YSAYE Junior
2022

International Music Competition

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February 28 - March 3, 2022 from Visé, Belgium

Cello - Piano - Violin

Rules 

Program

Les tréteaux

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Jury

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PHILIPPE KOCH

Belgium - Luxemburg

 

 

In addition to being leader of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Koch is a professor of violin at the Luxemburg Conservatoire and the Liège Royal Conservatoire, a soloist, a chamber musician and a co-founder of the Koch Trio with his daughter Laurence (violon) and his son Jean-Philippe (piano): they played together all over the world, especially at the Berliner Philharmonie, in London,Tokyo, Paris, Dublin, and in many famous festivals… One of their recording was nominated at the Classical Awards. They received the distinction of "Export Artist Luxemburg" and were also chosen by the grand-ducal Court as Representative Artist for the official visit at the imperial Court in Japan. 

As a descendant of the famous Belgium School of Violin (H.Vieuxtemps, E.Ysaye, A.Grumiaux, H.Koch…), after perfecting his craft with master violinists C. Ferras, P. Amoyal and mostly during 6 years with A. Grumiaux, he embarked on a solo career in Europe, Japan, Canada, Korea (Center of Art), the United States and Latin America, performing concerti and other works with many famous orchestras and conductors as P. Jaarvi, Y. Ahronovich, A.Dmitriev, E. Krivine, M.Stern, B.Towey, G.Gimeno, K. Min...  He played more than 30 different concerti from Bach to Korngold, through Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovski, Brahms, Dvorak, Kachaturian, Piazzola, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and concerto. He has recorded more than 35 CDs, many of which have won prestigious awards (including twice the Diapason d’or, Choc de la musique, Recommandé par Répertoire, Classica and Pizzicato). He has served as a judge at the Concours Grumiaux, Concours Vieuxtemps and twice for the famous Queen Elisabeth Competition (violin). Philippe Koch is also chamber musician, performing with the Trio Grumiaux, the Brussels String Quartet, the Quatuor Louvigny, G. Caussé, A.R.El Bacha, F.Moguilevski, J.C.Vanden Heyden, S. Wieder-Atherton, P. Gililov, L. Devos, M. Kliegel, and many others.

As a teacher he regularly gives master classes around the world (Japan, Korea, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Latin America…) and a lot of his students are now members of different orchestras in many countries (Belgium, Holland, Chile, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Luxemburg) or teachers through Europe, Asia and South America.

Philippe Koch is also "Chevalier avec la Couronne de l’Ordre civil et militaire de la famille de Nassau" and "Officier de l’Ordre de Léopold" (Belgique).

CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY

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ASHOT KHACHATOURIAN

Belgium - Armenia

 

Ashot Khachatourian is considered as one of the most inspiring artist of his generation.

He started playing the piano at the age of five with Valentina Melikyan and Elena Galustova at the Charles Aznavour Music School in his home country. He then continued his studies with Gerard Wyss in Basel, Switzerland,  Eliso Virssaladze in Fiesole and Munich, and Maria João Pires at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

Creator and artistic director of YSAYE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION.

​Ashot Khachatourian has particularly excelled in his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s 2nd and 3rd concertos. He won the 1st Prize of the Rachmaninov Piano Competition and the 1st Prize of the Martha Argerich Piano Competition in 2007. He is also a Prize winner of the Top of the World Piano Competition in 2011 and Concours d’Epinal in 2013.

The virtuoso has been invited to perform in BBC Radio London St Luke’sand with many important orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra, the Norway Radio Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra, The Olympique Orchestra, Lausanne Sinfonietta, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and to collaborate with masters such as Jan Caeyers, Rodolfo Fisher, Augustin Dumay, Daniele Gatti, Thomas Søndergård, Christopher Warren-Green and others. Ashot has appeared at the Salle Pleyel, Cortot, Salle Molière, Salle Gaveau, the Berliner Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Flagey in Brussels, Cadogan Hall, Palais des Bozar, Concertgebouw Brugge, Musis Sacrum Arnhem, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonie, De Singel Antwerp, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Palau de Valencia, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg and other prestigious halls of the world. 

As a chamber musician, Ashot Khachatourian collaborates with outstanding artists such as Misha Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Cho-Liang Lin, Ivan Monighetti, Liana Issakadze, Zakhar Bron, Augustin Dumay, Gary Hoffman, Toby Hoffman Gerard Caussé and others. Today, Ashot Khachatourian shares his time between concerts and recordings. His first solo recording dedicated to Haydn and Beethoven was released in 2013, in  2019 his solo recording dedicated to Chopin by Azur Classical. The recording was received with critical acclaim by the international press. Ashot's next album will be released in 2022, again on Azur Classical, and feature works by Schubert.

He regularly shares concerts in duo with Maria João Pires all over the world  proving his exceptional talent and revealing a musical soul at its purest. 

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ALEXEI MOSHKOV

Russia-Belgium

Alexei Moshkov completed his study at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in the class of Professor Igor Bezrodny, where he obtained the diplomas of soloist and chamber music. 

He is a laureate of the USSR National Competition, and laureate of the Shostakovich International Chamber Music Competition.

In 1992 Alexei began as a solo violinist in the ensemble "Soloists of Moscow" under the direction of Yuri Bashmet, and in this ensemble traveled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan etc.

As a chamber musician, Alexei Moshkov has distinguished himself in concerts with the best performers, such as S.Richter, Y.Bashmet, N.Gutman, V.Tretyakov, B. Berezovsky, M.Portal, A.Dumay, G. Danguin, MJJude, V. Repin and many others.

Since 1993 Alexei Moshkov has participated in numerous festivals, among others in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Great Britain. He is regularly invited to festivals in Belgium: Festivals of Beloeil, Wallonia, Flanders, Ostbelgienfestival etc.

He is also invited as a soloist by many orchestras with which he performs the concertos of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovski, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Shostakovich etc.

Passionate about pedagogy, he has given master classes in Belgium, France and Japan (Musa Shino and Ondai Conservatories in Tokyo).

From 2012 until 2018 Alexei Moshkov was professor of violin at the Conservatoire de Cambrai (France).

From September 2021 he is invited as a Professor of violin at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Since 1995 Alexei Moshkov has been part of numerous chamber music ensembles in Belgium and France.

 

Konzertmeister (solo violin) of the National Orchestra of Belgium since 1998, Alexei Moshkov performs regularly as a soloist with this orchestra.

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ELIANE REYES
Belgium


Eliane Reyes pianist prodigy, began performing at a very early age. In 1988, she was an award winner of the Cziffra Foundation (Senlis, France) and the same year she performed at the Tibor Varga Festival (Sion, Switzerland) and also with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.

First trained by her mother, she then went proceeded to study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels followed by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden’s class. Eliane promoted on to the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, to the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Hans Leygraf, the Lemmensinstituut with Alan Weiss and there after to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris under the aegis of Michel Beroff, Brigitte Engerer, Hans Leygraf and Jacques Rouvier. Ensuing her studies, she was appointed professor of complementary piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In the spectrum of international competitions, Eliane has won innumerable awards including 1st prize in Ettlingen, Germany and 1st prize at the Cervantes International Piano Competition in Cuba. Finalist at the Montreal International Musical Competition, the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition in Düsseldorf, where she was equally rewarded for chamber music, and at the Maria Canals International Music Competition, to mention but a few. Eliane Reyes devotes herself to a career as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician to the unanimous acclaim of the international press and audiences. Through her numerous performances, she has attained the absolute support of the Rheinold Blüthner, Nany Philippart, Spes, Solti and Vocatio Foundations. Amongst artists such as Martha Argerich or Vladimir Ashkenazy, Eliane has had the opportunity to be invited to give recitals and to perform alongside Augustin Dumay, Ivry Gitlis, Misha Maisky and José van Dam. Her discography consists of works by Nicolas Bacri, F. Chopin, C. Debussy, Benjamin Godard, F. Liszt, Michel Lysight, D. Milhaud, M. Ravel, A. Tansman, as a consequence she obtained many awards such as “Pianiste Maestro”  by the French magazine Pianiste, “Ring” by Classic Info, “Joker” by Crescendo Magazine and a “Supersonic” award from Pizzicat and notably from ResMusica, where she was awarded “La Clef d’or” for her solo recording of the 24 Intermezzi by A. Tansman. Eliane Reyes was nominated three times for the “International Classical Music Awards”.

