Participants :: JĀZEPS VĪTOLS International Piano Competition ::

Participants

  1. Maria Alexandrova (Ukraine / Ukraina)
  2. Paulius Andersson (Lithuania / Denmark | Lietuva / Dānija)
  3. Kristina Annamukhamedova (Turkmenistan / Turkmenistāna)
  4. Laura Balabane (Latvia / Latvija)
  5. Justas Čeponis (Lithuania / Lietuva)
  6. Olga Čepovecka (Latvia / Latvija)
  7. Vincenzo De Martino (Italy / Itālija)
  8. Ilja Domnins (Latvia / Latvija)
  9. Igor Egorov (Russia / Krievija)
  10. Ernst Erlanson (Sweden / Zviedrija)
  11. Bláithín Norah Farrell (Ireland / Īrija)
  12. Elīna Gaile (Latvia / Latvija)
  13. Onute Grazinyte (Lithuania / Lietuva)
  14. Marina Kan (Norway / Norvēģija)
  15. Jānis Karpovičs (Latvia / Latvija)
  16. Aleksandr Kashpurin (Russia / Krievija)
  17. Grigory Komarovskih (Russia / Krievija)
  18. Darya Koval (Belarus / Baltkrievija)
  19. Aiko Kusunoki (Japan / Japāna)
  20. Vladimir Kuzin (Russia / Krievija)
  21. Pāvels Laganovskis (Latvia / Latvija)
  22. Ēvalds Lazarevičs (Latvia / Latvija)
  23. Evita Lohu (Estonia / Igaunija)
  24. Ilana Makarina (Latvia / Latvija)
  25. Iulia Marin (Romania / Rumānija)
  26. Nika Melnikova (Russia / Krievija)
  27. Piret Mikalai (Estonia / Igaunija)
  28. Lāsma Neulāne (Latvia / Latvija)
  29. Tony Nguyen (Denmark / Dānija)
  30. Rihards Plešanovs (Latvia / Latvija)
  31. Kristīne Pričina (Latvia / Latvija)
  32. Johan Randvere (Estonia / Igaunija)
  33. Lelde Rasnace (Latvia / Latvija)
  34. Julija Sadaunykaite (Lithuania / Lietuva)
  35. Katrīna Suroveca (Latvia / Latvija)
  36. Sven-Sander Šestakov (Estonia / Igaunija)
  37. Jeļizaveta Terentjeva (Latvia / Latvija)
  38. Kārlis Gunārs Tirzītis (Latvia / Latvija)
  39. Edgars Tomševics (Latvia / Latvija)
  40. Viktorija Trofimova (Latvia / Latvija)
  41. Shiyu Wang (China / Ķīna)
  42. Yuri Yamamoto (Japan / Japāna)
  43. Anton Yashkin (Russia / Krievija)
-Maria Alexandrova (Ukraine / Ukraina)

Maria Alexandrova (Ukraine / Ukraina)

Maria Alexandrova studied with O. Bezborodko at P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. During studies, she won the 2nd prize in the Ukraine Piano Competition (2008), received an honorary diploma in the International Competition for Young Artists “21st Century Art” (2009) and won the 3rd prize in Ukraine I. Paderewski Competition (2010). Since 2015 she collaborates with the UKHO ENSEMBLE KYIV and since 2016 is a member of “Nostri temporis” ensemble.

 

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.12
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5
J. Vītols – 8 Latvian Folk Songs Op.32

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in D major KV311
M. Ravel – Sonatina
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.2, Op.14
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

-Paulius Andersson (Lithuania / Denmark | Lietuva / Dānija)

Paulius Andersson (Lithuania / Denmark | Lietuva / Dānija)

Paulius Andersson studied piano at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art with E. Miklaševskaja and A. Žvirblytė. Currently he is a 4th year student at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with prof. Z. Ibelhauptas. In 2016/2017 in frames of Erasmus exchange program he improved his mastery at R. Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf with prof. P. Giacometti. Paulius Andersson has performed in USA, Japan, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Indonesia. He has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art Symphony Orchestra under such conductors as M. Pitrėnas, R. Šervenikas, M. Staškus and J. Domarkas. He has also appeared with the Lviv National Music Academy Symphony Orchestra, Czenstahowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Kutaisi State Symphony Orchestra and Voronezh State Symphony Orchestra. Winner of 14 international competitions; in 10 of them was awarded first price or Grand Prix. Scholar of various foundations, in 2016 he received a stipend of the President of Lithuanian Republic Antanas Smetona.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTK I
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – Waltz-Caprice Op.24
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.65 No.1
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.8 “Wilde Jagd”

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp major, Op.78
F. Schubert – Wanderer Fantasy
M. Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

-Kristina Annamukhamedova (Turkmenistan / Turkmenistāna)

Kristina Annamukhamedova (Turkmenistan / Turkmenistāna)

Kristina Annamukhamedova is the recipient of many prestigious awards, most prominent of which are the M. Rostropovich’s Charity and Support Fund Award, International Rotary Vilnius Club Award, Sibelius Academy and the Paulo Foundation grants. She has received recognition in such events as the International Piano Competition “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte”, International Chopin Competition in Budapest and Vilnius, A. Dvarionaite Competition in Lithuania, and International Chamber Music Competition "Pavasario Sonata" in Lithuania. She has performed with St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra in the 8th Bistrampolis Festival, on several occasions with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra (conductors U. Backofen, A. Čepaite and P. Borgonovo) and Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (conductor M. Staškus). She has participated in many festivals, including Vilnius Piano Music Festivals organized by Mūza Rubackyte, and the International Festival of Young Musicians in Kaunas. A former student of D. Berulyte, E. Žarskus and I. Baikštyte at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art, she is currently completing postgraduate program at the Sibelius Academy with prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, WTK II
S. Prokofiev – Etude Op.2 No.4
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.12
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.16 No.2, Op.17 No.2
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in C major, KV279
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
N. Medtner – Piano Sonata “Night Wind” in E minor, Op.25 no.2

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

-Laura Balabane (Latvia / Latvija)

Laura Balabane (Latvia / Latvija)

Laura Balabane graduated J. Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School in 2016 after studies with I. Kundziņa. Since then she is a student of docent J. Žvikovs at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. She has successfully participated in several international competitions, including the 5th International Piano Competition "Ischia" (Italy) and the 17th International Competition of Academic Music “Jūrmala 2016” for Pianists. She was a participant of the 12th International Latvian Young Musicians' Master Classes “Crossroads in Music” and in the 4th International Masterclasses for Young Pianists “Daugavpils Piano 2015”.

