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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 7: Yurino Izumi
    at the prestigious Jr Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in USA In 2001 she was picked to play in the the series of Teenagers Musicians Vol 12 and followed that up by participating at the International Music Festival at Aubers sur Oise in France Besides touring her home country Yurino has toured Slovakia Italy France Portugal USA Austria and Hungary In 2002 she won the First Prize Prize for the Youngest Player and Prize for the Best Player of the Contemporary Composition at the 19 th Porto City International Competition In 2004 she performed at the 3 rd Music Festival at Fuji Yoshida in Japan and in 2006 she got the Special Prize of Adjudicators Observers at the 1 st Takamatsu International Piano Competition Izumi has performed with numerous orchestras including Kanagawa Phileharmony Orchestra Tokyo Symphony Orchestra Krakow Chamber Symphony Orchestra Zilina Chamber Orchestra Porto City Symphony Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic She has studied with Eguchi Fumiko Urakabe Shinji Esaki Mitsuyo Ito Kei and at The Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris from 2002 to 2007 with Dominique Geoffroy Here is a live clip where Yurino Izumi plays Turkish March Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1469 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 8: Mariam Kharatyan
    Norway In 2013 she won the First Prize at the 5th International Piano Competition Giovanni Musicisti in Treviso Italy In 2014 Mariam performed a solo recital at Auditorium Stefanini in Treviso invited by Italian Academia Musicale In 2010 Mariam won 3rd place in the Renaissance International 2nd Contest Festival of Musician Performers in Gyumri Armenia She has also been honored by Sorlandske Sommernetter Festkonserten to Klassisk UIA 2013 Award in Kristiansand Norway In 2012 Mariam performed Beethoven 3 rd piano concerto in C minor in Sigurd Kohns Hus of Agder Conservatory and in Som Church in Kristiansand as a soloist with Agder Symfoniorkester under the conductor James Duddle Along with her activities as soloist Mariam is also an experienced chamber musician playing in various ensembles In 2013 she was invited to perform with Laurens Weinhold violin Norway Austria in NYCMF Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger From 2012 2014 she performed concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician at Ung Klassisk Festival in Arendal Kulturhus Kilden Teater og Konserthus Kristiansand and at Risør Ung Festival She has numerous collaborations with other musicians and opera singers Karin Hertsenberg soprano Netherlands Elizaveta Agrafenina soprano Netherlands and Maria Wennersten soprano Norway to mention a few In 2007 she performed chamber music concerts with Armenian violist and composer Gor Hovhannisyan in Kamar Art Music Festival in Yerevan Armenia Together the two have performed in concert halls such as Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Concert Hall Komitas Chamber Music Hall Arno Babajanyan Philharmonic Hall Concert Hall of Aram Khachaturian Home Museum and Narekatsi Art Institute Hall Mariam has participated in master classes as a soloist and as a chamber musician with Einar Steen Nøkleberg Norway Eugene Alcalay USA Jan Jiracek Von Arnim Austria Anton Sorokow Austria Maria Egelhof Germany Kim Kashkashyan USA Diane Andersen

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1478 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 9: Yuki Kondo
    piano competitions in Europe and Japan As mentioned Yuki has raked in a huge amount of prizes In 2007 she won 1 st prize at the Japan Mozart Music Competition three years later she achieved a similar fete at the Tokyo Arts Center Competition In 2011 she received Best Pianist Prize from the Japan Arts Center and the following year she on 1 st prize both at the Teresa Llacuna International Competition Valence France and at the International Brest Competition France 2013 brought a 1st prize victory at the International Scriabin Competition Paris and she won a Medal at the International Maria Canals Competition Barcelona both in 2013 and 2014 In 2014 she also received Best Pianist Prize from the Japan Arts Center and 1 st prize Jury Award and Steingraeber Söhne Award at the Pianale International Music Academy Competition Schlitz Fulda Germany Among recitals and concerts given in Europe and Japan are Bon Anniversaire Monsieur Chopin concert in Châteauroux which was televised in France a Concert at King s Palace open space in Warsaw and at Mozarthaus in Vienna Austria She has also participated at the Kyoto International Festival at Nijo Castle World Heritage and Festival Chopin au jardin du Luxembourg in Paris in 2012 to mention a few Yuki Kondo performed the 1st Piano Concerto by Chopin with the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Madeleine in Paris the Totentanz by Liszt with the Kyoto Philharmony Orchestra at Kyoto Concert Hall twice with the Krakow State Philharmony Orchestra and Mozart s Piano Concerto No 20 with the Aichi Chamber Orchestra She has also released the CD Yuki Kondo Live at Gluiras Chopin Debussy Poulenc Liszt a production by Easis France She is without a doubt among the most experienced names in this year s competition Here s Yuki Kondo performing

