The opening ceremony of the competition was held on April 24th 2018 in Omsk for the fourth time in a row. The jury members are eminent violinists and tutors. They have already come to Omsk and taken part in the drawing of the contestants of the older age group. As a result of the drawing, the first to compete is a contestant from Russia by the name of Fedor Beznosikov. Yujin Kim from South Korea will be the second to audition. Then it's Iming Liu of China and Maria Dueñas of Spain's turn. The 5th to compete is Eimi Wakui from Japan. Tomiris Temirgalieva (Kazakhstan – Austria) will take part in the competition under the number 6. Following is Elias David Moncado from Germany. Yun Tan from China has the number eight, and a violinist from Omsk Dmitri Borodin will be the 9th. Masha Lakisova has the number 10. The last one to compete is Stepan Starikov from Russia. It's worth noting that a contestant from Russia by the name of Polina Senatulova couldn't make it to the competition due to personal circumstances, thus there will be only 11 contestants in the older age group.
Following the drawing was a press conference. The jury members, as well as the Omsk Minister of Culture Yuri Trofimov, the director of the Omsk Philharmonic Irina Lapshina and a violin maker from France Alan Carbonar all participated in it. During the press conference the Culture Minister noted the importance of the Yankelevich Competition for Omsk and for the rest of the country. He then went on to thank the acting governor of the Omsk region Alexander Burkov for his willingness to support the holding of the competiton in Omsk.
Worthy of separate attention during the press conference was the first prize, which is a violin made by Eugenio Degani. It was chosen personally by the President of the Competition Vladimir Spivakov. The director of the Omsk Philharmonic showed the prize to the press and noted that the Yankelevich competition is one of the few international competitions where the winner gets the prize forever, and not just for temporary use. This is a great gift for every musician and a chance for them to perfect their skills and improve creatively. Moreover, it was said during the press conference that the French violin maker Alan Carbonar, who's good friends with Vladimir Spivakov, isn't just an honorary guest of the competition. He came to Omsk together with his daughter Mazarini Carbonare, who is also a violin maker, to gift an exclusive violin that he made himself to one of the contestants of the younger age group. Vadimir Spivakov asked him to make this violin specifically for this competition. This was a pleasant surprise for the young age group contestants.
The first day was finished with the opening ceremony of the competition, which was held at the Omsk Philharmonic. The chairman of the jury Pierre Amoyal and the jury members Elisabetta Garretti and Sergey Dogadin took part in it together with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dmitry Vasilyev. Pierre Amoyal is a professor of the "Mozarteum" conservatory in Salzburg (Austria), the artistic director of the Summer Music Academy in Lausanne and the founder and the artistic director of the ensemble "Camerata de Lausanne" (Switzerland). Elisabetta Garetti is a professor of the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa (Italy). Sergey Gogadin is the winner of the 3rd International Yankelevitch Violin Competition and a professor of the International Art Academy in Luanju (China).
Pierre Amoyal chose to perform some French classics during the ceremony. His vintage instrument, made by Antonio Stradivari, was heard in the "Gypsy" rhapsodies for violin and orchestra by Maurice Ravel. Moreover, he together with Sergey Dogadin performed the Concerto for two violins and Orchestra in D minor by Bach. Elisabetta Garetti showed her skills by playing the Concerto "L'estate" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and music from the "Schindler`s List " by J. Williams. Sergey Dogadin performed "Gypsy Airs" by Pablo de Sarasate and "Reflection", composed by J. Massenet.
The general audience will be able to watch the performances of the IV International Yankelevitch Violin Competition participants from April 25th to April 30th at the Organnyy Zal and the Philharmonic Concert Hall. Everyone who wants to see the auditions is welcome to come and support the contestants. You can see the audition schedule at oficial website of the competition
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