Eliane Reyes is currently Professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

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ALEXANDR KHRAMOUCHIN
Russia

Aleksandr Khramouchin, winner of numerous international competitions and finalist at the XIIth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2002), is a renowned cellist who combines playing of great depth with astounding virtuosity and mastery of his instrument.
He appears in concerts and makes solo recordings for radio and television in USA, Canada, Japan, China, Russia and throughout Europe. He plays as a soloist with conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, Rudolf Werthen, Dirk Brossé, Patrick Davin, Lev Markiz, Valery Poliansky and Bramwell Tovey.
Among his chamber music partners are musicians such as Emmanuel Ax, Christian Ivaldi, Pascal Devoyon, Eliane Reyes, Vladimir Sverdlov, Polina Leshenko, Sofja Gülbadamova, Denis Goldfeld, Priya Mitchell, Alexandra Soumm, Jack Liebeck, et bien d’autres. He was a member of the Aviv Quartet from 2010 to 2015.
As a soloist and in chamber music, Aleksandr Khramouchin performs in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Tchaikovsky hall in Moscow.
His close partnership with “Timpani Records”, among other companies, has led to several recordings, including the complete chamber music of Gabriel Pierné with pianist Christian Ivaldi, the first recording of Jean Cras’cello sonata with pianist Alain Jacquon and Maurice Ohana’s cello works with pianist Pascal Devoyon. All his recordings have received numerous awards and continue to be highly acclaimed in the international press.
Alongside his performing activities, Aleksandr Khramouchin was Professor since 2018 and is permanently giving Masterclasses at the international Musica Mundi School in Waterloo.
Born 1979 in Minsk (Belarus) into a family with deep musical traditions, Aleksandr Khramouchin received his first cello lessons at the age of 4 from his father, a brilliant violinist, who also continued to guide Aleksandr in his understanding of musical language and in developing his own musical style during the following years.
In 1985, he entered the class of Vladimir Perlin at the “Special Music School for advanced students” at the Conservatory of Music in Minsk.
After coming to Belgium in 1992, he continued his studies with Professor Hans Mannes at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Encounters with Janos Starker, Natalia Schakhovskaya, Boris Pergamenschikow and others marked his musical apprenticeship.
At the age of 19, he became First Solo Cellist at the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, where he played until 2019.
Music critics are unanimous in praising Khramouchin’s unforgettable, highly individual performing style, the broad scope of his interpretations, and his faultless technical mastery.

VIOLIN Cat.A

1st Prize: €500

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize: €200

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VIOLIN Cat.B

1st Prize: €1000

2nd Prize: €750

3rd Prize: €500

JOHAN SCHMIDT

Belgium

 

One of Belgian famous pianists, acquired his reputation through his virtuosity as much as through his sensitiveness. Pupil of Master Eduardo del Pueyo, he then improved his talent with Master Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.
 A brillliant

laureate of numerous international music competition: 

Queen Elizabeth Competition (Brussels, 4th Prize and public Prize)

Maria Callas Contest (Athens, 1st Prize ) 

Tchaikovsky Comptetition (Moscow, 3rd Prize) 

Japan Competition (Tokyo, 1st Prize) 

Van Cliburn Piano Contest (USA, 4th Prize)

Johan Schmidt has been awarded the Rotary Club’s Leonardo da Vinci Prize for

young Europeans. Apart from being a frequent guest of the best Belgian orchestras (Belgian National

Orchestra, Liège Philharmonic and Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Johan Schmidt also performs with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Athens Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ukraine Symphony, the RTL Orchestra and the “Orchestre National de France” conducted by P. Bartholomée, J. Semkov,

K. Takaseki, T. Bloomfield, K.A. Richenbacker, F. Schipway, P. Daniel, G. Neuhold

and J.C. Casadesus.

His chamber music partners are Augustin Dumay, the Malher Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet, Eyal Shiloach, David Cohen, Ronald Van Spaendonck. Johan Schmidt has made a number of CD recordings for EMI, Fontec (Japan), EMS, Musica Numeris (Cyprès), Azur Classical, Le Chant de Linos... His favorite repertoire includes Franz Liszt, the Russian composers and Beethoven. His performances have been broadcasted nationwide by the American Public Broadcasting Service Network, German ZDF, Japanese NHK, the Belgian Flemish and French-speaking channels (VRT and RTBF) and the French channel TV5. Johan Schmidt is also a very appreciated teacher. Professor in the Royal Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Senzoku University in Tokyo, he regularly gives Master

Classes in several European countries and in China.

