citizenship and invited him to perform at the Hotel de Ville in Paris for her friends. By then he was invited by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to London, became his protégé and his only private student. The teacher and student played all over the world together, as well as making several CDs, appearing on the interviews together. By now HU Kun has played with leading orchestras (Royal Philharmonic, Orchestra de Paris, Berlin Radio, Leipizig Radio, BBC Orchestras, Moscow States, China National Symphony…), and conductors (Otaka, Menuhin, Akiyama, Atzmon…), in major venues (London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, Vienna, Tokyo, Leipzig, Moscow, Toronto, Beijing, Brisbane,Cape Town, Dresden, Zurich …), Festivals (Vienna, Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Montpellier, Kuhmo, Dartington, Harrogate, Edinburgh,…) on live TV and radio (BBC, FR3, Rundfunk Berlin, Leipzig, Chicago, WFMT, Classic New York, NHK…). He has continuoud winning international prizes (Francescatti, Lipizer, Palm Beach…) and giving world premiere performances (Ronald Stevenson Concerto which was dedicated to Lord Yehudi in memory of Georges Enesco for BBC3), recordings (Hoddinott‘s Poem for Nimbus), as well as making Chinese premiere of Elgar Violin Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of China conducted by Lord Menuhin with CCTV broadcasting. He made a debut tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra. Kun has also introduced the Chinese Violin Music to the western audience as well as releasing a critic acclaimed CD on ASV label in 1999. HU Kun has made recordings with Nimbus, EMI, ASV,Chamber Sound, China Records, including music from Barber, Sibelius, Katchaturian, Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Bach, Bernstein, Hoddinott, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens and Chinese Violin Music. HU Kun is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. His Academy students have won many international competition prizes. He has recently been awarded by the Duchess of Gloucester as an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2011, he has been appointed Chairman of the Jury at the China International Violin Competition Qingdao 2011.
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Fifth Prize
Prof. Mi-Kyung Lee studied in Gstaad, Switzerland, under Alberto Lysy, in Cologne under Igor Ozim, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and privately with Ana Chumachenko. Some of her most important awards were the 1st prize in the Competition of German Schools of Music in 1982, the fifth prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1985 and in 1988 the second prize (a first prize was not awarded) in the ARD Competition. As a soloist she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Radio Orchestra of Helsinki and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Helsinki amongst others. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared at the Berlin Festival, at the Menuhin Festival, at the Helsinki Festival, at the Salzburg Festival and at the Casals Festival. She has made numerous radio and CD recordings. From 1994 to 2003, Mi-Kyung Lee was artistic director of the Lemi-Lappeenranta Music Festival in Finland. From 1991 to 1999 she taught at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and since 1999 she is professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and has held master classes in many countries in Europe, including England, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Sweden, as well as in Korea. Mi-Kyung Lee has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Münich since the winter semester 2005/2006 where she was appointed professor for violin.
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Sixth Prize
Acclaimed for his deep musicality and virtuosity, Chin Kim, one of the most versatile, and sought-after young violinists today, has been concertizing extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe as guest artist with orchestras as those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Montréal, and Atlanta with conductors like Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Myung Whun Chung, and Sixten Ehrling. As recitalist, Mr. Kim appeared in major halls of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montréal, Toronto, Brussels, and Seoul. Top prizewinner in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montréal, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Cin Kim's recent concerts include the performance of Bernstein's Serenade with the Atlanta Symphony, Barber Concerto with Wayne Chamber Orchestra, and the Glazunov Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic. Chin Kim is the recipient of the Nan-Pa Prize awarded by the Nan-Pa Foundation in Korea, which is one of the highest honors given to a Korean-born musician. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and, subsequently from the Juilliard School where he received the Petschek Award, and won the Concerto Competition which led to the performance of the Glazunov Concerto with the Juilliard Philharmonia in Lincoln Center. With his busy performing schedule, he also teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York. His major teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, and Josef Gingold. Chin Kim's debut recording of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), under the baton of Paul Freeman, and the Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D Major with pianist David Oei, was released on the ProArte/Fanfare label. His second CD consisting of the Mendelssohn c minor, and the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the "Starr-Kim-Boeckheler Piano Trio" was released on the Mastersound label, and his most recent CD, the Glazunov and Tchaikovsky Concertos was recorded and released by Intersound/Fanfare label in the fall of 1995, following the performances of the Concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, all to high critical acclaim.
