Rafael ROSENFELD – 1991 - Cello - 1st prize ex aequo

Rafael Rosenfeld was born in 1973 into a family of musicians. He studied at the “Musikhochschule Zürich” with Walter Grimmer and followed Master Classes in Lübeckter Classes in Luin 1973 into a music-loving family. with Professor David Geringas. Encounters with artists such as Sándor Végh, György Kurtág, András Schiff, Radu Lupu, Steven Isserlis and Bernard Greenhouse also influenced his musical career. Since late 2005 he is cello Professor at the “Hochschule für Musik Basel”.



Cédric PESCIA - 1991 – Piano – 2nd prize ex aequo

Born in Lausanne, the Franco-Swiss Cédric Pescia began his musical studies at the age of seven. He first studied at the “Conservatoire de Lausanne” with Christian Favre (First Virtuosity Prize with special congratulations from the Jury in 1993). He continued with Dominique Merlet at the “Conservatoire de Genève” (First Virtuosity Prize with a Distinction in 1997). He finished his studies with Klaus Hellwig at the “Universität der Künste” in Berlin. Cédric Pescia won the First Prize (Gold Medalist) at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA. He then became a founding member of the “Ensemble en scène” chamber music series of concerts in Lausanne and, since 2006, has been its Artistic Director. He was also a member of the Jury at the Clara Haskil Competition in 2005 and 2007. In 2012 he was appointed piano Professor at the “Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève”.



Antoine REBSTEIN – 1993 – Piano – 2nd prize ex aequo

Described by Maestro David Zinman as a “talented artist, with a very promising career”, the young Swiss conductor and pianist Antoine Rebstein conducts orchestras of renown such as the “Zürcher Tonhalle Orchester” and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. He also appears in prestigious concert halls such as the “Berliner Philarmoniker”. He co-founded the “Cully Classique” festival and since 2009 is the Artistic Director of the “Junges Orchester der Freien Universität” in Berlin. As a pianist he also regularly performed at such venues as the Wigmore Hall in London and the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago.



Marton ILLES - 1993 – Piano – 1st prize ex aequo

Márton Illés, born in Budapest, teaches Music Theory at the “Musikhochschule” in Karlsruhe. He has received many prizes and acknowledgements, including the Christoph & Stephan Kaske and the Paul Hindemith prizes. As a soloist, chamber music and orchestra pianist he performs in various contemporary opera productions at the “Sinfonieorchester” in Basle.



Olivier CAVÉ - 1993 – Piano – 2nd prize ex aequo

Olivier Cavé was born in 1977 in Switzerland. As a student of Nelson Goerner, Maria Tipo and Aldo Ciccolini, he gave his first concert in 1991, when he was accompanied by the “Camerata Lysy” conducted by Yehudi Menuhin. Still as a young pianist he performed in Europe as a soloist and with orchestras. In 2008 his career took a new turn with his first Aeon-produced album dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonatas. The Valais (Switzerland)-born musician has received several prestigious reviews in the United States. He was named N° 1 by the well-known Forbes magazine in the “Best Classical Recordings 2015” category.



Sol GABETTA – 1995 – Cello – 1st prize

Sol Gabetta first made her mark on the international scene in 2004, when she made her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the “Wiener Philarmoniker” under Valery Gergiev, and where she won the “Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award”. In 2013 she won the “Echo Klassik” prize as instrumentalist of the year for her recording of Shostakovitch’s first cello concerto with the “Münchner Philarmoniker” under Lorin Maazel. Sol Gabetta made her first appearance at the “Staatskapelle Berlin” in 2014 and has been teaching at the “Musik-Akademie Basel” since 2005.



Simone ZGRAGGEN - 1995 – Violin – 1st prize

Simone Zgraggen started the violin at five. After having taught at the “Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich” from 2001 to 2012 and at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Kalsruhe from 2001 to 2004, she was appointed Professor at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg (in Brisgau) in 2012. She is First Violin at the “Basel Sinfonietta” and, together with Vladimir Fedoseyev, shares the Honorary Chairmanship of the “MythenForum Schwyz”.


Anastasia VOLTCHOK – 1997 – Piano – 1st prize

Anastasia Voltchok was born in Moscow into a family of professional pianists and began studying the piano at the age of four. Ever since her debut with the “Hayden Concerto” Orchestra aged eight, Anastasia Voltchok has performed extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe, as well as in the USA. She won the First Prize at the Italian “Città di Senigallia” Piano Competition, as well as the First Prize and Gold Medal at the “Piano World International Competition” in Cincinnati, USA, in 2003.


