6th edition, 2015

22-26 September 2015
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6th International Conducting Competition

Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest

STATUTE

This project represents the implementing in Romania, by ELITE ART Club UNESCO (in its capacity as sole Romanian representative of Jeunesses Musicales International http://jmi.net/), of the conducting competition initiated by Jeunesses Musicales International, one of the most renowned and appreciated classical music competitions for young people in the world, with a history of over 50 years.

The aim of the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest is to create opportunities for young musicians from all over the world in order to increase their participation in the European institutions of creation. As such, the performance opportunities offered by the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest will promote not only music and young talents but will naturally lead to a significant circulation of the artistic works and cultural products.

In addition to its main goal, the competition wishes to stimulate mutual interaction and create a real dialogue between the young musicians which will permit them to learn from one another, to discover not only their own abilities but also facts about their socio-cultural past thus promoting intercultural dialogue.

The general objective of the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest is to ensure transborder collaboration among young people: through the competition’s program and all the included events we wish to create a meeting and interpretation space with as many participants as possible, from different environments thus leading to awareness regarding cultural diversity and strengthening the intercultural dialogue.

No

Surname/Nume

Name/Prenume

Country/Tara

1

Park

June-Sung

South Koreea

Programme
Ora/Time
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4, op. 36 – 1st movement
S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, op.18 – 1st movement
10:00 – 10:45

2

Simakov

Sergey

Russia

Programme
Ora/Time
A. Dvorak: Symphony no. 7, op. 70 – 1st movement
R. Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 – 1st movement
10:45 – 11:30

Break / Pauza


3

Wada

Kazuki

Japan

Programme
Ora/Time
J. Brahms: Symphony no. 3, op. 90 – 1st movement
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 21 – 1st movement
12:00 – 12:45

