Laureats 2001

Baiba Skride
Latvia - 19 II 1981
First Prize - Grand Prize of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium, Queen Fabiola Prize
The Jacques Stehman Prize - RTBF Brussels

Baiba Skride has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, as a member of Petru Munteanu’s class since 1995. She has given numerous concerts in Europe and Asia, working with conductors such as Andrejs Jansons, Woldemar Nelson and Martin Haselböck. Baiba Skride has won numerous prizes in international competitions, including second prize in the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1998, first prize in the Lipizer Competition in Gorizia in 2000 and fifth prize in the Joachim Competition in Hanover in 2000.
(Violin: Lorenzo Storioni - 1779)

Ning Kam
Singapore - 7 X 1975

Second Prize — Belgian Federal Government Prize, "Eugène Ysaÿe"
VRT-Prijs Daniel Sternefeld

Ning Kam ontdekte de viool via haar vader Kam Kee Yong, zelf violist en componist. In 1987 start ze aan de Menuhin School, waar ze les krijgt van Sidney Griller, Maurizio Fuks en Wen Zhou Li. Ze vervolgt haar studies aan het Curtis Institute met Jaime Laredo, nadien aan het Cleveland Institute of Music met Donald Weilerstein. Ze trad op met de Singapore Symphony, het filharmonisch orkest van Monte Carlo, het Cleveland Orchestra… Ning Kam won de eerste prijs in het Menuhin-Concours te Folkestone in 1991, werd laureaat van de derde Pablo Sarasate Wedstrijd, en bereikte de finales in het Henryk Szering Career Award te Monaco in 2000.
(Violin: Antonio & Girolamo Amati - 1576)

Barnabás Kelemen
Hungary - 12 VI 1978

Third Prize - Count de Launoit Prize

Barnabás Kelemen has studied under Eszter Perényi at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest since 1990. He has also attended master classes with teachers such as Igor Ozim, Lóránd Fenyves, György Kurtág and Isaac Stern. He has worked with musicians such as Zoltán Kocsis, Denis Russel-Davis, Tamás Vasary, Michael Stern, Steven Isserlis and Miklós Perényi and gives regular performances in Europe, in the USA and in Japan. Barnabás Kelemen won second prize in the Szigeti Violin Competition in Budapest (1997), first prize in the Mozart Competition in Salzburg (1999) and first prize in the International Trio Competition in Kuhmo (Finland) in 1999.
(Violin: Januarius Gagliano - 1771)

Alina Pogostkin
Russia - 18 XI 1983

Fourth Prize - Prize of the Governments of the Belgian Comunities, this year awarded by the Government of Flanders

Alina Pogostkin has for the most part been taught by her father, Alexander Pogostkin. However, she has also attended master classes with teachers such as Tibor Varga, Ruggiero Ricci, Dimitri Sitkovetsky and Dorothy DeLay. She has given recitals and appeared with various orchestras, including the National Russian Orchestra conducted by M. Pletnev, the SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by H. Haenchen. Alina Pogostkin won first prize in the Ludwig Spohr Competition in 1997, fourth prize in the Tibor Varga Competition in 1999 and sixth prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in 1999.
(Violin: Giovanni Baptista Rogeri - Brescia)

Feng Ning
China - 26 III 1981

Fifth Prize — Brussels Capital Region Prize

Feng Ning began learning the violin at the age of four. He entered the Sichuan Conservatory in 1992, and since 1998 has studied under Kun Hu at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has appeared in concert with the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Feng Ning received a special prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in 1999 and finished second in the Menuhin Competition in Folkestone in 2000.
(Violin: Joannes Franciscus Pressenda)

Akiko Ono
Japan - 27 VII 1978

Sixth Prize - City of Brussels Prize

Akiko Ono left Japan at the age of 13 to study at the Menuhin School in London under Yehudi Menuhin and Natalia Boyarskaya. Since 1996, she studied with Dora Schwarzberg in Vienna. Akiko Ono’s concert credits include appearances with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Saulus Sondeckis, the Essen Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre National de Lille under Yehudi Menuhin. She won second prize in the Lipizer Competition in Gorizia in 1999, third prize in the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999 and first prize in the Menuhin Competition in Folkestone in 2000.
(Violin: Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini - Cremona, 1758)

The six other finalists…

Ju-Young Baek
Korea - 28 II 1976

Ju-Young Baek attended the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School and the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. She has studied with Nam-Yun Kim, Kang-Hoon Kim, Aaron Rosand, Robert Mann and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. She gave her debut recital in New York in 2000, as first prizewinner in the Young Concert Artists Competition. She has also performed with orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. Ju-Young Baek won third prize in the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1996, first prize in the Dong-A Competition in Seoul in 1997 and a bronze medal in the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 1998.

Boris Brovtsyn
Russia - 2 IV 1977

Boris Brovtsyn began his musical training at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, and later attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is currently a pupil of David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has performed as a soloist and given recitals regularly since the age of six. Orchestras he has appeared with include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and the BBC Philharmonic. Boris Brovtsyn has also won second prize in the Kulenkampf Competition in Cologne (1994), third prize in the Transnet International Competition in Pretoria (1996) and third prize in the International Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris (1998).

Christina Castelli
USA - 27 VIII 1978

Christina Castelli has been taught by Edward Kreitman, Almita Vamos, Roland Vamos and, since 2000, Dorothy DeLay. She has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals, mainly in the Americas. Orchestras she has worked with include the Chicago Consort, the Chilean Regional Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. Christina Castelli has also won various prizes, including the prize for the youngest finalist in the Montreal International Violin Competition in 1995 and second prize in the Luis Sigall International Competition in Chile in 2000.

Oleg Kaskiv
Ukraine - 11 XI 1978

Oleg Kaskiv started learning the violin with his parents at the age of six. He continued his education in Lviv, first at the Special Music School and then at the Conservatory there. Since 1996, he has studied at the Yehudi Menuhin International Academy in Switzerland, under Alberto Lysy. He has given regular recitals and concert performances and appeared as a member of the chamber-music ensemble, the Camerata Lysy Gstaad. He won first prize in the Molinari Competition in Switzerland in 1998 and fifth prize in the Lipizer Competition in Gorizia in Italy in 1999.

Mikhail Ovrutsky
USA - 8 VIII 1980

Mikhail Ovrutsky was taught by Zoya Makhtina at the Moscow Conservatory, Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music and Yomi Scott at the Curtis Institute of Music. Since 1997, he has studied with Zakhar Bron at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik. His numerous performances include appearances as a soloist with orchestras such as the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pablo Sarasate Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as well as recitals. Mikhail Ovrutsky won first prize in the Johansen International Competition in Washington (1997) and in the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition (1999).
(Violin: Nicolas Lupot (Paris, 1795) from Renata Koeckert Streichinstrumenten Gmbh, Munich, Germany)

Tatiana Samouil
Russia - 5 X 1974

Tatiana Samouil was born into a family of musicians, and attended music school from the age of six. She entered the Moscow Conservatory in 1993 and moved to Brussels in 1997, where she has continued her training with Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory. She has performed in Belgium with orchestras such as the Vlaamse Radio Orkest and I Fiamminghi, as well as giving recitals. In 1998, she won first prize in the Tenuto Competition and the Henry Vieuxtemps Prize in Verviers. More recently, she finished fourth in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki.

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