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EMCY works together with its member competitions and partners to give as many young prize winners as possible the opportunity to perform around Europe. Many EMCY Member Competitions incorporate a European Concert with prize winners from other competitions in their programme, and many bi- and multilateral exchange projects have been set up between member competitions. EMCY establishes contact between member competitions, concert organisers and prize winners and helps and advises on the setting up of projects and partnerships.

Moreover EMCY organises every year the EuroRadio Youth Concert and the Young Hearts for Music Tour!

Concerts opportunities for EMCY Prize winners in 2016

Laureates concert in Mirgorod (Ukraine)

On July 10th, in the frame of the music festival "On a visit to Gogol", took place the European concert in Mirgorod (Ukraine). This festival was organised by the prestigious EMCY member Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists.

Ten talented prize winners coming from several countries performed at the Mirgorod House of Culture. Among them, young pianist Roman Fedyurka from Kiev and winner of the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz as well as the Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists, pianist Anastasia Guy, also a winner of the Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists, flutist Iris Maaß (photo), clarinetist Vladislav Petrik, winner of many international competitions.

"On 6th of July, my tour to Ukraine has begun. I flew from the Vienna airport to Kiev – Boryspil, where I was picked up. By train, I continued my journey toward Mirgorod. Immediately after my arrival, I experienced a traditional folk festival, which brought me the culture and the life of Ukrainian closer. The next three days I was rehearsing my 30 minutes program for my concert. On Sunday 10th July, I played the concerto in the theatre in Mirgorod, which was sold out. It was a great success and a great experience. The audience was so enthusiastic, that the Ukrainian organisation invited me for another solo concert with orchestra in Charkiw at the end of November. Many thanks to all parties, as well as to EMCY, for this wonderful stay." Iris Maaß

Ausgezeichnet!

Aarón Ribas, 1st Prize and EMCY Prize winner of the Concurso Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes in 2014 played at the matinee concert Ausgezeichnet! in the framework of the 53th edition of the German national youth music competition Jugend musiziert, along with prize winners of former Jugend musiziert competitions. Aarón performed the Sinfonía Nº6, by Charles-Marie Widor.


(c) Markus Kaesler

The Young Talents on Tour

The 2016 edition of the Young Talents on Tour took place from 8 to 15 March. Flutist Astrid Bjelland, violinist Yanis Grisó, singer Natalia Labourdette Alda, and pianist Gustas Raudonius performed six concerts through Luxembourg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The concerts were part of the EU programme INTER-NATIONAL net_works+, a training and networking project for organisers of national youth music competitions across Europe. It facilitates the mobility of young people, improves the quality of support systems on local, national and European level and it brings together young people from a range of educational, social and cultural backgrounds.

Gustas remarked: `In Lithuania to have a concert is very difficult and this EMCY tour offers us six concerts in six days - it is a miracle! ´

On 10 March they played their first concert at the European School Luxembourg II in front of a young public. The day after they gave a concert at the Eglise Protestante de Luxembourg, where Astrid said: ‘the acoustics, the piano and the venue made it a delight to play there’ and another concert in Bertrange at ArcA. These great concerts allowed the Luxembourgish public to discover the young talents.

The musicians then performed at the Iserlohn Musikschule the 13 March, a beautiful venue that Natalia instantly fell in love with. After Iserlohn they played at the Evengelisch-Freikirchlichen in Köln. The tour wrapped up with a concert in Osnabrück, where the musicians seduced the audience and left them wanting to discover more of their talent.

It was an amazing week of musical exchange, personal discovery, learning and good moments. The musicians were elated to participate in this experience. They now have new friends and they have already organized their next meeting together. We wish them all the best!


We would like to thank the Felicitas und Werner Egerland Stiftung for their generous support of the Young Talents on Tour.
You can read a press article about the tour from the Osnabrücker Zeitung (in German) here.


Concerts opportunities for EMCY Prize winners in 2015

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"I really don't know how to thank you properly for making possible my experience in this master course with the Ensemble Modern."
Miguel Erlich, violin, participant 2015
The third year now EMCY, with the support of the Stiftung Niedersachsen, could propose a full scholarship to 4 prizewinners from member competitions for the renowned international master class for contemporary music with the famous Ensemble Modern from 31.10. to 7.11.2015 in Hannover (Germany).


The scholars were:

Miguel Erlich (violin) and Sofia Sousa (viola) prize winners of Prémio Jovens Músicos and

Dorotė Vdovinskytė, prize winner of the Concours pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists and

Deividas Dumcius, prize winner of the National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano & String Competition

The master class was concluded by two prestigious concerts at Hannover and Wolfenbüttel. The scholarship included travel, accomodation and registration fee and EMCY thanks the Stiftung Nidersachsen for the ongoing support.

Here you find more information about the master class (in German only).

 

Lunchtime recital in the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands)

 Can Çakmur

On October 15, EMCY prize winner Can Çakmur performed a lunchtime receital to a full concert hall at the prestigious Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands). The audience was treated to a full service of music from different epochs including Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, Chopin along with the contemporary piece, Black Earth by Turkish composer Fazil Say.

You can here Can play Black Earth here.

When asked about his experience Can responded: "It was an honour and a privilege to perform in the marvellous acoustics of the Muziekgbouw Eindhoven for an extraordinarily friendly and knowledgable audience. It was an unique experience which I will cherish."

We thank the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in The Hague for their generous support:

Republic of Turkey Embassy

Victoria International Arts Festival

Trombonet in Concert 1On July 5, EMCY prize winner Brass Quartet, Trombonet performed at St. Augustine Church in Malta in the framework of the Victoria International Arts Festival. All four musicians, 2 trumpets and 2 trombones, are under eighteen, but the maturity and technical virtuosity they performed with belied their young age and experience.

They treated the audience to a performance of musical virtuosity with pieces by Koetsier, Gabrieli, Couillaud, Rossini and Saint-Saens among others.

Trombonet, made up of Trond Sagbakken, Malene Fosli Flataker (Trumpet) and Pernille Alsos, Marie Nøekleby Hansen (Trombone) is this year’s prize winner of Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap (Norwegian Music Competition for Youth).

Thanks to a collaboration between EMCY and the Victoria International Arts Festival, the VIAF offers yearly prize winner performances during the festival. We look forward to giving the opportunity to young musicians in the future, and cannot wait to see what talents will be discovered. Thank you!

Read here for a more detailed account.
Lucie

Ausgezeichnet!

Lucie Krysatis, 2014 winner of the EMCY prize at the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes (UGDA) performed at the matinee concert ‘Ausgezeichnet’, with laureates from Germany, Europe and Japan.

The matinee, ‘Ausgezeichnet’, was one of several concerts that took place in the framework of the 52nd edition of the German national youth music competition ‘Jugend musiziert’.

Young Talents on Tour through Luxembourg and North-Rhine Westphalia

Young Talents group pictureThe Young Talents on Tour took place from March 5 – 8, 2015 with concerts in Luxembourg and North Rhine-Westphalia. The invited artists were the quintet ‘Molto Vento’, Kalya Kalcheva, Jonas Stark and Lucie Krysatis.

Lucie is a 17 year old talented and peaceful Luxembourgish French horn player. Jonas is a serious and quiet 16 year old German pianist. Kalya is a 19 year old skilled and sparkling Bulgarian pianist. Molto Vento is a wind quintet composed of brilliant and joyful German musicians: Sebastian Steube, Birte Jana Hagen, Sophia Aretz, Katharina Althen and Niklas Plückebaum. While they are all different, they share the same sense of professionalism, hard work and ambition.

