• Talma Gotteiner

The Classical Wandering Stars Festival: The International CLASSIC WINDS Competition & Five Concerts

Updated: Jan 21

Hi there!


A few months ago, the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) organized an international piano competition in which over 40 pianists from around the world took part. The winners of the competition won major cash prizes and a ticket to the final competition to be held next year in Malta. You can refer to my previous post.

Following the success of the previous competition and the successful collaboration with the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and the Israeli production, the foundation's management has decided to hold another event this March.

The CLASSIC WINDS competition is dedicated to the clarinet and saxophone and is also organized by the EUFSC. After two editions abroad, this year it will take place for the third time in Tel-Aviv at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.

Alongside the competition that attracts young musicians from all over the world, there will be five rich and varied concerts in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv with world-renowned soloists.


WHEN: March 1-5, 2020 for both the CLASSIC WINDS COMPETITION at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and FIVE ADDITIONAL CONCERTS at the Tel-Aviv Performing Arts Center and at the Henry Crown Hall at the Jerusalem Theater.

Photo Credit: Maxim Vengerov taken by Benjamin Ealovega

THE CLASSICAL WINDS COMPETITION

The clarinet saxophone competition is taking place for the third time this year at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and will be open to the public.

The judging team is international and includes:

  • Gianluca Marcianò - Chairman and Italian conductor, principal conductor of the Serbian National Theatre and artistic director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.

  • Asya Fateyeva - A rising saxophonist star from the Crimea and lecturer at the the Münster Academy of Music in Germany.

  • Phillipe Geiss - A saxophonist serving as the Artistic Director of the Strasbourg Saxophone Festival.

  • Vitaly Katkov - Vice Rector for concert activities at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

  • Michel Lethiec - Internationally renowned clarinetist, the Artistic Director of the Pablo Casals Festival in southern France.

  • Ron Selka - A clarinetist and first player in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, played in important orchestras.

  • Kenneth Tse - Hong Kong-born saxophonist, Professor at the University of Iowa.

A number of prizes will be awarded at the competition:

The first prize of 10,000 Euros, the second prize of 5,000 Euros, and the third prize of 3,000 Euros. In addition, a special prize of 2,000 Euros will be awarded as the "Verdiana" award for the best performance of the compulsory creation in the competition, "Verdiana" by Alexey Shor, the competition's composer.

The contestants are young musicians from all over the world who will compete in two rounds:

1st round

In the first round for the saxophone, the participants will play a recital of up to 20 minutes, which will include one piece from the 20th or 21st centuries and one piece from a selection of works written for saxophone from different periods.

In the first round for the clarinet, the participants will play a recital of up to 20 minutes, which will include one piece from the 20th or 21st centuries and one piece from a list of works by Martinu, Milhaud, Francaix, Chausson and Stamitz.

2nd round

In the second round on the saxophone, contestants will perform one piece from works by Schmitt, Caplet, Debussy, Desenclos or Sauget, one piece composed after 1960 and a sonata written by one of the composers: Denisov, Albright Yoshimatsu, Heiden, Karkoff or Sancan.

In the second round on the clarinet, the contestants will play a work of choice from Brahms, Schumann or Max Reger, a solo piece composed after 1960 and one piece from the following composers: Bernstein, Lutoslawski, Debussy and Berg.

Finale

The finalists on the saxophone will play the compulsory creation:

"Verdiana" by Alexey Shor

and one of the two following pieces:

  • Concertino de Camara - Jacques Ibert

  • Shams Concerto - Jean Denis Mishat

The finalists on the clarinet will play the compulsory creation:

"Verdiana" by Alexey Shor

and one of the two following pieces:

  • Concerto Opus 24 - Carl Maria von Weber

  • Concerto for Clarinetand String Orchestra - Aaron Copland

THE FIVE CONCERT PROGRAM

FIRST CONCERT - Clarinet Concerto and Orchestra

The concert will be held at the Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theater on March 1, 2020, at 20:00.

The Armenian conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, will conduct the Jerusalem Symphony.

Clarinetist: Shirley Brill

Concert program

  • Alexey Shor - The Overture to the "Crystal Palace" Ballet

  • Alexey Shor - A world premiere of a clarinet and orchestra concerto

  • Luigi Bassi - Fantasia on motives by Verdi's Rigoletto for clarinet and orchestra

  • Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4. in A Major, Opus 90 ("Italian")

TICKETS

Ticket prices: 104-154 NIS

Ticket purchase through the Hebrew Bimot Website or call *6226


SECOND CONCERT - Beethoven's Violin Concerto and more ...

The concert will be held at the Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theater on March 2, 2020, at 20:00.

Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky will conduct the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Violinist: Daniel Lozakovich

Concert program

  • Beethoven Violin Concerto, in D Major, Opus 61

  • Alexey Shor - Fantasme Violin and Orchestra

  • Tchaikovsky - Overture for "Romeo and Juliet"

TICKETS

Ticket prices: 104-154 NIS

Ticket purchase through the Hebrew Bimot Website or call *6226


THIRD CONCERT - Maxim Vengerov and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

The concert will be held at the Tel Aviv Performance Arts Center on March 3, 2020 at 20:30

Maestro Sergey Smbatyan will conduct the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

Violinist: Maxim Vengerov

Concert program

  • Max Bruch: Violin Concerto # 1, in G Minor, Opus 26

  • Alexey Shor - "Seascapes" for violin and orchestra

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Suite), Opus 20a

TICKETS

Ticket prices: 114-284 NIS

Ticket purchase through the eventim website or dial *9066


FOURTH CONCERT - Cellist Alexander Kniazev and the Armenian State Chamber Orchestra

