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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Baiba Skride has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and the US orchestras of Philadelphia, Houston and Cincinnati. Conductors she regularly collaborates with include Charles Dutoit, Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, John Storgårds and with her peers, Andris Nelsons , Kirill and Vasily Petrenko. Recent highlights included Baiba Skride’s much anticipated debut with the Berlin Philharmonic playing Berg's To the memory of an Angel with Andris Nelsons. The 2011/12 season sees their close collaborations continue with the Philharmonia Orchestra London performing the Bruch violin concerto No.1 and with the City of Birmingham Orchestra. She opens her Mozart residency with the RTE National Symphony Dublin performing all Mozart violin concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante. She performs with the Danish National Symphony and Thomas Sondergård, Stockholm Philharmonic and Niklas Willen, the Helsinki Philharmonic and Olari Elts, the Vienna Radio Symphony and Cornelius Meister, the Tonkünstler Orchester and John Storgårds, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Czech Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In the USA Baiba Skride’s highlights include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra at their Blossom Music Festival with Bramwell Tovey and further afield with the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons performing Shostakovich violin concerto No 2. Her growing commitment to contemporary music sees her world premiere the double concerto by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen with the Royal Danish and the Swedish Chamber Orchestras, with her long established chamber music partner Lauma Skride. The duo enjoys great international acclaim following tours of North America and Japan. European appearances include the Wigmore Hall London and Gewandhaus Leipzig. Collaborations with Maxim Rysanov, Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou take her to the Schubertiade Hohenems. Baiba Skride just released a Brahms CD box with the Orfeo label, including the violin concerto with Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as the Brahms Hungarian Dances with Lauma Skride. Her praised discography includes a Tchaikovsky CD with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, a duo recording with her sister (Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel), a solo violin disc (Ysaye, Bartok, Bach) and two concerto discs (Mozart, Schubert, M. Haydn; Shostakovich, Janacek), all for Sony. Baiba Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. From November 2010 onwards she plays the Stradivarius ‘’Ex Baron Feilitzsch’’ violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.
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Second Prize
Ning Kam was born in Singapore and began studying the violin at age six with her father, violinist and composer, Kam Kee Yong. In 1987 she received scholarships from the Lee and Shaw Foundations of Singapore to enter the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, UK, where she studied with Maurizio Fuks, Wen Zhou Li and the late Sidney Griller. In 1993 she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, to study with Jaime Laredo and Yumi Scott. She then went on to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1991, Ning Kam won First Prize in the junior section of the Folkestone Menuhin International Violin Competition, she was a prizewinner at the Third International Pablo Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona in 1995, a finalist in the 2000 Henryk Szeryng Career Awards, culminating in winning Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2001. She has also been honoured by the National Arts Council of Singapore with the Young Artist Award, presented in 2000 to a young artist of extraordinary talent. Ning Kam has given many concerts in Europe, Singapore, Canada and the United States. She has performed at the Menuhin Music Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. In 1988 she appeared on BBC's Blue Peter, where she played to a television audience of seven million. In that same year, she performed the Mendelssohn Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall, with the Wren Orchestra. Since then she has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, she participated at the prestigious Ravinia Festival at the Steans Institute for Young Artists 2000. Ning Kam released her first CD in 1997, featuring the works of Enesco, Sarasate, her father, Kam Kee Yong as well as transcriptions by Heifetz. Most recent releases are a CD dedicated to the music of the Americas entitled Transatlantic, and a recording, Cicada, dedicated solely to the music of Kam Kee Yong. She released her debut recording with orchestra of the August De Boeck Violin Concerto with the Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot, under the Etcetera label. As a chamber musician, Ning is also part of the Elessar Trio. Their recording of the music of Astor Piazzolla was released in 2008 on Illuminate Records and is available for online download. Other releases in 2008 include the chamber music of Alexander Goehr on the Meridian Records label, where she performs as part of the Chiron Trio with pianist Daniel Becker and cellist, Thomas Carroll. As an artist who has great interest in championing contemporary music, Ning Kam gave the world-premiere of Claude Ledoux's Frissons D'Aile, a concerto for violin and orchestra dedicated to Ning and commissioned by the Liege Philharmonic. She has also been invited to broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 programme, In Tune, in 2005 and made her successful Wigmore Hall debut in 2006 with British pianist, Carole Presland, as part of the Park Lane Group Series. Concerts in the 2007-2008 season included appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Klassische Filharmonie Bonn, Flemish Radio Orchestra, as well as recitals in Taiwan, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the USA. Special projects that season included a Taiwan concert tour with percussionist, Francis Kam in a ground-breaking violin and drums programme. The 2008-2009 season included her debuts with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphony Orchestras as well as recitals and chamber music as part of the Concerts du Midi series at the Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, at Kings Place, London and at the Ulverston Festival, UK. Ning also made her leading and directing debut with the Het Kamerorkest Brugge in Belgium in 2009 and has returned every season since as leader and director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge. Beginning in september 2011, Ning will commence in her role as the new Artistic Director of het Kamerorkest Brugge. 2010 also saw her China debut with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra with whom she will return in the 2011-2012 season with conductor, Christian Ehwald. Other engagements in the 2011/2012 season include a return with the Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen with conductor Guy van Waas as well as a new recording with pianist, Albert Tiu, under the Meridian Records, UK label.