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1488 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 10: Vasyl Kotys
    class of Prof Matthias Kirschnereit Vasyl has been unfortunate enough to collect three 2nd prizes in previous competitions namely Mendelssohn Preis Competition for Duo Cello and Piano Berlin V Horowitz Piano International Competition Kiev and A Scriabin International Piano Competition Grozetto Italy Here he also won the Scriabin Prize Having performed in both Ukraine Germany USA Golland Poland and Croatia Vasyl is very experienced as a solo recitalist He has played a lot of the major music centers including M Lysenko Column Hall of the National Philharmonia of Ukraine Kiev Kielce Philharmony Hall Poland Warsaw Philharmony Hall Poland Bialystok Concert Hall Poland S Ludkevich Hall of the Lviv Philharmonia Odessa Philharmony Hall Kirovograd Philharmony Hall S Krushelnytska Hall of the Lviv Opera the Concert Halls of Ternopil Ivano Frankivsk Drogobych Khmelnytsky Ukraine V Lisinski Hall Zagreb Croatia Lubostron Poland Berlin UDK Concert Hall Die Glocke Bremen Gasteig Munich Katharinensaal Rostock Germany Vasyl has also performed at International Festivals such as Gezeiten Konzerte Germany Peter de Grote Festival Holland Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern Germany He has vast experience from playing with famous orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony Bremer Philharmoniker National Odessa Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine Kiev Norddeutschen Philharmonie Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot Theater Vorpommern Philhamoniesches Orchester under conductors such as Nicholas Milton Hobart Earl James Feddeck Victor Ploskina Yury Bervetski Niklas Willen Mykola Dyadyura Manfred Hermann Lehner Wojciech Rajski Colo Berg Many of his concerts have been recorded by radio stations including the NDR Kultur Deutschlandradio Kultur RTBF Belgique and SM TV San Marino Here s a Vasyl Kotys in action playing Liszt Transcendental Etude No 12 Chasse Neige Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway to the Arctic the place with the most northern lights activity in the world two months of midnight sun

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1499 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 12: Yun-Yang Lee
    Trio Lee has studied with many renowned pianists and professors Albert Mühlböck Charles Lilamand Theodor Paraschivesco Laurent Cabasso Jean Mouillière Alain Meunier Xiao Mei Zhu Michel Strauss Vladimir Mendelssohn just to mention a few Lee has won numerous awards at home and abroad He was the Junior 1st Prize Winner of Chopin International Competition in Taiwan the 1st Prize Winner and many other special prizes in 2 nd Carl Czerny International Piano Competition in Prague the 1st Prize Winner of Concours Musical de France the Brest Forum de Normandie and FLAME Piano Competition in France the 3rd Prize of the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Special Prize of the Youngest Concertiste the 2nd Prize of Concours International des Nuits Pianistiques Concours des Lauréats SPEDIDAM in France the 3rd Prize and Special prize of Takamatsu International Piano Competition the 1st Prize of Virtuoses du Coeur in Paris the 1st Prize of Mayenne International Piano Competition in France and the 1st Prize of Ile de France International Piano Competition in France In short he is certainly no newcomer to piano competitions During his studies in France he has played at The Great Hall of Zofin Palace and worked with Virtuosi di Praga at Rudolfinum And was invited by the 4 th Pontes International Music Festival to play with the Essener Philharmoniker at Aalto Theatre in Essen Also with Montpellier National Orchestra Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra Kyudai Philharmonic Orchestra He has held his Solo Concert at Saal Bösendorfer and numerous cities in France and Taiwan Lee has performed at plenty of Piano Festivals namely Paris Chopin Piano Festival Peter the Great festival in Holland Les Journées Romantiques the Giverny Chamber Music Festival Les Journées Ravel Les journées musicales entre Loir et Loire Wesserling Music Festival La Musicale des Baous and