The concert will be held at the Tel-Aviv Performance Arts Center, Zucker Hall on March 4, 2020 at 20:30

Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky will conduct the Armenian State Chamber Orchestra

Cellist: Alexander Kniazev

Concert program

  • Josef Haydn - Cello Concerto in Major

  • Alexey Shor - "Musical Pilgrimage" for Cello and Orchestra

  • Alexander Arutiunian - Orchestra Sinfonietta for String Instruments

  • Tchaikovsky - Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48

TICKETS

Ticket prices: 154-234 NIS

Ticket purchase through the eventim website or dial *9066


FIFTH CONCERT - The Final Concert of the International Saxophone Clarinet Competition

The concert will be held at the Tel Aviv University, Smolarz Auditorium on March 5, 2020 at 19:00

Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra

Finalists of the clarinet and saxophone competition will perform. The winners will be announced after the concert.

Tickets for the final event will open soon. Details will be updated later.


The CLASSIC WINDS Festival is an initiative of the European Foundation for Support of Culture headed by Konstantin Ishkhanov. The purpose of the foundation is to discover through festivals and competitions the next great masters and artists of the music world while giving the audience a first class musical experience that to deepens and expands the number of classical music enthusiasts to ensure the continued existence and performance of classical music.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Maestro Dmitry Yablonsky

A cellist and conductor born in 1962, who was nominated for several Grammy Awards for his recordings. Born in Moscow to a musical family. Already at the age of 9 he performed at a premiere concert Haydn's concerto for the cello. During his career as a cellist, he has performed on prominent stages around the world and has performed with the best musicians.

In 1977 he immigrated to New York with his pianist mother Oksana Yablonskaya, and a few years ago, the two emmigrated to Israel. Alongside his career as a cellist, he developed an impressive career as a conductor and has conducted several times for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Yablonsky is the musical director of the 'Kyiv Virtuosos' orchestra, teaches at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University and serves as head of the International Relations Department at the school.


Maestro Sergey Smbatyan

A conductor and violinist. One of the most prominent Armenian musicians of our time, born in 1987 to a family of musicians. His name is linked not only to his musical activities but to cultural educational activities he frequently engages in. He is the founder and director of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. It was established when he was only 18. The orchestra performed in prominent halls in Europe and performed as the home orchestra at many festivals throughout Europe as well as at the annual music competition held in the name of the composer Aram Khachaturian.

Smbatyan also musically directs the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra performing with it throughout the world. He has also founded 4 music festivals in Armenia and devotes much of his time to promoting Armenian culture and music.

Smbatyan organized the 100th anniversary concert of the Armenian Holocaust, that was attended by hundreds of musicians and singers. He has won numerous awards and accolades.


Violinist Maxim Vengerov

One of the most prominent and sought-after violinists in the world today, who also appears as a conductor.

Born in 1974, he started his career at the age of 5. Won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively. Began to record at the age of 10 and recorded for the high profile labels Melodia, Teldec and E.M.I companies. Winner of several awards including the Grammy and Gramophone Awards for Artist of the Year.

In 2007, he followed the footsteps of his mentor, the late Rostropovich and began to conduct. In 2010, he was appointed chiefe conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Switzerland. In recent seasons, Vengerov has performed as a soloist or conductor with prominent orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Chicago, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and in many recitals.

Between 2018-2019 he performed with conductor Ricardo Shay and the La Scala Milan Orchestra, as well as with the Paris and Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestras.

In the 2019/2011 season, Mr. Vengerov celebrated 40 years of performing on stage at a gala concert held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, hosting Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Marios Papadopoulos, and students from the Royal College of Music.

He is also a sought-after teacher and teaches at several music colleges around the world. Several documentaries were made on his life and career, and he has won numerous prestigious awards. Maxim Vengerov currently plays on the 1727 "ex-Kreutzer" Stradivarius violin.


Clarinetist Shirley Brill

Shirley Brill began her solo career with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta. She has won the Geneva Switzerland music competition, the Markneukirchen International Competition in Germany and other competitions. She has performed in several music festivals throughout Europe, as well as the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

She has collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Sabine Meyer, Emanuel Pau, Tabiah Zimmerman, the Jerusalem Quartet and many more and performed with her partner the pianist Jonathan Aner.

After graduating from her studies in Israel with Yitzhak Katzap, she continued her studies at the Lübeck Academy of Music with Sabine Meyer and at the New England Conservatory with Richard Stoltzman.

As of 2012, Shirley Brill is a guest Professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and from 2016 is a faculty member at Barenboim–Said Akademie, Berlin.


Cellist Alexander Kniazev

Born in 1962, he began playing at the age of 6 and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory.

He has won prizes in several competitions including the Vilnius competition, the Florence and Trapani competitions in Italy, International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the international competition in Pretoria, South Africa. He has performed as a soloist with the world's most important orchestras and prominent conductors. He has served as a judge in the Tchaikovsky competition 3 times, often appearing at music and chamber festivals, including the Jerusalem Festival. In 1999, he performed for the first time all six of Bach's cello suites at the Moscow Conservatory Hall. That year he won the Musician of the Year award. Frequently giving master classes around the world, recording numerous recordings as a soloist and as part of a chamber ensemble.


Violinist Daniel Lozakovich

Rising violinist Daniel Lozakovich was born in Sweden in 2001. He began playing at the age of 7. His first solo performance was two years later with mentor Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Stockholm, Moscow and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. He attended the Karlsruhe University in Germany. In 2016 he won the Vladimir Spivakov International Competition, after which he played with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Signed an exclusive contract with prestigious label Deutsche Gramophone and at his young age has already recorded three solo albums and won several awards.


Best,

Talma


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