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Interviews of International Web Concert Hall Winners and Guest Artists


Winner of 2012 International Web Concert Hall Competition

AccoDuo Ivana Levak and Miran Vaupotich

AccoDuo collaborate with eminent composers such as John Alan Rose, Paolo Ugoletti, Eric Schwartz and many others. They performed World Premieres of pieces dedicated to them, Concerto for two Bayans and Symphony Orchestra by German contemporary composer Peter Machajdik as well as Croatian Suite and Phantasy by known Russian composer Yevgeni Derbenko.
AccoDuo has been awarded most distinguished Special Schnittke Award at IBLA Grand Prize 2008 in Ragusa, Italy.
Ivana Levak and Miran Vaupotich met in Zagreb as teenage accordion students and have been performing together for more than ten years, perfecting a sublime synchronicity and effortless performance style. The family ties of these musicians have a direct influence on the Duo’s performances. They both earned their Master’s degree at the University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula, Croatia
. [Interview] www.accoduo.com


Winner of 2012 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Olha Chipak and Kushnir Oleksiy (Piano Duo)

Their interpretations of musical works were already played on North German Broadcast and on radio and television in the Ukraine, Poland and San Marino. Their career is attended by numerous awards Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir achieved with several international competitions. Olha Chipak was born in Odessa (Ukraine). Presently she is an assistant lecturer at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock. Oleksiy Kushnir was born in Lviv (Ukraine). Since 2005 he’s an assistant lecturer at the Rudolf-Regeny-Conservatoire and at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock.  [Interview] www.chipak-kushnir.de


Honorary Mention of 2011 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Duo Sergey Kolesov (Saxophone)   Elena Grinevich (Piano)

Elena Grinevich was born in Moscow in 1983. In 2002, she graduated with honors from the Moscow Academic Musical College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Elena Andreeva. Since, she also studied in the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music under Prof. Sergey Senkov and post graduate course in the accompaniment department under Prof. Tatyana Kandinskaya. She was a prize-winner at a number of international competitions and festivals, which includes, the Moscow government and the Elina Bystritskaya’s Foundation grants. Elena started working as a pianist in the saxophone class of Prof. Margarita Shaposhnikova and took part in many prestigious competitions performing with leading saxophonists where she was awarded diplomas as a distinguished accompanist. In 2010, duo with Sergey Kolesov (saxophone) won the 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Saliery-Zinetti” in Verona, Italy.

Sergey Kolesov is one of the best saxophonists in Russia. He is the first and only Russian saxophonist to win the “Grand-prix” at International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant, Belgium. In addition, he holds three First Prizes for the best performance of the works written especially for this competition, the International Saxophone Competition “Selmer-Paris” in Kiev, Ukraine, and International Chamber Music Competition “Salieri-Zinetti”, Verona, Italy. [Interviewwww.sergeykolesov.com


Honorary Mention of 2011 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Takeaki Miyamae (Flute - Japan)

A native of Japan, Takeaki Miyamae is a flutist with unique and unconventional career backgrounds.  He began studying the flute with Toshio Takahashi, Suzuki Flute Method founder, at the age of nine and started to take private lessons with the legendary Marcel Moyse at the age of eleven. In his teens, he gave solo recitals in the U.S. and Canada including the National Flute Association Convention, toured in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and performed at various concert halls including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the Sydney Opera House.  Following Marcel Moyse’s demise he stopped his professional activities as he lost his great mentor and went into medicine.  After obtaining a medical doctor degree and Ph.D in medicine and working as a neuroscientist for ten years, Takeaki Miyamae resumed his professional music career and studied with Louis Moyse.  He has appeared in television, has recorded several CDs in Japan and has appeared in solo and chamber music performances in the U.S., Taiwan and Japan.  As a flute instructor he has conducted master classes in the U.S. and Japan. [Interview]    www.takeakimiyamae.com


Honorary Mention of 2011 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Dimitris Kotronakis (Guitar - Greece)

Born in Heraklion, Creta (Greece), he began guitar at the age of seven with the guidance of Vassilis Kanaras. Graduated from the International Conservatory of Athens in 1992, he continued his post-graduate studies on classical guitar at the “Athens Conservatory”, under supervision of Costas Cotsiolis. Meanwhile, he further expanded his theoretical musical knowledge (obtaining diploma in Fuge, under tutoring of Giorgos Sioras) and attended Musicology classes (obtaining diploma from the Musicology branch of the University of Athens, in 1996). He currently working on a PhD from same University. Dimitris has won the 1st prize in the Volos guitar festival, 1st prize in the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria guitar festival in Spain, 2nd prize in the National Conservatory’s composing for guitar contest in Athens-Greece, 1st prize in the Sinaia guitar festival in Romania, and 1st prize in the Chalkis guitar competition in Greece. He has performed numerous recitals in Greece and worldwide; he also performed solo with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kielce (Poland), the Philarmonic Orchestra of Craiova (Romania), the Orchestra of Colors (Greece), the “Camerata” Symphonic Orchestra (Greece), the National Symphonic Orchestra (Greece) and the “Nicolaos Mantzaros” orchestra (Greece).  He currently teaches classical guitar in the Music School of Alimos-Athens, the “Panormonio Conservatory of Athens” and in the “International Conservatory of Athens”. [Interview] www.kotronakis.com


Honorary Mention of 2011 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Palmas Piano Duo (Italy)

Cristina and Luca Palmas, the brother-and-sister Duo, was formed in 1998. They studied under  Pier Narciso Masi, Trio di Parma  and Sergio Marengoni. In addition, they attended master-classes with Bruno Canino and Szuszanna Sirokay. Individually they perfected their art  with Charles Spencer, Mario Conter, Trio di Trieste, Aquiles delle Vigne, Paul Badura Skoda ,Oxana Jablonskaia, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Alexis Weissenberg, Norman Shetler, Hans Peter Blockwitz, to mention few. The Palmas Piano Duo has won first prizes in numerous national and international competitions and has received special praise by critics (VII Concorso Internazionale Harmoniae, Rome; Concorso Internazionale Dianae Nemus, Nemi; Concorso Internazionale  Paul Harris, Milan; Concorso Internazionale F. Forgione, Verbania; Concorso Internazionaale J. Brahms, Acqui Terme, etc). They performed in Rome, Milan, Padova, Pavia, Cremona, Turin, and Crema. [Interview] www.palmaspianoduo.com


Honorary Mention of 2011 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Piano duo Scholtes-Janssens (Netherlands)

Lestari Scholtes (1984) and Gwylim Janssens (1985) have been a piano duo since 2003. Currently they are recognized as one of the most promising piano duos of their generation and leading piano duo from the Netherlands. Their 2009 Carnegie Hall debut, as a part of the IBLA Grand Prize winners' USA tour, was praised as ‘it could well have been 25 or 30 fingers, so big and well integrated was the sound. Terrific duo in top form'. The Duo had given concerts throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Poland, Italy, San Marino, Israel, Chile, Bolivia and the USA, in venues like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.  In 2010, the duo won the Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and they also won the first winners of the Radio4 Talent of the Year 2010. In 2010, the duo won the Concours Musical de France in Paris, the 2nd prize at the International Concerto Competition of the Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, won the International Chamber Music Competition Almere in Netherlands, the 3rd prize in the IV th International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino “Allegro Vivo”, the 2nd prize in the 14th Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Verona, the Fourth International Piano Duo Competition 2008 in Poland, and the Princess Christina Competition 2003 and 2004. [Interview] http://pianoduo.scholtesjanssens.com


Winner of 2010 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Quartetto di Cremona String Quartet (Italy)
The Quartetto di Cremona was formed in 2000 in Italy. Starting at the Stauffer Academy of Salvatore Accardo in Cremona and continuing at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, they continued to study with Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. The ensemble won the second prize in the fourth Melbourne Competition, where they were invited to partake in an extended Australian tour. Other prizes include the first prize at the Vittorio Veneto Competition, first prize at the seventh Cremona International Competition, and second prize at the V.Gui International Competition in Florence. The Cremona Quartet received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2005. [Interview]
Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, cello

www.quartettodicremona.com


Honorary Mention of 2010 International Web Concert Hall Competition

Piano Duo Ragazzoni (Italy)
Marzia and Fabiana Ragazzoni

Ragazzoni sisters were born in Caracas in 1977 and 1983. Graduated with honors at the Music Conservatory “Orazio Vecchi”  in Modena (Italy), under the guidance of Professor Enza Lori. Received the Carmen Campori prize as the top graduating students of their own academic year. The Piano Duo has brilliantly concluded the triennial course of Chamber Music held by Master Pier Narciso Masi at the International Perfecting Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola (Italy) receiving the “Master” Diploma. The Duo’s performing career has been enriched with many classes from M° R. Szidon, M° Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, M° Piernarciso Masi and Lilya Zilberstein. The Piano Duo was invited to play in Italy, Croatia, Norway, Spain, France, Germany, and Venezuela. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela, the Duo played at the Institute of Latin American Institute (ILA) in Rome. Marzia and Fabiana played Mozart’s Concert KV 365 for two pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfònica de Venezuela in the “Teresa Carreño” theatre of Caracas and again on May 2009 Mozart’s Concert KV 242 for two pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfònica de la Juventud Venezolana “Simòn Bolìvar” with director M° Christian Vazquez. The Duo partecipated in “Grieg Festival 2007” in Oslo where they gave a recital. Ragazzoni Piano Duet won many national and international competitions, such as, “Concours Grieg” International Piano duo competition in Oslo. In 2010, the duo gave NY debut in Carnegie Hall as a result of winning the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. The Duo also has recorded for the CRP productions. In 2009, the Duo became Honorary member of COMI (Italian Music Operators Association) project in Milan.  [Interview]

www.duoragazzoni.com


A Winner of 2009 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Pavel Shatskiy(Piano) Russia - born in Moscow 1984 and at 13, he took a part in X International Competition in Ibiza. He has won first prizes in a number of international competitions: XI International Piano Competition in Ibiza, X Music Competition in Cordoba, VIII Alexandre Scriabine International Piano competition, and received the Heinrich Neuhaus Scholarship established by the Rostropovich International Fund. In 2007, Pavel produced a debut CD and he is also very active chamber musician. He founded Guadeamus Trio. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Moscow State Conservatoire under Yuri Slesarev. [Interview]

 


A Winner of 2009 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Vadim Chaimovich (Piano) Lithuania - born in 1978 in Vilnius, Lithuania, and began studying piano at the age of five, giving his USSR debut performance with an orchestra just two years later. He won many awards while at the Vilnius School of Music, including the First Prizes at the Balys Dvarionas International Competition for Young Talents in Vilnius in 1989 and 1992 and at the Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte International Competition in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic). One year later, he received a diploma at the First International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Moscow. He won two more awards at the International Stasys Vainiunas Piano Competition in Vilnius and International F. Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (Poland). The same year Professor Lev Natochenny (USA) invited him to join his class at the Frankfurt Conservatoire of Music. In 2001 he continued his studies with the pianist Eugen Indjic in Paris. From 2003 to 2007 Vadim accomplished his musical education as a postgraduate and master class student in the class of Professor Peter Rösel at the Dresden Conservatoire of Music «Carl Maria von Weber» and was awarded a diploma with honors. [Interview]    www.vadim-chaimovich.com


2009 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Tkaczewski Krystian (Piano) Poland / USA - born in 1980 in Tarnow in the family with musical accomplishments. Began piano at age 7 as a student of Paderewski Music School in Tarnow. During 1995-2000, he was a student of Chopin Music College in Warsaw under P.Skrzpek and G.Weiss. In 2000, he studied with Olga Rusina at Music Academy in Wroclaw. Krystian is a laureate of many piano competitions in Poland and abroad: Regional Piano Competition in Tarnow, National Piano Competition in Warsaw, European Piano Teachers Association and many more. Krystian has concertized in twelve countries (Poland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Greece, Andorra, France, Macedonia, Morocco and USA). [Interview www.krystiantkaczewski.com

 


2009 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Duo PETROF- Zatin Anatoly and Vassilieva Vlada  Mexico - Composed of the Mexican pianists of Russian descent Anatoly Zatin and Vlada Vassilieva, Duo PETROF perform at the most important concert venues in Mexico, USA, Asia and Europe. Anatoly Zatin is a winner of international music competitions and festivals in Russia, Korea, Italy, and Hungary. He has been awarded with the UNICEF medal of honor for his activities as pianist and conductor. He has toured Sweden, Norway, Deutschland, Finland, England, numerous occasions, performing at many of the world’s most important concert venues. He has recorded for companies such as “melodia” in Russia, “Azzura Music” in Italy, and “Aurora Records’ in Japan. Graduated as Doctor of Musical Arts at the San Petersburg Conservatory of Music and currently, he is a Chairman of the Music Department of the Fine Arts Institute of the University of Colima, Mexico. [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - De Stefano Piano Duo (Italy) They are winners and have been awarded in about 60 international and national competitions: Third Prize at the “10th Murray Dranoff” International Two Piano Competition of Miami, 1st prize 14th International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, 1st prize “29th V.Bucchi” di Roma, 2005 Internationale Sommerkademie Mozarteum of Salzburg, 1st prize - 4th International Indipendent Competition “Individualis” of Kiev, 1st prize at the “T.I.M.2006”, 1st prize International Chamber Music Competition “Anemos”in Rome 2007, 1st prize at the "13th Ibla Grand Prize”, 3rd prize at the 20th Chamber Music of Caltanissetta, 1st prize at the “3rd Seiler”of Palermo, 1st prize at the “24th Ama Calabria”of Lamezia Terme,“ 1st prize at the 7th European Gran Prix “Mendelssohn-Cup” in Lecce, and many others also like soloists. [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann Piano Duo (Canada) The duo received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. In 1993 they became members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now. Currently on faculty at The Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary, Elizabeth and Marcel have also been involved in various musical activities at The Banff Centre for the Arts and in 2004/2005, served as Artistic Directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. They are members of the Calgary based group Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Brown/England Piano Duo (USA) Brown/England Piano Duo won a first place award in the New England Conservatory International Ensemble Competition and awarded a performance at Carnegie Hall. They have appeared on many concerts for the international music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon and have been selected to perform at their 2008 International Convention in Florida.[Interview with Brown] [Interview with England]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Adam Aleksander (Piano – Canada / Poland) Adam Aleksander has received top prizes in over eighteen piano competitions in five countries, including international piano competitions in Barcelona, Paris, Salerno, Miami, Lawton (Oklahoma), Edmonton (Canada), and Palm Beach, and has received prizes for his recordings in competitions in Austin, Texas and Calgary, Canada. In addition, he has been awarded grants from The Canada Council and The Alberta Heritage Trust Fund. [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Tatiana Larionova (Piano – Russia) Tatiana Larionova is a prize winner in several international piano competitions, including: “Usti nad Labem” Piano Competition (Czech Republic, 1994); “Stravinskij awards” Interantional Piano Competition (US, 1995); International F.Liszt Piano Competition (Poland, 1999); third prize, S.Thalberg International Piano Competition (Italy, 2004); second prize, “Premio Seiler” International Piano Competition (Italy, 2004). [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Yoonjung Han (Piano – Korea) The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Han won Gold medal in the Nena Wideman Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, Bradshaw& Buono International Piano Competition. Following her success, participating as the youngest participants, she won second prize at the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Ettore Pozzoli, 5th prize in Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition. She has won first prizes at the Juilliard Frederich Nordmann Piano Competition, Juilliard Mozart concerto competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, Korea National Music Competition, Friday Woodmere Music Competition, Ishikawa Young Artists Award and Korea Herald Competition. Ms. Han has frequently appeared on both WQXR and National Public Radio’s “Young Artist Showcases”, as well as WHYY, TV pol music, and CBS, EBS in Korea. in 2008, she was the Gold medalist at the  World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and won the first prize at the Gina Bachauer at Juilliard. [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Alexander Bedenko (Clarinet – Ukraine) Alexander Bedenko has won first prizes in several major competitions, including the 1994 first prize and laureate from the Second International Young Artist’s Competition in Moscow, the 1995-96 first prizes winner of the Interlochen Center for the Arts “Concerto Competition”, First prize at the Summit Music Festival “Concerto Competition” in NYC in 2004, and the 1999 Grand-Prix and Laureate of the International Open Clarinet Competition in Kiev, as well as recipient scholarship of Vladimir Spivakov’s Foundation and the named scholarship of The President of Ukraine, from (1997-1999). [Interview]

 


2007 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Jing-I Jang (Harp – Taiwan) She was a finalist in the Franz J. Reinl International Harp Competition in Munich, Germany in 2003, and a finalist in the 2003 National Anne Adams Award Auditions, administered by the American Harp Society. She was a quarter-finalist in the 5th and 7th USA International Harp Competition. She was also a winner of the UI Concerto Competition and a winner of NTNU Concerto Competition. She had also performed as principal harpist with the Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois, and as a harpist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. [Interview]

 


A winner of 2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition-Anna Kravtchenko (Ukraiine – Piano)- In 1991, at 15 years old, Anna Kravtchenko won both first prizes in the International Competition “Concertino Praga” and Busoni International Piano Competition. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, she began to study the piano at the age of five and at nine entered the conservatory, where she studied with Leonid Margarius. [Interview]

 


A winner of 2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition- Joel Hastings (Canada – Piano)- A Canadian-born pianist was the winner of the International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and placed second in the Chicago Chopin Competition. He took first prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Competition and has been the recipient of multiple grants from the Canadian Council for the Performing Arts. [Interview]

 


2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Miao Hou (China – Piano) A graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music, Miao Hou began her piano study in her native China at the age of four. In 1997, Miss Hou received the grand prize at the Pearl River Young Artist Piano Competition and Hong Kong International Piano solo competition. After moving to the United States in 2000, she has won Thousand Island International piano competition, the Kingsville International young artist competition, Isabel Scionti competition, and the Wideman piano competition. Miss Hou also received the “Best Performance of French Music” in the International Russian Music Competition and the Grand prize in Midland National Young Artist Competition. She recently made her Carnegie debut, where she performed Mozart piano concerto No. 19 with Curtis Orchestra under the Maestro Leon Fleisher conducting. In 2009, Miao won Gold Medal at the Virginia Waring piano competition. [Interview]


