​NEWS 

2022 Manolov International Competition Results Announced:

PIANO Group A (ages 7-10) 

First Prize and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Classical Music

- William Huang

First Prize and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Romantic Music

- Daniil Demin

First Prize

- Jodi Brown

Second Prize and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Modern Music

- Rachel Lim

Second Prize and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Baroque Music

-Aaron Huang

Second Prize

- Clovis Chu

Third Prize

- Marlanzo Wiiliams

- Trinity Eng

- Aadya Malhotra

Special Prize for Youngest Contestant

- Sa'Diah Gittens

PIANO Group B (ages 11-14)

First Prize, Gold Medal and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Bulgarian Music

- Christian Hsieh

First Prize, Gold Medal and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Baroque Music

- Grace Lan

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Special Prize Robert Schumann

- Dale Yang

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Special Prize George Gershwin

- Shawn Lim

Second Prize and Silver Medal

- Felicia Garramone

Third Prize and Bronze Medal

- Darren Leung

- Hannah Hui

Honorable Mention Diploma

- Nicole Marino

- Katherine Zhao

- Andrew Pang

VIOLIN Group B (ages 11-14)

First Prize and Gold Medal

- Dylan Kim

- Shawn Lim

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Bulgarian Music

- Timothy Pang

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music

- Noah Busch

PIANO Group C (ages 15-18)

First Prize was not awarded

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Scholarship

- Jun Kyong Park

Third Prize, Bronze Medal and Scholarship

- Symone Smith

Honorable Mention Diploma

- Samuel Woolley

VIOLIN Group C (ages 15-18)

- First Prize, Gold Medal and Scholarship

Shunzhe Zhang

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Results announced for 
Bulgarian Stipend in the name of Prof. Rostislav Yovchev

Posted May 10, 2022

Georgi Chikolov - $350.00 USD Stipend and Master Class with Prof. Yi-Yang Chen

Boris Bikov - $350.00 USD Stipend and Master Class with Prof. Yi-Yang Chen

Boril Markov - $300.00 USD Stipend

Konstantin Bashikov - Distinction

Hristiana Haralampieva - Distinction

Martin Stamatov - Distinction

 

Congratulations to all laureates!

2022 Preliminary Round Results

Posted May 3, 2022

The Preliminary Round Jury has submitted their scores. The fallowing contestants from Age Group B (11-14 years old) and Age Group C (15-18 years old) advance to the LIVE Final Round on May 14, 2022 (in alphabetical order):

Andrew Pang

Christian Hsieh

Dale Yang

Darren Leung

Dylan Kim

Felicia Garramone

Grace Lan

Hannah Hui

Jacob Park

Katherine Zhao

Nicole Marino

Noah Busch

Samuel Woolley

Shawn Lim

Shunzhe Zhang

Symone Smith

Timothy Pang

Congratulations to all finalists! 

*The contestants who did not pass to the Final Round will receive a certificate for participation in the mail.

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Pianist Barry Tognolini joins the Jury and Faculty of the

2022 Manolov International Competition​

 

Originally from Australia, Barry Tognolini was fortunate to have trained from an early age as a classical pianist with Hungarian born concert artist and teacher Madame Alice Carrard, a student of composer Bela Bartok. This foundation gave him the skills he needed to develop his own style as a pop pianist, composer and music arranger as well. Performing on TV and stage from the age of 12 years, Barry decided to pursue a teaching career and after graduating from college taught for 10 years for the Department of Education in Western Australia as a music specialist and piano teacher. After an invitation to perform in Washington DC  he decided to once again pursue a career performing as a pianist. In 1990, he signed a recording contract with Sony Music and his live concert performances then took him beyond Australia to many parts of the world. After a performance with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Katherine McPhee and David Foster, Barry decided to retire from touring and began a career in sales with Steinway and Sons in Atlanta, GA and then Long Island, NY. In 2019 he transferred to Steinway Hall in Manhattan where he remained until his recent retirement in March 2022.

AUSTIRAN PIANIST
PROF. MARKUS PRAUSE JOINS THE JURY AND FACULTY IN 2022
(full bio)
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BULGARIAN STIPEND IN THE NAME OF THE LATE PROF. ROSTISLAV YOVCHEV ANNOUNCED FOR 2022
Click HERE for information on how to apply.