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1518 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 13: Marcos Madrigal Soto
    activity in the world two months of midnight sun in the summer and a lively and colourful downtown Great arctic history surrounded by the drama of the Lyngen Alps the calmness of the blue fjords and hundreds of islands Tromsø is a lovely surprise a mere 2000 km from the North Pole SPONSORS WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ANS Felleseiet Austad Bjørn A S DNB Formuesforvaltning Nordea Bank PWC

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1523 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 14: Szymon Nehring
    made his mark on the winners podium He won 1 st prize at the Steinway International Piano Competition in Hamburg 2005 1 st prize and a Special Award for the Best Performance of a piece by Hungarian composer at The International Ferenczy Gyorgy memorial Piano Competition in Budapest 2010 Szymon received 3 rd prize at the 6 th International Piano Competition Step towards Mastery in St Petersburg 2011 1 st prize at the Chopin Piano Competition in Narva 2012 2 nd prize at the International Competition Academy Award in Rome Italy 2014 1 st prize and 6 special prizes at the International Piano Competition Halina Czerny Stefa ska in memoriam in Pozna Poland 2014 and 1 st prize at the International Piano Competition Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam in Bydgoszcz Poland 2014 It will come as no surprise if the 20 year old cashes in the top prize in Norway as well Szymon has performed concerts with orchestras such as Philharmonic Orchestra of Warmia Mazury Philharmonic Orchestra of Lvov Polish Baltic Orchestra Philharmonic Orchestra of St Petersburg and National Orchestra of Estonia Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway to the Arctic the place with the most northern lights

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1529 (2016-02-10)
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  • Top Of The World » Contestant 16: Evgeny Starodubtsev
    s Piano Faculty Besides this he is a Laureate of the international piano competitions Evgeny s competition results speak volumes He won 1 st prize at Spanish music in the International Piano Competition Compositores de Espa a Madrid 2004 1 st prize at Cidade do Porto 2005 1 st prize and a special prize for best performance of Spanish music in the International Piano Competition Ciudad de Ferrol Spain 2007 and 1 st prize and two special prizes for best performance of Chopin compositions and for best performance of Szymanowski compositions in an First International Baltic Piano Competition Gdansk Poland 2007 The following year he won 1 st prize Gran Premio Marcatel at the International Piano Competition Parnassos 2008 Monterrey Mexico 2008 and in 2009 he won an unbelievable 5 international piano competitions in France Italy Spain 2 and Canada In recent years he is famous for having won 1 st prize at the International Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius 2011 three more competition wins in 2013 Greece France Kazakhstan and three 1st prizes Serbia Italy and Italy and a 2nd prize Armenia in 2014 To say that he is one of the favorites to win in Tromsø is an understatement Evgeny succesfully performs recitals and concert tours in Spain Germany France Netherlands Croatia Italy Canada and others One of his most important performances was in September 2006 in Amsterdam Concertgebouw Hall at the Shostakovich Music festival He performed Mozart double piano concerto in Barcelona Palau de lá Musica in 2011 The following year he made his debut in Konzerthaus Berlin where he among other compositions performed II book of Ligeti etudes Tromsø on top of the world Tromsø The Gateway to the Arctic the place with the most northern lights activity in the world two months of midnight sun

    Original URL path: http://topoftheworld.no/?p=1545 (2016-02-10)
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