2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Duehlmeier-Gritton Duo (USA – Piano Duo) Duehlmeier-Gritton Duo is listed as a Steinway artists and have released CD of all-Gershwin, the concerto for two pianos and orchestra by Manookian with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolking Jazz two-piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra which was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 on the MMC label. Most recent performance engagements include Nanjing, China, Austria, Poland, Scotland, Israel. Washington D.C. and Connecticut.

Susan Duehlmeier received a doctoral degree from Boston University and Bonnie Gritton received a doctoral degree from University of California at Los Angeles. Currently, they are faculty members at the University of Utah. [Interview]

 


2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Christopher Atzinger (USA – Piano)A native of Jackson, Michigan, Christopher Atzinger was the first place winner of the 2005 National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and the gold medalist of the 50th annual Nina Plant Wideman International Piano Competition. He has also received honors from the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. Mr. Atzinger won the Premio Citta di Ispica prize with special recognition for his performance of Samuel Barber at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Italy. [Interview]

 


2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Chia-Yuan Liang (USA – Harp) - Miss Liang was a fellow of the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland and Pacific Music Festival Orchestra where she toured Japan and Europe. She was an alternate winner for Ann Adams Award of the American Harp Society and was the only American that reached top-ten in the Arpista-Ludivico International Harp competition in June, 2005. She has also been selected as a candidate of the 2006-07 U.S. Fulbright program in Germany. [Interview]

 


2006 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Teresa Trevisan & Flavio Zaccaria (Italy - Piano-Duo) - Flavio Zaccaria graduated from the Music Conservatory “B.Marcello” in Venice. Mr. Zaccaria began duo with the pianist Antonella Perini, where they were the only Italian piano duo honored in the International Chamber Music Competition “Provincia di Caltanissetta” and the International Piano Competition “Citta di Marsala.” In 2005, the current duo team recorded a CD entirely devoted to unpublished works by Max Reger. Mr. Zaccaria was a piano professor at the Music Conservatory of Venice from 1992 – 2003 and he currently teaches at the Music Conservatory “G. Tartini” of Trieste. [Interview]

 


Duo Brillaner (Clarinet and Piano) - Shirley Brill (Clarinet) & Jonathan Aner (Piano), the duo was founded in 1999. The Brillaner Duo performed in concert halls in Germany, Denmark, England, Russia, Switzerland and Israel. The Brillaner Duo is a recipient of the AICF and the Ronen Foundation grants. They currently study at the Musikhochschule Lubeck and Shirley studies in the class of Prof. Sabine Meyer and Jonathan with Prof. Konrad Elser. [Interview]

 


2005 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Liu Yang (China - Violin) A former first-prize winner of China's National Violin Competition, he was a Starling scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Liu was born in Qingdao, People's Republic of China in 1976. At age nine he was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a student of the renowned Professor Yao-Ji Lin. His Concerto tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland, Russia, Greece, and Egypt. Yang has also appeared frequently as soloist with the Starling Chamber Orchestra and most recently, during the SCO's, two tours in his homeland, China. Yang Liu's debut recording of Song of Nostalgia was released this year - to critical acclaim. The disc represents the soloist's broad interests, including both traditional Chinese songs and some of the most difficult repertoire ever written for the violin. Yang's long-standing collaboration with Chinese composer and pianist Gao Ping continues on this disc which features a new work by the composer.

 


2005 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Chiovetta, Fabrizio (Piano) Studied in Tibor Varga Superior Conservatory and Academy in Sion, Switzerland under Dominique Weber and performs in Europe and Canada regularly . [Interview]

 

 


2005 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Attwood, Koji (Piano) Koji Attwood is a relative of Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), a student of Mozart and friend of Mendelssohn. Koji studied with Seymour Lipkin at Curtis institue of music and Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, where he recieved doctoral's degree. Since 2003, Mr. Attwood has been with Astral Artistic Services, a management group in Philadelphia.[Interview]

 


2005 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Roth, Linus (Violin) The winner of the Bruno Frey Prize of the State Academy Baden- Wurttemberg. Since 1998, Mr. Roth was supported by Anne-Sophie Mutter through her Foundation, the "Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis." Mr. Roth plays the Stradivari "Dancla" 1703, kindly loaned by the "L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Wurttemberg. Among many competitions he has won in the past, Mr. Roth has won the first prizes from International Violin competition Novosibirsk. [Interview]

 


2005 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Trio di Pavia (Piano Trio) - Giorgia Brustia, Marcello Defant, and Alberto Drufuca.

