VC LIVE | 2021 “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for Young Violinists

Watch the 2021 “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for Young Violinists LIVE on The Violin Channel – direct from San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

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Organized by the Accademia d’archi Arrigoni, the annual competition is open to international violinists aged 9 to 13 years old. 

 

SUNDAY JULY 11TH 2021
FINAL ROUND 
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

The final round of the 2021  “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for Young Violinists is led by conductor Giancarlo Guarino with the FVG Orchestra.

This year's four young finalists are: 14-year-old Leonard Baumgartner from Austria, 12-year-old Anton Carus from the United States, 13-year-old Diana Chausheva from Bulgaria and 13-year-old Yume Tomita from United Kingdom/Japan.

The 2021 first prize winner will receive €5,000, an instrument made by contemporary Italian violin maker Fabio Piagentini, and a number of important concert engagements.

 

 

Leonard Baumgartner (14, Austria)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 1 in Bb Major
  • Bruch | Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Anton Carus (12, United States)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major
  • Vieuxtemps | Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor

Diana Chausheva (13, Bulgaria)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 1 in Bb Major
  • Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto in E minor

Yume Tomita (13, United Kingdom/Japan)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 1 in Bb Major
  • Mendelssohn | Violin Concerto in E minor

 

The official 2021 jury comprises: Pavel Vernikov (Jury Chair), Alexandre Snitkovski, Ning Kam, Federico Guglielmo, Goran Koncar, Julia Purgina and Philip Draganov.

In an unique initiative, all 13 candidates, who were not selected to progress to this year's final round, were invited to form a separate jury panel and were given one collective voting right towards the assessment of their peers. The members of the FVG Orchestra, who performed with this year's four young soloists in the final round, were also granted one collective vote.

 

The Violin Channel recently sat down with Domenico Mason, Head of Competition, to get a better understanding of this significant, international junior talent development event. 

And, also caught up with 2019 former 1st prize winner, Edward Walton from Australia, for a flashback to his winning performance and for some helpful tips for this year's four young finalists.

 

 

FRIDAY JULY 9TH 2021
ROUND 2 — MORNING SESSION
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

All 17 candidates will perform their full programs in both the Opening Round and Round 2, with only then a jury decision being made of which four candidates will progress to the Final Round to be held on Sunday, July 11 — with conductor Giancarlo Guarino and the FVG Orchestra.

For the first two rounds, all competitors will be accompanied by the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Accademia Chamber Orchestra.

 

 

Julia Raphaela Kasprzak (12, Germany)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor 
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Juan José Aguirre Peña (11, Switzerland/Colombia)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Estelle Presler (10, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Kornii Sheldunov (10, Ukraine)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Naz Irem Turkmen (14, Turkey)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Viktor Vasilev (13, Bulgaria)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Sandra Vasylkova (12, Ukraine)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Paganini | “Cantabile” Op. 17 
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Xiaozhuo Wang (13, Austria/China)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

 

 

FRIDAY JULY 9TH 2021
ROUND 2 — AFTERNOON SESSION
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

 

 

Lauren Yoon (12, United States/South Korea)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Paganini | “Cantabile” Op. 17 
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Nickita Zhang (11, United States)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Leonard Baumgartner (14, Austria)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Anton Carus (12, United States)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Paganini | “Cantabile” Op. 17 
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Diana Chausheva (13, Bulgaria)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Joan Melero Esteve (14, Switzerland/Spain)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Massenet | “Meditation” from Thais
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Madeline Goh (14, Singapore)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor 
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Tao-Yuan Hsiao (12, Croatia/Taiwan)

  • Mendelssohn | Concerto in D minor
  • Paganini | “Cantabile” Op. 17 
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

Yume Tomita (13, United Kingdom/Japan)

  • J.S. Bach | Concerto in A minor
  • Ponce | "Estrellita"
  • “Encore” | Solo Violin

 

 

THURSDAY JULY 8TH 2021
DAY 2 OPENING ROUND — MORNING SESSION
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

For the 1st movement of Bach’s Double Concerto, a compulsory piece in the opening round for all candidates, the second solo part will be performed by a member of the 2021 jury.

 

Leonard Baumgartner (14, Austria)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Anton Carus (12, United States)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Wieniawski | Variations On An Original Theme
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Diana Chausheva (13, Bulgaria)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Joan Melero Esteve (14, Switzerland/Spain)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Estate" Op. 8, No. 2
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Madeline Goh (14, Singapore)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Estate" Op. 8, No. 2
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Tao-Yuan Hsiao (12, Croatia/Taiwan)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Wieniawski | Variations On An Original Theme
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Yume Tomita (13, United Kingdom/Japan)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

 

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 7TH 2021
DAY 1 OPENING ROUND — AFTERNOON SESSION
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

 

Sandra Vasylkova (12, Ukraine)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Estate" Op. 8, No. 2
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Xiaozhuo Wang (13, Austria/China)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Lauren Yoon (12, United States/South Korea)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Wieniawski | Variations On An Original Theme
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Nickita Zhang (11, United States)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Estate" Op. 8, No. 2
  • Kreisler | Praeludium and Allegro
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 7TH 2021
DAY 1 OPENING ROUND — MORNING SESSION
LIVE FROM SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO, ITALY

 

 

 

Julia Raphaela Kasprzak (12, Germany)

  • Vivaldi | "La Primavera" Op. 8, No. 1
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Juan José Aguirre Peña (11, Switzerland/Colombia)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Estelle Presler (10, Switzerland)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Kornii Sheldunov (10, Ukraine)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Naz Irem Turkmen (14, Turkey)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Estate" Op. 8, No. 2
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

Viktor Vasilev (13, Bulgaria)

  • Vivaldi | "L'Inverno" Op. 8, No. 4
  • Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • J.S. Bach | Double Concerto in D minor

 

The 2021 first prize winner will receive €5,000, an instrument made by contemporary Italian violin maker Fabio Piagentini, and a number of important concert engagements.

This year's jury comprises Pavel Vernikov (Jury Chair), Federico Guglielmo, Ting Jia, Mintcho Mintchev, Christiane LeBlanc, Julia Purgina, and Alexandre Snitkovski.

All 13 candidates, who were not selected for this year's final round, will also join the jury panel.

Previous major prize winners include Edward Walton, Daniil Bulayev, Murata Natsuho, Shihan Wang and VC Rising Stars Fiona and Hina Khuong-Huu.