1st Prize was not awarded
2nd Prize € 9.750,- donated by Gesellschaft der Freunde der Kunstuniversität Graz together with KUG
3rd Prize was not awarded
Best Interpretation of the prize-winning piece of the International Competition for Composition 2011 „I Waited for You in Rain“ by Hooshyar Khayam € 3.000,- donated by Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung AG
Trio Suyana founded in 2009, it came into being by sight in the hallways of the CNSMD in Paris. A pianist fascinated by chamber music met two brothers who had made music from their early childhood on. “Suyana” means “hope” in Quechua and reminds on the one hand of the South-American roots of the two brothers while on the other hand it expresses the hope to make a wide public familiar with the piano trio repertoire ranging from Haydn to Piazzolla and from Beethoven to Shostakovich. Since 2009, they have attended courses of the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris.
Epp THIBAUD, Piano (France)
Born in 1987 in Schiltigheim, France. First lessons in 1992 with Françoise Claustré in Strasbourg (France); from 1999 to 2004 with Dany Roulet, from 2004 to 2008 with Theodor Paraskivesco, and since 2010 with Rena Shereshevskaya. Studies at the CRR in Strasbourg and CNSMD Paris. In 2008, Diplôme de Formation Supérieure du CNSMD de Paris.
In 2009 master classes with Oxana Yablonskaya and Giovanni Bellucci, and in 2010 with Jean-Claude Pennetier. In 2008 2nd prize winner of the “International Piano Competition Brest“. In 2009, laureate of the Cziffra Foundation. Performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” together with the Strasbourg Youth Orchestra. Concert in Salle Pleyel in Paris with the Trio Suyana. In 2010 concert at the Theatre des Variétés of Monaco with Kristi Gjezi.
David CASTRO-BALBI, Violin (France)
Born in 1993 in Besançon, France. From 1998 to 2007 lessons with Bernard Mauppin in Besançon, from 2007 to 2009 with Larissa Koloss, and since 2009 with Svetlin Roussev. Studies at the CRR Paris (2007-2009), and since 2009 at the CNSM Paris.
Master classes with Serguei Kravchenko, Pierre Amoyal and Dmitry Berlinski. 1st prize winner of the “Young Artists Competition Colorado”, USA; 1st prize winner of the “Mirecourt International Violin Competition“. Performance of Shostakovich’s concert with the Radio Orchestra Belgrade. “International Music Academy“ of Switzerland with Seiji Ozawa in Victoria Hall, Geneva (2009).
Alexandre CASTRO-BALBI, Violoncello (France)
Born in 1991 in Besançon, France. From 1998 to 2004 lessons with György Adam in Besançon, from 2005 to 2007 with Marc Coppey, and since 2007 with Phillipe Muller. Studies at the CRR Paris (2005-2007). Since 2007 at the CNSMD Paris, in 2010 at Mozarteum Salzburg and in 2011 at Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin.
In 2009, master classes with Sadao Harada; between 2010 and 2011 with Clemens Hagen within the Erasmus Program, and in 2011 with Steven Isserlis. 2nd prize winner of the “Villa de Llanes Cello Competition“ (Spain); 2nd prize winner of the “Carlos Prieto Cello Competition“ (Mexico). Concert performances at the “International Cello Festival of Lima“ (Peru) and “Music in the Mountains” Festival, Colorado (USA).
left to right: David Castro-Balbi, Alexandre Castro-Balbi, Thibaud Epp with the president of the Gesellschaft der Freunde der KUG Wolfgang Schinagl and the Rector-designate of KUG Georg Schulz at the prize giving ceremony in the Stefaniensaal, Grazer Congress, on 16.02.2012.
Franz Schubert: Trio B-Dur D 28
Hooshyar Khayam: I Waited for You in Rain