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The winner of 2004 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Enrico Dindo (cello) was the first Italian to win the First Prize at the Rostropovich cello Competition in Paris (1997). Since then, he has received international recognition of his exceptional and early talent. The great Russian Maestro Rostropovich said about him: “…he is a cellist of exceptional qualities, a great musician who has the gift of an incredible sound, which flows as a splendid Italian voice.” Enrico Dindo was born in 1965 in Turin into a family of musicians. At the age of six he began studying cello at the Conservatorio G. Verdi . He attended post-graduate courses with Egidio Roveda and Antonio Janigro at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1987, Dindo was invited by Riccardo Muti to be the first cello soloist with the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. [Interview]

 


2004 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Laffranchini and Rebaudengo (Cello and Piano Duo) They studied at conservatorio di Milano. Laffranchini won in 2000 international competition ‘Soloist cello in Teatro alla Scala di Milano’ and was the first prize winner of Pinerolo international chamber music competition, and received special prize in 1999 Stradivari cello competition. Rebaudengo won third prize at Zwickau “Robert Schumann” competition in year 2000 and received first prize at Concorso Pianistico Internazionale di Pescara in 1998. [Interview]

 


2004 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Finalist) Armin Egger (Guitar)  -  a winner of Julian Bream Prize at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Currently, Armin teaches at University of Music in Graz. Studied at University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and the Royal Academy of Music in London.[interview]

 

 


2004 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Finalist) Kairy Koshoeva (Piano)  -   Kairy was named Honored Artist of Kyrgyzstan. Also, she was awarded the Rachmaninov Medal by the International Academy of Fine Arts. Trained in Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia and currently working towards the Doctor of Musical Art Degree at University of Missouri in Kansas City and teaches at the Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) Community School of Art.[interview]

 


2004 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Finalist) Kanae Koshi (Piano)  -  Received Bachelor’s degree from Toho Gakuen School of Music. Study at the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. Gave New York City debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in 2005.[interview]

 

 


tosheff8small.jpg (27111 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Tosheff Piano Duo (Vely Stoyanova & Ilia Tosheff) have performed in Japan, US, Germany, Holland, Malta, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Switzerland. They have won numerous honors and awards at prestigious international competitions worldwide. Competitions include, the grand prize at Tokyo International Piano duo competition (1988), the grand prize at Dobrich (Bulgaria) 1997 The Coast of Hope International competition, 1st prize at Rome Valentino bucchi International competition, 1st prize at Rome International Music Tournament, 1st prize at Sofia Music and Earth International competition and Zinetti Chamber music competition. [interview]

 


Pasquale3.jpg (15225 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Pasquale Iannone (Piano) has won several national competitions (Albenga, Rozzano, Galatina, Osimo) and international as well such the "A. Casella" (Naples 1989); "Carlo Zecchi" (Rome 1991. In 1994 Pasquale Iannone has been top prize winner at the prestigeous "Gina Bachauer" International Piano Competition which took place in Salt Lake City (USA) and in 1995 he has been awarded of the Second Prize and the Special Fauré Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition. [interview]

 


RichardRaymond_small.jpg (11199 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Richard Raymond - (Piano) is currently Associate Professor at McGil University in Montreal. He has won the First prize in Montreal International competition, the chamber music prize at the Van Cliburn competition, Second prize in William Kapell International piano competition, International Stepping Stone" of the Canadian Music competition, and Vianna da Motta competition. In 1998, he was the recipient of the prestigious Virginia Parker prize awarded by the Canada council. [interview]
ionne-duo_small.jpg (11480 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Bruni & Iannone - (Piano Duo) The meeting of Bruni and Iannone took place in 1998 and since their first performance they have been invited to play by prestigious concert societies in Italy, USA and South Korea and the conductor and composer Carlo Franci dedicated a piece for 2 pianos, great orchestra and electronic sound to their Duo, which has been recorded by the Italian label ";Musicaimmagine" under the baton of the composer himself. A CD recording is coming up in their projects from a live performance given at the "Bellini" theatre in Catania. [interview]

 


Philip Amalong (Piano) - Studied at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with Sandra Rivers and a winner in a competition for a scholarship given by Van Cliburn. He also composes and recently completed scores for short films. [Interview] [Web Site]

 