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Third Prize
With a repertoire that spans from classical to contemporary music, Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has performed the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos as well as the Hungarian premiere and world premiere of violin works by Gubaidulina and Kurtag respectively. In addition to appearances with all the major orchestras in Hungary, Barnabás Kelemen has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool, Helsinki, Munich, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Mozarteum Salzburg, Belgian National Orchestra, Lahti Symphony and Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He has performed with such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Peter Eötvös, Robert Spano, Zoltán Kocsis and Ivan Fischer. As a chamber musician he has performed with Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi and Shai Wosner amongst others, with recitals in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. Since 2009 he also performs as part of the Kelemen Quartet. His recent debuts include the London Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, and performances with orchestras such as Malaysian Philharmonic with Christian Arming, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Masaaki Suzuki, Netherlands Philharmonic with Claus Peter Flohr, Helsinki Philharmonic with Dmitri Solbodeniouk and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under their chief conductor Krzstysztof Urbanski. Barnabás Kelemen has occupied the position of Artist in Residence at the Musis Sacrum in Arnhem (The Netherlands) for the 2010-11 season. Barnabás Kelemen’s varied discography has been received to critical acclaim with his recording of Brahms’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano winning a Diapason d’Or. Similarly his recording of Liszt’s complete works for Violin and Piano was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2001 by the International Liszt Society. Among his more recent recordings are a live DVD of the complete Mozart Violin Concerti and CDs of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Solo Sonata. Born in Budapest in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen entered the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of 11 and later went on to become Third Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition and took First Prize at the International Violin Competition Indianapolis in 2002. In recognition of his achievements the Hungarian Government awarded him the Sándor Vegh Prize 2001, the Franz Liszt Prize 2003 and the Rózsavölgyi Prize 2003. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and a guest professor at the Bloomington Indiana University. He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex Dénes Kovács), generously on loan from the State of Hungary.
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Fourth Prize
Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition, Alina Pogostkina’s recent concert tours have seen her perform at some of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. She has collaborated with conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennadi Roshdestvensky, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons and Andrey Boreyko. As soloist she has performed with orchestras such as SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, Hallé Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Sympony Orchestra as well as Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. July 2010 saw her joining forces with violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Baiba Skride for a ‘Violin Summit’ at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Her great love of chamber music has led her to work with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach, Pekka Kuusisto, Maxim Rysanov and Joshua Bell. Numerous radio and television productions document her artistry. Highlights of recent seasons include engagements with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Mikko Franck, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bamberger Symphoniker and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Sakari Oramo. In Spring 2011 Alina Pogostkina has toured Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott. Born in St. Petersburg, Alina Pogostkina moved to Germany in 1992, receiving her earliest violin lessons from her father. A former student of Antje Weithaas at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, she has won the 1997 Louis Spohr Competition in Freiburg, where she was the youngest competitor. In 1999 she received the Prix de l’espoir of the Presidents of the European Council. In 2002 she was among the prize-winners at the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, USA. Alina Pogostkina performs frequently at internationally renowned festivals such as Schwetzinger Festspiele, the festivals in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bergen and Aspen Festivals, Beethovenfest Bonn, Salzburg Festival where she appeared with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica as well as the Dresden Musikfestspiele and Lockenhaus Festival. Alina Pogostkina plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1709), made available to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
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Fifth Prize
Violinist Ning Feng was born in Chengdu, China, and studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is quickly developing a reputation as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment. Ning won first prize in the 2006 International Violin Competition Premio Paganini and has also won prizes at the Hannover International Violin Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and also first prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Following his appearances as soloist with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra on tour in Beijing in October 2010, Maestro Fischer said: “I found [Ning Feng] to be a special talent and an outstandingly musical artist. There is no doubt that he is a musician at the highest level and plays with genuine passion and a respect for the score. I recommend him without reservation.” Upcoming dates for Ning’s 2011/12 season include concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic/Delfs, Galicia Symphony/Harth-Bedoya, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover/Gullberg Jensen, Calgary Philharmonic/Minczuk and Orchestre National de Lyon/Foster. Festival appearances in summer 2011 included Gstaad, Annecy, Colmar and Bad Kissingen. Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands. His most recent recording, Solo, featuring works by Paganini, Kreisler, Berio, Schnittke and others, received a first-class review by Audiophile Audition. Ning Feng is based in Berlin and plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin (Bonn 2007).