 

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.10 in F minor
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.10
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.18 No.1, Op.17 No.3, Op.13 No.1, Op.19 No.1

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
F. Liszt – Sposalizio, S.161 No.1
N. Medtner – Sonata-Skazka Op.25 No.1
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125

-Justas Čeponis (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Justas Čeponis (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Justas Čeponis graduated Kaunas Juozas Gruodis Conservatory, where he studied piano (with I. Vaičienė) and choir conducting. From 2012 to 2016 he was a student of prof. Z. Ibelgauptas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2014, he honed his skills at the Berlin University of the Arts under prof. S. Enachescu. Currently he studies with professor D. Pascal at the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance. He won 2nd prize at the 7th International St. Vainiūnas Piano Competition and the 1st prize at the 5th International Accompaniment Competition of Students and Pupils (Lithuania). He has given recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Poland. Justas frequently participates in masterclasses of such distinguished musicians as P. Geniušas, A. Žlabys, K. Knorre, E. Bozhanov, A. Grynyuk, K. Kenner and K. A. Kolly. He actively collaborates with various soloists in vocal and instrumental chamber music ensembles, and has appeared with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of R. Šervenikas.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op.87
F. Chopin – Etude Op.23 No.11
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1
J. Vītols – 3 Silhouettes Op.38
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat major, Op.81a
F. Liszt – Ballade No.2, S.171
C. Debussy – Preludes from Book I: “Voiles”, “Les collines d’Anacapri”, “La fille aux cheveux de lin”.
A. Scriabin – Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor, Op.19
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

-Olga Čepovecka (Latvia / Latvija)

Olga Čepovecka (Latvia / Latvija)

Olga Čepovecka entered the piano class of I. Treija at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School at the age of 5. In 2014 she was admitted to the class of professor V. Kharin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2016 she studies with professor M. Schirmer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Since early age, Olga takes part in public performances and musical competitions. She won the International Competition of Young Musicians “Olimpo musicale” in Kaunas (2005), the 5th International Competition for Young Pianists "Jūrmala 2007" and the International Competition of Young Musicians in Tallinn (2011), where she was awarded a special prize for interpretation of J.S. Bach’s music. In 2016 she participated in isaFestival in Payerbach-Reichenau (Austria) and received the Main Piano Prize. She has appeared with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and taken part in masterclasses of V. Krainev, O. Maisenberg, M. Rubackyte, S. Gulyiak and P. Badura-Skoda. She has also gained valuable experience with Bruno Canino at the Lausanne Academy of Music and with Konstantin Lifschitz at the Lucerne Music College in Switzerland. Since 2010 Olga performs across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTK II
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
G. Ligeti – Etude No.4 “Fanfares”
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.2 in E flat major
J. Vītols – Waltz-Caprice Op.24

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
F. Schubert – 4 Impromptus Op.90

Final:

F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

-Vincenzo De Martino (Italy / Itālija)

Vincenzo De Martino (Italy / Itālija)

Vincenzo De Martino began piano studies at the age of 6 with professor E. Steri. From 2011 to 2015 he studied with professor M.L. Costa at the Cagliari State Conservatory of Music “G. P. da Palestrina”, graduating with highest honours. In 2017 he completed postgraduate studies with professor J. Karnavičius at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and was admitted to a doctoral programme. He has attended masterclasses of G. Alekna, G. Janusevičius, K. Kenner, F. Libetta, J.M. Luisada, O. Maione, M. Mikalai, C. Martinez-Mehner, F. Pavri, M. Rubackytė, P. Smilkov, I. Stanescu, I. Veneziano, A. Žlabys, and other renowned artists. He won the 3rd prize at the International Competition “Youth Academy Award 2016” in Rome, was appointed “Most Distinguished Musician” at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa (Italy), and won the 1st prize at a national piano competition organized by the Nijolė and Jonas Dėdinai Foundation at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship and won the 1st prize at the “Lisztofonija” Competition.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.10 in F minor
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableu Op.39 No.3
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
J. Vītols – 3 Silhouettes Op.38, No.1, 2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31 No.1
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
M. Ravel – “Une barque sur l'océan”, “Alborada del gracioso” from “Miroirs”
F. Liszt – Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata

Final:

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

-Ilja Domnins (Latvia / Latvija)

Ilja Domnins (Latvia / Latvija)

Ilja Domnins studied at Jāzeps Mediņš 1st Riga Music School with J. Krasnova. In 2012 he was admitted to the Secondary Specialized Music School at N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, class of A.M. Sandler, in 2015 entering the Conservatory. He has participated in masterclasses of D. Yoffe, A. Bonatta, C. Elton, M. Voskresensky, A. Malikova, D. Bashkirov, and other renowned musicians. He performs on regular basis in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy and Russia solo and with various orchestras. Ilja has won awards in national and international competitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Italy and France, including the 2nd prize and a special prize for artistic potential in International B. Dvarionas Competition (2012), the 2nd prize in the International Chopin Competition in Narva (2014), the 2nd prize in the CITTÀ DI CANTÙ Piano Competition (2016),the 1st prize and “BieleckiArt” prize for artistic personality at the International Competition For Young Pianists “Chopin at Wawel” (2017), and the 2nd prize at the III Alion Baltic International Music Competition (2017).