 


naoko_takada_small.jpg (13446 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Naoko Takada (Marimba) won theFirst Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Audition and was also awarded the Beracasa Foundation Prize. She had her Japan debut at Tokyo Opera City Recital hall, her NY debut at the 92nd Street Y, Washington D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center, and Boston debut at the Gardena Museum. Her past solo appearances include WQXR (NY radio), WGBH (Boston radio) and HKRT (Hong kong radio); as well as performances at Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York. [interview]

 


bruni_3small.jpg (14411 bytes)A winner of 2003 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) - Paola Bruni (Piano) has won the first prize at the "A. Casagrande" International Competition and 3rd prize at UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria. She has performed in Italy, south Africa and throughout Europe. She has recorded CDs in London with the European Community Chamber Orchestra and in Vienna for Deutsche Grammophone Educational.  [interview]

 

 


Alexieduo1.jpg (6809 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Alexei Soutchkov and Maia Berdieva (Piano Duo) - Alexei born in Moscow and Maia born in Turkmenia (Ashgabad), they both have won numerous international and national competitions. Together, they have won more than 35 international competitions and capturing 25 1st prizes. The first prizes include, Mendelssohn-Cup in Taurisano, Coppa Pianisti d'Italia in Italy, Val Tidone in Piacenza, Premio Seiler in Palermo, Ville de Gaillard in France, and Fifth International Festival in Fivizzano, Italy, to mention few. Both pianists have studied at Ciaikovsky conservatoire in Moscow. [interview]

 


glory.jpg (29047 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Grigory Alumyan (Cello) - Native of Moscow, he received the first prize of 2002 Swedish International Duo Competition. Other awards include the 1st prize of UNISA International Music competition in Pretoria, 3rd prize at Internetionalem Wettbewerb in Markneukirchen, and received Preis des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes. He  studied at Ciaikovsky conservatoire in Moscow and performed with Moskauer Sinfonieorchester, Collegium Musikum Carinthia, Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Johannesburg Philharmonie and many others. [interview]

 


patrick_jee.jpg (8018 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Patrick Jee (Cello)- Born in the United States, has won many competitions such as Andre Navarra Cello Competition, the Holland-American Music Society Cello Competition and the Irving Klein International String Competition. He has studied at Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School. [interview]

 

 


andrew_mah.jpg (8441 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Andrew Mah (Guitar) - Born in Canada, he toured France with the ensemble 'Guitares Nouvelle France' premiering some of the earliest work of Canadian composer and guitarist Patrick Roux and has been a finalist in music competition at both national and international competitions. He has studied at Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec a Hull and University of Toronto. [interview]

 

 


mike_george.jpg (8149 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Michal George (Guitar) - Born in South Africa, he has won four national and international competitions. Awards include, the first prize in National Guitar Competition in South Africa and Rosilia Ablan Prize in Guitar in the United States. He graduated from University of the Witwatersrand and the Cleveland Institute of Music. [interview]

 


Antal.jpg (7974 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Antal Szalai (Violin) - born in Budapest, Hungary. He won the first prize in Janos Koncz Hung National Violin competition and received scholarships from Soros foundation and Sir George Solti Foundation. He is scheduled to record all of the violin transcriptions by Leopold Auer for Hungaroton Classics. [interview]

 


melissa_robinson.jpg (8128 bytes)A winner of 2002 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Melissa Robinson (French Horn)- born in the United States, she has won both national and international solo competitions, performed in ensembles throughout the United Sates and Europe. She has performed with Rome Festival Orchestra as a soloist and is currently doctoral student in Indiana University. She teaches horn at Drake University and performs with the Drake University Faculty Brass Quintet. She is also a proficient pianist. [interview]

 


denis_small.gif The winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Denis Shapovalov (Cello) born in the rural town named "Tchaikovsky", in honour of the greatest Russian composer and graduated Moscow Conservatory, is also a winner of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (1998), taking the 1st prize and a gold medal as the unanimous choice of the jury. [Interview]

 

 


taka_kigawa_thu_a.jpg (11225 bytes)A winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Taka Kigawa (Piano) - born and grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began studying the piano at age of three, and won his first competition at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University nad his Master of Arts from Tokyo Gakugei University. He has won the First Prize in "The Japan Music & Culture Promotion Competition" in 1990 and was awarded Diploma Prize at Concurs International Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain. He also holds Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he was recipient of Alexander Siloti award. [Interview]

 


angela_kim_thu_a.jpg A winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Angela Kim (Piano) - Korean-American pianist Angela Jia Kim has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in renowned recital halls such as the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. She was a guest artist in a PBS special: "Studio III Presents Angela Kim" that was aired in the midwest, and her performances have been broadcast on Vermont Public Radio, "Live Artists," and   nationally in Canada on CBC Radio "Music from Montreal." [Interview]

