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The winners of the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019

“Music is the sound of life”

-Carl Nielsen

 

The Carl Nielsen International Competition Announces the 2019 Finalists!

 

“Music is the sound of life”

-Carl Nielsen

The juries of the Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, flute and clarinet have announced the participants who will succeed to this weekend’s finals:

 

Violin

  • Johan Dalene (18, Sweden)
  • Anna Agafia Egholm (22, Denmark)
  • Marie-Astrid Hulot (21, France)

Clarinet

  • Aron Chiesa (22, Italy)
  • Víctor Díaz Guerra (22, Spain)
  • Blaz Sparovec (24, Slovenia)

Flute

  • Rafael Adobas Bayog (21, Spain)
  • Joséphine Olech (24, France)
  • Marianna Julia Żołnacz (19, Poland)

Both the music and spirit of Carl Nielsen are present at every level in this year’s competition. Always curious and individual, it was Nielsen who said “Give us something else; give us something new; for Heaven’s sake give us something bad, so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition!!”

The 2019 Competition participants have taken up Nielsen’s challenge with alacrity and are proving themselves to be major new talents of which Carl Nielsen would be proud.

Audiences around the world can follow the entire competition – including streaming, replays, interviews and behind the scenes footage – on medici.tv and competition media partner, The Violin Channel, is streaming the full violin competition live online on Facebook.

 

https://nielsen2019.medici.tv

Carl Nielsen International Competition

 

29 MARCH, Friday
19:30 – 21:30 CET
VIOLIN FINALS (day 1)

 

29 MARCH, Friday
19:30 – 21:30 CET
VIOLIN FINALS (day 1)

 

A 19th or 20th century concerto of the candidate’s choice

Conductor: Yaron Traub
Odense Symphony Orchestra

 

30 MARCH, Saturday
15:00 – 17:00 CET
CLARINET FINALS

 

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 1st movement
Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, Op.57

Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Copenhagen Phil

 

30 MARCH, Saturday
19:30 – 21:00 CET
FLUTE FINALS

 

Mozart: Flute Concerto in G, KV 313
Nielsen: Flute Concerto, FS 119

Conductor: Anna Skryleva
Copenhagen Phil

 

31 MARCH, Sunday
14:00 – 16:30 CET
VIOLIN FINALS (day 2)

 

Nielsen: Violin Concerto, Op. 33

Conductor: Yaron Traub
Odense Symphony Orchestra

 

31 MARCH, Sunday
18:00 CET
PRIZE CEREMONY
for Violin, Flute and Clarinet Competitions

 

Background to the competition

The first Carl Nielsen International Competition was held in 1980 in Odense, birthplace of the Danish composer. After nearly four decades, the violin, clarinet and flute competitions have established themselves as some of the most demanding and rewarding in the world, each offering winners the chance to launch a significant international career.
Hosted by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, which accompanies the participants during the competition, particular emphasis is made on supporting young musicians in the same way that Carl Nielsen himself was supported as a young man. Born the seventh of twelve children to a poor family in 1865, Carl Nielsen learned the violin from an early age and wrote his first compositions aged 8, but was destined to life as an army musician until his talent was noticed by members of the Odense community. It was thanks to their encouragement and generosity that Nielsen applied and won a place at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, launching his career as one of the most important composer’s of the early 20th century.

Announcing the participants for the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition

66 young musicians ranging in age from 16 – 29 have been chosen as the participants for this year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition. For the first time, the violin, clarinet and flute competitions will take place concurrently in the composer’s hometown of Odense in Denmark, accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and broadcast internationally by medici.tv. A panel of experts including Competition President, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Artistic Advisors, Martin Fröst and Emmanuel Pahud selected the 66 participants from 492 applications from around the world.

Announcing the 2019 competition, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider commented “I cannot wait to welcome all musicians and my fellow-jury members to Odense and I think that Carl Nielsen would be both happy and proud if he could see all these young people flocking to his home-town in the name of music. Naturally, every competition’s aim is to discover the best young talent and ours is no exception but, in putting together the components for the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition, we have tried to focus on what we believe are the most crucial aspects from the perspective of the participating musicians. Namely – offering a platform and transparency.