JonasFor the young artists the tour Luciewas a challenging experience. They chose beautiful pieces from 18th to 20th century composers such as Joseph Haydn, Paul-Claude Taffanel, Vitaly Buyanovsky and Nikolay Stoykov, among others. They rehearsed and played in different venues: a high school auditorium, churches, and concert halls. They presented themselves at the beginning of every concert, with humor and freshness, adapting their speeches to the audience. In the end, they met the challenge successfully!

EMCY and the UGDA Music School worked in cooperation with various partners to organise the tour.

More information about the concerts in Germany:

Article in the Kölnische Rundschau, 19.3.2015 (German)

Young Talents group picture


Paul Scholer (EMCY President) with Yette Durand (EVS Volunteer and tour organiser), 'Molto Vento', Kalya and Mr. Karmeyer (UGDA Music School President).



Concerts opportunities for EMCY Prize winners in 2014

Jugend Musiziert!

Jugend musiziert

The Austrian trumpet player Selina Ott, prize winner at the 2013 Austrian music competition Prima la Musica, and Spanish pianist Mario Mora Saiz, EMCY prize winner at the San Sebástian City International Piano Competition performed at performed at a concert of the German national competition 'Jugend musiziert'. The concert took place on June 8, 2014.

Talents on Tour in Luxembourg and North Rhine Westphalia.

The Luxembourger Kenji Tex (trumpet), winner of the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists 2011 and 2013 and winner of the EMCY Price, the Norwegian Marie Nøkleby Hanssen (trombone), winner of the Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap 2013 and winner of the EMCY Price and the Russian Maria Kustas (piano), winner of the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz are back from the tour in Luxembourg and North Rhine Westphalia.

The three musicians performed four wonderful concerts, two in Luxembourg and one in Iserlohn and the other one in Cologne. They impressed the audience with pieces from E. Porrino, F. Liszt and L. Bernstein.

Concert in Iserlohn, from left to right: Maria Kustas, Kenji Tex and Marie N. Hanssen

The international music group closed their successful tour in Iserlohn with a matinee concert at the Musiksschule Iserlohn and an afternoon concert in Cologne at the Baptist church Mülheim. This concert entitled “Mülheim meets Europe” took place for the third time organized by EMCY together with the Stiftung LebenMülheim.

The concerts were part of the EU programme interNATIONAL_networks!, a training and networking project for organisers of national youth music competitions across Europe. It facilitates the mobility of young people, improves the quality of support systems on local, national and European level and it brings together young people from a range of educational, social and cultural backgrounds.

The trombonist Marie Nokleby Hanssen said about the project: "For me as a young musician it is the most important thing to meet other young European musicians, to play with them and to get the opportunity to exchange with them."

Concert in Luxembourg; Photo by Claude Hartz

For their warm hospitality and support EMCY is very grateful to our partners in Luxembourg (Music School UGDA), in Iserlohn (Musikschule Iserlohn) and in Cologne (Stiftung LebenMülheim) and the kind support of the embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. EMCY is already looking forward for cooperating with them and with new prize winners in the future!

Read more in this newspaper article (in German)

Read more in this newspaper article (in German, Iserlohner Westfälische Rundschau 11.03.2014)

Read more in this newspaper article (in German, Kölner Stadtanzeiger 13.03.2014)

Read more in this newspapter articel (in German, Kölnische Rundschau 03.04.2014)

We thank the embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for its kind support. This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Lunchtime recital in the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands)

German guitarist Niels Pfeffer, prize winner at the Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists in Weimar, performed a varied programme, including works by J. J. Froberger, A. Jose, H.W. Henze, J. Turina, J.S. Bach and A. Ginastera, during the lunchtime recital in the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands) on 25th September 2014.

In addition to winning the first prize at the Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists in Weimar in 2013, Niels Pfeffer has already won several awards and prizes at renowned competitions in Europe, including the Andres-Segovia contest in Velbert, the Enrico-Mercatali contest in Gorizia, Italy and at Jugend musiziert. Niels has been granted several scholarships of the ’Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’, ‘Deutschlandstipendium‘ and ’Live Music Now’.

