The antique violin, made by Italian maker Giulio Degani in 1901, has been taken to our city from France. It was purchased from French collector, expert and restorer Serge Boyer. This rare instrument will be granted to the winner of the V International Violin Competition named after Yu.I.Yankelevich, which will be held in the city of Omsk from May 22 to May 29, 2020. Violinists will be able to compete for the main prize not only in the senior age group, as it was in previous years, but also in the junior one. This is the innovation of the upcoming contest.
Giulio Degani (1875, Montagnana, Italy -1959, Cincinatti, USA) is a violin maker, son and apprentice of Eugenio Degani. The violin, which is the main prize of the V International Violin Competition named after Yu.I.Yankelevich, was made by him in the atelier of his father in Venice. The author's label depicts the gold medal of the Exhibition of Masterpiece Musical Instruments in Turin. Giulio Degani's violin and his father's instruments are very alike. It has the same unique shape, special varnish type, but a larger "masculine" scroll. The sound of Degani's violins is pure, clear and has the same Italian touch that is appreciated by connoisseurs.
The main prize for future winner has been chosen personally by the Honorary President of the V International Contest of Violinists named after Yu.I.Yankelevich – the People's Artist of the USSR Vladimir Spivakov. The antique instrument is handed over to the violinist for life-long use, which allows the young musician to develop and improve his skills in the future.
The special prize - the bow of French Master Joseph Arthur Vigneron has been taken to Omsk along with the main prize. Violinists of the senior and junior age groups will compete for the right to own the main and special prize.