Results of the “Red Stradivarius” music competition


Results of the “Red Stradivarius” music competition

The winner of the competition is Weronika Weiss, a 16-year-old violinist from Warsaw – congratulations!

We’d like to thank all young and talented musicians for taking part in our competition!

The main prize is participation in 4-week summer school of music at the Luzerne Music Centre in the US. The concept of summer school is to enable musically talented children from all over the world to improve their skills under the guidance of outstanding musicians, among others from the famous Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Ballet.

We have co-organized the “Red Stradivarius” music competition together with Akademeia Foundation, The Red Stradivarius Social Committee, Music Hub and Luzerne Music Center (NY, USA). The competition was open for all talented violinists, trombonists and bassoonists aged 14-18.

The Selection Board consisted of world class musicians, vocalists, specialists and academics:

Elizabeth Pitcairn – a celebrated American violin virtuoso. Elizabeth Pitcairn has earned a stunning reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. The signature artist performs in partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy award-winning film “The Red Violin.” Ms. Pitcairn appears on the 10th anniversary edition of “The Red Violin”–Meridian Collection in a special feature documentary interview.

Prof. Louise Thomas – a pianist, who has concertized extensively throughout Europe, NorthAmerica and Asia at such concert venues as the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Franz Liszt Academy Museumin Budapest, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Weill Hall in New York City. Prof. Thomas joined Chapman University in 2001 as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. In June 2014, she was named the Associate Dean for the College of Performing Arts at Chapman and in 2016, full professor of piano.

prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Promiński – an acclaimed violinist, a graduate of F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (currently The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music).  In 2004 he received Zasłużony działacz kultury (Order of Merit in the Service of Culture) distinction from the Minister of Culture. Since December 2008 he has been employed on a position of Associate Professor at the Faculty of Instruments and Pedagogy at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Białystok.

dr hab. Artur Kasperek – born in Lublin, where he graduated from Karol Lipiński Music High School in a bassoon class of Grażyna Woć-Kowalik. He studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class led by professor Bogumił Gadawski, and he perfected his instrumental skills with professor  Klaus Thunemann. Currently he leads the wind instruments section of the orchestra of the Grand Theatre – National Opera (he has been cooperating with the orchestra since 1992) and a soloist in Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (since 1994).

Aleksandra Wittchen – a graduate of Clifton College in Bristol, where she was awarded a scholarship place. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where she sang with The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Aleksandra frequently appeared as a stand-out soloist during the choir’s international tours and CD recordings. In addition to her work at Akademeia, Aleksandra is currently pursuing a degree in Vocal and Acting Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, under the tuition of prof. Jolanta Janucik. In her musicological studies, Aleksandra is particularly interested in character development in Classicist and Romantic opera, and the composers of the Young Poland movement.

Olga Szyłejko – a co-founder of a Warsaw based school of music – Music Hub, a vocalist, vocal coach, composer and songwriter. In 2007 she commenced her studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the speciality of Contemporary Writing and Production.

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