In 2018, the Label Azur Classical will released a CD dedicated to Poulenc four hands works

with the pianist Jun Kano.

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DAVID RAMAEL

Belgium

 

David Ramael a Belgian orchestra conductor at the forefront of a new generation of entrepreneurial conductors. He is founder and artistic director of Boho Strings, an innovative string orchestra based in Antwerp. With this ensemble David Ramael has already achieved a remarkable track record of creating pioneering programs, which focus on making classical music more relevant in today’s fragmented society. “Nostalgia” – the ensemble’s first CD – received amongst others glowing reviews in BBC Music Magazine, The Arts Desk and Gramophone.

David Ramael holds advanced degrees in conducting and musicology. He studied at the Royal Brussels Conservatory, the Free Brussels University, the University of Vienna and the University of Minnesota. Furthermore he was grant recipient of the prestigious Belgian American Education Foundation. 

Known for his genuine heartfelt musicianship, David Ramael combines a clear artistic vision with a strong interest in social issues. As a result he is frequently invited as guest conductor in major concert halls and festivals in Belgium and abroad.

David lives with his wife in Antwerp. In their spare time they love to go nature hiking with Tor, their American Staffie.

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ORI EPSTEIN

Israel

The youngest of 3 musical siblings, Ori began to play the cello at the age of 6. In 2002, together with his family they left Israel and relocated to London.

He has since studied with Miklós Perényi and Bernard Greenhouse and completed his degrees at the Bern University of Arts in the class of Antonio Meneses. For a period of 5 years Ori was Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the guidance of Gary Hoffman. 

His achievements on the cello have been recognised by a number of prizes, including the 3rd Prize at the Bromsgrove International Competition and1st Prize at Tunbridge Wells International Competition. 

Ori is the cellist of the Busch Trio, which in recent years has developed into one of the leading piano trios. Together with his brother Omri on the piano and violinist Mathieu van Bellen, the Busch Trio has regularly appeared on major stages and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. Their many years of fruitful collaboration with the Alpha Classics label have resulted in a series of four CDs covering the complete works of Antonin Dvorák for piano and strings. 

In 2016 the Busch Trio were awarded the prestigious Kersjes Prijs in the Netherlands. They have carried off several other international awards since and were winners of the 2018 Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. The trio have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bozar, as well as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and frequently appear live on NPO, France Musique, Musiq’3, WDR, NDR and Deutschlandfunk. 

For Alpha Classics, Ori recorded Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto with Jean-Jacques Kantorow and l'Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. In 2019 with his brother as duo partner, LINN Records published their recordings of Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas and Variations to critical acclaim. 

Ori plays on an 1815 Giovanni Battista Ceruti, Cremona. Considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of Ceruti’s work - it is also thought to be the last cello made by him. It has been kindly lent to Ori by a private syndicate of sponsors. 

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AXEL DE JENLIS

France - Switzerland

 

Axel de Jenlis, was born in 1989 in France. He began to study the cello at the age of six. In 2007, Axel

was admitted to the Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory under Professor Anatoly

Nikitin. He graduated with honours in 2012. He was then admitted in Hélène Dautry’s class at the

Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot (Paris). Masterclasses include those with Mark Drobinsky, Natalia

Gutman, Philippe Muller, Jérôme Pernoo…

In 2014, he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration (specializing in culture

administration) from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. In 2015, he graduated from the University

of Cambridge (Master of Philosophy in Music Studies).

Axel gave some solo and chamber music concerts in Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He took part in several major festivals: Festival de Wallonie, Festival International Albert Roussel,

Mravinsky International Festival, Festival Internacional de Ushuaia…

He performed in some of the world’s leading venues such as: big hall of the Centre for Fine Arts and

Flagey in Brussels, the Cortot Hall in Paris, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the Philharmonic halls

in St. Petersburg, the big hall of the military school in Santiago…

Axel has also been a member of the St. Petersburg Cello Ensemble. He was the solo cello of the

Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra. He frequently takes part in projects with the orchestra

MusicAeterna led by Teodor Currentzis.

