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The winners of 3rd International Web Concert Hall Competition

denis_2.gif (13788 bytes)Winner - Denis Shapovalov (Cello - Russia)

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Denis Shapovalov won recognition for his exceptional gift at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (1998), taking the 1st prize and a gold medal as the unanimous choice of the jury. With this victory he confirmed his excellent talent, which had been marked with a special award "Best Hope" given to him at the International Chamber Music Competition in Australia 3 years before. While studying at the Special Music College of the Moscow State Conservatory, Denis Shapovalov won a prize of the International Charity Foundation "New Names". This award gave him an opportunity to display his outstanding skills in numerous European countries, performing with the Moscow Student Orchestra. The same period he made his debut at the most prestigious Russian concert stage – Big Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory.

As a student of professor N.Shakhovskaya at the Conservatory, Denis participated in several national and international festivals. After appearance at the Festival of Cello Music in Moscow he became a recipient of Rostropovich Charity Foundation scholarship, chosen as a best young cellist among all of the Russian students in 1997.

The bright talent of Denis Shapovalov attracted attention of the worldwide famous musician Vladimir Spivakov. Since 1997 until 2000 Denis worked as a soloist at the chamber orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi." Among distinguished awards, Tchaikovsky International Competition included performances in the "Russian Season" in 1999 organized by "Bayer" in Germany. The season 1999 included performances at the International Festival "Musical Olympus" in St.Petersburg, at Rostropovitch International Festival in Evian les Bains, (where he took a master-class with Maestro), at the International Festivals in Montpellier, Guebwiller (France), Riva del Garda (Italy), Mecklenburg - Vorpommern (Germany), as well as an extensive recital tour all over formal Soviet Union.

In August’99 Denis made debut at Suntory Hall in Japan, playing Dvorak Concerto with Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in several televised concert broadcasts, shown throughout Europe, including Riva del Garda and Reims International Festivals. He has life recordings made by Russian Radio and Radio France. In January 2000 and Denis was applauded at the famous International MIDEM Festival in Cannes.

Growing performing activity brought Denis to Hong Kong and China, for the Beijing International Music Festival. Mstislav Rostropovich was very impressed with Shapovalov’s performance at "Rencontres Musicales d’Evian" in 1999, and Denis was for the second time invited to participate in the Festival. During the return appearance he enjoyed great success playing Brahms Double Concerto together with Vadim Repin and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Rostropovich. Denis has also performed with such young artists as Nikolai Sachenko, Alexandre Ghindin, Jon Nakamatsu.

Successful performance at World Cello Congress in Baltimore in June 2000 was highlighted as an American debut. Denis was invited there as a Tchaikovsky International Competition winner. In September 2000 he performed with J.Levi and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). Denis’ performance in Munich with Lorin Mazel and Bayerishe Rundfunk Orchestra was broadcasted throughout Europe in April 2001. In July 2001 D.Shapovalov performed in USA at Florida International Festival "featuring London Symphony Orchestra" and at South Shore Music Festival. The 2001 autumn Japan tour brought Shapovalov to the International Kitakyusyu Music Festival. September 2001 was highlighted with the victory at the Web Concert Hall International Competition in New York (USA).

Future engagements include performances with London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, as well as with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich (part of a worldwide celebrations Maestro Rostropovich’s 75th birthday) in UK and USA.

At present Mr.Shapovalov is a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmony, performs with symphony and chamber orchestras in USA, Europe and Asia. Collaborates with the Association of Contemporary Music (Moscow), participating in performances and making CD at the Russian-French record company "Chant du Monde". Since 2001 Denis Shapovalov is a professor of the Moscow State Conservatory.

The growing repertoire of the young but mature cellist includes chamber works of the Russian and foreign composers, concertos for violoncello and orchestra by Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Schostakovitch. Born to a musical family in the town of Tchaikovsky in 1974, he started his cello lessons at 7. Denis made his solo debut with an orchestra at age of 11, performing Saint-Saens Concerto.

arthur_campbell_thu.gif (13482 bytes)Honorary Mention - Dr. Arthur Campbell - Clarinet (Canada)

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"The musicianship and clarinet playing are superb." "Wonderful tone and clear phrasing result in a very expressive performance."   The Clarinet

"The night belonged to clarinetist Arthur Campbell" JK Grand Rapids Press

"Campbell played with flair and emotion ... He was sublime on the sweet adagio ...ultra-satisfying." AT Grand Rapids Press

Dr. Arthur Campbell 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), The 1996 International Clarinet Competition sponsored by the ICA Recording Project, and the top clarinet award in the 1988 National Music Festival of Canada. He is a Gasparo Records recording artist and is also featured on the CD recording, Music from the ICA. Dr. Campbell received the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied with renowned clarinetist and pedagogue, Robert Marcellus. A native of Canada, he now lives in Michigan, having been recruited to join the Artist-Faculty of Grand Valley State University. Campbell's concert season includes more than 35 performances per year and he has performed in some of the world's most prestigious venues. Campbell's most recent CD, Premieres! on award winning Gasparo Records, features new pieces written expressly for him by composers: Shulamit Ran, Bruce Saylor, Pieter Snapper, Augusta Read Thomas, and Andrew MacDonald. Arthur Campbell is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Visit his web pages: www.yamaha.com/band    www.gasparo.com  www.jewelmusic.com

