The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is proud of its young talents! This weekend, students from the Sweelinck Academy and the Classical bachelor’s programme have been very succesful at the Princess Christina Competition West and the Netherlands Violin Competition.
Princess Christina Competition
Mara Mostert (13) won first prize at the Princess Christina Competition in category 1 (12-14 year olds). Mara studies violin with Maria Milstein at the Sweelinck Academy. All prizes in category 2 (15-19 year olds) were won by Sweelinck Academy students. Pianists Zara le Clercq (15) and Maxim Heijmerink (17) both won first prize. Zara studies with Marianne Boer and Maxim with Mila Baslawsjaka. The second prize went to Yente Lottman (16), violin student with Sarah Kapustin and Emma Breedveld. Nozomi Akamatsu (16), piano, and Charlotte Brussee (18), cello, both won third prize. Nozomi studies with Marianne Boer and Charlotte with Monique Heidema and Maarten Mostert.
Incentive prizes were awarded to Amitai Kamp (14), violin student with Lex Korff de Gidts, and Rafaël Hansen-Löve (14), violin student with Emma Breedveld and Sarah Kapustin. Ana Balestra (19), voice student in the bachelor’s programme, also won an incentive prize.
Nelleke Boor (16), violin student with Lex Korff de Gidts, and Janneke Stoute (21), voice student with Sasja Hunnego in the bachelor’s programme, both received an honourable mention.
Finally, the Donemus Prize, a prize for a remarkable performance of a work by a Dutch composer, was awarded to Teddy Sikking (14), violin student with Emma Breedveld and Sarah Kapustin.
Netherlands Violin Competition
Students from the Sweelinck Academy and the Classical bachelor’s programme have also reached the final of the Netherlands Violin Competition. The finalist in the ‘Oskar Back’ category (top talents up to 26 years of age) is Hawijch Elders (19), who studies with Ilya Grubert in the bachelor’s programme. In the ‘Davina van Wely’ category (14-17 year olds) the finalists are Enzo Kok and Luna de Mol, both students at the Sweelinck Academy with Wiesje Miedema and Coosje Wijzenbeek respectively. The finalists in the category ‘Iordens B’(13-14 year olds) are Alice van Binsbergen and Olga Göschel, both students with Wiesje Miedema.
The final will be held on January 20th, at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht.