International Music Competition
Violin Junior - Senior
PRESELECTION April 1 - 5, 2024 Vise, Belgium
SEMIFINAL April 29 - Mai 1, 2024 Vise, Belgium
FINAL July 8 - 11, 2024 Liege Philharmonic Hall
Deadline March 24, 2024
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Daniel Weissmann is a musical expert, characterized by an extraordinary artistic expresivity, with a career which is remarkable due to its dynamism and complexity. The French musician was born in 1956 and studied violin and chamber music at the „Ecole Normale de Musique” in Paris and the „Royal Conservatory” in Brussels. His early professional experiences made him a major figure in the artistic world, both as a musician and as an artistic director. His experience as an artistic director began with his collaboration as a general delegate with the Dokhan Foundation, the main partner of the Versailles Baroque Musical Center and the Versailles Palace Musical Autumn, which functions under the auspices of „Fondation de France”. He worked for a decade as a musical expert for the Bourgogne Commission for Cultural Affairs and Music within the Culture and Communication Ministry.
In 2003 Daniel Weissmann collaborated with the Denon Museum for which he conceptualized and created a Festival and an exhibit in honor of Pierre Baillot and the 19th Centrury French Violin School. Following the success of this project he created the Baillot Foundation which functions under the auspices of the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Research and Higher Learning. His career as a musician was launched in 1984 when he began playing the violin in the Bergonzi trio which he founded. He has a rich academic activity . In 1999 Daniel Weissmann founded “Mosaïques – Centre de création et de diffusion musicales” (Mosaics – Centre for creation and musical broadcasting). In 2007 the city of Dijon ask him to conduct the new project of a region orchestra involving Opéra orchestra and Camerata de Bourgogne ; this orchestra is now associate to the Opéra de Dijon and after this sucess, he is apointed as général manager of Liège Royal Philharmonic orchestra since 2015.
As a violist the begin a collection, under the belgian label Fuga Libera-Outhere music, on the romantic viola repertoire.
CHAIRMAN OF THE JURY
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, supported and guided by Maria João Pires as a young most inspiring talent of his generation.
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 2nd 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, Cadogan Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, Concertgebouw Brugge, Musis Sacrum Arnhem, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonie, De Singel Antwerp, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Palau de la musica Valencia, Stiftung Mozarteum 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 and Beethoven.
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.
PRESELECTION & SEMIFINAL
“…one of the most gifted violinists of his generation“
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht
Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is now widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. The international press describes his playing : “…impressive elegance, irreproachable technique, an exceptional musical sensitivity and sonorities of immaculate beauty…” Kirill Troussov is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and renowned international music festivals all over the world.
Collaboration with celebrated conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Foster, Jiri Belohlàvek, Michail Jurowski, David Stern, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikko Frank and Louis Langrée as well as with major orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has brought him among others to Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, De Doelen, NCPA in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
Passion for chamber music and friendship connects Kirill Troussov with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Julian Rachlin, Christian Zacharias und Natalia Gutman.
Substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions, a.o. at the “Schoenfeld International String Competition”, are just some of numerous highlights of his past concert seasons.
His international awards include the European cultural award “Pro-Europa”, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the international Yamaha Prize and the Reuters-Prize of the Verbier Festival.
Kirill Troussov regularly gives master classes at the Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in Cremona, Milan, Madrid, Dublin, Berlin, Munich, Oslo, Budapest, USA and Hong Kong.
Since 2021 he is Chairman and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition.
Kirill Troussov’s recordings - among others for EMI Classics, Warner Classics, Dabringhaus und Grimm, Naxos and Farao Classics - have been repeatedly awarded by the international press. Furthermore he is to watch with Yuja Wang on her DVD with Kurt Masur.
His recent CDs “Emotions” (MDG) and “Memories” (MDG) have been highly praised by the international press and the public - among others by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the french music magazine „Diapason“.
He completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors have been Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers und Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin “Brodsky” of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on Dec 4, 1881.
Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmony, the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, Sumida Triphony Hall Tokyo, the Sage Gateshead, the Tonhalle Zurich and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.
Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. She won numerous prizes at international violin competitions and was awarded with the “Pro Europa” prize of the European Arts Foundation which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin.
She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, New Russia Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Bilkent Orchestra Ankara, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Belgian National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiev, Skopje, Ljubljana, Minsk and Novosibirsk, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Moscow Soloists, and the Kremerata Baltica, amongst many others.
Alissa Margulis worked together with famous conductors: Ivor Bolton, Jacques Mercier, Arnold Katz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Dmitry Liss, Jaap van Zweden, Enrique Mazzola, Daniel Raiskin, Fabrice Bollon, Stefan Vladar, François-Xavier Roth, Lars Vogt, Howard Griffiths, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Hubert Soudant, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, Mikko Franck and Gerd Albrecht to name just a few of them. Besides her solo career Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Alexander Buzlov, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Liana Issakadze, Alexandre Tharaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Lonquich, Polina Leschenko, Paul Badura-Skoda and Lars Vogt.
She further appeared at various Festivals: at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Stravanger Festival, at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, “Spannungen”-Festival in Heimbach, “Progetto” Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sotshi Winter Arts Festival and Verbier Festival.
Her discography includes more than a dozen CDs at labels such as EMI Classics, Oehms, Novalis, Avanti Classic and CAvi. Notably two of the six EMI Classics releases of the „Martha Argerich and Friends“ series received a GRAMMY nomination, several others won the Diapason d’or. She recorded repertoire by Mozart, Shostakovich, Enescu, Beethoven, Messiaen and others as well as the complete music for violin and piano by Franz Liszt. She recorded Piazzolla’s seasons and took part in an all Klezmer recording alongside musicians such as Myriam Fuks, Roby Lakatos, Evgeny Kissin, Polina Leschenko and Mischa Maisky. Alissa Margulis will be featured in another live recording of chamber music performed at the Progetto Martha Argerich, a 2016 release by Warner Classics.
Last season she played concerts in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Russia, Luxembourg, Lebanon, South Africa, Aruba, Malta, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Italy, France at venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and the Verbier Festival, among many others.
AXEL DE JENLIS
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.
Russia - Belgium
One of the most inspiring violinists of our time, Tatiana Samouil is in constant demand as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
An ambassador of the Russian School, she starred alongside Yuri Bashmet at the closing ceremony of 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia) performing for a live audience of fourty thousand people, as well as an almost three billions online broadcast, worldwide. It comes as no surprise that her name appears in The Golden Book of Twenty to Twenty First Century Talents of Russia, stored in the Kremlin Palace. »Samouil's strong-willed, passionate and inspired playing is the direct continuation of the best traditions of Russian violin school« (Kultura, Moscow, June 2002). Born into a family of eminent musicians, Tatiana was constantly surrounded by music. From the age of 3 she was already playing piano, only to discover her voice on the violin two years later. At this age she also displayed a precocious interest in composing her own music. The key moment for her came when she was nine years old. She played her debut with the National Orchestra of Moldova, under the baton of her father, Alexandru Samoila, and was so moved by that experience that she decided to dedicate herself to the violin.
Tatiana Samouil was selected by the Russian »New Names Program« at the age of fourteen and commenced an active touring at the most prestigious concert halls of Russia and Europe, performing also in the Vatican Residence for the Pope John Paul II, at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and for UNESCO in Paris. She moved to Moscow as a young girl in order to study with the legendary Maia Glezarova at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. There, she obtained her Soloist's Diploma with extraordinary mention. She then moved to Belgium to continue her studies with the great Igor Oistrakh at Brussels Conservatory. Under his guidance, and in a period of only three years, Tatiana Samouil won prizes at seven of the most prestigious international violin competitions, most notably the »Tchaikovsky International Competition« in Moscow (2002), the »Queen Elisabeth Competition« in Brussels (2001), the »Michael Hill International Competition« in New Zealand (2001) and the »International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition« in Helsinki (2000).
Presently, she is performing around the world, despite her near fatal accident in 2014. It left her hospitalised for a long period, unsure of whether she would be able to walk or play the violin again. Her recovery is nothing short of miraculous. Tatiana's comeback concert happened to be in no less then »Salle Gaveau« in Paris, live, recorded on French TV. This season alone, Tatiana Samouil will be performing in the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Seoul Art Center and Flagey in Brussels, along with performances in New York, Sochi, Moscow, Amsterdam, Izmir, Istanbul and Saint-Petersburg.
She often shares the stage with other great musicians of our time; Yuri Bashmet, Denis Matsuev, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Augustin Dumay, Frans Helmerson and Gary Hofmann have performed alongside her. Tatiana has enjoyed performing with the conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Christian Arming, Kazushi Ono, Dmitry Liss, Gilbert Varga, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and many others.
Tatiana Samouil has performes with numerous notable orchestras: the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, »Novaya Rossiya« Orchestra, Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Khabarovsk Philharmonic, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Bayerisches Kammerorchester, Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Izmir State Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Salta Symphony, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Lisbon) and South Czech Philharmonic.
Over those years, Tatiana had a privilege of long term performing and recording on phenomenal instruments, like the Guarnerius del Gesu violin »ex-Vieuxtemps«, the Antonio Stradivarius »ex- Kreisler«, as well as a violins of Jean Baptist Vuillaume and Francois Pique.
