The Grand Final of the 2012 Young Performers Awards was held on Thursday 4 October in the Perth Concert Hall. Three finalists performed their concertos with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky.
After each winning their respective Stage 3 finals Grand Finalists were Young Kwon Choi (NSW), 26, who performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Som Howie (NSW), 22, who performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto and Katerina Nazarova (TAS), 27, who performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor.
With a brilliant performance of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Katerina was announced the winner securing a cash prize of $20,000, multiple CD recordings of their winning performance and opportunities for future concert engagements with major Australian symphony orchestras, as well as a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine’s ‘Please Welcome’ section.
Born in Tasmania, Katerina Nazarova began playing the violin and piano at a very early age, first learning from her mother and then from Barbara Jane Gilby. Her solo debut at age 11 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was broadcast nationally on ABC Television. She has attended chamber music courses at the Australian National Academy of Music and has also participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program. She studied with Berent Korfker at the Royal College of Music in London, where she won the RCM Concerto Competition and participated in the Rising Stars series, and has taken master classes and lessons with Glenn Dicterow, Pierre Amoyal, Victor Danchenko, György Pauk and Tibor Varga, among others.
Katerina performs regularly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and leads various other orchestras and ensembles including the Cosima Piano Quintet. She has given recitals at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke’s, and in Italy, Germany and the US, where she has appeared at the Kennedy Center and worked with Lorin Maazel on Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw. Forthcoming projects include recitals in Portugal as violinist and pianist with cellist Tim Hugh.
She performs on a violin on loan from Florian Leonhard.
We now look to the future and invite applications for the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.
For all the details on the new look competition, please download the 2013 brochure.
Applications can be submitted here