With his sisters Héloïse (harp) and Mathilde (violin), they form the Trio Jenlis. In 2019, they recorded

a CD focused on French music. The French composer Karol Beffa wrote his Soleil noir for them. 2022

highlights include an appearance at the Propulse festival in Belgium and a tour in the UK.

Since 2011, Axel has been the artistic director of the “Festival International Est-Ouest” in Louvain-La-

Neuve (Belgium) and from 2016 to 2018, of the “Musiques Vivantes” festival in Vichy (France). In

2021, he founded the Soirées musicales du château de Rixensart. He is now deputy director of La

Ferme du Biéreau in Belgium.

He currently plays on a 1913 Hilaire Darche cello.

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GEORGE TUDORACHE 

Romania-Belgium 

George  Tudorache is Konzertmeister of the  Royal Philharmonic orchestra of Liege and "Guest Leader" of the London Symphony Orchestra. He began studying the violin at the age of 5 with Stefan Gheorghiu, Elena Baltaga and Magdalena Ursu, at the "Dinu Lipatti" National College of Arts in Bucharest. In 2007, he continued his study at the National Conservatory of  Music and  Dance in Paris under the leadership of Jean Jacques Kantorow and Svetlin Roussev.

Winner of numerous international competitions: Rodolfo Lipizer, Colmar, Flame, Bucharest and in 2015, he is semi-finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, where he was hailed by international critics as well as by the public. He is invited to perform as a soloist and Konzertmeister in several orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, the ''Orchestre National de Lyon", the Deutsches Sinfonier Orchester Berlin, the WDR Sinfonier Köln, the Orchester Capitol de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Opera of Valencia ... under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Chailly, Kirill Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Myun-Whun Chung. He performs in the most important halls of the world such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Paris Philharmonic, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Barbican Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, the Amsterdam Concertgebow, Munich Philharmonic, etc. He is also Principal Violin Professor at the Namur Institute of Music and Pedagogy (IMEP). He regularly gives Masterclasses in Europe and Asia. His recording of Philippe Boesmans’s Violin Concerto with the OPRL and Gergely Madaras has won numerous prizes including 5 Diapasons.

George Tudorache is playing the Tommaso Balestrieri violin 1750 «  Ex Grumiaux «  kindly loaned by the «  Arthur Grumiaux Fondation «

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PHILIPPE LEHAEN

Belgium

Secretary of the YIMC

 

Director of the Royal Academy César FRANCK of Visé and composer.

Philippe Lehaen started the piano at the age of 7 and give his first concert at the age of 9. He represented his music school as “young talent” on the Belgian television at the age of 13.

Mr. Lehaen finished the music school with a first prize of excellence and received the government medal in 1979. He received a special prize of the Rotary club and got a second prize at the National Competition “Credit Communal de Belgique” in 1980 and recorded several radio broadcasts in Namur and Liège.

In 1984, he got the first prize of piano and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Liège and got a certificate of Superior Diploma in Piano in the class of the pianist “Jo ALFIDI” (3rd prize of Queen Elisabeth in 1972).

Philippe LEHAEN teaches piano and Orchestra since 1984. In 2002, he is responsible of several musical exchanges for young students between Belgium, Spain and Hungary.

As a secretary of the competition and mainly of the jury, Philippe produces the YIMC catalogues and helps in the organisation of schedules for rehearsals, juries, pianists and order of the candidates.

CELLO Cat.A

 

1st Prize: €500

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize: €200

CELLO Cat.B

1st Prize: €1000

2nd Prize: €750

3rd Prize: €500

PIANO Cat.A

1st Prize: €500

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize: €200

PIANO Cat.B

1st Prize: €1000

2nd Prize: €750

3rd Prize: €500

VIOLIN Cat.A

1st Prize: €500

 

2nd Prize: €300

3rd Prize: €200

VIOLIN Cat.B

 

1st Prize: €1000

 

2nd Prize: €750

3rd Prize: €500

                                                                    Special prize 

       « Ysaye junior prize » : Recording in a professional  studio AZUR Classical in Belgium for an amount of €4000.


 Prizes