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Etude “La leggierezza”
C. Debussy – Etude No.5 “Pour les octaves”
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.17 No.2, Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in A minor, KV310
F. Chopin – Ballade Op.52 No.4
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

-Igor Egorov (Russia / Krievija)

Igor Egorov (Russia / Krievija)

Igor Egorov studied at the M. Glinka Saint Petersburg Choir School with S. Dzevanovsky. From 2010 to 2015 he attended the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, the class of professor V. Vishnevsky. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including the Governor of St. Petersburg Scholarship (2010). He has won prizes in several national and international piano competitions, including the 3rd prize in the International Stockholm Music Competition (2014), 4th prize in the International M. Balakirev Piano Competition in Krasnodar (2014). Igor Egorov has honed professional skills in masterclasses with D. Bashkirov and A. Diyev.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTK I
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.1
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2
C. Debussy – Etude No.9 “Pour les notes repetées”
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude Op.10 in F minor

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in E major, Hob.XVI:31
A. Scriabin – Piano Sonata No.3, Op.23
F. Liszt – Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Ernst Erlanson (Sweden / Zviedrija)

Ernst Erlanson (Sweden / Zviedrija)

Ernst Erlanson currently studies at the Ingesund School of Music with professor J. Mustonen-Dahlkvist. As a soloist and chamber musician he has toured Norway, Latvia, Iceland, Denmark and Finland, and has participated in several international piano competitions, including the Nordic Piano Competition 2017 and the International F. Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar. He has appeared as a soloist in Glafsfjordens Musikfestival and Helsingborg Pianofestival. In the spring of 2016 he was a soloist in the premiere performance of “Odyssea” by M. Gustavii, performing with the Ingesund Symphonic Orchestra and J. Gustavsson. In 2017 he received the scholarship of Freemasons in Kristianstad, Sweden. He regularly performs as a collaborative pianist and accompanist in the region of Värmland. Since 2016 he collaborates with the Wermland Opera. He has participated in masterclasses of such artists as P. Tengstrand, E.T. Tawaststjerna, A. Ghindin, H. Zhang, O. Mustonen, A. Zolotarev and O. Kern.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in E major, WTK II
F. Liszt – Etude “Waldesrauschen” S.145 No.1
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29
G. Ligeti – Etude No.13 “The Devil’s Staircase”

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in A major, Hob.XVI:26
F. Liszt - Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este, S.163 No.4
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125

-Bláithín Norah Farrell (Ireland / Īrija)

Bláithín Norah Farrell (Ireland / Īrija)

Bláithín Norah Farrell began her piano studies at the age of 6. Currently she is a student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in Dublin. Bláithín has won prizes in the Sligo Feis Ceoil, Dublin's ESB Feis Ceoil, EPTA Piano Competition and the RIAM Piano Fest. She has performed in cultural and music festivals throughout Ireland, including the Carrick Water Music Festival and the Cathal Buí Festival, as well as in numerous events held at RIAM. At the age of 16, Bláithín made her concerto debut under the baton of Finghin Collins with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra in the Trinity College Dublin. She has participated in numerous masterclasses of such artists as J. O'Conor, J. MacGregor, F. Pavri, and F. Collins.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.2
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.4
J. Vītols – Waltz-Caprice Op.24
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.1

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13
C. Debussy – Preludes “La cathédrale engloutie”, “Les collines d'Anacapri”, “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune”
P. Tchaikovsky – Dumka Op.59

Final:

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

-Elīna Gaile (Latvia / Latvija)

Elīna Gaile (Latvia / Latvija)

Elīna Gaile at the age of 6 entered the class of I. Treija at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School. She graduated Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music after studies with professor A. Zandmanis. Currently she studies piano accompaniment on postgraduate level at JVLMA with professor A. Liepiņš. Elīna Gaile has won numerous national and international awards, including the 2nd prize at the Concours Musical De France, Grand Prix at the 7th International B. Dvarionas Competition, Grand Prix at the International Competition-Festival “Parade of Legends”. In 2011 she won the Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship. Elīna Gaile has given performances in USA and Italy, as well as in major concert halls of Riga and Latvia. She has performed with Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and participated in masterclasses of D.T. Son and N. Fisher.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D major, WTK II
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.3 “La Campanella”
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Vītols – Variations on a Latvian Folk Song Op.6
R. Schumann/F. Liszt – Widmung, S.566
R. Shchedrin – Basso Ostinato

Final:

L.van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op.15

-Onute Grazinyte (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Onute Grazinyte (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Onutė Gražinytė began her piano studies at the age of 5 at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art. During studies, she participated in numerous masterclasses of distinguished pianists, and in various concerts and festivals, such as the International Festival of Arts “Slaviansky Bazar” (Belarus), “NEXT generation IV” (2014, Switzerland), “In corpore” (2014, Estonia), Music Fest Perugia (2015, Italy), amongst others. As a soloist she has appeared with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and Mozarteum Orchestra. She has performed in Lithuania, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, Netherlands, Italy, Austria, and Denmark. Onutė Grazinyte has won prizes in 10 national and international piano competitions, such as J.S. Bach Competition (Lithuania), 17th International B. Dvarionas Competition (Lithuania), 4th International R. Marciano Piano Competition (Austria) and P. Toperczer International Piano Competition (Slovakia). In 2014 the President of Lithuania awarded her for musical activities and achievements. Since she is a student of professor R. Krüger at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, as well as member of “Musik Braucht Freunde” and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover foundations.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Etude “Waldesrauschen” S.145 No.1
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.1
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.12

2 Round:

F. Schubert – German Dances Op.33
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat major, Op.26
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
A. Scriabin – Piano Sonata No.3, Op.23

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Marina Kan (Norway / Norvēģija)

Marina Kan (Norway / Norvēģija)

Marina Kan Selvik studied at the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor A. Mndoyants, at the Norwegian Academy of Music with professor J.H. Bratlie and atthe Coimbra Academy of Music in Portugal with professor A. Delle Vigne. She has won prizes in international competitions in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Scandinavia. She frequently performs in concerts and festivals in various countries, and is regularly invited to the International Grieg-Čiurlionis Festival in Lithuania for recitals and performances with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently performed for Her Majesty Queen Sonja at E. Grieg Museum in Troldhaugen. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra recently invited Marina Kan as a soloist for the annual New Year's concert.

