TIBOR VARGA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION SION VALAIS | AUGUST 22nd to 29th, 2017

Presentation

The purpose of the Competition is to discover new talent, to enrich the musical experience and competence of the participants and to encourage and support prize-winners in their future career.


Press release

The Tibor Varga International Violin Competition 2017: Two second Prizes awarded!

Fondation Sion Violon Musique – This Tuesday August 29th in la Ferme-Asile, three young talented violinists competed to win the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais 2017. The international jury has made its final decision. No first prize was given, but Stella Chen and Saki Tozawa won two second prizes. Julie Svečenà completed the podium. Three other specific prizes have also been awarded.

Sion, August 29th, 2017 – Since one week Sion has resonated with the virtuosity and technical prowess of a new generation of violinists. This Tuesday evening in the packed concert hall of la Ferme-Asile took place the Finale of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition with only female candidates, from three different continents, Stella Chen from North America, Julie Svěcená from Europe and Saki Tozawa from Asia. Each finalist performed the 2nd movement from Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ - with famous viola soloist Miguel Da Silva - plus a full violin concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, conducted by Maestro Gabor Takács-Nagy.

Two Jurys, three finalists, four prizes

At the end of a tense and emotional evening and after more than one hour and a half of deliberations, the international jury presided by Enzo Restagno and composed by Lera Auerbach, Miguel Da Silva, Dong-Suk Kang, Silvia Marcovici, Esther Hoppe and Pavel Vernikov has agreed on not giving le Grand Prix de la ville de Sion, first prize of the Competition. Given the difficulty to choose between the performances of Stella Chen and Saki Tozawa, the jury has decided to award two second prizes, Prix de la Loterie Suisse Romande (CHF 10,000). Stella Chen (USA, 24), who studies at the Juilliard School of Music, has shown all her virtuosity and artistic skills by interpreting Beethoven Concerto in E major, whereas the young Saki Tozawa (Japan, 16), student at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, has revealed a high technical dexterity with her interpretation of Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor. Third prize, le Prix de l’Etat du Valais (CHF 5,000), was given to Julie Svěcená (Czech Republic, 24) for her strong and energetic performance of Shostakovich Concerto nr 2.

This international jury was completed by a junior jury ("jury des jeunes") composed of 5 students from Conservatoire cantonal, aged between 12 and 18 years. Coached by cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, this jury has officiated for the 3rd round and the final. After a long discussion, the Prix du Jury des Jeunes (CHF 500) has been attributed to Saki Tozawa for the quality of her technical and artistic interpretations.

Le prix Tibor Varga, best interpretation of an original composition

The Tibor Varga International Violin Competition differentiates from other as for each edition a contemporary composer is mandated to create an original music piece. This year’s composition ‘’Trio nr 4 for Violin, Violoncello and Piano’’ was written by Lera Auerbach, the famous and young Russian composer. The world premiere of the original piece was heard last Sunday August 27th 2017 during the third round of the competition. The composer has been particularly moved by Stella Chen’s interpretation of her creation and the jury has awarded to her the Prix Tibor Varga, prize of the best interpretation of the original compulsory piece.

Let’s hear the public voice

The public of the Ferme-Asile has had the opportunity to elect its favorite finalist after having listened to the three brilliant violinists. Stella Chen is the one who has most amazingly convinced the public of Sion and who has gotten a deafening ovation from the crowd.

This year again, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition is proud to have offered spectators the opportunity to discover young talent and to have given the musicians a stage musical experience by performing in public.

As a reminder: The International Violin Competition Tibor Varga Sion Valais is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. The next edition of The International Violin Competition Tibor Varga will take place in August 2019. The confirmed dates will be provided during the first semester of 2018.


BIOGRAPHIES

Stella Chen, USA, 24, started her studies at the Juilliard School of Music under the instruction of Itzhak Perlman before completing a Master degree in Violin Performance in 2016 at the New England Conservatory. Stella will start in 2019 at the Juilliard School of Music a Doctorate in Musical Arts with two professors, Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg. The young violinist has been used to violin competition since the beginning of her career as she has won, amongst other, 4th Prize in 2008 Menuhin Competition and 1st Prize of the L.A. Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards.

Julie Svěcená, Czech Republic, 23, is a young sought for violinist who has been regularly invited by numerous orchestras (Orchestra of the Czech Radio, Philharmonic Orchestra of Moravia…) since she won the 1st Prize at the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga in 2010. Starting the violin at the age of four, she graduated from the Praga Conservatory in 2013. She is currently following Rodney Friend’s class at the London Royal Academy of Music and has had the opportunity to take courses with masters such as Maxim Vengerov, Ida Haendel or Boris Kushnir.

The 16-year old Japanese violinist Saki Tozawa started playing at the age of six with her mother as teacher before studying with Nobuko Yasui. Soon, she has won numerous prizes in Japan (Great Prize of the Kanagawa Competition, 1st Prize at the Osaka Violin Competition) and internationally. Saki is currently studying under the instruction of Gérard Poulet and Natsumi Tamai at the University of Arts of Tokyo.

Pictures of the Finale

The finalists are known!

