On 11-18 May, the European Foundation for Support of Culture presented the Vienna Classic Strings Festival and International Competition for Violin, Viola and Cello; it was held for the first time in Vienna in 2019 under the patronage of the Mayor of Vienna.
The festival, which was part of the project, featured such eminent artists as cellist Boris Andrianov (Russia), winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and winner of South Korea’s Isang Yun Competition; violin and viola player Shlomo Mintz (Israel), Grammy winner, Honorary Doctor of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba; violinist Yury Revich (Russia), Young Performer of the Year 2015 by the International Classical Music Awards.
During the Festival, the musicians performed with such orchestras as the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Euro Sinfonietta Vienna (Austria) and Zagreb Festival Orchestra (Croatia). These orchestras were conducted by Amaury du Closel (France), Hakan Şensoy (Turkey), Yuri Yanko (Ukraine) and Ender Sakpinar (Turkey). Together, the musicians performed at Vienna’s best concert halls, treating their audiences to works by world-famous European composers.
The panel of judges of the string competition included violinist Yair Kless (Israel), Professor of Tel Aviv University; viola player Lilach Levanon (Israel), winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Professor of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Professor at the Givatayim City Conservatory; cellist Martti Rousi (Finland), Professor at the Sibelius Academy; Igor Petrushevsky (UK), Professor of the Richard Wagner Conservatory of Music in Vienna and Honorary Professor of Yerevan State Conservatory; violinist Pavel Berman (Italy), professor at the Conservatory of Lugano; Maria Solozobova (Switzerland), Professor at the University of Music at Lausanne; Dmitry Yablonsky (US/Israel), principal guest conductor of the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra and of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Visiting Professor of the Baku Conservatory and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University; viola player Lars Anders Tomter (Norway), Professor of the Oslo State Academy, Professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Music; Valeriy Vorona (Russia), rector of the Ivanov-Ippolitov State Music and Pedagogy Institute; conductor and viola player Maxim Rysanov (Ukraine/US) Grammy nominee, Grammophon prize winner, and many others.