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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter,” said his friend and mentor Maxim Vengerov. His premiere album Virtuoso, released worldwide on Sony Classical in January 2011, received glowing reviews from a range of major publications including The Times and Chicago Tribune, which named it the “CD of the week”. Following the success of this recording, Ray Chen was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”. His 2011 recital tour featuring Virtuoso repertoire will bring him to Tokyo, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, and Dresden.Ray Chen is currently working on his next CD with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. This will be his first orchestral recording; the release is planned for January 2012. Ray Chen’s festival engagements include Verbier, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein and Dresdner Festspiele. He will also return to Rostropovich Festival in Moscow in 2012 to participate in the celebration of Maestro’s 85th anniversary. Ray is looking forward to his upcoming debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and National Orchestra of Spain, among others. Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. Mr. Chen plays the 1721 “Macmillan” Stradivarius provided as part of the award for winning the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York
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Second Prize
Second prize and Public's prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2009, Lorenzo Gatto's talent has also been recognised with his winning of many other prizes, such as the 1st prize and Public's Prize at the International RNCM Competition in Manchester and the 1st prize at the International Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy. From the age of 12, Lorenzo Gatto has been invited to play at famous festivals and renowned halls around the whole of Europe such as the Centre for Fine Arts and Flagey in Brussels, Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Salle Cortot in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, etc. It is also with orchestras that he has enriched his experience, notably with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (under the direction of V. Sinaisky), the Belgian National Orchestra (under the direction of W. Weller, G. Varga, E. Aadland, E. Mazzola, P. Davin and S. Blunier), the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie, under the direction of P. Herreweghe and J. van Zweden), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg (under the direction of E. Krivine), the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (under the direction of P. Goodwin et A. Dumay), the New Russia Orchestra,… and, of course, through his various encounter with great musicians such as Seiji Ozawa, Midori, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Zakhar Bron, Salvatore Accardo, Julian Rachlin,… Born in Brussels (Belgium) in 1986, Lorenzo Gatto started studying the violin at the age of 5. As soon as he was 12 he joined the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music in Véronique Bogaerts' class where, at 17, he gained the higher diploma for violin with the highest distinction. After this he continued to perfect his playing under Herman Krebbers in Holland, Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music and Boris Kuschnir in Austria (Kunstuniversität, Graz and Konservatorium Wien). In 2010, Lorenzo Gatto has made a Enescu-Martinu recording for the Fuga Libera label with the pianist Milos Popovic (“Deconstructing the Wall”), but also Vieuxtemps' Concerto n°4 with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium) under the direction of Patrick Davin. He has also recorded string trios and Schubert's „The Trout" as well as the Divertimento (Mozart) album, for the UT3-records' label. He has also recorded Martinu's Concerto n°2 with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Walter Weller. Having been elected Rising Star 2010-2011, he has performed on the major European stages, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Wiener Musikverein, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and then in Barcelona, Baden Baden, Hamburg, Cologne, Luxemburg, Athens, etc. In the same season he has held a residential post at the Brussels Center for Fine Arts, concerts in South Korea, concerts with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie), the Belgian National Orchestra, the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra... As a committed musician, in 2007 Lorenzo Gatto co-founded the Cl4ssiK association, with the aim of encouraging young people to be more aware of classical music. He plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin.
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Third Prize
Ilian Garnetz studied in Moldova at the Chisinau Academy under B. Dubosarsky, before pursuing further studies in Finland at the Sibelius Academy with A. Vinnitsky. He has taken a postgraduate course with Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Starting at the age of nine, he has won many prizes at national and international competitions; he has distinguished himself at the David Oistrakh Competition (fourth prize in 2006 and third prize in 2008) and the Tibor Varga Competition (first prize in 2008). He has performed in Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan and has played with a number of orchestras, including the Cluj, Istanbul, and Zurich Philharmonics, with such conductors as Ch. Escher, K. Kawamoto, G. Varga, Misa Katz, J. van. Zweden, and P. Goodwin. In 2009 he received the title of People's Artist of Moldova. In 2010, Ilian Garnetz has made a Schubert, Ysaÿe & Brahms recording for the Fuga Libera Label with pianist Alina Bercu.
