We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of the GIANNI BERGAMO CLASSIC MUSIC AWARD – Competition for chamber music 2009:

1st prize:

not assigned

2nd prize ex-aequo:

Arcadia String Quartet (Romania)

sonic.art quartet (Germany)

3rd prize ex-aequo:

Orbis Trio (Czech Republic)

Trio Degas (Italy)

Jury 2009
Maestro Gianni Bergamo, conductor
François Benda


Urs Frauchiger


Marcello Parolini


Rainer Schmidt


The winners 2009

1st prize not assigned
Arcadia String Quartet (Romenia), 2nd prize


Ana Bogatila, violin 

Rasvan Dumitru, violin 

Traian Boala, viola 

Zsolt Török, cello

The Quartet was set up in 2005 under the close supervision of Nicusor Silaghi (the second violino f the “Transilvan” Quartet). After the first experience at the Chamber Music Festival in Odorheiul Secuiese (2005), these young musicians discovered a new vocation and musical passion. Afterwards followed concerts in Cluj-Napoca, Sighisoara, sibiu, at the “Dinu Lipatti” Philharmonics in Satu Marc, in Bucharest at the “17th week of contemporary music” International Festival, and at the Romanian Atheneum. In December 2008, they participated to “the Complete Flute Quartets” project by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the acclaimed flutist Bálint János (Hungary) at the “Mozart Festival” in Cluj-Napoca. They gave concerts also abroad, at the “Enescu Festival” in Heidelberg (Germany), in Chemnitz at the “Classic Open 2007” International Festival, in Eisenstadt (Austria), at the “Internationale Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest” (Baden, Neunkirchen, Mürzschlag and Reichenau an der Rax) and at the “Kalkapen Kammermusik Festival” (Steyr, Grossraming and Molln), in Zurich (Switzerland), in Budapest (Hungary) at the “Spring Festival” and in Beijing (China). They also attended masterclasses held by personalities like hatto Beyerle (former Alban Berg – Austria), Avo Kouyoumdjian (Austira), Grörgy Kurtág (Germany), Anner Bylsma (Netherland), Vera Beths (Netherland), Ferenc Gábor (Germany), Ferenc Rados (Hungary), Ferenc Lászlo (Romania) and members of the Orlando Quartet (Netherland), Bartok Quartet (Hungary), Artis Quartet (Austria), prazál Quartet (Czech Republic), Ad Libitum Quartet 6

(Romania) and Voces Quartet (Romania). In December 2006, they participated for the first time to a competition, the “W.A. Mozart” Competition at the homonymous festival in Cluj-Napoca, where they won the 1st prize and the Sysound Prize, which offered them the opportunity of recording a CD. In February 2007, they were assigned a masterclass scholarship with the Belcea Quartet (London) offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute together with the “George Enescu” Philharmonics in Bucharest. In November 2007, they won the “Ferdinand Weiss” Competition (Cluj-Napoca) and on April 15, 2009 they became ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) members.

In September 2009 they won the second prize (first not assigned) at the International Chamber Music Competition “Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award” in Lugano (Switzerland).

Sonic.art quartet (Germany), 2nd prize


Ruth Velten, soprano saxohone 

Alexander Doroshkevich, alto saxophone 

Martin Posegga, tenor saxophone 

Annegret Schmiede, baritone saxophone 

Founded in 2005 by graduates of both Berlin music schools and the universities of Cologne and Basle, the ensemble sonic.art focuses on original works for classical saxophone wuartet from the romantic to the contemporary music. Working in corporation with composers, such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Olga Neuwirth, Georg Katzer, Steffen Schleiermacher and Fabien Lévy, plays an important role in developing new pieces. Recently, the quartet was awarded the 1st prize at the 18th International Chamber Music Competition Thessaloniki/Greece – only a couple of weeks after winning the prize at the German Music Competition. Furthermore, the sonic.art won the 1st prize at the International Competition for Chamber Music in Atri/Italy, the 1st prize and the Grand Prix at the International Competition for Contemporary Music “Penderecki” Krakow/Poland and the 3rd prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in London. They also received a scholarship from the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the Friedrich-Juergen-Sellheim Association/Hannover, the Society “Yehudi Menuhin” Live Music Now! And the Celibidache Foundation. The sonic.art quartet performes at important international music festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Mecklemburg-Vorpommern Musik Festival or Cambridge Festival of Summer Music. The quartet is being coached by the pianist Jacques Ammon, worked together with the Artemis String Quartet, took part in masterclasses by Trio Opus 8 and the Kuss String Quartet. Since 2006 the ensemble has been studying chamber music at the “Hans Eisler” Music Colleg Berlin with Prof. Eberhard Feltz, Prof. William Forman and Prof. Wayne Foster-Smith and will graduate with “Soloist Degree”.

Orbis Trio (Czech Republic), 3rd prize


Petra Vilankova, violin 

Petr Malisek, cello 

Stanislav Gallin, piano 

It was founded in 2008. All three members belong to the best young instrumentalist of the Czech Republic with wide experience both in chamber music and as soloists. In 2008, the Orbis Trio was semifinalists in prestigious competitions in Frankfurt and Weimar and in 2009 was awarded the second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Johannes Brahms” in Gdansk. The Trio attended lessons with artists such as Ivan Klansky (Guarneri Trio), Josef Suk, Daniel Veis (Prague Trio), Vaclav Bernasek (Kocian Quartet) and Ivan Moravec. It regurlarly plays concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Trio Degas (Italy), 3rd prize


Francesco Negrini, clarinet 

Luca Bacelli, cello 

Matteo Sarti, piano 

The Trio Degas was created in 2003 within the musical “training ground” of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. All its members graduated with the highest notes.

The Trio got his musical education above all with the “Trio di Parma”, with whom it studied for three years at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and with Alessandro Specchi. In 2004, they also participated to the special masterclasses by Bruno Canino.

The Trio managed to arouse the interest of personalities from the Italian and international music world such as Mario Ancillotti, Cristiano Rossi, Alfredo Speranza and others, obtaining the first prize at the 5th national competition “Riviera Etrusca”, the first absolute prize at the 5th Europena Competition for Chamber Music “Città di Vasto”, the second prize (first not assigned) at the 11th National Competition “Giulio Rospigliosi” and at the 12th National Competition “Città di Grosseto”. Important is also its participation to the 3rd International Piano Competition “Città di Pesaro” where it won the first absolute prize of the whole competition.

The trio was awarded the scholarship “Paolo Fioretti” of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.

All three composers collaborate regularly with important orchestras under the direction of conductors such as Riccardo Muti and Claudio Abbado.

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