Adam International Cello Festival and Competition

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The Adam International Cello Festival and Competition logo. Based on the famous painting by Paul Gauguin Le violoncelliste 1894

The Adam International Cello Festival and Competition took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1995–2009, on the initiative of Professor Alexander Ivashkin and Professor Natalia Pavlutskaya while on the staff at the School of Music, University of Canterbury. The mission of the competition was to provide an opportunity for gifted young musicians in New Zealand to meet and compete with their international peers. Professor Ivashkin subsequently became the Artistic director of the Festival.:.[1] The acclaimed Russian cellist, pianist, and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich accepted the position of patron. The Festival and Competition were supported by Denis and Verna Adam of the Adam Foundation, as well as charitable trusts, business and private sponsors.[2]

The festival was based at the Great Hall, located in the Christchurch Arts Centre and took the form of a week long programme of competition rounds, guest recitals, masterclasses, workshops, conversations, and social events.

Applications were accepted from young cellist between the ages of 14 and 30 years old from around the world. Between 20–25 young musicians were invited to compete in three rounds in Christchurch.

The event culminated in a final gala, in which the finalists performed a concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in the Christchurch Town Hall. The winner received a cash prize, a recording contract with Naxos Records,[3] and a performance contract with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. A number of other prizes were awarded.

The festival's importance was demonstrated by the consistently high calibre of the competitors it attracted and the prizewinners' subsequent international success. It was also reflected in the quality of the international jury panels which included world-renowned cellists.[4]

Funds were raised by the Board of Trustees to produce each festival.[5] Applications were made to a variety of prospective donors, including charity trusts, business sponsors, and private sponsors either for general funding or support.

All competitors were billeted by local families.

The 7th Adams Festival and Competition was held in March and April 2009, this was the last to date. Two consecutive earthquakes in Christchurch, Canterbury, in September 2010 and February 2011, led to massive destruction in Christchurch. Both the Great Hall at the Art Center and the Christchurch Town Hall were damaged. Due to these circumstances the Board of Trustees decided to cancel future competitions.[6]

The 1st Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 1995[7][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: David Geringas (Lithuania/Germany), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/NZ), Markus Stocker (Switzerland/Australia), Young-Chang Cho (Korea/Germany), Alexander Ivashkin (Russia/NZ)

Finals Gala Conductor: Theodore Kuchar (United States)

The 2nd Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – June 1997[9][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: Siegfried Palm (Germany), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/NZ), David Pereira (Australia), Markus Stocker (Switzerland/Australia), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (Japan)

Finals Gala Conductor: Brian Law (NZ)

The 3rd Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 1999[10][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: Mstislav Rostropovich (didn’t come because of the illness), Karine Georgian (Armenia/UK), Alexander Ivashkin (Russia/NZ), Philippe Müller (France), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/NZ), Nathan Waks (Australia)

Finals Gala Conductor: Sir William Southgate

The 4th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2001[11][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: Alexander Ivashkin (Russia/NZ), Torleif Thedéen (Sweden), Georg Pedersen (Denmark/Australia), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/NZ), Lev Markiz (The Netherlands).

Finals Gala Conductor: Brian Law (NZ)

The 5th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2003[12][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: Lluís Claret (Spain), Alexander Ivashkin (UK/Russia), Laurence Lesser (USA), Natalia Pavlutskaya (UK/Russia), Eleonore Schoenfeld (USA).

Finals Gala Guest Conductor: Brian Law (NZ)

The 6th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2006[14][edit]

[15] Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel[17] Alexander Ivashkin (Russia/UK), Simon Morris (UK), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/UK), Leslie Parnas (USA) and Arvo Volmer (Estonia)

Finals Gala Concert Conductor: Arvo Volmer (Estonia)

The 7th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – April 2009[18][edit]

Prize Winners:

International Jury Panel: Frans Helmerson (Sweden), Alexander Ivashkin (Russia/UK), Natalia Pavlutskaya (Russia/UK), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Germany), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (Japan)

Finals Gala Conductor: Werner Andreas Albert (Germany)

Young Composers' Competition[edit]

Initiated in 2006,[20] The Young Composers’ Competition ran alongside the festival and competition and was open to composers under the age of 30 enrolled in or graduates from a New Zealand secondary or tertiary level School of Music. Applicants were required to compose a solo piece for cello. The winning composition was a mandatory piece in the second round repertoire of the Festival and was also performed in the final Gala[21]

  • 2009 Winner — Jonathan Crehan (NZ) – Fantasia Festa
  • 2006 Winner — Robin Toan (NZ) – Games[22]

The 10th Anniversary Gala Prizewinners’ Concert, Wigmore Hall – November 2005[edit]

A uccessful northern hemisphere Gala Prize-winners’ Concert was held in November 2005 in London's Wigmore Hall.[23]

The concert, supported by the Denis and Verna Adam of the Adam Foundation, and Christopher Marshall, showcased six cellists, all prize-winners from previous festivals, who came together to celebrate the festivals and their own achievements.

Featured cellists were Yoosha (Yoon-Jung) Kim (NZ/UK), Alice Neary (UK), László Fenyö (Hungary/Germany), Wolfgang Schmidt (Germany), Li-Wei Qin (Australia/UK), and Monika Leskovar (Croatia/Germany).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gavin Dixon. "Alexander Ivashkin obituary | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Brief Festival History | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 5 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Laureate Series in Series and Sets. Enjoy Laureate Series Music in classical cds". Naxos.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Festival Board & Trust | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Connecting People Through News". PressReader.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  7. ^ "The 1st Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 1995. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt". Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  9. ^ "The 2nd Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – June 1997. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "The 3rd Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 1999. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "The 4th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2001. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  12. ^ "The 5th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2003. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Jason Switzer: Munich Philharmonics". Mphil.de. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  14. ^ "The 6th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – July 2006. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  15. ^ "2006 Festival | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 5 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Soo Bae To Perform On Her Precious Cello". Newtownbee.com. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  17. ^ "2006 Cello Festival Judges | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 5 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  18. ^ "The 7th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition – April 2009. Official booklet" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Sebastien Hurtaud". Sebastienhurtaudcello.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  20. ^ "Young Composers Competition | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  21. ^ "Award - Adam International Cello Competition Young Composers' Competition". SOUNZ. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  22. ^ "6th ADAM International Cello Festival and Competition | Composer". Robin Toan. 2006-07-23. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  23. ^ "2006 Wigmore Hall Concert | 2006 Adam International Cello Festival & Competition | Christchurch, New Zealand". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2017-04-25. 

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