We are proud to announce that the finalists of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition are:

Stella CHEN, USA, 24

Julie SVECENA, Czech Republic, 23

Saki TOZAWA, Japan, 16

For the Final Round each candidate will present the 2nd movement from Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ – with viola soloist Miguel Da Silva - plus a full violin concerto with conductor Gábor Takács- Nagy and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

We are all looking forward to listening to great musicality and young original talents on Tuesday August 29th at 7pm.

    Twelve talented violonists qualified for the second round of the International Tibor Varga Violin Competition

    After long deliberations, the Jury of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition has selected the happy participants who will have the chance to take part in the second round of the famous Competition. The second round will be held on Friday and Saturday 25th and 26th of August, in the beautiful Jesuites's church in Sion. On Friday, the Competition will take place between 2:00 PM and 7:45 PM. On Saturday, the musicians will compete between 2 PM and 4:15 PM. The public entrance is free and you are very welcome. Come and enjoy the music played by those very talented yung violonists!

    In the name of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, we would like to warmly congratulate all participants of the first round. Our very special congratulations go to the qualified competitors:

    Brown Joshua, Castro-Balbi David, Chen Stella, Hahnsol Kim, Oe Kaoru, Kido Karen, Stangorra Christa-Maria, Svecena Julie, Tozawa Saki, Tsuboi Natsumi, Xie Tianren, Zelaia Julen.


    The next competition will take place from August to 22nd to 29th, 2017.

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    Press release

    28 participants invited to Sion for the Tibor Varga Violin Competition, 1 week to decide

    Fondation Sion Violon Musique –28 violinists under the age of 26 who have been selected and invited to participate in the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais. Through three rounds and the final concert with Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the prestigious jury will award three winning prizes totalling CHF 33,000!

    Sion, May 29th , 2017 - From August 22nd to 29th, Sion will resonate with the virtuosity and technical prowess of a new generation of violinists. This year again, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition will offer spectators the opportunity to discover young talent enriching their musical experience by performing in public.

    It’s a recipe which always meets with the same success: the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition received 69 registrations this year. Among them, 28 were selected by video on which they had to interpret a Paganini caprice and the first movement of one of the concertos proposed by the jury. From August 22nd to 29th , they will take part in a three-round competition to compete the final concert which will take place in La Ferme-Asile on August 29th, with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, conducted by Maestro Gabor Takacs-Nagy. The three first rounds of selections will feature a varied repertoire as well as a compulsory trio written by Lera Auerbach commissioned by the competition. This world premiere will be played on Sunday August 27th by six duos, to enter the final concert.

    Musicians from all over the world

    The only condition for entering the contest is to be under 26. The event, renowned throughout the world, promises young virtuosos an enriching musical experience and, in the event of victory, offers them international recognition. In the past, the demonstration has launched numerous careers, like Boris Kuschnir and Vadim Repin. This year, participants are between 15 and 25 years old from Asia (4), Europe (13) or North America (11).

    A prestigious jury

    The jury is presided by Enzo Restagno, professor of musicology at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin for 37 years, musical critic for many prominent media organizations, radio and television broadcaster, and artistic consultant for Editions Ricordi in Milan. Other members of the jury are Lera Auerbach (Russian composer and pianist), Miguel Da Silva (French violist, professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva), Dong-Suk Kang (South Korean violinist, winner of numerous awards for best classical record), Silvia Marcovici (Romanian violinist, professor at the University of Music and Perfoming Arts in Graz and the Tibor Varga Music Academy), Esther Hoppe (Swiss violinist, Professor at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg) and Pavel Vernikov (renowned violinist and artistic director of the Sion Festival). This jury will be completed by a "jury des jeunes" composed of 6 students from Conservatoire cantonal, aged between 12 and 18 years. Coached by cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, this jury will officiate during the 3rd round and the final.

    The International Violin Competition Tibor Varga Sion Valais is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions

    CANDIDATES WELCOME: Tuesday, August 22nd , 6 pm, Eglise des Jésuites

    SELECTION ROUNDS: August 23rd to 27th, Eglise des Jésuites. Free entrance for listeners. The violinists have already chosen the pieces they will interpret from a list proposed by the jury, including Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky etc…

    FINAL OF THE TIBOR VARGA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION: Tuesday, August 29th , from 19h00 to 22h00, Ferme-Asile. With the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, conducting by Gabor TAKACS-NAGY.


    2013 Edition Review:

    The 24 shortlisted candidates selected by the pre-selection jury met in Sion for the three qualifiying rounds, including one of chamber music and a concert given by the three finalists.

    The three violinists, accompanied by the Lausanne chamber Orchestra and conducted by Jesús López Cobos, all performed a piece specially written by the Chinese composer Guo Wenjing, before playing a concerto of their own choice to the large audience present at the Grand Finale, held in the air base in Sion. This concert was recorded by the Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2.

    The three very promising young prize winners (Sunao Goko, Liya Petrova et Eimi Wakui) have joined the long list of violinists of international renown who have been successful in Sion since 1967, notably Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Boris Kuschnir Vadim Repin in the Tibor Varga television competition and Paul Huang and Marianna Vasileva in the Sion Valais competition.

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