Besides the guitar Niels actively plays several other instruments, most notably the harpsichord and the oboe.



2013 master classes and concerts opportunities for EMCY Prize winners include:

On 24th November Ruta Mazolyte (Lithuania), Daniil Bulayev (Latvia) and Yukine Kuroki (Japan), prize winners of the International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists and Violinists played together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra at  the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in the frame of the 3rd Vilnius Piano Music Festival.
The trumpet player Corinne Fischer, winner of the Swiss National Competition for Youth 2013 was invited to perform two European Concerts in Oslo. On 22nd November she played in the Concert Hall of the Oslo Music Academy, during the semifinals of the Norwegian Music Competition for Youth 2013 and on 25th November she performed a matinée concert at the Manglerud College. In both concerts she was accompanied by the talented pianist Ole Christian Haagenrud,  previous norwegian "Musician of the Year" and delighted the public with works by Arutjunian, Bernstein, Böhme and Bozza.
A European concert was held on 10th November 2013 in Bratislava during the EMCY conference for national member competitions. Along with diverse Slovakian musicians, Zala Kravos, a prize winning pianist from the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes got the opportunity to play at the concert.
Trond Sagbakken, prize winner of the Norwegian competition Ungdommens Musikmesterskap, performed at a European Concert together with prize winners of the Luxembourgish competition alongside the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes on 8th November.
From 9th to 11th October 2013 during the International Autumn Days for Music Reinhold Friedrich gave an international master class for trumpet at the music school in Iserlohn (Germany) at which Clemens Garmatte, prize winner of the EMCY member International Competition for Young Musicians ‘Ohrid Pearls‘ participated as an EMCY scholarship holder. Moreover, EMCY Prize winner Silvija Ciuladyte participated along with prize winners of the German national competition Jugend musiziert in a master class from 14th to 21st October at the Landesmusikakademie Niedersachsen, Wolfenbüttel (Germany).

Serbian pianist Nenad Ivovic, prize winner at the International Competition of Young Musicians ‘Petar Konjovic’, gave an outstanding lunchtime recital in the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands) on 19th September 2013.

The Gordon Jacob Quintet gave a concert alongside the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo (Malta) on 21st June 2013. The five young prize winning musicians succeeded at Germany’s Jugend musiziert.


(c) Erich Malter

Violinist Maya Levy, prize winner at the 2012 Belfius Classics competition, and singer Lydia Hoen Tjore, laureate at the 2012 Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap, performed at a concert of the German national competition Jugend musiziert. The matinee concert took place on 19th May 2013.

April 2013 the Association of Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Macedonia organised two European concerts in Macedonia. Along with the overall winner of the Norwegian national competition Ungdommens Musikkmesterkap, Joakim Røbergshagen (violin), many other young musicians were invited to perform at the concerts.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (PRSO) gave a concert featuring outstanding young prize winners of international competitions.Violinist Julie Svěcená (International Radio Competition for Young Musicians 'Concertino Praga' and  International Competition for Violin, Kloster Schöntal) and cellist Benjamin Gregor-Smith (Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition) performed with the orchestra on 17th April 2013.
Trio Appassionato, 1st prize winner and EMCY Prize winner at Concertino Praga 2012, went on tour in Luxembourg and North Rhine Westphalia (Germany) from 8th to 10th March 2013!
On 9th February 2013 Kenneth Renshaw gave a fantastic debut with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius (Lithuania).



More concert opportunities for EMCY Prize winners in 2012:

On 24th November 2012 Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap invited Matris Trio (Belfius Classics) to play two concerts in Oslo (Norway).
Also on 24th November 2012 flautist Andrea Goleva (International Competition for Young Musicians 'Ohrid Pearls') and violinist Vilmos Csikòs (Belfius Classics) performed at the International Music Festival in Kharkiv (Ukraine) together with the Youth Academy Symphony Orchestra 'Slobozhanskiy'.