The 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition will be launched on 21 March with a public concert performed by young musicians from the Carl Nielsen Academy Orchestra together with members of the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Joining them on stage as soloists in concertos by Mendelssohn and Bruch will be the 2016 violin competition winners, Jiyoon Lee and Liya Petrova. The aim of the project is to inspire more children and young people to play an instrument as a tool to self-expression and communication, and to strengthen the musical foundation of future musical life in Danish orchestras.

Tickets for the opening concert and all rounds of the competition can be purchased from the Odense Symphony Orchestra’s website

Click here for details of prizes, schedule and jury members.

The competition will be live streamed via Nielsen2019.medici.tv.

Participants for the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2019

Violin

12 women/7 men aged 16 to 28 from Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden.

Clarinet

8 women/16 men aged 19 to 27 from Belarus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Flute

13 women/10 men aged 17-29 from China, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the USA.

Click here for the contestants’ biographies.

As transparency is essential to this competition, we wish to point out that one of the participants who has been selected for the violin competition is represented by Nordic Artists Management. However, it is important to note that Nordic Artist’s involvement in the competition is limited to organization and they have no involvement or influence over the jury voting proceedings.

The Carl Nielsen International Competition announces the 2019 semi-finalists

 

“Music is the sound of life”

-Carl Nielsen

 

After five intense days in Odense, the juries of this year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition have announced 18 candidates from 13 different countries who will proceed to the semi-finals:

 

Violin

  • Johan Dalene (18, Sweden)
  • Anna Agafia Egholm (22, Denmark)
  • Michael Germer (16, Denmark)
  • Marie-Astrid Hulot (21, France)
  • Hina Maeda (16, Japan)
  • Belle Ting (18 Canada)

 

Clarinet

  • Aron Chiesa (22, Italy)
  • Víctor Díaz Guerra (22, Spain)
  • Han Kim (22, South Korea)
  • Ann Lepage (22, France)
  • Blaz Sparovec (24, Slovenia)
  • Ivan Tikhono (24, Russia)

 

Flute

  • Rafael Adobas Bayog (21, Spain)
  • Matvey Demin (25, Russia)
  • Lívia Duleba (29, Hungary)
  • Marley Eder (27, USA)
  • Joséphine Olech (24, France)
  • Marianna Julia Żołnacz (19, Poland)

 

With jury teams led by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (violin), Paul Meyer (clarinet) and Karl-Heinz Schütz (flute) this year’s events have brought the Carl Nielsen Competition to a whole new level by combining the three competitions in one festival-like experience. Audiences around the world can tap into the full #Nielsen2019 experience on nielsen2019.medici.tv for live streaming, replays, interviews and behind the scenes footage.

 

Schedule for semi-finals and finals

Tuesday 26 March

  • 19.00-23:30 CET (Clarinet semi-finals)

Wednesday 27 March

  • 19.00-22.30 CET (Flute semi-finals)
  • 19.00-22.30 CET (Violin semi-finals)

Friday 29 March

  • 19.30-21.30 CET (Violin final concert (day 1))

Saturday 30 March

  • 15.00-17.00 CET (Clarinet Finals)
  • 19.30-21.00 CET (Flute finals)

Sunday 31 March

  • 14.00-16.30 CET (Violin final concert (day 2)))
  • 18.00 CET (Prize ceremony)

 

Click here for the full competition schedule.

The 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, clarinet & flute

21st to 31st of March 2019

Competition president: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Artistic Advisors: Martin Fröst & Emmanuel Pahud

Artistic Advisory from left: Martin Fröst, Nikolaj Znaider, Emmanuel Pahud
  • For 10 days in March 2019, the Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, clarinet & flute will be held concurrently for the first time in the composer’s hometown of Odense in Denmark, accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Representing the 2019 competition as Artistic Advisors are 3 of the world’s leading musicians in their fields – Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Emmanuel Pahud & Martin Fröst – who will actively participate in the pre-jury selection process
  • Joining Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider on the jury of the 3 competitions themselves, are more than 25 musicians, advisors, and managers from around the world
  • The entire competition will be filmed and broadcast by medici.tv
  • All violinists, clarinettists and flautists under the age of 30 are invited to apply
  • Applications close on 15 October 2018

 

Announcing the 2019 competition, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider commented “We have a first-rate jury in place and I am particularly delighted to have both Martin Fröst and Emmanuel Pahud on board as Artistic Advisors on the Pre-Jury selection committees to help choose the best participants before the competition even begins. Naturally, every competition’s aim is to discover the best young talent and ours is no exception but, in putting together the components for the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition, we have tried to focus on what we believe are the most crucial aspects from the perspective of the participating musicians. Namely – offering a platform and transparency.”

