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YPA Stage 3 Strings Final Winner

Katerina Nazarova won the Stage 3 Strings Final in the prestigious 2012 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

The Strings Final of the 2012 Young Performers Awards was held on Saturday 2 June at Elder Hall in Adelaide. Three finalists performed their concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Marc Taddei.

With a brilliant performance of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Katerina was announced the winner of the Strings Category securing a cash prize of $5,000 and a place in the Grand Final as well as the Nelly Apt Scholarship of up to $15,000 for a violinist to undertake further study in Israel presented in partnership with Symphony Australia by the Music and Opera Singers Trust.

The other contestants were Shane Chen (VIC), 26 performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, and Anna Da Silva Chen (NSW), 15 performing the Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor.

Katerina Nazarova,  TASMANIA, Violin

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

Katerina will next compete against the winners of the Other Instruments and Keyboards Finals in the Grand Final on Thursday 4 October at the Perth Concert Hall, for the highly coveted title of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year. The Young Performer of the Year receives a further $20,000 cash prize, multiple CD recordings of their winning performance and opportunities for future concert performances with major Australian symphony orchestras as well as a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine’s ‘Please Welcome’ section.

Details of the next two Stage 3 Finals are as follows;

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey will host the Other Instruments category at 7:00pm on Saturday 23 June in the Adelaide ABC Studio 520.

Jessica Foot (VIC) will perform the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
Jonathan Ramsay (NSW) will perform the Linkola Euphonium Concerto
Shanie Klas (VIC) will perform the Rosauro Marimba Concerto
Som Howie (NSW) will perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto

This concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM (at 7:30pm on Saturday 23 June).
Tickets $10 each, from ASO reception, 91 Hindley St, Adelaide.  No phone bookings taken.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei will host the Keyboards category at 7:30pm on Thursday July 5  in the Federation  Concert Hall in Hobart.

Tony Lee (NSW) will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor
Jeremy So (NSW) will perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C
John Fisher (QLD) will perform the Liszt Totentanz
Young Kwon Choi (NSW) will perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

This concert will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM at 7:30pm on Friday 6 July.
Tickets $22 each, from www.tso.com.au