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Results of the Jurmala Competition

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Results of Jurmala 2011 CHAMBER MUSIC, the 12th Competition in Academic Music

The event was a complete success. The 12th Competition in Academic Music Jurmala 2011 CHAMBER MUSIC was held in Jurmala Music Secondary School, with the support of Jurmala Municipality, the State Fund for Culture Capital, SEB Bank, Jurmala Music Secondary School and the Concert Agency „Mūza”. The international jury was presided by Prof. Alexander Bonduryansky (Russia). Other members of the jury were: violinist Anna Vayman (USA), viola player Tim Frederiksen (Denmark) and pianists Natalia Sakkos (Estonia), Normunds Viksne, Janis Maleckis and Gunta Sproge (Latvia).

The performance of the B group participants in chamber music category was of a highly professional and artistic level – the Grand Prix was awarded to the duo Marjana Osipova (violin) and Varvara Tarasova (piano), from Prof. Alexander Bonduryansky’s class at the Moscow State Conservatory. The winner of the 1st prize was the trio Claviola of the Lithuania Academy of Music and Theatre, Prof. Julus Andrejev’s class – Vitautas Giedraitis (clarinet), Jurgis Juzopaitis (viola), Ugne Antanavichute (piano). The second prize was shared by the duo of Olesya Babenkova (cello) and Natalia Vokina (piano), Prof. Alla Zhohova’s class, St.Petersburg State Conservatory, and the duo from our Academy: Karina Suhorukova (cello) and Veronika Zubairova (piano), Prof. Gunta Sproge’s class. The third prize was also awarded to the duet of Jazeps Vitols Latvia Academy of Music (JVLAM): Jana Klevicka (oboe) and Roksana Kenzheyeva (piano), Janis Maleckis’ class. The Diploma of the competition went to the duo from Prof. Aldis Liepins’ class: Gerda Dazarte (violin) and Kristine Shmite (piano).

In group A, a Diploma and a special prize Cerība (A Hope) were awarded to the chamber music duo of Madara Liepina (violin) and Daumants Liepins (piano), Andris Pauls’ class, Emils Darzins Music Secondary School. In the category of mixed chamber ensembles, group A, the third prize and the winner’s title were awarded to the chamber ensemble of kokles (national string instruments) and percussion instruments, Kristine Ojala’s class, Jurmala Music Secondary School.

According to the jury’s decision the first prize was not awarded in the category of piano duets. The second prize was won by Prof. Normunds Viksne’s chamber duo Jekaterina Pavlova and Svetlana Gridjushko. The second prize in group A was won by the piano duo of Alyona Brovkova and Natalia Voita, Prof. Natalia Melnikova’s class, Dnepropetrovsk Conservatoire, the third prize – by the piano duet of Lilita Dunska and Laila Plakane, Maris Shvinka’s class, Pardaugava Music and Art School. A Diploma was awarded to the piano duet of Zanda Loceniece and Elina Erntsone, teacher Daiga Hirshsone’s class, Emils Melngailis Liepaja Music Secondary School.

The final concert and awarding ceremony of the winners took place in the Small Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall. The selected chamber ensembles performed with energy and enthusiasm, encouraged by the audience’s attention and applause. The winners of the Grand Prix were called back to the stage again and again.

The chamber ensemble masterclasses took place on Friday morning, May 27, in four rooms of JVLAM, conducted by four professors, members of the jury: violinist Anna Vayman (USA), violist Tim Frederiksen (Denmark) and pianists Natalia Sakkos (Estonia) and Alexander Bonduryansky (Russia). Seven chamber ensembles consisting of masters and students had the possibility to perfect their skills under the guidance of outstanding professors. The rapport of both parties was excellent.


Prof. Gunta Sproge,

Head of Chamber Ensemble and Piano Accompaniment Chair,
Jazeps Vitols Latvia Academy of Music