Maya Bogdanovic Wins First Parisot Cello Competition

Classic Arts News   Maya Bogdanovic Wins First Parisot Cello Competition
Serbian cellist Maya Bogdanovic, 25, has won the first annual Aldo Parisot International Cello Competition, held at the Great Mountains International Music Festival and School in South Korea.

Bogdanovic receives $30,000, a recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, an appearance with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, a full scholarship to the Great Mountains Festival and School for two years, and career consultation, among other prizes; since winning on August 6, she has already performed with the Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra and Sejong Soloists, and has given a recital in the festival's Rising Star Series.

The competition's jury, headed by Aldo Parisot, included Myung-Wha Chung, Jian Wang and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

Born in Belgrade, Bogdanovic moved to France at 16 to study with Michel Strauss at the Conservatoire National Sup_rieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and is now a student at the Universit‹t der K‹nste in Berlin. She received the Special Prize at the 2005 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris.

The Great Mountains festival is held in YongPyong, a resort in PyeongChang County of the Gangwong province, near the North Korean border. Now in its third year, the two-week festival hosts young string players, composers and pianists in classes, lessons, competitions and concerts, and has engaged in humanitarian efforts for victims of the 2006 South Korean flood. The festival's faculty includes Andr_s D‹az, Aldo Parisot, Elizabeth Parisot, Joel Smirnoff, Vladimir Feltsman, Chee-Yun, Myung-wha Chung, Jian Wang, Kyoko Takezawa, Toby Appel and Won-bin Yim. This summer saw the world premieres of Korean composer Suk Hi Kang' s Four Seasons of PyeongChang and Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin's Summer Grasses.

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