From 28th February to 8th March the "Superba" is hosting the prestigious event that has graduated artists like Salvatore Accardo and Leonidas Kavakos
In 2015, the 54th International Violin Competition Premio Paganini 101 candidates, from all over the world, were admitted to the pre-selection stages. Many artists came from the Far East: 22 Japanese, 8 South Koreans and 14 Chinese. Also America, Asia and Europe were represented with musician from US (14), Italy (8) and Russia (7), as well as other nations including Brazil and Kazakhstan. More statistics: out of 101 60% of the competitors were male and 40% female.
After the four pre-selection events that took place in Genoa (8 and 9 October), New York (12 and 13 October), Vienna (16 and 17 October) and Tokyo (18 November), 31 musicians were admitted to the preliminary stages; among these no Italians (there were eight at the starting line, but no one was able to pass).
The preliminary stages were held in the Ceremonial Room of Palazzo Tursi. Upon conclusion 16 semifinalists were chosen out of the 30 participants (one of the admitted competitors had withdrawn).
At the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa, on 3 and 4 March the semi finalists played in front of a very attentive audience of experts and enthusiasts. The six selected finalists, three women and three men coming from Latvia, Germany, Japan, Russia, United States and South Korea, performed in the final stage at the Teatro Carlo Felice on 7 and 8 March.
Throughout the whole competition the finalists Medjaniks Dainis, Menzel Albrecht, Mohri Fumika, Pasko Diana, Suh Elly, Yang In Mo, have played music by N. Paganini, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms, PI Tchaikovsky, J. Sibelius and a piece for solo violin (lasting about 5 ') specifically written for the contest by composer Ivan Fedele.
The overall preparation level of the finalists confirmed the absolute prestige of the "Premio Paganini", unique in the international music scene. At the end of the six performances, all of them vibrant, passionate and high quality, the jury, chaired by Fabio Luisi, awarded the first prize to South Korean Yang In Mo, class 1995. Mohri Fumika won the second prize and Menzel Albrecht the third. The 4th place went to Pasko Diana, the 5th to Suh Elly, the 6th to Medjaniks Dainis.
Yang In Mo, South Korea, was the overall winner of the 2015 edition
It was hard for the Jury to award the prizes, in consideration of the high quality level of the executions The international approach which provides that the pre-selection stages take place in four different countries and continents, is also believed responsible for the preparation level of the competitors.
"The Premio Paganini is one of the cultural excellences of Genoa and the civic administration is relaunching it with a new formula - said the Town Councilor
for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Genoa, Carla Sibilla - The international prestige of this competition is testified by the emotion and commitment of young violinists who participate, that see it as an important investment for their artistic future. And let me point out once again the talent of these young people: their performances are really exciting."
The jury, chaired by Maestro Fabio Luisi, was composed of seven members of international fame, chosen from representatives of music institutions, critics, musicians and experienced professionals of different nationalities, widely recognized for their experience, competence, integrity and impartiality. In addition to the conductor Fabio Luisi, the jury was composed by Heiner Madl (vice president) violinist and violist manager of the Philharmonic Orchestra Zurich; Enrico Girardi, editor and music critic of Corriere della Sera; Steve Roger, Artistic Director of the Agency "Caecilia" Geneva; Bartlomiej Niziol, violinist, the concertmaster of Orchestra Philharmonia Zürich; Pavel Berman, violinist and soloist; Giuseppe Acquaviva, artistic director of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.