Summer Festival Cremona 2015:

Summer Festival Cremona 2015:
2nd EuroAsia Italy Competition for violin, viola, cello, flute and piano

On July 28, 2015

Hosted by the Camera di Commercio in Cremona, Italy


Auditorium "Giovanni Arvedi"
Museo del Violino
Piazza Marconi 5
26100 Cremona – Italy

Practical organization: Love²Arts

Prize winners

First prize: Francesco Stefanelli, Italy
Second prize: Hahyun Kang, Korea
Third prize: Xiwen Li, China
Young talent prize: Dohyun Kim, Korea

Jury members

Frederic Blockx secretary

Biography: Anna Kandinskaya

Anna Kandinskaya studied at the Moscow and Bern Conservatories, completing her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London.  She has been awarded the First Prize in the International Violin Competition of the Munich Konzertgesellschaft and was the winner of the International Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris.  Anna Kandinskaya had the privilege of working regularly with Lord Menuhin and touring all over Europe under his conduct.

Anna Kandinskaya performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, among others the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  She is also a regularly invited artist at Yuri Bashmet's Music Festival in Elba, Italy.  Recently, she appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Anna Kandinskaya performed chamber music with partners such as András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Mikhail Rudy, Miklos Perenji, Nabuko Imai and the Viennese Altenberg Trio.

Since many years, Anna Kandinskaya is holding a teaching position for violin at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna having already trained various finalists of major international competitions and players on prominent positions in some of Europe's leading orchestras.  Anna Kandinskaya is a tutor for violin on masterclasses all over the world and is primaria of the Vienna-based Razumovsky Stringquartet.

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: Marianne Chen

Marianne Chen, born in Chicago, studied cello at the Juilliard Pre-College, and then at the Juilliard School under Lorne Munroe where she obtained her bachelor's degree.  She continued her studies under Antonio Janigro at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  For several years, she studied Chamber music with Robert Mann (Juilliard Quartet), with Alexander and Mischa Schneider (Budapest Quartet), and Felix Galimir.  She also studied at the Chigiana Academy of Siena, where she obtained the Diploma of Merit.

Marianne Chen was guest professor of cello at Garden State Music Festival (New Jersey), the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano, the School of Music in Fiesole, the Juilliard School and in Greece.  She has also been invited to assist Natalia Gutman.

Marianne Chen has performed in major concert halls and has recorded for Dynamic, Tactus and the New Age, and various television networks.

Marianne regularly holds master classes in Europe and the United States.  Many of her students have won prizes in national and international competitions.

Biography: Máté Szücs

Máté Szücs was born into a musical family in Debrecen in Hungary in 1978, where he started his violin studies with Zs. Szesztay.  He was eleven when he won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists and shortly after he won the First Prize of the Violin Competition of Szeged (with Prof. F. Szecsodi) and the First Prize for the Best Sonata Duo of the Hungarian Chamber Music Competition.

Máté was seventeen when he changed from the violin to the viola.  He graduated from the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels (with Prof. Ervin Schiffer) and in Antwerp (with Prof. Leo de Neve) with the highest distinction, and undertook a period of further study at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Waterloo (with Prof. Ervin Schiffer) where he obtained his diploma with the highest distinction.

Máté won the First Prize for Viola at the International Violin and Viola Competition in Liège in Belgium, and was also a finalist at the International Viola Competition "Jean Françaix" in Paris and is a Laureate of the International Music Competition "Tenuto" in Brussels.  Máté was and is a member of various chamber ensembles such as the Con Spirito Piano Quartett, the Mendelssohn Ensemble, the Trio Dor and the Enigma Ensemble.  Formerly holding the position of solo viola player in various prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Dresden, he is currently solo viola player of both the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Between 2007 and 2009, he was a teacher at the Conservatory in Saarbrücken, and since the summer of 2006 he is professor at the "Thy Masterclass" chamber music summer course in Denmark.  Máté regularly plays as a soloist in Europe.  Since February 2010, he is appointed 1st solo viola of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Biography: Berten D'Hollander

At the age of 19, Berten D'Hollander made his orchestral debut in the orchestra of the "Flemish Opera", and subsequently played in the "Flemish Ballet Orchestra", "The National Symphony Orchestra" and the Royal Opera House "La Monnaie".

Several years later, he was appointed professor of flute at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven.  He then resigned from the orchestra to pursue a career as an international soloist.  In 2007, he performed the concert for Flute and Orchestra by Tchaikovsky, played for the first time in Europe.

Berten D'Hollander was equally a guest at international festivals, such as "Warsaw Autumn" (Warsaw), "Clef de soleil" (Lille), "Acanthes" (Metz) and "Ars Musica" (Brussels).

Currently, Berten is also a professor at the Musikhochschulen of Cologne and Aachen (Germany).

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.

Program for violin

  1. Niccolò Paganini — 1 Caprice (free choice)
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach — 1 movement from Solo Sonatas & Partitas (free choice)

Program for viola

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach — 1 movement from Solo Sonatas & Partitas (free choice)
  2. 1 Caprice by Hoffmeister, Campagnoli or Paganini, or the same level of difficulty

Program for cello

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach — 1 movement from the Suites for solo cello (free choice)
  2. Carlo Alfredo Piatti — 1 of the 12 Caprices for solo cello, op. 25 (free choice)

Program for flute

  1. Georg Philipp Telemann — 1 of the Fantasias for solo flute (free choice)
  2. Niccolò Paganini — 1 of the 24 Caprices for solo flute (free choice)

Program for piano

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach — 1 Prelude and Fugue (free choice)
  2. Frédéric Chopin — 1 etude (free choice)