Surname

Name

Age

Country

Result

Casleanu Christian

25

Germany

Not accepted

Gooran Arash

26

Iran

Not accepted

Kozakiewicz Krzysztof Jakub

27

Poland

Not accepted

Lavrik Vladislav

34

Russia

Accepted

Liao Yuan-Hung

23

Taiwan

Not accepted

Mann Jonathan William

30

United Kingdom

Accepted

Mildenberger Felix

25

Germany

Accepted

Ota Masane

30

Japan

Not accepted

Park June-Sung

33

South Korea

Accepted

Polz Erich

30

Austria

Accepted

Rakitina Anna

26

Russia

Accepted

Shimizu Yuta

33

Japan

Not accepted

Silkin Vsevolod

30

Russia

Accepted

Simakov Sergey

30

Russia

Accepted

Slusarczyk Joanna Natalia

30

Poland

Not accepted

Starybrat Klemens

25

Poland

Not accepted

Takai Yuki

30

Japan

Not accepted

Vizireanu Vlad

29

Romania

Accepted

Wada Kazuki

34

Japan

Accepted

Xie Jiang

29

China

Accepted

Yang Su-Han

26

Taiwan

Accepted

Surname

Name

Age

Country

Result

Akimov Sergey

26

Russia

Not accepted

Betyrkhanuly Berik

25

Kazakhstan

Not accepted

Beck Ingmar

28

Germany

Not accepted

Berney Guillaume Pascal

30

Switzerland

Not accepted

Brown Brandon Keith

34

USA

Not accepted

Casleanu Christian

25

Germany

Accepted

Cha Woong

31

South Koreea

Not accepted

Chiang Chen-Hao

25

Taiwan

Not accepted

Gooran Arash

26

Iran

Accepted

Holzinger David

31

Austria

Not accepted

Hong Joshua Ping

25

USA

Not accepted

Huang Szu-Wei

30

Taiwan

Not accepted

Ilie Alexandru – Mihai

27

Romania

Not accepted

Komanek Ales

32

Czech Republic

Not accepted

Korolev Grigory

24

Russia

Not accepted

Kozakiewicz Krzysztof Jakub

27

Poland

Accepted

Lavrik Vladislav

34

Russia

Accepted

Liao Yuan-Hung

23

Taiwan

Accepted

Lin Chih-Chiang

34

Taiwan

Not accepted

Mann Jonathan William

30

United Kingdom

Accepted

Mildenberger Felix

25

Germany

Accepted

Molard David

26

France

Not accepted

Monreal Alonso

29

Spain

Not accepted

Osorio Santiago

24

USA

Not accepted

Ostapovych Ivan

27

Ukraine

Not accepted

Ota Masane

30

Japan

Accepted

Park June-Sung

33

South Korea

Accepted

Peyregne Matthieu

33

France

Not accepted

Polz Erich

30

Austria

Accepted

Rakitina Anna

26

Russia

Accepted

Rompczyk Jakub

24

Poland

Not accepted

Ruffino Daniele

28

Italy

Not accepted

Shimizu Yuta

33

Japan

Accepted

Silkin Vsevolod

30

Russia

Accepted

Simakov Sergey

30

Russia

Accepted

Sit Ngai Cheung

26

Hong Kong

Not accepted

Slusarczyk Joanna Natalia

30

Poland

Accepted

Starybrat Klemens

25

Poland

Accepted

Sumila Ricardas

30

Lithuania

Not accepted

Sushchenko Elizaveta

29

Russia

Not accepted

Suzuki Hitoshi

27

Japan

Not accepted

Takai Yuki

30

Japan

Accepted

Tartanis Ektoras

28

Greece

Not accepted

Vazquez Jorge

26

Mexico

Not accepted

Vizireanu Vlad

29

Romania

Accepted

Wada Kazuki

34

Japan

Accepted

Wroniszewski Marek

33

Poland

Not accepted

Xie Jiang

29

China

Accepted

Yang Su-Han

26

Taiwan

Accepted

Yeh Cheng-Te

28

Taiwan

Not accepted

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Sergey Simakov, Russia

1st Prize

Sergey Simakov is one of the most distinguished Russian conductors of his generation. In 2015, he was awarded the 1st prize at the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. He also worked as Assistant Conductor for the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Daniel Raiskin and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (Season 2012-2013). In 2016, Sergey Simakov worked as Music Director and Conductor at the „Oper Oder-Spree“ festival in a production of Händel’s „Orlando“ and conducted concerts during the Bucharest Music Film Festival. Sergey Simakov is founder and Artistic Director of „Giraud Ensemble Zurich“.

He conducted concerts with the following orchestras and ensembles: Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Nord Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburgischen Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen, Musikalische Komödie Leipzig, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bukarest, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg and others. Since 2012 Sergey Simakov has been scholarship holder of the German „Dirigentenforum“.

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Yang Jiao, China

2nd Prize

Yang Jiao is a graduate of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied conducting with Professor Xin Xu and Maestro Yi Zhang and was assistant conductor to Maestro Yongyan Hu. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Yale School of Music, where he studies with Maestro Shinik Hahm.

In 2006, Mr. Jiao won Third Prize at the Shenzhen National Conducting Competition in China. Since that time, he has been invited to conduct at the Beijing Modern Music Festival annually. In 2007, Mr. Jiao took part in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Asia Tour, where he attended a master class with Maestro Daniel Harding and conducted the famous orchestra.

Since 2007, Mr. Jiao has been the resident guest conductor of the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra and the resident conductor of the Beijing Institute of Technology University Symphony Orchestra. He has also been the conductor of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra of Beijing No. 22 Middle School Symphony Orchestra and EOS Orchestra Academy; he led performances of both orchestras in 2009 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Mr. Jiao has also received warm praise by local audiences and critics for the performances of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra during their 2010 France Tour.

Additionally, Mr. Jiao has conducted many other ensembles in his home of China and abroad, including: China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, China Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra, China Central Opera Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Chinese Orchestra, China Central Chinese Orchestra, Chorus of Shanghai Opera, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra and most recently, The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.

Though studying and working as a conductor, Mr. Jiao has never abandoned playing piano to this day. In August 2004, he won Second Prize in the First National Piano Competition for the German Beethoven Festival. The piano trio, established for only one year at the time, recently produced its first recording. Mr. Jiao later performed Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon together with the Shanghai String Quintet and professor Michael Friedmann from Yale University.

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June-Sung Park, South Koreea

3rd prize

June-Sung Park was born in 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first prize winner of the Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. In this competition, June-Sung Park also won the three special prizes, “Orchestra Award” that went to who gained a majority of votes of musicians in the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, “The interpretation Prize”, “Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra Special Prize”.

In 2015, June-Sung Park won the third prize at the 6th International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. In 2015 he participated in Paavo Järvi’s Masterclass at the Pärnu Music Festival 2015 and his performance in the Masterclass’s Gala Concert was described as “outstanding” in the english arts journal “The Arts Desk”. In 2013 he was selected as one of 6 young conductors for Myung-Whun Chung’s Masterclass with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has taken part several times in South Korea’s Incheon Music Festival, continuing his studies there under Myung-Whun Chung.