Born in Sofia in 1961. Rostislav Yovchev began to study piano (private lessons) at age 6 with Mrs. Margarita Hlebarova, then graduated the Music College “L. Pipkov” in the class of Mrs. Lyudmila Stoyanova. In 1984 he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Bulgarian State Conservatory (now National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”) in Prof. PhD. Atanas Kourtev class. Laureate of several national and international competitions:
First prize at the National Competition “Svetoslav Obretenov”, 1980.
Third prize at the International Competition in Salerno, Italy, 1981.
First prize at National Competition “Karol Szymanowski”, 1982.
Third prize at the International Competition “Pilar Bayona” – Spain – 1983.
The only prize in the competition for the best performance of Spanish music from the course in Santiago de Compostela, 1984.
1993 – specialization at the Royal Conservatory, Brussels, piano /piano concerto/ chamber music and Lied accompaniment.
Rostislav Yovchev actively performed as a soloist and chamber musician not only in Bulgaria but also in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, Turkey, South Korea , Tunisia and others. He took part in the most prestigious festivals in the country and abroad, “Salon des Arts”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Varna Summer”, “Hopes, Talents, Masters”, “Apollonia” (Bulgaria), “Filarmonika”, “Music in October in Carthage”, Tunisia, etc.
He gives master classes in Bulgaria /Sozopol, Shumen, Pleven/,  Korea /Seoul/, Romania /Iasi/, Turkey /Ankara/, Trieste /Italy/
Numerous records for Radio Sofia, Warsaw, Berlin and Zaragoza. CDs include: performance of the solo works of Andrei Stoyanov, in a chamber ensemble with cellist Ventsislav Nikolov /for “Gega New”/ flutist Ina Georgieva and Korean clarinetist Yo Yangde and with Turkish viola player Bediz Kanikli ( works of azerbaidjanian composer Hatira Cafer).
For two years (2002-2004), Rostislav Yovchev was a piano professor at the “Institute Superieure de Musique”- Sousse, Rep. of Tunisia.
Jury member of national competitions – “Sv. Obretenov”, “Classical and Contemporary”, “Liszt – Bartok”, “Andrei Stoyanov”, “Great Teachers” and a Competition for young accompanists in Pleven.
In the last years, the programs of his piano recitals are all thematically dedicated to specific authors and eras.
During the period 2006 –  2008, Rostislav Yovchev performed integral all Piano Concertos by  L. v. Beethoven”, accompanied by Shumen Philharmonic.
Winner of the “Cristal Lyre” of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers in two categories: “Instrumentalists” and “Music critic” for 2011 and the “Golden Lyre” .
In June 2013, he received the degree “PhDoctor” with a theme related to the Bulgarian piano music.
Rostislav Jovchev was a Piano professor at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, and a Head of the Department – “Piano” to Theory, Composition and Conducting Department.

Dedicated Jury Member and patron of Bulgarian Music at the 2018 and 2019 Manolov Internatioanl Competition.

The 2022 Manolov International Competition is now accepting applications

The competition is open to pianists and violinists of all nationalities and ages 7 to 18 as of May 14th, 2022. All applications must be completed and submitted before the deadline – 11.59pm EST on April 17th, 2022.

 

 

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STUDENT MASTERCLASS, SEMINAR, Q&A and CONCERT
given by
PROF. YI-YANG CHEN, TAIWAN
FACULTY MEMBER AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Open to Pianists 7 to 25.
Participants must prepare ONE or TWO pieces of the classical piano repertoire. Teachers and Parents are welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday March 18, 2020

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Steinway & Sons Gallery, Melville, NY

Student Participation Fee: $80.00

Violinist Shenghua Hu
(full bio)
and
Pianist Josu de Solaun
(full bio)
announced as Jury Members
of the 2020 Manolov International Competition​
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The 2020 Manolov International Competition is now accepting applications

The competition is open to pianists and violinists of all nationalities and ages 7 to 18 as of May 2nd, 2020. All applications must be completed and submitted before the deadline – 11.59pm EST on April 1st, 2020.

 

 

2019 Manolov International Competition Results Announced:

Group A (ages 7-10)

First Prize, Gold Medal and Award for Best Interpretation of Baroque Music

- Gillian Vit​, violin

First Prize and Gold Medal

- Christian Hsieh, piano

Second Prize and Silver Medal

- Nicole Marino, piano

Third Prize and Bronze Medal

- Hannah Hui, piano

- Christopher Singh, piano

Honorable Mention Diploma

- William Wei, piano

Group B (ages 11-14)

First Prize and Gold Medal

- Tomothy Pang, piano

Second Prize and Silver Medal

- Jacob Park, piano

- Hriday Sanakal, piano

Third prize was not awarded

Honorable Mention Diploma

- Jonathan Tang, violin

Scholarship for Bulgarian Music

- Timothy Pang, violin

Jacques Ibert Prize

- Aaron Sorkin

Group C (ages 15-18)