From 8th to 12th November 2012 the trio 'Sol de Praga' consisting of Julie Svĕcená (violin), Libor Suchý (clarinet) and Matyáš Novák (piano), winners of Concertino Praga, and the violinist Terézia Hledíková, winner of EMCY Slovakia, visited Luxembourg and performed three concerts there.
The Duo Jeux d’Anches, winner of the EMCY Prize at the Concurso Permanente de Jóvenes Intérpretes, gave a successful lunchtime recital at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Netherlands) on 20th September 2012.


In July 2012 the flautist Andrea Goleva (International Competition for Young Musicians 'Ohrid Pearls') and the kankles player Lina Žilinskaitė (National Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Competition) played together with the prize winners of the International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition at the 19th Musical Festival 'At Aivazovskiy’s Homeland' in Feodosiya (Ukraine).
The Spiral Trio, made up of Beatriz Blanco, Pablo Barragan Hernandez (both prize winners of the Concurso Permanante de Jovenes Interpretes) and Federico Bosco performed two concerts as part of the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo (Malta) on 22nd and 23rd June 2012.

The ensembles Matris Trio from Belgium (Belfius Classics), '4 for Brass' from Germany (Jugend musizert) and Duo Celliano from Norway (Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap) were invited to perform at the European Music Festival Allegro Mosso and General Assembly of the European Music School Union in the region of Emilia Romagna (Italy) in May 2012.

The hornist Pascal Deuber (EMCY Prize at Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb) and the violinist Floor Le Coultre (EMCY Prize at Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland) got the possibility to perform in Stuttgart (Germany) at the 49th edition of Jugend musiziert in May 2012.
(c) Erich Malter
Several prize winning clarinettists of national member competitions took part in the 2012 course of the European Academy Bonn (Germany) with Prof Eduard Brunner from 30th March to 6th April.

Russian oboist Sergey Finoedov (EMCY Prize at the Mravinsky International Competition for Youth)  and Slovakian pianist Balint Lovasz (EMCY Slovakia) performed together with the German-Turkish harpist Puke Günes in two concerts on 18th March 2012 in Iserlohn and Cologne (Germany).


Other special projects in the last few years include:
Concerts in the framework of Jugend musiziert
Every year international prize winners are invited to perform at the German national competition Jugend musiziert. There, the musicians get the possibility to perform at the prize winner concerts or other special occasions. In 2011 the international laureates performed together with prize winners of Jugend musiziert and the Japanese Irino Foundation.
EMCY's 40th Birthday Celebration
Prize winners from national and international EMCY member competitions were invited to perform in two concerts in Maastricht and Heerlen (Netherlands) as part of EMCY's 2010 General Assembly and as a proposal for Maastricht and other possible future Cultural Capital of Europe to include “Young Talent Stars” in their programmes.

International Festival "European Concerts in St Petersburg"
From 10th - 12th December 2009 prize winners from Belarus, Germany, Poland and Russia performed in 3 concerts in different venues in St Petersburg. The main concert was in the Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall named after D.D. Shostakovich with the Academic Symphonic Orchestra and was broadcast on the internet. The festival was organised by the Mravinsky International Competition for Youth and the International Competition for Young Pianists 'A Step Towards Mastery'.

Hommage à Heifetz Project
One of the first events of Vilnius’ year as European Capital of Culture 2009 was the Hommage à Heifetz project, which involved the International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists and a European Concert featuring EMCY prize winners. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Neil Thomson accompanied prize winners from Germany, Lithuania, Moldova and South Korea in a concert in January 2009 in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic.

 

On July 10th, in the frame of the music festival "On a visit to Gogol", took place the European concert in Mirgorod (Ukraine). This festival was organised by the prestigious EMCY member Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists.

Ten talented prize winners coming from several countries performed at the Mirgorod House of Culture.

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