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LOTTO-Förderpreis of the Rheingau Musik Festival

15,000 euros for Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian © Julia Wesely

The LOTTO-Förderpreis of the Rheingau Musik Festival 2018 will be awarded on 18.7.2018 as part of the concert. The LOTTO-Förderpreis of the Rheingau Musik Festival goes to the Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian this year. The prize, which has been donated annually by the Hessian Lottery Company since 2009, is one of the most highly endowed young artists' prizes in Germany with a prize money of 15,000 euros and is awarded annually to an extraordinary young talent who performs at the Rheingau Music Festival. "Those who are already at the top are usually overwhelmed with awards. LOTTO Hessen, however, would like to expressly designate special up-and-coming talents in order to facilitate their way up, "explains Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann, Managing Director of LOTTO Hessen, the intention of the prize.

The jury of the LOTTO Prize consists of the conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, currently General Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, and from the season 2019/20 Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Intendant and Managing Director of the Rheingau Music Festival, Michael Herrmann , Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann from LOTTO Hessen and the program members of the Rheingau Musik Festival.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian receives the LOTTO Prize of the Rheingau Music Festival on 18 July 2018 as part of his concert at Schloss Johannisberg. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays works by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Eugène Ysaÿe and César Franck. At the piano he is accompanied by Maximilian Kromer. On his debut in the series "Concert & Brunch" at the Rheingau Music Festival in the spring of 2017, he inspired the audience and Michael Herrmann so much that Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was immediately invited to a recital in this festival summer in the series "Next Generation" and from artists, the in this series, the LOTTO Award Winner will be chosen. "This young artist was an overwhelming discovery for me. I felt as if a shell would open in front of my eyes and emerge as a precious pearl. "Michael Herrmann remembers the Matinée Concert 2017. Awarded the Jean-Sibelius International Violin Competition 2015 for the best interpretation of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius and as winner of the second prize, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian attracted international attention.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born in 1995 in Vienna, the son of a pianist and a conductor in a family of musicians, received violin lessons from the age of five years and appeared as a seven-year-old the first time publicly with orchestra. Since 2011 he studies with Gerhard Schulz, former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His young career has taken him to such orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He also played under conductors such as Adam Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu, Cornelius Meister, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kristiina Poska and John Storgårds. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona.

Jury's assessment

His brilliant technique and his incredible sense of interpretive subtleties are a mat-ter of course. The fact that he finds his inspiration on high alpine climbing tours or draws from the normal life makes him one of the most beneficial examplions among the pianists of his generation. So much naturalness, sympathetic charis-ma and pleasant modesty, coupled with great virtuosity, are rarely experienced with a great musician.

Auszug aus der Jurybegründung

The previous laureates

Sebastian Manz (2009)
Leticia Moreno (2010)
Denis Kozhukhin (2011)
Christopher Park (2012)
Iskandar Widjaja (2013)
Vestard Shimkus (2014)
Pablo Ferrandéz (2015)
Marc Bouchkov (2016)
Ben Kim (2017)