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Sixth Prize
Akiko Ono launched her successful career after winning numerous prizes in prestigious competitions such as the Yehudi Menuhin, the Szigeti, the Paganini, Viotti-Valsesia and the Forval-Scholarship Stradivarius Competitions. Since then she has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Japan with major orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, Weimar Staatskapelle, Lille National Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Shlomo Mintz, Saulus Sondeckis, Hans Drewanz, George Alexander Albrecht, Matthias Bamert, James Judd, Tatsuya Shimono, Taijiro Iimori, Chosei Komatsu, Joji Hattori, Gilbert Varga, Agnieszka Duczmal and Christian Arming. Akiko made her debut with Yehudi Menuhin and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra at the UNCEF Gala Concert in Germany in 1998. Other highlights of her career include a performance alongside Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mstislav Rostropovich at Lord Menuhin’s 80th Birthday Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1996, an invitation by Vanessa Redgrave to perform at the UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1998, a performance at the Japan Festival 2001 at the Windsor Castle and at the Asian Gala at the Buckingham Palace in the UK. In recent seasons Akiko Ono made appearances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, a debut at the Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and a tour with Midori Goto on her community engagement project in Vietnam. In 2008 she released her first CD with a renowned composer, pianist Ichiro Nodaiira, which has been reviewed highly. Alongside her work as a soloist, Akiko sets great value on outreach activities such as for the Red Cross and UNICEF, and is one of the appointed artists of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities since 2006. Born in Tokyo, Akiko Ono moved to the UK when she was 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and later with Dora Schwarzberg and Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna. She has performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, USA, Central America, Vietnam and Japan. Currently Akiko teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. She plays on a violin by J.B.Guadagnini made in 1772 loaned by an anonymous supporter.
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Unranked laureate
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Unranked laureate
After graduating from Moscow's Central Music School in 1994, Boris Brovtsyn entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova. During his time there he became a laureate of international competitions, such as Georg Kulenkampf (1994, Cologne), Transnet (1996, Pretoria) and Yehudi Menuhin (1998), before graduating with top honours in 1999. In 2001 he was a finalist at the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition and won the 2001 Reuters Prize. The following year he won the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition. Boris Brovtsyn made his UK debut in 1998 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba. He became a student of David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000 and since then has been spending most of his time in the UK. In 2004 he won the GSMD´s highest award, the Gold Medal (past winners include Jacqueline du´Pre, Tasmin Little and Bryn Terfel). He now is a violin teacher himself at the Guildhall School. As a soloist, Boris Brovtsyn has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Gerd Albrecht, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gilbert Varga, Alexander Lazarev, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pavel Kogan, Marc Gorenstein and Arvo Volmer to name but a few. The orchestras he has played with include Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, National Orchestra of Belgium, BBC Philharmonic, English Classical Players, Orchestre National de Lille, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Moscow State Chamber Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists. He has performed at Verbier Festival, Lugano Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Ryedale Festival and Genius of the Violin Festival, among others. Recently he has played with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and Warsaw, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Utah Symphony Orchestra and he took part in the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. Future engagements include among others performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky, with the Chamber Orchestra of the Enescu at the Festival “George Enescu” in Bucharest, with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Jakub Hrusa and a tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit.
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Ukranian violinist Oleg Kaskiv started his music studies at the Krushelnytska Special music school and the Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv (Ukraine). He then moved on to the International Menuhin Music Academy to study with Alberto Lysy in 1996, where he now is a professor of violin himself and the leader of the Camerata Menuhin. Since 2007 he also teaches at the Geneva Conservatoire de Musique. He is a laureate of several international violin competitions, including the Oistrakh Competition (Ukraine), the Spohr Competition (Germany), the Montreal Competition (Canada), the Premio Lipizer (Italy) and the Molinari Competition (Switzerland). As a soloist he has collaborated with the Camerata Lysy, Camerata de Lausanne, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, Kiev National Orchestra and the Philarmonic of Odessa.
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