1 Round:

J. Vitols - Ten Latvian Folk Songs Op.29
S. Rachmaninov - Etude-tableaux Op.39 No.6
D. Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in B major, Op.87
F. Liszt - Paganini Etude No. 1 in G minor

2 Round:

C.Franck/D.Vigne - Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op.18
L. van Beethoven - Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
M. Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

-Jānis Karpovičs (Latvia / Latvija)

Jānis Karpovičs (Latvia / Latvija)

Jānis Karpovičs began studying piano at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School with R. Salaks and from 2000 studied at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School with I. Treija and A. Bilalovs. From 2012 to 2016 he studied with professor A. Zandmanis at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. Currently he pursues postgraduate studies at JVLMA with professor A. Zandmanis. He has given recitals in Latvia, Finland, Poland, Great Britain, Iceland and other countries, and attended masterclasses of H. Juris and M. Tezza. Jānis Karpovičs is also the organist / cantor of the Riga Suffering of Our Lady Roman Catholic Church.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTK II
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.8
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.65 No.3
J. Vītols – Variations on a Latvian Folk Song Op.6

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
F. Chopin – Ballade Op.47 No.3
A. Scriabin – Fantasy Op.28
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

-Aleksandr Kashpurin (Russia / Krievija)

Aleksandr Kashpurin (Russia / Krievija)

Alexander Kashpurin studied piano at the St.Petersburg Music Lyceum with I. Lobikova, in 2014 joining the class of the Honoured Artist of Russia professor T. Zagorovskaya at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He has honed his professional skills in masterclasses of such famous pianists as D. Bashkirov, M. Voskresensky, G. Wallisch and W. Brons. Alexander has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix in the Stockholm International Music Competition (2010), the 1st prize in the International Music Competition “Perpetuum Mobile” in the Netherlands, laureate’s title in the All-Russian Competition “Young Talents of Russia” (2011), the 1st prize in the International Competition of Young Pianists “Modern Classic” in Riga (2012), main prize and special award in the Chopin Golden Ring Piano Competition in Slovenia (2013) and the Grand Prix in the 3rd All-Russian S. Bendizky Piano Competition (2017). Four times winner of the "Young Talents" Award of the Governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Kashpurin has performed at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Mariinsky Theatre’s Chamber Hall and other notable venues. He has appeared with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Taurida International Symphony Orchestra; as a soloist and chamber musician he has toured the Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Mongolia and China.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C major, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.10
N. Kapustin – Etude Op.68 No.1
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.17 No.2
J. Vītols – Silhouette Op.38 No.1
J. Vītols – Etude Op.26 No.1
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.17 No.3, Op.19 No.2

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in B flat major, KV333
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
M. Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit
A. Scriabin – Piano Sonata No.4, Op.30

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

-Grigory Komarovskih (Russia / Krievija)

Grigory Komarovskih (Russia / Krievija)

Grigory Komarovskih studied piano performance at the M.P. Mussorgsky Saint Petersburg Music School and at the Secondary Specialized Music School of N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory with M.V. Benediktov, I.D. Mkhailov, N.A. Sidorovskaya and V.V. Popov. Currently he is a tutor at M.P. Mussorgsky Saint Petersburg Music School and a researcher of V.V. Sofronitsky’s oeuvre. In 2009 he gave a debut performance at the Great Hall of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. He has performed in various venues of St. Petersburg solo and with chamber ensembles. In 2016 he gave a recital of A. Scriabin’s piano music at the “Opera” club. He collaborates with the “Comedians” Theatre and participates in various musical projects.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B minor, WTK II
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.12
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.9
J. Vītols – Silhouette Op.38 No.1
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2
A. Glazunov – Theme and Variations in F sharp minor, Op.72
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
A. Scriabin – Sonata No.9, Op.68

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18

-Darya Koval (Belarus / Baltkrievija)

Darya Koval (Belarus / Baltkrievija)

Darya Koval currently studies with professor N. Trulla at the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2013 after studies with J. Akhremchik she graduated with distinction the Gymnasium of the Belarussian State Music Academy. She has successfully participated in many national and international festivals and chamber music competitions. In 2016 she received a special prize for the best performance of E. Granados’s work at the 12th San Daniele International Piano Meeting and won the 2nd prize in the 1st International Medtner Competition in St. Petersburg. She has performed at Belarusian State Philharmonic Hall, Belarussian State Music Academy and Composer’s Union, as well as in various concert halls of Germany, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. As a soloist she has appeared with the Belarusian State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Ukraine National Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. She has five times received the award of the Special Support Fund for Talented Youths of the President of Belarus.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, WTK II
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.4
C.V. Alkan – Etude Op.39 No.10
J. Vītols – Silhouette Op.38 No.1
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.20 No.4

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in A flat major, Hob.XVI:46
E. Granados – The Maiden and the Nightingale from “Goyescas”
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
F. Chopin – Etudes Op.25

Final:

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

-Aiko Kusunoki (Japan / Japāna)

Aiko Kusunoki (Japan / Japāna)

Aiko Kusunoki began playing piano at the age of 6 and was admitted to the class of professor M. Rybicki at the École Normal de la Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. Currently she studies piano performance with professor G. Tacchino and chamber music with professor J.P. Wallez. She has participated in masterclasses of such distinguished artists as J. Rouvier, A. Ebi, and M. Béroff.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, WTK II
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.12
F. Liszt – Etude “Gnomenreigen” S.145 No.2
J. Vītols - 8 Latvian Folk Songs Op.32

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:50
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Brahms – Intermezzo Op.118 No.2
M. Ravel – Sonatine
F. Poulenc - Trois Mouvements Perpétuels, Mélancolie, Improvisation No.15 Hommage à Edith Piaf

Final:

E. Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

-Vladimir Kuzin (Russia / Krievija)

Vladimir Kuzin (Russia / Krievija)

Vladimir Kuzin studied with professor A. Isakova at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Musical Pedagogical Institute, continuing his education at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and Maimonides State Classical Academy with professor V.F. Fedorovtsev. In 2004 he was awarded the “New Names in Russia” scholarship. He has successfully participated in several national and international competitions, winning the 3rd prize in the All-Russian M. Glinka Competition for Young Pianists (2002), the 3rd prize in the International Competition “A Step Towards Mastery” in Russia (2010), and the 1st prize in the International Competition “The Silver Tuning-Fork” in Russia (2016). From 2014 to 2017 he was the pianist of the Raikin Satyricon Theatre. He has given performances in such venues as the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and the Moscow International House of Music.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in C major Op.87
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.3 “La Campanella”
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.9
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.16 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57
F. Chopin – Scherzo No.2, Op.31
C. Gounod/A.Isakova - Couplets of Mephistopheles
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Rachmaninov "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", Op. 43

-Pāvels Laganovskis (Latvia / Latvija)

Pāvels Laganovskis (Latvia / Latvija)

