1/28/2005 [Strings]Mikhail Nodelman won first prize in the Eurasia 2004 violin competition with a violin handcrafted by Yamaha luthiers.
Mikhail Nodelman at the “Eurasia 2004” Competition.
“I am so pleased with the prize,” Nodelman says. “This Yamaha instrument is well balanced and very easy to play. I felt that I could express my full musicality.”
“Eurasia 2004” represented the second occurrence of a comparatively new competition organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the largest of the former Soviet republics. It attracted 12 final participants from Germany, Russia, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Korea, and China. The jury consisted of acclaimed violinists and educators from around Europe and Asia, including Gaukhar Murzabekova (Kazakhstan), Zakhar Bron (Germany), Sung-Ju Lee (Korea), Takashi Shimizu (Japan), Ding Zhi Nuo (China), Marcello Abbado (Italy), Elvira Nakipbekova (UK), Alexander Vinnitsky (Russia), Michael Strikharj (Germany), Gian Carlo Carena (Italy) and Jeon Dong-Su (Korea). The second-place artist was Artur Chermonov of Kyrgyzstan, and third place was taken by Nie Fei Ni of China.
Yamaha entered the bowed stringed instruments industry with the Silent Violin in 1997, produced its first acoustic violin in 2000, and introduced carbon fiber bows in 2002. In keeping with the company's established practice of bringing time-tested methods together with innovative technologies, the new Yamaha violins blend traditional craftwork from Italian artisans with modern manufacturing processes.
Mikhail Nodelman was born in Ivangorod, Russia in 1977. He studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory before moving to the Music and Theater School in Cologne, Germany. He is currently studying under Zakhar Bron. During the competition, he played a selection that included Allemanda-Double-Corrente-Double from Partita No.1 by J. S. Bach, Caprice No. 24 by N. Paganini, Caprice No. 7, op.10 and Fantasy on Gounod's “Faust” by H. Wieniawski, Sonata B-flat Major, K. 454 by W. Mozart, 10 preludes, op. 34 by D. Shostakovich, Partita by V. Barkausukas and Concerto No. 2, op. 63 by S. Prokofiev.
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