 

Platform

“Naturally we realise that the title and prize money are important to the competition, but we also wish to place as strong a focus as possible on other components which we know are crucial to young musicians at this stage in their lives. This includes both future concerts and the opportunity to record their own album with the Odense Symphony Orchestra for international release on Orchid Classics, supported by CD promotion.”

 

Transparency

”I believe it is crucial to find the most honest and humane way possible of organising the competition process and for this reason we have set four premises for the violin competition; Firstly, the jury will not include any teachers; Secondly, votes will be made public at every stage of the competition; Thirdly, the jury will not be provided with biographies in the first round and will be encouraged not to read up on the participants in their spare time; And fourthly, as the first round of the competition takes place over two days, it allows us to split it into parts. On the first day the jury (not the participants) will be seated behind screens and the participants will perform, unnamed and in a random order, ensuring that the jury use only their ears. On the second day of Round One the jurors will be able to both see and hear the participants who will again perform in random order. The jury will vote after each day and the contestants will receive the aggregate from the scores of those two days. I think this will be very interesting and provides a way of freeing the violin jury of pre-conceived ideas and allowing for the competition to be both fair and honest.” “As both the flute and clarinet worlds are somewhat different to that of the violin, we have followed Emmanuel Pahud and Martin Fröst’s advice on tailor-making each competition to offer the best for each instrument.” “What makes this competition particularly demanding is that it requires the finalists to perform the concerto written for their instrument by Carl Nielsen. All three of Nielsen’s concertos are technically challenging to play and give a clear insight into the individuality of the performer. For us, as torchbearers of Nielsen’s legacy, it allows us to introduce a new generation to his music – a generation which might not otherwise have discovered it for themselves. I cannot wait to welcome all 72 young musicians and my fellow-jury members in Odense and I think that Carl Nielsen would be both happy and proud if he could see all these young people flocking to his home-town in the name of music.”

 

Violin competition jury

  • Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (violinist, conductor & President of the Competition)
  • Eugen Tichindeleanu (concertmaster, Odense Symphony Orchestra)
  • Albena Danailova (concertmaster, Vienna State Opera & Vienna Philharmonic)
  • Sergey Khachatryan (violinist)
  • Sally Beamish (composer)
  • Nurit Bar-Josef (concertmaster, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington)
  • Ingrid Filter (pianist)
  • Kathryn Enticott (artist manager)
  • Tobias Niederschlag (Director of Artistic Planning, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig)

Pre-Jury to include: Nikolaj Znaider, Eugen Tichindeleanu, Albena Danailova, Sally Beamish and Finn Schumacker, CEO Odense Symphony Orchestra

 

Clarinet competition jury

  • Paul Meyer (clarinettist)
  • Svante Wik (principal clarinet, Odense Symphony Orchestra)
  • Michel Portal (clarinettist)
  • Michael Collins (clarinettist)
  • Boris Allakhverdyan (principal clarinet, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • YehdaGilad (clarinettist)
  • Claudio Bohórquez (cellist)
  • Mats Engström (former Director of Artistic Planning, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic)
  • Sten Cranner (Artistic Director, Gothenburg Symphony)

Pre-Jury to include: Martin Fröst, Paul Meyer, Svante Wik, Boris Allakhverdyan and Finn Schumacker, CEO Odense Symphony Orchestra

 

Flute competition jury

  • Karl-Heinz Schütz (principal solo-flute, Vienna State Opera)
  • Rune Most (principal flute. Odense Symphony Orchestra)
  • Rachel Brown (flautist)
  • Andrea Oliva (principal flute, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia)
  • Soyoung Lee (principal flute, Bucheon Philharmonic)
  • Torleif Thedéen (cellist)
  • Emily Beynon (principal flute, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • Alex Taylor (Head of Artistic Planning Oslo Philharmonic)
  • Frederik Andersson (Programme Director, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic)

Pre-Jury to include: Emmanuel Pahud, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Rune Most, Torleif Thedéen and Finn Schumacker, CEO Odense Symphony Orchestra