 


arthur_campbell_thu_a.gif A winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention)Dr. Arthur Campbell (Clarinet) has established himself as a virtuosic performer of both standard and contemporary repertoire for the clarinet. He has won numerous international and national competitions, including the prestigious U.S. Department of State Artist Abroad Award (2000), a second prize and top clarinet scholarshiop in CIBC National Music Festival of Canada (1988). [Interview]

 


miroshnikov_thu_a.jpg A winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Christophor Miroshnikov (Cello) recent accomplishments include receiving a cello from the Virtu Foundation as a Scholarship Award 2000, being awarded first prize at the 1999 "TECHNI" Cello Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece, and winning the 1998-1999 Oberlin Conservatory Concerto Competition. He was also awarded an honorary bow made especially for him by the German bow-maker Rudolf Neudörfer, who personally presented it to him after a concert in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. [Interview]

 


A winner of 2001 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Yuri Kalnits (Violin) was born in Moscow in 1975, Yuri Kalnits studied in Moscow Central Music School. In 1983, Yuri attended the Moscow Gnessin Music School for Gifted Children as a pupil of Irina Svetlova. Yuri has performed as a soloist with the Voronezh and Yaroslavl Symphony Orchestras, playing at the Main Hal of the Moscow Conservatory, representing the School in England and playing solo with the Gnessin Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in Japan. [Interview]

 


duo.gif The prize-winning duo of Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrove are two young dazzling piano virtuosi who bring insight, passion and elegance to everything they play. They are the only piano duo in history to win all the major prestigious international piano-duo contests. [Interview]

 


romanenko_small.jpg Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Alexei Romanenko (Cello), Russian by birth, began to study cello at the age of six. Mr. Romanenko has won first prize in Gnesina Cell competition in Moscow, the first prize in Classical Heritage International Competition, and the first prize in 8th Vienna Internation Competition. Alexei Romanenko began to study cello at the age of six. He has won the 1st prize on the Far-Eastern Competition for strings when he was 12 years old.

 


malan_small.jpg (7860 bytes) A Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Petronel Malan (Piano) won her first national gold medal at age twelve and the first international gold at fourteen in the Third International Piano competition in Marsala, Sicily. A riveting figure on stage, reviewers have described Miss Malan as breathtaking, extraordinary and brilliant! [Interview]

 

 


tiu_small.gif (8024 bytes)A Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Albert Tiu (Piano) the recipient of the 1998 Juilliard William Petschek Recital Award, Mr. Tiu was presented in a solo recital in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. In 1996, he won first prize in the UNISA Transnet International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa and was a laureate of the Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition. [Interview]

 


zofivokalkova_small.jpg (15025 bytes)A Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition (Honorary Mention) Zofi Vokalkova (Flute) has won first prize at Czech conservatoire competition, first prize at Concertino Praga International Competition, and third prize at Pacem in terris - international competition in Germany [Interview]

 

 


chin_small.gifA Winner of 2000 International Web Concert Hall Competition(Honorary Mention) Dr. Chin Kim (Violin) has won top prizes in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montreal, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. [Interview]

 

 


hinson_small.gifDr. Maurice Hinson (Piano) is the author of ten books, including Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire and numerous articles. Dr. Maurice Hinson is professor of piano in the School of Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. [ Interview ]

 

 


chen_small.gifGrand Prize Winner of the 1999 International Web Concert Hall Competition - Gwhyneth Chen (Piano) - Ms. Gwhyneth Chen won the first prize of Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition in 1994 and was a laureate in both 1990 Tchaikovsky Internatioinal Piano competition and 1992 The Prokofieff International Piano Competition.

 

 


mead_small.jpgVaila Mead (Piano) - Special Prize winner of 1999 International Web Concert Hall Competition. Ms. Mead has given solo appearence in London, New York, Milan and two concert tours in Australia. Vaila Mead has been appearing as a solo pianist since the age of 11, when she played on ABC Television. [Interview]

 

 


jn_small.gifJon Nakamatsu (Piano) - the Gold Medallist of the 1997 Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. [Interview]

 


lsq_small.gifA winner of 1999 International Web Concert Hall Competition Siqing Lu (Violin) won the first prize of Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy and has also won prizes from Beijing International Violin Competition and Yehudi Menuhin International Youth Violin Competition.

 


hinrichs_small.gifMarie-Luise Hinrichs (Piano) Interview with the pianist Marie-Luise Hinrichs and Jan Moral on her latest CD with sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler (Amsterdam, December 3, 1999) [Interview]

 


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