Wednesday, May 25, 2016

VIKTOR PETROV | GRAND PRIZE | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition, Woodwinds & Brass 2016

Grand Prize
Score: 96.02   
Bulgaria/Germany | Bassoon

Teacher: David Petersen

Malcolm Arnold - Fantasy for Solo Bassoon (5:20)

Robert Schumann - Fantasy pieces op.73, Nr. 1 (2:50)

J. N. Hummel - Grand Concerto for Bassoon in F Major 2. Movement (5:40)

J. N. Hummel - Grand Concerto for Bassoon in F Major 3. Movement (6:10)

Viktor Petrov was born in 1989 in Varna, Bulgaria, where he started taking his first bassoon lessons at the age of 10 by Hristina Tuschieva at the National School of Arts “Dobri Hristov”. Over the course of the years, Viktor became a laureate of many national and international solo and chamber music competitions. He was honoured with an award for successful achievements, several scholarships for highly gifted musicians from the Ministry of Culture and a medal for high national and international achievements in the area of the Arts. From 2008 Viktor began his studies with Prof. Frank Forst, Principal Bassoon of Camerata Salzburg, at the “Franz Liszt” University in Weimar, Germany. After passing his intermediate diploma in 2011, Viktor continued his studies with David Petersen, Principal Bassoon of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, where he graduated with distinction last year. As a soloist Viktor played several times with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra and with Kilian Ensemble Mainz-Wiesbaden. The young bassoonist managed to gain experience in concert performances also with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Chamber Philharmonic, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Sinfonietta Frankfurt, Ensemble “Kapella 19” (CD recording), Jena Philharmonic, Thüringen Philharmonic, etc. Meanwhile, he attended master classes with renowned bassoonists as Prof. Sergio Azzolini (Basel Music Academy), Lyndon Watts (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Bern University of the Arts), as well as Prof. Jussi Särrkä (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Helsinki), Prof. Jaako  Luoma (Tapiola Sinfonietta and Sibelius Academy Helsinki), Eckehard  Kupke (Gewandhaus Orchestra) and Kim Laskowski (New York Philharmonic and The Juilliard School). As a member of his Trio “Bérmice”, Viktor won a scholarship by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and concerts throughout the whole year. Besides his solo and chamber performances, Viktor is also being employed as a bassoon teacher.