Rachel KOLLY D’ALBA - 1997 – Violin – 2nd prize ex aequo

Rachel Kolly d’Alba started the violin aged five. She is considered one of the most talented Swiss musicians of her generation and has been noted in particular for the outstanding quality of her vibrato, which has often been compared to that of some of the greatest violinists of the past. When in duet she plays with the pianist Christian Chamorel, who has been her privileged partner ever since she was twelve.



Christian CHAMOREL – 1999 – Violin – 2nd prize ex aequo

Christian Chamorel began his studies at the “Conservatoire de Lausanne” where, in Christian Favre’s class and aged only seventeen, he obtained his Virtuosity Prize with special congratulations from the Jury. He then went on to finish his studies with Gerhard Oppitz at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Munich, where he obtained his Soloist Diploma in 2004. In May 2006, studying with Homero Francesch, he obtained a second Soloist Diploma at the “Musikhochschule Zürich”.


He is the privileged partner of the young Swiss violinist Rachel Kolly d’Alba. Their first duet CD, titled “Fin de siècle”, was produced by Aparté in early 2015 and was considered one of the best recordings of the year at the “International Classical Music Awards”.



Dimitri DEMIASHKIN - 2001 – Piano – 1st prize

Dimitri Demiashkin celebrated his first international successes in the Czech Republic at the age of eleven. At fifteen he started Interpretation Master Classes at the “Margess International” school in Switzerland. Since 2008 he is Assistant Professor at the “Hochschule der Künste” in Zurich.



Nicolas ALSTAEDT - 2003 – Cello – 1st prize

The Franco-German cellist Nicolas Alstaedt is universally acknowledged for this creativity and multi-faceted talents. He regularly performs with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the “Tonhalle Orchester” in Zürich, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra or the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.



Iryna KRASNOVSKA - 2005 – Piano – 1st prize

Iryna Krasnovska attended the secondary school of music for overly-gifted children in Kharkiv (Ukraine), where she won a gold medal. She followed Master Classes with Klaus Hellwig (in Berlin), as well as with A. Jasinski and Piotr Andrzhewski (in Poland). Iryna Krasnovska began her studies in 2001 with Professor Adrian Oetiker at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Basle and in 2007 won her Concert Diploma with a Distinction.



Oleksandr CHUGAI - 2007 – Piano – 1st prize ex aequo

Oleksandr Chugai is the winner of many international piano competitions, such as the “Concours de Musique Flamme” in Paris. He appears as a soloist or accompanied by an orchestra in the following countries: Switzerland, Italy, France, the USA, Russia, Israel, Greece, Slovakia, Portugal and Austria.



Marcin FLESZAR - 2007 – Piano – 1st prize ex aequo

He performs as a soloist and with various orchestras such as the “Camerata Zürich”, the “Berner Symphonieorchester” or the National Polish Orchestra. Since 2013, under Conductor Maria João Pires, he is the resident artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.



Vladimir GURYANOV - 2009 – Piano – 1st prize

Vladimir Guryanov is considered one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. He studied at the well-known Gnessin school for overly-gifted young musicians in Moscow. After having obtained many of the highest distinctions he pursued his studies at Master Classes conducted by Professor Rudolf Buchbinder at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Basle.



Guillaume JACOT - 2011 – Violin – 2nd prize ex aequo

Guillaume Jacot began studying the violin at the age of four and obtained his Master of Arts in Music Performance as a Soloist in 2010. He was First Violinist at the “Sinfonietta de Genève” during the 2013-2014 season and has been selected as reserve violinist at the “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande”. In addition to being a violinist Guillaume Jacot is also an acrobat and producer of electronic music. Together with his brother Edwin, who is also both musician and acrobat, he has produced a show.


Jean-Sélim ABDELMOULA - 2013 – Piano – 1st prize

Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, who was born in 1991, is a Swiss pianist, composer and film-music composer. In 2014 he was named Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and was invited by András Schiff to perform as a soloist in the “Building Bridges” series of concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich and New York, as well as at the “Schumannfest” in Düsseldorf and at the “Palais des Beaux-Arts” in Brussels.



Daria KOROTKOVA - 2015 – Piano – 1st prize

Daria Korotkova was born in 1995 in Novotcherkassk (Russia). She started the piano at the age of four and since 2014 has been studying with Professor Tomasz Herbut at the “Hochschule der Künste” in Berne. She has performed as a soloist and with orchestras in Russia, Italy, Germany, the USA, Greece, France, Monaco, Spain and Poland. Amongst her other successes she won First Prizes at the Scriabin Competition in Moscow and at the “In Corpore” Competition in Tallinn.