In 2009, the world music community celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Russian violinist and teacher, professor - Honored Artist of the RSFSR Yuri Yankelevitch
On the occasion of the anniversary, the Government of Omsk Region has established an international competition named after him in the homeland of the great maestro.
The most famous student of Yu.I. Yankelevich, People's Artist of the USSR, Vladimir Spivakov has become the Honorary President of the Competition.
The Competition was held in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2018. The next competition will be held in Omsk from May 22 to May 29, 2020.
Violinists of two age categories are invited to participate in the Competition: from 9 to 15 years old and from 15 to 25 years old. Little musicians will compete for cash prizes from 18 thousand to 50 thousand rubles in two rounds of the Competition. Violinists of the senior age category will perform in three rounds, and in the final round - as soloists with the Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. The main prize for the future winner was personally chosen by the People's Artist of the USSR, Honorary President of the competition Vladimir Spivakov. This time the winner will be awarded a violin made by the famous Italian maker Giulio Degani in Venice in 1901 and a cash prize of 2 380 000.00 rubles. The main prize can be awarded in any age category.
In addition, a special prize has been established for the competition of 2020 – a bow of the French master Joseph Arthur Vigneron and a cash prize (premium) in the amount of 600,000.00 rubles. The special prize can also be awarded in any age category.
Competitors will be judged by a competent jury headed by a professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, USSR State Prize laureate Mikhail Kopelman (USA). The jury will also include world-famous violinists and teachers: professor of the University of Music of Vienna, professor of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz Boris Kuschnir (Austria), concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Opera House Elisabetta Garetti (Italy), professor of the Manhattan School of Music, professor of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo Koichiro Harada (Japan), Professor of the Beijing Central Conservatory Weidong Tong (China), artist of the Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Alexander Muralev (Russia).
In the competition programme, young participants will demonstrate the performance of sonatas by I. Bach, N. Paganini, H. Wieniawski, J. Dont, P. Rode; cantilena and virtuoso pieces at their choice, as well as piano concerts for violin. Young violinists shall play the obligatory piece - "Aria" by Alexandrov. In the programme of the senior age category - sonatas by I. Bach, L. Beethoven, R. Schumann and other authors, one of the concerts of W.A. Mozart, caprice of N. Paganini, as well as miniature, modern, virtuoso pieces and a concert accompanied by an orchestra at their choice.
The Main Prize of the V International Violin Competition named after Yu. I. Yankelevich is an antique violin made by the Italian master Giulio Degani in 1901.
The tradition to gift a rare instrument as the main prize to the winner began with the second competition named after Yu.I. Yankelevich.The old violin is awarded to the musician for life use, which allows the musician to develop and improve his/her skills in the future. In 2011, the main prize was the violin of 1894 by the Italian maker Eugenio Degani, in 2013 - the instrument made in 1880 by Gaetano Antoniazzi in Milan, in 2018 - the winner became the owner of the violin by Eugenio Degani, made in Venice in 1890.
The main prize is selected for each competition by the Honorary President Vladimir Spivakov personally. The violin, made at the very beginning of the XX century, was purchased for the IV International Violin Competition named after Yu. I. Yankelevich from the French collector, expert and restorer Serge Boyer.
Giulio Degani is a violin maker, son and apprentice of Eugenio Degani. He created his unique form of violin. He experimented a lot with different species of wood, achieving both perfect sound and unique appearance of the instrument. The sound of violins by Degani is pure, clear and has the same Italian touch that is appreciated by connoisseurs.