Pianist Victoria Vassilenko, who became the first winner of the National Prize in support of young talent in contemporary arts and science, launched by the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’, was nominated for Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. This is the prestigious joint award of music critics from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, who select the most exceptional performances.
Vicki, along with her teacher at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel at the Conservatory in Brussels, the famous Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, is among the contenders in the Jury Konzerte category.
‘The idea was for the Mozart Double album to include all the double concerts of the Austrian genius, but owing to the coronavirus situation, some of the recordings could not be made,’ explained Victoria Vassilenko, who has been specialising at the 100-year-old school, whose patron is Paola, the current Queen of Belgium.
The Mozart Double CD includes Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E-flat Major, Concerto for Piano and Violin in D Major (unfinished and therefore unknown to the general public), as well as the K. 505 Concert Aria for Soprano, Piano and Orchestra. These documentary recordings were made in 2019 and 2020 with the Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn (Switzerland), conducted by Kaspar Zehnder.
‘The premiere took place on 6 November on digital platforms. We hope that when the Covid-19 situation is over, we shall make an official presentation in Brussels,’ Ms Vassilenko concluded.
The album was recently aired on BBC Radio, a channel that carefully selects which classics to broadcast.
The NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ team are keeping our fingers crossed for Victoria Vassilenko’s nomination to result in a well-deserved award!
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