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Preselection Jury 2012


Rudolf Koelman

Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman regularly performs worldwide as a soloist with numerous internationally renowned orchestras, such as KBS Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, WDR Radio Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, Combatti- mento Consort and many others.

One of Jascha Heifetz’s last pupils (LA, 1978 to 1981) and first leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (until 1999), Rudolf Koelman teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and is frequently invited as a juror and guest professor at international violin competitions and master courses around the world.

Rudolf Koelman has made numerous TV-, radio- and CD-recordings among them a live recording of all 24 Paganini Capricci. In 2009, he performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam both Violin Concertos 1 & 2 by Paganini which were recorded live. These performances were released on Challenge Records and won the Edison Award 2010 in The Netherlands.  (Status 2012, Source: Rudolf Koelman)


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Silvia Marcovici

Born in Romania, Silvia Marcovici studied at the conservatory in Bucharest. Her international debut was at the age of sixteen, when she performed in The Hague under Bruno Maderna.

In 1969, she won the first prize in Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris as well as the special prize of Prince Rainier of Monaco and in 1970, she was the winner of the first prize in the George Enescu Competition Bucharest.

In 1972, she was invited by Leopold Stokowsky to play the Glazounov Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, which was released on record by Decca. Her discography includes: Debussy, Franck, Fauré Sonatas for Aurophon Classics and Sibelius Violin Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra for Bis. Recently she also recorded the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the ›Orchestre symphonique de Montpellier‹ conducted by Yoel Levi.

She frequently performs in South and North America, Japan, Israel, and all over Europe. A refined musician with a fascinating stage presence, Silvia Marcovici is actively involved in chamber music. She often appears in recitals with famous pianists and also recently with her son Aimo Pagin. She currently teaches at the ›Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kuns‹ Graz, Austria.  (Status 2012, Source: Silvia Marcovici)

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Kaija Saarikettu

Kaija Saarikettu studied with Onni Suhonen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She completed her studies with Endre Wolf in Sweden. The year 1980 saw the launching of her career when she won a national violin competition and was a finalist of the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition.

Ever since then, Ms. Saarikettu has appeared as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Scandinavia, Estonia, Russia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the US. She is committed to contemporary music, and her partnership with a number of leading Finnish composers have resulted in a large number of works written specially for her, among them eight violin concertos.

She has recorded extensively for the Finlandia, Ondine and Alba labels. Most recently she recorded the complete violin and piano works of Jean Sibelius.

Ms. Saarikettu is professor at the Sibelius Academy. Her teaching activities also include annual master classes in Finland and abroad. She is frequently invited to serve juries of national and international violin competitions.  (Status 2012, Source: Kaija Saarikettu)

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Krzysztof Wegrzyn

Krzysztof Wegrzyn, the Artistic Director of the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹, is also the founder of this outstanding music event in Lower Saxony. He was born in Gdansk, Poland, and educated in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His musical personality was strongly influenced by insights gained from working with such artists as Zenon Brzewski, Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn has been Concertmaster of the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hannover for many years; since 1993 he has been a Professor and since 2012 also Vice President of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. His violin class is internationally renowned, many of his students are laureates of international competitions or become members of leading orchestras.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn himself won awards at prestigious international events such as the Louis Spohr and Montreal Competitions, and was the winner of the Karol Szymanowski and Rodolfo Lipizer competitions. He still gives regular concert performances both in Germany and abroad, and has gained particular acclaim for his performances of the works of contemporary composers such as Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki, in addition to the standard repertoire.

Another focus of his artistic and educational work is the direction of master classes in Europe, the US and Asia, including at the Holland Music Sessions, the Ishikawa Music Academy, Keshet Eilon, the Great Mountains Music Festival and conservatories in Seoul, Shanghai, New York and Tokyo.

In addition, Krzysztof Wegrzyn is regularly invited to be a member of international juries, including those of the Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD and Sendai competitions in recent years.

He has been involved in chamber music for many years and is the founder of the ensemble ›il gioco col suono‹. In 2004, Krzysztof Wegrzyn was awarded the Lower Saxony State Music Prize for his services to music in the state.  (Status 2012)

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