On the eve of the first round of the III International Violin Competition, the People's Artist of the USSR, UNESCO World Artist Vladimir Spivakov, arrived in his native Ufa. The maestro talked to journalists, and the winners of the past year's Daniel Lozakovich (2016) and Maria Duenas (2018) greeted them from the screen.
One of the unique traditions of the Ufa competition is that three winners receive excellent master instruments as gifts. Violins are already awaiting their new owners. Violinist Julie Reed-Yeboah said that a violin by master Giuseppe Pedrazzini (Milan, 1918) would be given as the 1st prize, violins by Nicolas Cossen (Nyoshato, 1860-1870) and Igor Ulitsky ( Moscow, 2019) as 2nd and 3rd prizes. The Mustai Karim Foundation is also planning to present two awards, the maestro said.
The Vladimir Spivakov Violin Competition is held with the support of the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Minister of Culture of the Republic Amina Shafikova said. She stressed that this musical event had a tremendous positive impact on musicians and the younger generation of Bashkortostan.
The pandemic has made adjustments to the competition process - one of the jury members, Boris Kushnir, will have to work online at the competition. The rest of the jury came to Ufa, but, according to the maestro, it turned out to be difficult to obtain visas in the current conditions.
Competitive auditions will start tomorrow, and the exciting struggle of the musicians can be watched online. The draw for the participants took place today. As part of the competition, musicians of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra will hold master classes for young Ufa musicians.