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Seventh Prize
Born in 1958 in Siberia, Tamara Smirnova is associate concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra. She started playing the violin at the age of six and graduated in 1981 from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Eugenia Chugaeva. Upon completing her studies she moved to Zagreb, where she soon became concertmaster of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest concertmaster in the history of that ensemble. While in Zagreb, she won acclaim for her numerous solo recitals and solo appearances with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, and Dubrovnik City Orchestra, among others. She has also appeared with orchestras in the Soviet Union and concertized in Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Belgium, and Great Britain. A Bronze Medalist in the 1985 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Tamara Smirnova performs regularly at the Bubrovnik Summer Festival and is a laureate of the annual award of the Croatian Musicians Association for 1988, "Milka Trnina". In November 1986 she made her acclaimed American recital debut at Jordan Hall with a benefit performance for Project STEP (String Training and Educational Programs for Students of Color). She has performed regularly as a concerto soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and many other New England orchestras, as well as throughout California. In November 1989 she made her first BSO appearances as a concerto soloist during the orchestra's subscription season. Tamara Smirnova has recorded for Jugoton and has been a lecturer at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
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Eighth Prize
Dene Olding is one of Australia’s most outstanding instrumentalists and has achieved a distinguished career in many aspects of musical life. As a soloist, he appears regularly with the Australian symphony orchestras and has given the Australian premieres of Lutoslawski’s Chain 2, Carter’s Violin Concerto, and the Glass Violin Concerto, as well as concertos by Ross Edwards and Bozidar Kos, and Richard Mills’ Double Concerto, written for him and his wife, violist Irina Morozova. A graduate of the Juilliard School, in 1985 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship and was a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. He rejoined the Sydney Symphony as Co-Concertmaster in 2002, having held the position from 1987 to 1994. Other concertmaster positions have included the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also first violinist for the Australia Ensemble and a founding member of the Goldner String Quartet. As a conductor he has made appearances with the Sydney Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia, and as conductor-soloist with chamber orchestras in Australia and America. His recordings include Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart sonatas, concertos by Martin, Milhaud, Hindemith and Barber, the premiere recording of Edwards’ violin concerto, Maninyas, the complete Beethoven string quartets and a Rachmaninoff disc with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Dene Olding plays a 1720 Joseph Guarnerius violin.
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Ninth Prize
Michaela Paetsch was raised in a musical family in Colorado Springs. She studied first with her parents, then with Ivan Galamian and later with Szymon Goldberg at Yale University and at the Curtis Institute of Music. She made her debut as a soloist at the age of eleven with the Mendelssohn E minor Concerto. Since then, she has been performing as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the major musical centres of the world, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, the Washington Library of Congress. She has also played in major festivals such as the Marlboro, Tokyo, Davos, Berlin (Brandenburg Summer Concerts), Banff, Boulder, and « Mostly Mozart » in New York. She has won numerous awards, including first prize in the G.B. Dealey International Competition in Dallas and top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth and the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competitions. She has been invited as soloist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonics of Osaka, Japan, Seoul, Liège and Bergen; the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the BBC Symphony, among others. She has performed under such conductors as Kent Nagano, Dimitrij Kitajenko, Horst Stein and Myung-Whun Chung. Her extensive discography includes the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini with Teldec. She has also recorded with Sony Classical, Arte Nova (BMG) and Tudor. She has recoreded the Concertos by Joachim Raff with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (TUDOR 7086). Michaela Paetsch is the violinist of the quartet ensemble incanto. She lives in Bern, Switzerland.
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Tenth Prize
Peter Matzka is a prize-winner of many international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Munich Competition three different years (in a string quartet, a violin/piano duo and solo violin) and the Naumburg Competition in New York. He studied at SUNY Purchase and the Eastman School of Music in the USA and also with Sándor Végh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As a member of the Chester Quartet Peter was on the faculty of Indiana University. He lives in Vienna and since 1998 he is the concertmaster of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO). He was a member of the Vienna String Sextet from 1983-2004 with whom he toured the USA, Japan and Europe and recorded an extensive repertoire of string quintets and sextets for EMI and Pan Classics. Peter Matzka teaches chamber music at the Universität für Musik in Vienna and was Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany from 1993 to 1998.
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