"heartfelt gentleness ... a great deal of personnel expression" BA Grand Rapids Press

-The Clarinet "Wonderful tone and clear phrasing result in a very expressive performance."
"spectacular" The Muskegan Chronicle

yuri_kalnits_thu.jpg (28573 bytes)Honorary Mention - Yuri Kalnits - Violin (Russia)

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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. In 1992, Yuri began studying at the Royal College of Music (London) with Itzhak Rashkovsky and has won several major College prizes, including the Foundation Scholarship, W.H. Reed, Isolde Menges prizes and Leonard Hirsch Prize for the outstanding string player of the year. In 1994, he won the Bromsgrove and Watford Music Festivals in England and received the Yehudi Menuhin Award from the Sudborough Foundation. In 1999/2000, he won KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship, received the Barthel Prize from the Concordia Foundation and represented the Foundation in concerts in Vietnam and Hong Kong. He also took part in the Harrisons Sisters Trust Festival in England and Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival in USA.

miroshnikov_thu.jpg (19047 bytes)Honorary Mention - Christophor Miroshnikov - Cello (Russia-Greece)

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Christophor Miroshnikov has been in the United States since 1997 and earned recognition for his musical sensitivity and craftsmanship. He has been able to capture the attention of his audiences as an "inspired and inspiring" performer (The Morning Call).

Soon thereafter he was awarded first prize at the Schadt String Competition in March 1998, and was aclaimed by both the audience and the critics. Lorne Monroe, a jury member at the competition, said, "It was difficult, but the winner’s intonation was so secure, so reliable, I didn’t see how anyone could beat that." Nathaniel Rosen added, "He gave a totally dominating performance of an enormous work (Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto), and he did it with great variety and great courage." (cited in The Morning Call).

Mr. Miroshnikov’s 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.

At the age of 5, Christophor was presented to the world-famous violinist Leonid Kogan. Following Kogan’s suggestion, he started studying the cello under this master’s supervision. At 16 he was awarded second prize at the XIVth Young Artists International Competition in Hungary, being the youngest participant.

The young cellist quickly earned recognition as he combined his educational process under the auspices of Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with solo concert activity and frequent engagements in festivals and various other musical events. He has been heard on stages of different concert halls in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the United States. He has performed on numerous recordings for Russian, Italian, Greek and Romanian radio and television. After Christophor’s concert tour in France, the critics wrote, "... Christophor Miroshnikov, despite his youth, has amazing technical and interpretive abilities..."

Mr. Miroshnikov’s interest in 20th century music was expressed in his premieres of works by Greek composers N. Piperis and D. Arivas, first recording of works by Russian composer M. Zelenaia and participation in a concert series devoted to the works of contemporary Romanian and Moldavian composers such as Negruce, Lobel, and Vieru.

Christophor is a part of the 4th generation in a family of professional musicians. After finishing his Artist Diploma under the leadership of Prof. Andor Toth at Oberlin Conservatory he moved to New York City where he currently resides.

angela_kim_thu.jpg (26184 bytes)Honorary Mention - Angela Kim - Piano (USA)

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Pianist Angela Jia Kim has garnered acclaim for being "a superb colorist able to blend all components of the aural palette" and "a piano virtuoso whose talent and energy have no limitations." Maria Curcio, the eminent pupil of Artur Schnabel, described Angela as "a real virtuoso… with astonishing artistry" and predicted that she would be "one of the most formidable pianists, representing her country on the world stage." She has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe at the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and other recital venues in Holland, Montreal, and Vancouver. 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." Upcoming performances include solo recitals in Paris, New York, at the International Piano Festival in Maine, and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, which will be broadcast live on WFMT Radio.

Angela has been the recipient of both the New York and Iowa Arts Council awards, which have sponsored recitals in the United States and France, as well as a CD recording at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. She received international recognition by winning the Best Interpretation of French Music Award at the 1997 French Piano Institute in Paris. Other honors include the 1998 Début Young Concert Artist Award and the grand prize of the 1991 Mozart Festival Competition.

Angela's thoughtful approach to programming is made evident by her recitals that include a wide range of works from the classical masters to contemporary composers. Her concerto repertoire comprises many major works while she is also active in chamber music. She is an Eastman School of Music graduate where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship and the prestigious Eastman Performer's Certificate.

Born in East Lansing, Michigan, Angela began the piano under the tutelage of her mother at the age of four. By five, she began her violin studies, gave her first piano performance, and was winning awards and competitions. At nine, she was invited to perform at an international festival in Chicago and gave her first orchestral performance at fifteen. She was inspired by her great uncle, Yong Shik Kim, the former ambassador of Korea to the United States, to dedicate herself to a career as a concert pianist. For more information on Angela, please log on to: www.AngelaJKim.com

taka_kigawa_thu.jpg (36061 bytes)Honorary Mention - Taka Kigawa - Piano (Japan)

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Poetry, Intense and Spontaneous.... - The New York Times

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.