Pāvels Laganovskis studied piano with I. Vaščenko at Augusts Dombrovskis Music School, continuing his musical education with O. Moskaļonova at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st Music School. He has successfully participated in national and international competitions, winning the Grand Prix at the International Chopin Competition in Vilnius and the 1st prize at the Inese Galante Talents Competition. Since 2016 he is a student at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A minor, WTK II
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – 3 Silhouettes Op.38
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.7 “Eroica”
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.12

2 Round:

J.S. Bach – Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110
F. Liszt – Funérailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 No.7
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

E. Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

-Ēvalds Lazarevičs (Latvia / Latvija)

Ēvalds Lazarevičs (Latvia / Latvija)

Ēvalds Lazarevičs studied piano at the S. Broks Daugavpils Secondary Music School with B. Fionina and E. Bambāne, and at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School with L. Paula. After studies with docent J. Žvikovs he graduated Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. In 2016/2017 in frames of Erasmus+ program he attended the lessons of professor V. Balzani at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. Currently he is a 1st year postgraduate student at JVLMA with professor S. Osokins. In 2010 he won the Knuts Lesiņš Award for Young Musicians, in 2012 he received the main prize at the INCORPORE Chamber Music Festival. As a soloist and chamber musician he has participated in Summer Prague Festival, PianoTalents Festival in Milan, Arte Solidale Festival in Como, and ReStart Festival in Daugavpils. He has appeared with Daugavpils Chamber Orchestra and West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in masterclasses of N. Trull, D. Yoffe, V. Dvorkina and other distinguished artists.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, WTK I
A. Scriabin – Etude Op.8 No.10
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.10
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.19 No.1, Op.20 No.4, Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28
O. Messiaen - Premiere communion de la Vierge, from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus
S. Prokofiev – Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

-Evita Lohu (Estonia / Igaunija)

Evita Lohu (Estonia / Igaunija)

Evita Lohu studied at the Kehtna School of Arts and at the Tallinn Secondary Music School with K. Sumera. Currently she is a student of M. Poll at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has participated in masterclasses of renowned professors such as I. Ilja, G. Januševičius, P. Lassmann, N. Pokki, T. Vana, I. Zakharenkova and A. Zlabys. As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed in notable venues in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, and Poland. In recent years she has performed at the Estonia Concert Hall, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Great Hall of the Klaipeda University, Small Guild Hall in Riga, House of the Blackheads in Tallinn, and Tubin Hall in Tartu. She has collaborated with a youth orchestra in Riga and has performed with Tallinn Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra. Evita has won national and international competitions, including the 3rd prize and two special prizes at the 4th Riga International Competition for Young Pianists (2015), and the 3rd prize at the 1st Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition in Poland (2016).

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major, WTK II
J. Vītols – Variations on a Latvian Folk Song Op.6
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.11 “Harmonies du soir”
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.1

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2
L. Sumera – “Piece From The Year 1981”
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

-Ilana Makarina (Latvia / Latvija)

Ilana Makarina (Latvia / Latvija)

Ilana Makarina studied with professor J. Maļeckis at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and on a postgraduate level at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with professor I. Ilja. Currently she continues her postgraduate studies, specialising in piano accompaniment. Ilana Makarina has participated in national and international competitions in Latvia, France and Estonia. She has appeared with Sinfonia Concertante orchestra led by A. Vecumnieks, DD Orchestra led by J. Liepiņš and the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre led by O. Elts. She has participated in masterclasses of I. Ilja, A. Osokins, D. Ketler, A. Kobrin and many other distinguished artists.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in E minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.2
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.6
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.17 No.2, Op.19 No.2
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1
J. Vītols – Waltz-Caprice Op.24

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
S. Rachmaninov - Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42
S. Prokofiev – Marche, Gavotte, Prelude, Allemande and Scherzo from 10 Pieces Op.12
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18

-Iulia Marin (Romania / Rumānija)

Iulia Marin (Romania / Rumānija)

Iulia Marin graduated the Bachelor of Music Degree Program at the Manhattan School of Music New York as recipient of the Artur Balsam Scholarship Award. Having previously studied with M. Raekallio, she is currently a postgraduate student of R. Krüger at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and a student of A. Bonatta in Italy at the Talent School Brescia. She has won numerous national and international piano competitions, including the 1st prize at the 8th International W.A. Mozart Competition in Romania, the 2nd prize at the Sofia Cosma International Piano Competition, Silver and Bronze Medals at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the 2nd prize in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition in New York, laureate’s title in the Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente, the Piano Fischer Prize, Bergen Grand Piano Academy Prize and the Chance Festival Prize at the 2016 Klavierpodium München Competition. Her concerto debut took place in 2007 at the Bucharest Athenaeum Hall. She has performed with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Youth Orchestra, Sinfonia Bucuresti Orchestra, Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra and Shumen State Philharmonic Orchestra under O. Balan, T. Soare, N. Racu, B. Voda, D. Marcian (Romania), S. Ushev (Bulgaria), R. Gutter (USA), W. Kempster (Australia) and R. Salvalaio (Italy). She has appeared as a soloist in the United States, Italy, Holland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria and Romania, and has participated in masterclasses of A. Pompa-Baldi, A. Vardi, B. Goetzke, B. Petrushansky, H. Nakamura, and other renowned musicians.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, WTK II
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.3
C. Debussy – Etude No.7 “Pour les degres chromatiques”
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etudes: No.1 Preludio, No.2 Fusées, No.3 Paysage, No.4 Mazeppa, No.6 Vision, No.8 Wilde Jagd, No.9 Ricordanza, No.11 Harmonies du soir
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

-Nika Melnikova (Russia / Krievija)

Nika Melnikova (Russia / Krievija)

Nika Melnikova studied at N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory on undergraduate level with professor T. Zagorovskaya and postgraduate level with professor L. Zaychik. She has performed in major concert halls of St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities, as well as in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Estonia and China, participating in Rheingau Music Festival, Bayerische Musikakademie Marktoberdorf, International Festival of Willem Bron in Holland, «Stars of White Nights» Festival and International Conservatory Week in St. Petersburg. She has won prizes in national and international competitions, including the 1st prize in the International Chamber Music Competition “Vivat Talent” (St. Petersburg, 2010), the 3rd prize and special prize in the XXII International Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” (Zagreb, 2016) and the 1st prize in the XIV International Festival-Competition “Three Centuries of Classic Romance» (St. Petersburg, 2016).

