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"Mozart of the III millennium" competition for young musicians in Petrozavodsk

The contest of young performers "Mozart of the third millennium" was held in Petrozavodsk (Russia) within the framework of the festival movement "Vmeste - Together!" 2013. The holders of the competition were the Department of Culture of the Administration of Petrozavodsk, Mily Balakirev Children's School of the Arts, Petrozavodsk. The competition of young performers was supported by the European Chamber Music Teacher Association.

More than 150 young musicians from schools of the arts from Karelia and Russia took part in this competition. Young performers competed in nominations "Traditional performing", "Synthesis of arts", "Modern interpretation" and "Family music – making". First stage of the contest by distance started 1 March 2013. Those participants who received the required quantity of points were invited to the second stage of the contest. Final listening was held on different stages of Petrozavodsk. Results were summarized 28 March 2013 in the Big Hall of the Karelian State Philharmonic. There were master classes held for participants by jury members. The members of the Jury were Mr Keijo Aho (ECMTA), I. A. Kokina, teacher of Music & Pedagogy Faculty, professor of Vologda State Pedagogical University, member of the International Piano Duets Association, (Tokyo, Japan), teachers from A. Glazunov Petrozavodsk State Conservatory and K. Rautio Petrozavodsk Music College. Many young talented performers have been discovered at the contest. The Grand prix of the competition was shared by sisters Anastasia and Elizaveta Postnikova in the category of Family music – making, and Galina Ivanova (solo, piano) from Petrozavodsk.

Youth Festival Movement «Vmeste-Together!», as a cultural project, was initiated four years ago. This idea was discussed by specialists – teachers of Mily Balakirev Children's School of the Arts, Glazunov Petrozavodsk State Conservatory and experts in arts from Helsinki (Finland). Holders of the project were inspired by the following facts cross border territory, opportunity to unite professionals and amateurs, children and adults, modernity and traditions, various educational programs. The first festival was devoted to composers', choreographic and folklore arts, the second festival was devoted to chamber music and pedagogical mastership – teachers from the schools of the music and arts of Russia competed in performing. The topic of the festival was the creation of the great Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mily Balakirev Children's School of the Arts would like to express its gratitude to the European Chamber Music Teacher Association for support as well to Mr Keijo Aho (Finland) and Ms Francesca Durante (Italy) for participation in the Jury of the contest.