IV Yankelevitch International
Violin Competition

Jury members

Pierre AMOYAL (France)
Chairman of the jury
Pierre Amoyal is one of the most gifted violinists of his generation. He began his music studies very early and at the age of 12 he graduated from the Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance with honors. At age 17 he moved to Los Angeles for 5 years of study with Jascha Heifetz. He was lucky enough to perform on stage, performing chamber works, and to work in a recording studio with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky.
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The violinist has performed with the best orchestras in the world, in all major European capitals, as well as in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America and the Far East. He collaborated with leading conductors of our time - Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Eliahu Inbal, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Kurt Sanderling, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Charles Dutoit, and many others.

In 1977-1986 he was a professor at the Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance. Currently he teaches at the Lausanne Conservatory (Switzerland), as well as at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg (Austria).

Pierre Amoyal is the artistic director of the Summer Music Academy in Lausanne, the founder and artistic director of the ensemble "Camerata de Lausanne". His numerous recordings released by the record company "Decca" include the works of Fauré (featuring Pascal Rogé), Chausson, Franck (Ysaÿe Quartet and Pascal Rogé), as well as the concerts by Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns and Respighi (Gregorian Concert for violin and orchestra with the participation of Charles Dutoit and the National Orchestra of France). His most recent recordings released by the label "Harmonia Mundi" include Grieg's three sonatas and Johannes Brahms' violin sonatas, performed together with Frederic Chiu, and René Koering's Violin Concerto, performed with Friedemann Layer.

The musician has been invited to be a juror of the most prestigious international competitions: Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, Music Competition in Beijing, Sibelius Violin Competition and Queen Elisabeth Competition.

In 1985 Pierre Amoyal was awarded the Order of Arts and Literature, and in 1995 he became a Cavalier of the French Order of Merit. In 2002 he was honored with the prize of the Foundation of the Canton of Vaud for special merits in the development of culture, and in 2006 – with the prize of the city of Lausanne.

In the collection of Pierre Amoyal there is one of the most famous violins in the world - "Kochanski", created by Stradivari in 1717.
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