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Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition has come to its close

The intense and emotional week of Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition has come to its close. The “Grand Prix” and 3000 EUR sponsored by the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation were awarded to the 21-year-old pianist Aleksandr Kashpurin from Russia who also received the prize for the best interpretation of Jāzeps Vītols’ music and an invitation to collaborate with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. The 1st prize and 2000 EUR were awarded to Marina Kan from Norway, together with the prize for the best interpretation of the competition’s compulsory piece – “Volatile Watercolour” by Jānis Zandbergs. The 2nd prize and 1500 EUR went to Anton Yashkin from Russia and the 3rd prize and 1000 EUR – to Ilya Domnin from Latvia. Two finalist diplomas and 500 EUR each were awarded to Darya Koval from Belorussia and Rihards Plešanovs from Latvia. Financial support for the young talents has been provided by the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation. The Yamaha Music Europe supported the competition by providing one of its best instruments -  the CFX concert grand – and by awarding earphones to all finalists.
For the first time in the competition history, the Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition took place in two cities – Riga and Liepāja. At the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in two intense rounds 6 pianists were selected from the 32 participants to perform in the final round with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gintaras Rinkjavičius at the Concert Hall “Great Amber”.
The Grand Prix winner Aleksandr Kashpurin is a 4th year undergraduate student of the Honoured Artist of Russia, professor T. Zagorovskaya at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He reveals that Jāzeps Vītols Competition was one of his first significant international contests, commenting his experience as follows: “I am extremely thankful to the Jāzeps Vītols International Piano Competition. All organizers and participants here serve the timeless art of music, which is always around us, making our lives happy!”
The competition was organized and supported by the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in collaboration with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation, as well as the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. It was adjudicated by an international team of professionals: the Head of Advanced Instrumental Studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Ronan O’Hora, the Head of JVLMA Piano Department, professor Juris Kalnciems, the Rector of Tallinn Academy of Music and Theatre, professor Ivari Ilja, the Head of Piano Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, professor Jurgis Karnavičius, professor Pier Francesco Forlenza from the Milan Conservatory and professor Madina Fayziyeva from the Uzbekistan State Conservatory.
The competition was broadcasted live on the Internet – recordings are available on competition’s YouTube channel and at Latvian Radio 3 archives. More information on the competition is available on the webpage www.vitolakonkurss.lv and Facebook page @vitolakonkurss
                                                         

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