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in F minor, WTK I
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.12 “Chasse Neige”
D. Bobić – Carnival Etude No.5
J. Vītols – Silhouette Op.38 No.1
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
A. Scriabin – Sonata No.9, Op.68
M. Ravel - Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
M. Ravel – Alborada del gracioso from “Miroirs”

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18

-Piret Mikalai (Estonia / Igaunija)

Piret Mikalai (Estonia / Igaunija)

Piret Mikalai studied piano at the Tallinn Secondary Music School with I. Floss and P. Lassmann, and since 2016 is a student of P. Lassmann and M. Poll at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has participated in various competitions, receiving a diploma at the 5th International Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Riga (2013), diploma at the Stockholm International Music Competition (2014), finalist’s diploma at the 5th Riga International Competition for Young Pianists (2016), the 2nd prize (2012) and the 1st prize (2013) at the national competition of young pianists "Sound of Estonia", and a special award of EPTA Estonia at the 8th Estonian Piano Competition (2014). With chamber ensembles she won the 1st prize at the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Klaipeda (2015) and the 1st prize at the International Contest-Festival "Renaissance" in Gyumri (2017).

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in D flat major Op.87
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.3 “La Campanella”
S. Prokofiev – Etude Op.2 No.3

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
E. Tubin - Four Folksongs from My Native Country, ETW 42
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdi - Variations Serieuses Op.54

Final:

C. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

-Lāsma Neulāne (Latvia / Latvija)

Lāsma Neulāne (Latvia / Latvija)

Lāsma Neulāne studied piano with G. Boža at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School and currently is a student at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with professor J. Kalnciems. She has won awards and participated in international competitions in Belarus, Italy and Malta. As a soloist she has appeared with Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with Latvian Concerts, Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika”, Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School Symphonic Band, and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

 

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, WTK II
J. Vītols – 8 Latvian Folk Songs Op.32
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.8
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.6

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in G major No.52, Hob.XVI:39
F. Liszt - Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este I: Thrénodie
F. Liszt – Ballade No.2, S.171
S. Prokofiev - Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op.31
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.1
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Tony Nguyen (Denmark / Dānija)

Tony Nguyen (Denmark / Dānija)

Tony Nguyen studied with K. Giver at the Aarhus Music School and at Gradus Piano School with M. Lysholm Jepsen. In 2015, after studies with S. Rastogi, he graduated the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In 2016/2017 in frames of Erasmus+ exchange program he studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with professor A. Zvirblyte. Currently he is a student of professor J. Mustonen-Dahlkvist at the Ingesund School of Music. He has won prizes in national and international competitions, including the 1st prize in the International Competition-Festival "Music Without Limits" in Druskininkai, the 1st prize in Steinway Piano Festival in Denmark and the Talent Prize from the Danish Musician Union at “Unge Spiller Klassisk”. He has performed in Steinway Prize Winner Concerts in Hamburg and Copenhagen. Recently he received the 1st prize with “Trio Agafia” in a scholarship competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In February 2017 he collaborated with the Lviv Youth Chamber Orchestra, performing in Poland. He has participated in masterclasses of such artists as M. Voskresensky, J. Rouvier, E. Indjic, F. Rados, B. Berman, A. Ivanov, V. Vitaite, A. Jasinski and K. Kenner.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in D minor Op.87
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.10
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.9
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.18 No.1

2 Round:

J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in D major, KV311
F. Liszt - Bénédiction de Dieu la solitude from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
S. Prokofiev – Sarcasms Op.17

Final:

M. Ravel Piano Concerto in G major

-Rihards Plešanovs (Latvia / Latvija)

Rihards Plešanovs (Latvia / Latvija)

Rihards Plešanovs studied piano at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with professors S. Osokins. He honed his professional skills at the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor M. Voskresensky and at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with professor E. Steen-Nøkleberg. After winning the 3rd International Competitions of Music Performers in Milan (2009), he gave solo recitals in Paris, Milan, Rome, Naples, Porto, Vilnius and other cities. In 2010 he received the JVLMA and Swedbank Annual Award, and in 2012 – O. Zīverss Award. In 2012 he won the JVLMA Best Student Chamber Ensemble Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the JVLMA Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, Kremerata Baltica, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra and other collectives. In 2015 he participated in a multimedia programme Cage and Time with the Latvian Radio Choir at the St. John’s Smith Square in London. As a chamber musician he has appeared in Kremerata Baltica Festival in Sigulda and in Schubertiada in Ungurmuiža. Currently he is a member of piano quartet Quadra and Arcandela group.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in D major Op.87
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.6
C. Debussy – Etude No.11 “Pour les arpèges composes”
J. Vītols – Latvian Folk Songs Op. 29: 1, 3, 4, 7, 10
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

A. Scriabin – 2 Poems Op.71
W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in C major, KV330
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Brahms - Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Kristīne Pričina (Latvia / Latvija)

Kristīne Pričina (Latvia / Latvija)

Kristīne Pričina studied piano performance at Augusts Dombrovskis Music School with I. Sāre and at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School with G. Boža. She has appeared as a soloist with Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra and has successfully participated in several international competitions, such as the 2nd International Piano Competition Torre Ratti Musica (1st prize), International Competition of Young Musicians Gianluca Campochiaro (1st prize), 9th International Competition Don Vincenzo Vitti (2nd prize) and the International Piano Competition Roma 2008. In 2017 she received her Bachelor’s Degree at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, where she currently is a postgraduate student of professor Juris Kalnciems. She has participated in masterclasses of A. Osokins, D. Ketlere, J. Karnavičius, R. Zubovas, H.Y. Liu-Tawaststjerna, M. Mikalai, and other notable artists.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B major, WTK I
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.13 No.1
J. Vītols – Intermezzo Op.23 No.1
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.23 No.2
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.19 No.1
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.10 in F minor
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.1

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdi - Variations Serieuses Op.54
F. Liszt - Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este II: Thrénodie
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
S. Gubaidulina - Chaconne

Final:

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

-Johan Randvere (Estonia / Igaunija)

Johan Randvere (Estonia / Igaunija)

