Friday, October 11th, 2013
The entry deadline for the Animato International Violin Competition has been extended to 31st October 2013.
The International Violin Contest is open to all violinists under the age of 18 (born after 1st January 1995) and will be held from 22 to 24 November 2013 in Brisbane at the Old Museum Building. On Friday morning (22nd November) contestants will perform a Bach Solo Sonata or Partita together with the first movement of a Mozart Concerto before the judges Spiros Rantos, Igor Orlovskiy and Shaun Lancaster.

Spiros Rantos is a violinist and conductor, who was born in Corfu, Greece, grew up in Athens and pursued his musical studies in Vienna, Austria. Spiros came to Australia in 1976 as a member of the Vienna based group Ensemble 1. He is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Southern Queensland & University of Melbourne.
Igor Orlovskiy studied in Moscow for his Masters degree in violin performance. He toured Russia and Western Europe as a soloist for several years, frequently performing the Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. Ten years ago he and his family decided to immigrate to New Zealand where he performed regularly as a soloist, before settling in Australia.
Shaun Lancaster completed his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Honors (1987) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a soloist and professional teacher in Johannesburg, Cape town, Durban and Adelaide. He now lives at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

After the first round six contestants will be chosen to go into the second round.  On Saturday three winners will be announced.

Dietrich Lasa, Director of Animato Strings and founder of the Animato International Violin Competition is delighted to offer the winner of this contest a German hand crafted Guarneri Replica violin worth $20 000, by violin master craftsman Konrad Kohlert. Second and Third place getters shall receive $3000 and $1000 vouchers to use in store at Animato Strings.

The public live concert is on Sunday, 24 November 2013 from 2pm at the Old Museum. The second and third winners will play in the first half of the program accompanied by Brachi Tilles (piano). The first winner will play the complete Mozart Violin Concerto accompanied by those who didn't win this time and other local musicians under the baton of John Curro.

The concert will be recorded for broadcasting.

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The photo below shows (from left to right) Shaun Lancaster (judge, violinist), Irina Olovskaya (cellist), Spiros Rantos (judge, violinist), Dietrich Lasa (Animato Strings, violist), John Curro (conductor, violist), Igor Orlovskiy (judge, violinist), Carmel Curro, Brachi Tilles (piano accompaniments).


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Animato International Violin Competition

The Animato International Violin Competition's main sponsor is Animato Strings Since 1993 Animato has been supplying string players who desired to acquire a violin, viola, cello or double bass. Dietrich Lasa, director of Animato Strings was a string player himself in the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, performing concerts all over Europe, North America and Asia. He immigrated to Australia in 1985 to join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He also taught at the Conservatorium of Music, in 1993 he started the violin shop. It soon became one of Australia's most popular stringed instrument specialist stores with customers from all states as well as from overseas.

John Curro agreed to be available to conduct the public concert on 24th November 2013. Spiros Rantos also contributed with his creative ideas to the emergence of the Animato International Violin Competition, Brisbane.

Dietrich Lasa
P: 07 3876 3877
M: 0449 727570


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