Winners Named in the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition

April 13, 2022, 6:27 PM · Winners have been named in the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition, which concluded Sunday in in Odense, Denmark, birthplace of composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). The competition included three divisions: violin, clarinet and flute.

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2022 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition Joint 1st Prize Winners Hans Christian Aavik and Bohdan Luts with 3rd prize winner Eun Che Kim. Photo by Morten Kjærgaard FOTOgrafik.

Here are the winners in the violin division:

For the finals, violinists each gave a performance of the Nielsen Violin Concerto (written in 1911) with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Daniela Musca conducting. Below are their performances: (Hans Christian Aavik - 10:19; Eun Che Kim - 51:35; Bohdan Luts - 155:00)

The jury for the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition's violin division included Noah Bendix-Balgley, Eugen Tichindeleanu, Albena Danailova, Tasmin Little, Judith Van Eeckhout, Mark Williams and Baiba Skride.

First prize in the clarinet division went to Oleg Shebeta-Dragan, 27, who also won the Odense Symphony Orchestra prize and young jury prize. Second prize went to Anne Lepage and third prize to Panagiotis Giannakas.

In the flute division, first prize was awarded to Alberto Navarra, 24; and second prize to Seoyeon Kim, 20, who also won the Odense Symphony Orchestra and young jury prizes. Third prize went to Alberto Acuna Almela.

The Carl Nielsen International Competition was founded in the late 1970’s by the Odense Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Karol Stryja and concertmaster Peder Elbæk, as well as the city's mayor, Verner Dalskov. In 1980, the first violin competition took place.

Violinist John Dalene won first prize the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Competition's violin division.


April 14, 2022 at 08:05 AM · It's very interesting. First listen to the exposition by Eun Che Kim (minute 51:35). Of course she is a super violinist. Then listen to the exposition by Hans Christian Aavik (minute 10:19). It's still an entire level up (in my opinion). Fantastic the artistic levels we humans can reach (and I am including of course Nielsen himself as the composer of the concerto in the first place).

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