Johan Randvere studied at the Võru Music School and at the Tallinn Secondary Music School with professors I. Ilja and M. Jürisson. In 2016 he obtained a Master’s Degree from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. From 2012 to 2015 he studied at G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan with professor V. Premuroso. He has participated in masterclasses of such artists as A. Gavrilov, R. O’Hora, R. Plagge, H.Y. Liu-Tawastsjerna, J. Martin, F. Ržewski amongst others. He has won numerous competitions in Estonia and abroad, including the 1st prize in “Klaviermusik” (Vilnius, 2008), 2nd prize in the 10th EPTA Competition (Waterloo, Belgium, 2010), 1st prize and Grand Prix in the Competition for Musicians (Catania, 2012), 3rd prize in the Competition “Luciano Luciani” (Italy, 2013), 2nd prize in the Competition “Coop” (Italy, 2013), 1st prize and Grand Prix in the Competition "Andrea Baldi" (Bologna, 2014). He was selected the Musician of the Year 2014 by the Pille Lill Music Foundation. Johan Randvere as a soloist and chamber musician has performed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Vatican, Belarus, Sweden, Germany, Finland, USA and Canada, appearing with such orchestras as the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, led by M. Gerts, K. Poska, R. Joost, J. Šestakov, P. Mägi, and other distinguished conductors.

1 Round:

G. Ligeti – Etude No.8 “Fém”
D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in D major Op.87
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 no.12

2 Round:

R. Strauss/P.Granger - Love duet from Rosenkavalier
R. Schumann – Toccata Op.7
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2
P. Hindemith – Piano Sonata No.3
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Lelde Rasnace (Latvia / Latvija)

Lelde Rasnace (Latvia / Latvija)

Lelde Rasnace studied piano performance with G. Boža at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School and continued her musical education at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with professor J. Kalnciems. She has performed in Lithuania and Estonia, and successfully participated in competitions in Poland and Russia. During studies, she collaborated with Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra (2014), and received laureate’s diplomas at the International Filadelfia Piano Competition (Italy, 2015) and the Treviso International Piano Competition (Italy, 2016). In 2017 she won a prize at the 5th International Piano Competition "Ischia" (Italy).

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, WTK II
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.10 no.1
J. Vītols – Mazurka Op.9 No.1
J. Vītols – Waltz Op.9 No.2
F. Liszt – Etude “La leggierezza”
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.1

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in E flat major, KV282
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Mediņš – Dainas No.14 in E flat major and No.15 in D flat major
K. Szymanowski – Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.8 No.1

Final:

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

-Julija Sadaunykaite (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Julija Sadaunykaite (Lithuania / Lietuva)

Julija Sadaunykaite studied at Vytautas Magnus University with associated professor D. Racys. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with professor F. Pavri. Julija has participated in masterclasses of J. Martin, J. Lowenthal, P. Devoyon, A. Babakhanian, C. Elton, and other distinguished pianists. She has participated in music festivals and piano concert series in Lithuania and abroad, including “Avanti”, “Young talents”, “Chamber Music in Vilnius” (Lithuania), “Aurora” (Sweden), “Cracow Music Summer” (Poland), “Woodendbarn” (United Kingdom) and “Cento” (Italy). In 2015 she won the Grand Prix at the Valletta International Piano Competition in Malta. In the same year she won the Ramsay Calder Debussy Prize and the 2nd prize at the Bamber/Galloway Piano Competition at the RCS. In 2016 she received the 1st prize at the XXI Century Art Competition in Klaipeda and 2nd prize in Aldona Dvarionaite Piano Competition in Visaginas (Lithuania). As a soloist and chamber musician Julija has given performances in Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Malta and the United Kingdom.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C major, WTK II
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
J. Vītols – Lullaby Op.43 No.2
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.1
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.6

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat major, Op.81a
C. Vine – Piano Sonata No.1
S. Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Rachmaninov "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", Op. 43

-Katrīna Suroveca (Latvia / Latvija)

Katrīna Suroveca (Latvia / Latvija)

Katrīna Suroveca studied piano with L. Kārkiņa at the Bauska Music School and with I. Kundziņa at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School. Katrīna Suroveca is a prizewinner of various national and international piano competitions, including the 5th International P. Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Performers. As a soloist she has appeared with Jāzeps Mediņš Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in masterclasses of D. Bashkirov, R. Zariņš and V. Šimkus. Since 2015 she is a student of professor S. Osokins at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Recently she participated with solo performances in the Nordic-Baltic mobility project for academic pianists “Crossing Keyboards”.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTK II
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.5
F. Liszt - Transcendental Etude No.10 in F minor
J. Vītols – Variations-Portraits Op.54

2 Round:

J. Haydn – Piano Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:50
A. Scriabin – Piano Sonata in F sharp major, No.4 Op.30
S. Prokofiev – Sarcasms Op.17
F. Chopin – Ballade Op.52 No.4
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

C. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

-Sven-Sander Šestakov (Estonia / Igaunija)

Sven-Sander Šestakov (Estonia / Igaunija)

Sven Sander Šestakov studied at the Heino Eller Music School in Tartu. He has studied composition and is currently a member of the Tartu Contemporary Music Society. He has taken part in numerous competitions and projects - from 2014 to 2017 he has won the 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of an etude at the National Three Schools' Competition in Tartu, 2nd prizes in the same competition in 2015 and 2016, and 1st prize again in 2017. He received the 2nd prize at the National Young Pianists' Competition (2017), 3rd prize at the Stockholm International Piano Competition (2014), and the 3rd prize in the piano duo category at the 13th Padua Piano Competition (2015). As a chamber musician he has participated in a Classical Radio Tour project with a piano trio. Since 2017 he studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in E major, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.11
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5
J. Vītols – 10 Latvian Folk Songs Op.29

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
S. Prokofiev – Toccata Op.11
F. Liszt – Transcendental Etude No.11 “Harmonies du soir”
F. Liszt – Mephisto Waltz No.1, S.514

Final:

F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124

-Jeļizaveta Terentjeva (Latvia / Latvija)

Jeļizaveta Terentjeva (Latvia / Latvija)

Jeļizaveta Terentjeva studied at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School with I. Pinkule and S. Jalaņecka. In 2014 she was admitted to the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of N. Trull and M. Olenev. She is a prizewinner of several national and international piano competitions, and has participated in international jazz festivals, winning prizes in improvisation contests. In 2011 and 2013 she received the Annual Awards of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. Jeļizaveta Terentjeva has participated in masterclasses of D. Bashkirov, D. Yoffe, V. Nosina, N. Gridneva, X. Ning, A. Bouvy, J. Žvikovs and other renowned pianists.

