Summer Festival Seoul 2013:

Summer Festival Seoul 2013:
4th International Solo Violin Competition

From July 29 through July 31, 2013


Korea National University of Arts
2374 Nambusunhwan-ro
Seoul 137-070 – Korea

Practical organization: Love²Arts

Prize winners

First prize: Hiriko Ninagawa, Japan
Second prize: Young-June Lee, Korea
Third prize: Yoon-Sung Yang, Korea

Jury members

Frederic Blockx secretary

Biography: Sung-Ju Lee

A violinist of dazzling technique and rare sensibility, Sung-Ju Lee has captivated audiences around the world with her "imaginative playing and luminous sound", her "impeccable technique", and her "taste for the dramatic and unflagging sense of authority".

This acclaimed violinist launched her career with a New York debut in 1977 as a winner of "Young Concerts Artists" and was immediately recognized as "a first-rate violinist" by the New York Times.

Designated by Musical America Magazine as one of the country's most outstanding young artists, she has a long list of prizes, starting as a top prize winner of Ewha Young People's Competition in Korea at age 11.  She has gone on to win 1st prize in the Wieniawski-Kosciuszko Violin Competition in New York, a top prize in the Sibelius competition in Finland, a special citation as a finalist in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a Laureate diploma from Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium.

"When Sung-Ju Lee plays, the impact is immediate", noted the Los Angeles Times.  "She is exciting and powerful."

"Miss Lee has a tone of pure gold", said the Oklahoma City Journal Record.

Upon graduation from the Julliard School (where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Margaret Pardee, and Dorothy Delay), she was awarded the First Kreisler Fellowship for graduate studies.  Her list of accomplishments is impressive, beginning with her appearance as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 9.

Read Sung-Ju Lee's complete biography on her profile page on the Love²Arts web site

Biography: Tatiana Samouil

Tatiana Samouil is a Russian violinist.  She entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Sergey Fatkulin and Maya Glezarova, receiving Special Mention with her diploma.  She continued to study for a master's degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Igor Oistrakh, and completed her studies with José Luis García at Madrid's Queen Sofía College of Music.

Tatiana won the 3rd Prize at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 1st Prize at the Prix Henry Vieuxtemps and Tenuto Competitions, as well as numerous prizes at the Michael Hill, Jean Sibelius and Queen Elizabeth competitions.

As a soloist, Tatiana has appeared with orchestras from all over the world.

As an active chamber musician, Tatiana regularly works with such artists as Caussé, Dumay, Helmerson, Labèque, and Wieder-Atherton, as well as the recently founded Malibran String Quartet.

Tatiana's 2006 debut album of the complete Prokofiev violin sonatas with pianist Plamena Mangova received excellent reviews.  In 2009, she recorded Luis Gianneo's Aymara violin concerto with conductor Luis Gorelik and the Salta Symphony Orchestra.

Tatiana plays a 1714 Stradivarius, once owned by Fritz Kreisler.  Since 2010, she is also playing on a violin built especially for her by Christian Bayon.

Read Tatiana Samouil's complete biography on her website

Biography: Michael Kugel

Michael Kugel studied at the Beethoven School of Music, at the Music College in Kharkov (Russia), where he was born, and at the Conservatory of Leningrad.

In 1975, he won the First Prize (joint with Zoltan Toth) at the International Viola Competition in Budapest.  Between 1975 and 1990, Kugel was the soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Organisation, violist of the Beethoven Quartet and professor at the Moscow Conservatory.  From 1990 till 1996, he was professor at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.  In 1996, he settled in Belgium and is now a professor at the Ghent Conservatory (Belgium) and at the Conservatorium Maastricht (the Netherlands).

Michael Kugel appeared as a soloist with many major symphony orchestras, frequently appeared as a conductor, and has given master classes all over the world.

Kugel has enriched the viola repertoire with many transcriptions and with his own compositions.  He has recorded about 20 discs and made numerous records as a viola d'amore player as well.  He is also the author of two books.

Michael Kugel is the founder and president of the Belgian Viola Society.

Biography: Takashi Shimizu

Takashi Shimizu was born in Yokosuka and started playing the violin at the age of six.  Three years later, he won the important "Japan Music Competition" and made his television debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

He first became the focus of public attention in his country at the age of 17 when, after winning three more prizes in national competitions, he won a scholarship to study under Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California.  He also studied with Michèle Auclair and Yfrah Neaman.

Takashi Shimizu has been awarded many prizes at international violin competitions.  His chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Yehudi Menuhin, Ivri Gitlis, Fou Ts'ong, Alexander Rudin, Mischa Maisky and Pavel Gililov.

He has made a number of recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, next to Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas, Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonatas.

Takashi Shimizu is currently professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Biography: Dirk Verelst

Dirk Verelst, violinist and conductor, studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp with Franz Wigy and in Geneva with Henryk Szeryng.  Afterwards he specialized in the performance of 18th century music with Sigiswald Kuijken and became a member of the Baroque Ensemble "La Petite Bande", with whom he played concerts all over the world and was able to perform on radio and television and to record for well-known record labels.

Dirk Verelst was a violin and chamber music professor at the Conservatories of Antwerp and Maastricht.  Since 1991, he is the president of the International Academy of Arts, and, since 2003, the artistic director and president of Love²Arts.  In collaboration with the Lakatos Ensemble, he has conducted concerts, live television performances and DVD recordings.

Dirk Verelst was guest professor and conductor at the Xing-Hai Conservatory of Guangzhou (China), guest professor at The Korean International University of Arts in Seoul, guest conductor of the Collegium Musicum of Kyiv, a jury member at different competitions such as the International Shabyt Violin competition in Astana (Kazakhstan), and guest professor and conductor at different master classes with his friends and colleagues, such as Mikhaïl Bezverkhny, Herman Krebbers, Philippe Hirschhorn, Roby Lakatos, Igor Frolov, Igor Oistrakh and Sung-Ju Lee.


1st round (Monday, July 29):

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach — Adagio and Fuge from 1 of the 3 sonatas for solo violin (free choice)
  2. Niccolò Paganini — 2 caprices (free choice)
  3. Eugène Ysaÿe — 1 solo violin sonata (free choice)

2nd round (Tuesday, July 30):

  1. Paul Hindemith — sonata for solo violin opus 31 #2 (1924)
    1. Leicht bewegte Viertel
    2. Ruhig bewegte Achtel
    3. Gemächliche Viertel
    4. Fünf Variationen über das Lied "Komm, lieber Mai" v. Mozart
  2. Choice piece:
    Felix Ceunen — Cadenza e Vivace (score | video)
    Takahiro Sakuma — Chain Reaction (score | video)
    Jeajoon Ryu — Capriccio per violino
  3. Choice piece:
    Isang Yun — Kontraste (2nd movement)
    Luciano Berio — Sequenza #8

Final round (Wednesday, July 31):

  1. Béla BartÓk — solo sonata (Chaconne)
    Sergei Prokofiev — solo sonata opus 115 (complete)
  2. One solo piece of a maximum duration of 10 minutes (free choice)
    It is not allowed to repeat one of the pieces played in the 1st or 2nd round.