At present, Tatiana is playing on a Nicolo Gagliano (1770) and a modern violin of Christian Bayon, built specially for her.
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
of Ukrainian origin, he trained at the kyiv Higher Conservatory with E. Bouchinskaya and A. Gorokhov. Appointed professor at the kyiv Conservatory, he leads a parallel career as a soloist and chamber musician and participates in prestigious international competitions (Paganini, Wieniawski). Currently a teacher at IMEP in Namur, he stands out above all for the training of his young students, winners of numerous prizes in international competitions. He received the Honorary Diploma for the preparation of the winners of the "Remember Enescu" Competition in Sinaia (Romania) and the Bäreinreiter prize in the Kocian competition (Czech Republic).
“A brilliant display of artistry on the violin”, says the Kölner Stadtanzeiger about Fedor Rudin. As an international award-winning violinist, including top prizes at the Premio Paganini and George Enescu competitions, he is considered one of the most versatile soloists of his generation with his affinity for different genres and a very varied repertoire. In the 22/23 season, Fedor Rudin will make his debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (broadcast on the BBC), with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Petr Popelka (Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2), with the South Denmark Philharmonic conducted by Johannes Wildner and with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. With the Deutsches Kammerorchester, he will debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. Chamber music projects will take him for the first time to the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Prague Rudolfinum. At the International Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž, Fedor Rudin has debuted under the baton of Tomáš Netopil with Prague Philharmonia. During the latest concert seasons, he made his debuts as a soloist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB), the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Darrell Ang, Christoph Poppen and Lorenzo Viotti. Appearances have taken him to the Paris Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich and the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as to the Salzburg Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In the 23/24 season he will make his debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Fedor Rudin also came to international attention as he got appointed concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2019, becoming the orchestra’s youngest member at that time. A position he has held for three seasons, playing under conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Christian Thielemann and Zubin Mehta, before entirely devoting himself to his own concert activity. Fedor Rudin is also a graduated conductor himself, beside his violin studies. After completing his conducting diploma at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, he had the chance to learn from all three conductors of the Järvi family, as a selected active participant of the Järvi Academy at the Pärnu Music Festival 2022 in Estonia. Already at the age of 20, Fedor Rudin was appointed guest conductor of the Georgian National Philharmonic. In September 2022, he made his debut as an opera conductor in a production of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” at the Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska. Fedor Rudin has also recently led the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF RSO) at the Vienna Musikverein, the Jena Philharmonic in a benefit concert for Ukraine and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra among others. Since 2021, Fedor Rudin is also assistant conductor to Teodor Currentzis and his new Europe-based orchestra, Utopia. Last season, he has assisted Philippe Jordan, for whom he prepared the Webern Symphony Orchestra for a concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus with pianist Lang Lang. In May 2022, Fedor Rudin stepped in for Kirill Petrenko at short notice for a rehearsal at the Vienna Musikverein. Born in 1992, grandson of the famous avant-garde composer Edison Denisov, Fedor Rudin grew up in Paris and later studied in Cologne, Salzburg, Graz and Vienna. Because of his musical heritage, he feels particularly committed to the Franco-Russian musical tradition. Fedor Rudin plays a violin by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1779) from the German Musical Instrument Fund, a generous loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg. He is a Thomastik-Infeld artist, has a Private Pilot License and lives with his family in Vienna.
PRESELECTION & FINAL
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.
Nathalie Lefin began playing the violin at the age of 6 in Nadine Koch's class at the Verviers Conservatory, where she won the violin and chamber music medals with the greatest distinction. At the Music Conservatory of Liège, in the class of Léopold Douin, she obtained her first prize immediately with great distinction. Subsequently, with Professor Eric Mélon, she won first prize in the Edouard Deru competition as well as her higher diploma with the greatest distinction and the congratulations of the jury which awarded her the Léoplold Charlier prize. Nathalie Lefin also holds a higher diploma in chamber music with great distinction. She began her orchestral career in various orchestras such as the Beethoven Academy, the Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Opéra de la Monnaie and Royal de Liège, the Orchester Philharmonique Royal de Liège… After numerous engagements, she won the position of solo violinist with the National Orchestra of Belgium in 1994. Alongside this life as an orchestral musician, she performs regularly in chamber music in various groups. In particular with the Saxacorda ensemble, whose reputation is second to none for its investment in promoting the repertoire of current composers. Open to all styles of music, she is also active in variety and song: Ozark Henry, Froidebise Blues Orchestra, Ventat Funk Orchestra... Also a graduate in pedagogy, she has the chance to share her passion for the orchestra with future professionals by being assigned since September 2016 the class of "Study of Traits d'Orchestre" within the Higher Institute of Music and of Pedagogy of Namur.
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.