Russian Violinist Mikhail Nodelman Plays Yamaha to Victory in Kazakhstan

1/28/2005 [Strings]

Mikhail Nodelman won first prize in the Eurasia 2004 violin competition with a violin handcrafted by Yamaha luthiers.

BUENA PARK, CA (January 28, 2005) — Mikhail Nodelman, a German resident born in Russia, won first prize in the “Eurasia 2004” international violin competition held in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan in central Asia, October 2 through 8, 2004, playing a prototype professional-quality violin handcrafted by luthiers at Yamaha Corporation of Japan in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Mikhail Nodelman
Mikhail Nodelman at the “Eurasia 2004” Competition.
The instrument, based on the Yamaha Artida YVN200S (Stradivarius pattern) violin, was paired with a Yamaha CBB107ZB Carbon Bow designed under the direction and approval of Nodelman's master teacher, Zakhar Bron. Introduced in August 2004, the Yamaha YVN Series of acoustic violins builds upon the standard of quality with which the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer pioneered the Silent Violin™ in 1997 and entered the acoustic violin market in 2000.

“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.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622, telephone (714) 522-9011, e-mail or visit

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