 

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G major, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.8
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.1
J. Vītols – Preludes Op.19 No.1 and No.2, Op.20 No.4
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
S. Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36 (first edition)

Final:

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

-Kārlis Gunārs Tirzītis (Latvia / Latvija)

Kārlis Gunārs Tirzītis (Latvia / Latvija)

Kārlis Gunārs Tirzītis studied piano with F. Šnē, G. Trasūne and L. Paula at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School. Currently he is a student of professor A. Zandmanis at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He has successfully participated in several international competitions, winning the 1st prize at the Jūrmala International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at Inese Galante Talents Competition, Grand Prix at the Musical de France Competition in Paris, and other awards. He has participated in masterclasses of renowned pianists – V. Dvorkin, R. Zariņš, K. Lifšics, D. Yoffe, D. Merlet, G. Scott, D. Ketlere, and others. He on regular basis attends courses for young musicians in Sigulda and Salacgrīva, and has participated in the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in concert halls of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Czech Republic. After winning K. Lesiņš Award, he has toured the USA with clarinettist H. Klips. He has collaborated with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School Symphony Orchestra and Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTK I
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.5
F. Liszt – Paganini Etude No.6

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

-Edgars Tomševics (Latvia / Latvija)

Edgars Tomševics (Latvia / Latvija)

Edgars Tomševics studied piano at the Liepāja Secondary Music School with A.Poļanska and at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School with A. Pāže. In 2012 he graduated Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music after studies with professor S. Osokins. He is a prizewinner of several national and international competitions, and has appeared with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses of many distinguished pianists, such as A. Zandmanis, M. Voskresensky, A. Lubimov and R. O’Hora, and frequently collaborates with Kristīne Gailīte, Ieva Parša, Diāna Ozoliņa and Arigo Štrāls. Currently he leads the Electronic Music Department and teaches piano at Augusts Dombrovskis Music School in Riga.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in E minor Op.87
C. Debussy – Etude No.7 “Pour les degres chromatiques”
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.11
J. Vītols – Variations on a Latvian Folk Song Op.6

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
J. Ivanovs – Waltz in E minor
R. Schumann – Kinderszenen Op.15

Final:

E. Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

-Viktorija Trofimova (Latvia / Latvija)

Viktorija Trofimova (Latvia / Latvija)

Viktorija Trofimova studied piano at Staņislavs Broks Daugavpils Secondary Music School. Currently she is a student at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. She has participated in various international competitions, winning the 1st prize at the International Academic Piano Music Competition “Jūrmala 2016”. Viktorija Trofimova frequently participates in masterclasses and festivals, including the Daugavpils Piano Festival and Malta Piano Festival.

 

 

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in E minor Op.87
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.4
J. Vītols – 3 Silhouettes Op.38
J. Vītols – Prelude Op.13 No.1
I. Stravinsky – Etude Op.7 No.4

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in D major, KV576
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.5 in C Major, Op.38
C. Debussy – Estampes
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”

Final:

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

-Shiyu Wang (China / Ķīna)

Shiyu Wang (China / Ķīna)

Shiyu Wang currently pursues postgraduate studies with Mr. A. Shtarkman at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She has given solo recitals and performances at the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Fudan University, Shenzhen Arts School and Ningbo Concert Hall. In 2013, Wang won the University of Rochester Concerto Competition. She was also a prizewinner in the 5th Beethoven Piano Competition (Germany) and Shande Ding Piano Competition (Shanghai). Wang has participated in master classes of F. Ts’ong, D. Zhaoyi, T. Zhe, R. Howat and J. Rackers, and studied with E. Elisi and V. Lenti. Wang holds double-major degree in music and business, and certificate of a one-year program in art history and French language topic from University of Rochester. In 2015, University of Rochester awarded her Ward Woodbury Prize for a student demonstrating outstanding leadership and achievement in music.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, WTK II
F. Liszt – Etude “La leggierezza”
C. Debussy – Etude No.4 “Pour les sixtes”
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

W.A. Mozart – Piano Sonata in D major, KV311
I. Albeniz – Triana from Iberia, Book II
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
F. Liszt – Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

-Yuri Yamamoto (Japan / Japāna)

Yuri Yamamoto (Japan / Japāna)

Yuri Yamamoto studied piano performance with Y. Yamagami, K. Ashida, Y. Yoshida, M. Umemoto and K. Yasui, receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo). From 2013 to 2015 she studied for a soloist’s diploma at the Nuremberg University of Music with B. Endres and in 2017 she acquired a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music (Piano Duo) from the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, after studies with professors Y. Tal and A. Groethuysen. She has participated in masterclasses of such outstanding artists as M. Béroff, M. Shirai, K. Richter, A. Spiri, W. Manz, S. Mauser, P. Badura Skoda, D. Mommerz, D. Sulzen and A. Siirala. In 2015 and 2016 she was the recipient of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scholarship. She has won numerous national and international competitions, including the Japan Piano Competition, Classical Music Competition (Japan), and Euterpe International Music Competition (Italy). She performs on regular basis in Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.

1 Round:

J.S. Bach – Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, WTK I
F. Chopin – Etude Op.10 No.1
N. Kapustin – Toccatina Op.40 No.3
J. Vītols – Carmina Op.57
J. Vītols – Song of Waves Op.41 No.2

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat major, Op.31 No.3
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
R. Schumann – Fantasy in C major, Op.17
O. Messiaen - Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus: No.13, No.15

Final:

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

-Anton Yashkin (Russia / Krievija)

Anton Yashkin (Russia / Krievija)

Anton Yashkin is a student of the Honoured Artist of Russia professor N. Trull at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He has won the International Rachmaninov Competition-Festival (2007), received the Gold Medal at the 9th International Delfic Games (2010), won the International Serebryakov Piano Competition (2015) and acquired the 2nd prize in the 10th International Competition “A Step Towards Mastery” (2015). Recipient of various awards, Anton Yashkin has performed in major concert halls of Moscow and collaborated with St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.

1 Round:

D. Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in E minor Op.87
J. Vītols – 8 Latvian Folk Songs Op.32
F. Chopin – Etude Op.25 No.11
S. Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau Op.39 No.9

2 Round:

L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
J. Zandbergs – “Volatile Watercolour”
C. Debussy - L'Isle joyeuse
S. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, op.83

Final:

S. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18