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Fourth Prize
After studying in Helge Slaatto’s class at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, where she was the school’s youngest student, Kim Suyoen continued her studies in the Musikhochschule in Münster and later with Ana Chumachenko at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. First Laureate in the Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg (2003) and the Hanover International Competition (2006), she has benefited from a number of scholarships in Germany. She has performed with many orchestras, including the Weimarer Staatskapelle, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Copenhagen, Baden-Baden, Strasbourg, St Petersburg, and Santiago Philharmonic Orchestras, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 she has released a CD with works by Mozart under the Deutsche Grammophon label, accompanied by Evgeni Bozhanov, 2nd laureate of the 2010 piano competition. The same year she has recorded two violin concertos by Joseph Joachim under the Naxos label, with the Staatskapelle Weimar. Suyoen Kim plays a violin made by Camilus Camilli (Mantua, 1742) which was given to her by the Deutscher Musikinstrumentenfonds of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
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Fifth Prize
After completing his studies, under Eduard Grach, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Nikita Borisoglebsky went on to further studies at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music, starting in 2008, with Augustin Dumay. A laureate of several competitions, in 2007 he won first prize at the Oistrakh Competition and second prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition. He has appeared in recital at festivals in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria, and Italy and has performed with many Russian and European orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Sinfonieorchester (Hanover), the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra (Poland), the New Russia Orchestra, and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia. In 2010, he has won the 1st prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin competition.
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Sixth Prize
Yoon Soyoung studied at the National University of the Arts in Korea with Kim Nam-Yun, before pursuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Zakhar Bron. A laureate of various Korean competitions, she also distinguished herself between 2002 and 2007 at the Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga, David Oistrakh, and Tchaikovsky international competitions, at which she won a number of prizes. In 2010, she obtained the silver medal of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has performed in prestigious concert halls in Japan, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Europe, with the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, the Philharmonie der Nationen, and the Sinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks.
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Unranked laureate
Noah Bendix-Balgley studied at the University of Indiana under Mauricio Fuks before going on to further studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, with Christoph Poppen and Ana Chumachenko. A laureate of many competitions since 2001, he particularly distinguished himself at the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition (Dallas), before going on to win first prize at the Andrea Postacchini Competition (Fermo, Italy) in 2007, third prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition (Paris) in 2008 and first prize at the Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris, France. He has performed in Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, China, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and the United States, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), the Orchestre National de Belgique (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels), the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), the Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich, and the Asheville Symphony (USA). In 2011, he was named the new concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Noah is a passionate and experienced chamber musician. In 2011, he performed on a North American tour with the Miro String Quartet. In 2008, he was invited to participate in Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, Germany, where he worked and performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman and Lynn Harrell. He has collaborated with artists such as Ana Chumachenco, Wen-Sinn Yang, Hariolf Schlichtig, and percussionist Colin Currie.
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Unranked laureate
Chen Jiafeng studied the violin in his home town before going on to further studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and later at the Royal College of Music in London with Jan Repko. Currently, he is studying at The Juilliard School with Cho-Liang Lin and Ronald Copes. He has given a number of recitals in China, the UK, the US, South Africa, and various European countries. He has taken part in several festivals, including the BBC Proms, the Verbier Festival and the Lake District Music Festival, and has worked with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta (Paavo Berglund), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (Paul Goodwin), the National Orchestra of Belgium (Gilbert Varga), and the National Orchestra of Ukraine, among others. A laureate of a number of competitions, he won first prize at the Wieniawski Competition in 2003, second prize at both the Sibelius Competition (2005), the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008) and the Windsor International String Competition (2011).
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Choi Ye-Eun studied the violin with Kim Nam-Yun at the National University of the Arts in Korea and later with Ana Chumachenko at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2005 she was brought to the attention of Anne-Sophie Mutter, soon becoming a recipient of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship and continuing to benefit from professional and personal support from Miss Mutter. Since making her concert debut at the age of 10 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, she has since performed internationally with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony, Munich Rundfunk Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Indianapolis Symphony and Indiana Chamber orchestras, Montreal I Musici Chamber Orchestra, Finland Kuhmo Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the leading Korean orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is regularly invited to perform with Munich Symphony Orchestra, Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam, Hofer Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. In October 2009, she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Alan Gilbert and has since played with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia under Yuri Bashmet and given a very successful tour with the Anne-Sophie Mutter Virtuosi. Forthcomming highlights include the concerts with Dresden Philharmonic and Pepe Romero under Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck and the NHK Symphony under André Previn. Devoted to chamber music, Ye-Eun performs at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Asiago (Italy), Gdansk (Poland) and Rheingau. She is regularly invited to the ‘Folles journées’ in France and Japan, as well as the Lockenhaus and Kronberg festivals. In 2011 she has made her debut appearances in recitals and chamber music at the Dresden and Verbier Festivals.
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Unranked laureate
Mayu Kishima studied the violin in her homeland with, among others, Toshiya Eto and Machie Oguri, before undertaking further studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2001 she distinguished herself at the Wieniawski Competition for Young Violinists; she later won first prize at the Patras (2003, Greece) and Novosibirsk (2004, Russia) international competitions. She has performed in Japan and in a number of European cities and has appeared with various orchestras, including the Japan and Prague Philharmonics, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
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