In 2016 he assisted Julien Salemkour in a production of Ludwig van Beethoven “Fidelio” with Expat Philharmonic Orchestra and in recording R.Wagner Tristan & Isolde with R.Wagner Tristan & Isolde in Germany. He was also Assistant Conductor of Daegu International Opera Festival 2014 in South Korea. He assisted David Cowan and Klaus Sallmann on the projects of Georges Bizet “Les pêcheurs de perles” and Giacomo Puccini “Turandot”. Plans for 2016/17 seasons include engagements with Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra as guest conductor in October in Lithuania and with State Youth Orchestra of Armenia as guest conductor in Armenia. He will conduct Gwangju Symphony Orchestra in December in South Korea.

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Vlad Vizireanu, Romania

Best Ranked Romanian Participant

He was invited among 14 conductors (out of 400 applicants worldwide) to participate in the renowned Mahler Conducting Competition with the Bamberg Symphony. He won Second Prize in the 11th International Cadaqués Conducting Competition where he conducted the Cadaqués Symphony in an internationally televised concert in L’Auditori Hall, Barcelona.

He studied with David Zinman at the 2016 Tonhalle Orchestra Masterclass, with the late Kurt Masur at the 2015 Manhattan School of Music Conducting Seminar, and was selected for two consecutive years as one of seven conductors from around the world to study with Bernard Haitink at the 2013 and 2014 Lucerne Easter Festivals. Vizireanu was one of the last students of the late Lorin Maazel under full fellowship at the 2014 Castleton Festival. He also received the prestigious 2013 Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship in New York.

In Fall 2013 he was invited to debut at the renowned George Enescu Festival in Bucharest where he conducted a side-by-side concert with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Royal Camerata. He conducted the Royal Camerata again in the 2015 edition of the George Enescu Festival with sololist Rebekka Hartmann. He has since made his debuts with the Iasi Philharmonic, Sibiu Philharmonic, Constanta Symphony, Translyvania Philharmonic, and New Valley Symphony.

An ardent advocate of new music, Vizireanu has showcased new compositions with the Castleton Festival Orchestra, Cadaqués Symphony, and Hebrides New Music Ensemble. Some new works he has recently recorded include Light Show by Max Grafe, Scherzo for Orchestra by Joshua Groffman, and Evelyne Davis’ Concerto for Two Percussionists. He recently commissioned several new compositions by renowned Los Angeles composer Michael Glenn Williams and conducted the world premieres with the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble and Sibiu Philharmonic.

Vizireanu made his operatic debut in 2013 with Arizona State University Opera and Die Fledermaus. He served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel and Timothy Muffitt with productions of Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Madama Butterfly, and Don Giovanni.

Vizireanu currently serves as Music Director of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Long Island, NY and Assistant Conductor for the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic in Thousand Oaks, CA. He previously served as Conductor for New West Symphony’s Harmony Project, which is aimed at inspiring young children to develop a lifelong love of music through education and exciting musical experiences. He also serves as Artistic Director of Enescu & The Americas, an organization that fosters cultural exchange between Romania and the United States through the music of Romania’s greatest composer, George Enescu.

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Jonathan Mann, UK

PRIZE OF THE GEORGE ENESCU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Jonathan Mann is one of Wales’ most exciting musicians. He has conducted extensively internationally and has broadcast on television and radio. Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and an invitation to make his Polish conducting debut.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra’s expansion over a 11 year period. The orchestra has broadcast for the BBC and S4C and have collaborated with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Julia Lezhvena, Sunwook Kim and Dennis O’Neill.

A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan has conducted two BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ‘Composers of Wales’ concerts with his mentor Jac Van Steen, premiered five new operas with the Size Zero Opera Company in London and Singapore and collaborated closely with composers Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He also conducted the London Sinfonietta in masterclasses with Pierre Andre Valade.

Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and most recently throughout Asia at numerous youth orchestra festivals. He has a close association with AMIS Music Educators and has worked as clinician for music festivals including Hong Kong International School, Singapore American School and International School of Bangkok.

Since 2014 Jonathan has become increasingly involved in working with young orchestral musicians from the Bangkok, Thailand slums. The Music for Life Project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. Jonathan is honoured to be the Artistic Director of Music for Life. He visits the school several times a year to conduct concerts and mentor the students.

Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Easter Festival.

Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest, 2015

6th International Conducting Competition

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