First Prize, Gold Medal and Scholarship

- Evan Cheng, violin

- Brenden Davis, piano

Second Prize, Silver Medal and Scholarship

- Alejandro Del Rivero, piano

Third Prize, Bronze Medal and Scholarship

- Jianzhi Wu, piano

- Enrick Woo-Therrien, piano

Honorable Mention Diploma

- Luca Sharbani, piano

- Kalayah Johnson, piano

Creative Arts Scholarship to ETSU

- Brenden Davis, Alejandro Del Riero,

Enrick Woo-Therrien, Luca Sharbani

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STUDENT MASTERCLASS, SEMINAR, Q&A and CONCERT
given by
PROF. ROSTISLAV YOVCHEV
National Academy of Music, Sofia
Open to Pianists 7 to 25.
Participants must prepare ONE piece of the classical piano repertoire. Teachers and Parents are welcome to attend.

Date: Thursday March 21, 2019

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Steinway & Sons Gallery, Melville, NY

2019 Preliminary Round Results

Posted February 25, 2019

The Preliminary Round Jury has submitted their scores. The fallowing contestants advance to the LIVE Final Round on March 23, 2019 (in alphabetical order):

Aaron Sorkin

Alejandro Del Rivero

Arda Cetin

Brenden Davis

Christian Hsieh

Christopher Singh

Evan Cheng

Enrick Woo-Therrien

Gillian Vit

Hannah Hui

Hriday Sanakal

Jacob Park

Jianzhi Wu

Jonathan Tang

Kalayah Johnson

Luca Sharbani

Nicole Marino

Timothy Pang

William Wei

Congratulations to all finalists!  

*The contestants who did not pass to the Final Round will receive a certificate for participation in the mail.

Dr. Marc Silverman announced as a Jury Memer of the 2019 Manolov International Competition​

Chairman of Piano Department of Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Founding Member of the Carnegie Trio. FULL BIO

 

 

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Violinist Evgeny Grach announced as a Jury Memer of the 2019 Manolov International Competition​

Evgeny Grach was born into a musical family in Moscow in 1959. Between 1977 and 1982 he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Professor Bezrodny, and continued his studies afterwards with Leonid Kogan and Valery Klimov.

In 1981 he received a diploma at the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, and in 1983 won first prize at the Russian Federation Competition. The same year, he became leader of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and from 1991 to 1996 led the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he became the Principal Second Violin of the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

Concert featuring Violinist
Alexandra Lee at Carnegie's Stern Auditorium in NYC

Date: October 10, 2018

Time: 2.00pm

Location: Carnegie Hall

Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

FOR INFORMATION VISIT THE CARNEGIE HALL WEBSITE: www.carnegiehall.org

Addmission is free.

 

 

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Vladimir Tiagunov – A pianist by profession and coach by passion
Children are usually encouraged to learn to play at least one musical instrument in their childhood. While most children pursue it briefly and move on to other interests, there are those who discover an innate passion for it. Passion paves the way for gifted youngsters, who continue to hone their skills, growing up to become legends in their own right. Vladimir Tiagunov is one of those rare exceptions, who continued to master his favorite most instrument- the piano, to become a truly
accomplished musician whose passion and inclination towards music is unparalleled. Vladimir took to the piano as a fish does to water. He had an inherent understanding of music, a gift possessed by very few. During his childhood, he drew inspiration from his father, who played the piano despite being an engineer by profession. Vladimir began playing from the early age of 6, and as he grew, so did his immense talent. Vladimir was particularly fond of improvisation, channeling is creativity and spontaneity into his music. From altering the composition, to adding his own personal touch to it, Vladimir thoroughly enjoyed taking his audience and fellow musicians on a journey. Vladimir elaborated on this further, “Music is a medium that I have grown to love. I am able to communicate my feelings and emotions, to those around me. When I perform, I live in the moment and nowhere else. There is no greater feeling in the world, and that is the true beauty of
improvisation and the power of music.”
Today Vladimir has won numerous awards and accolades in recognition of his passion, dedication
and prodigal talent. Vladimir won the gold medal at the Forte International Competition for “Best Piano Technique”, held at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in 2016. He won the 13th LISMA International Music Competition in 2017, for being the top performer. In 2019, he was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for extraordinary dedication to the field of Music Education and outstanding student achievement at the Forte International Music Competition. Vladimir’s spellbinding performances, both solo as well as chamber, have led him to travel across various countries like Germany, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and the United States among others. He has performed at some of the most renowned venues in the world including Carnegie Hall,
Metropolitan Museum of Art Concert Hall, various Steinway Halls, Tilles Center and the University of
F. Chopin Concert Hall in Poland, to name a few. When he isn’t wowing audiences, Vladimir spends a great deal of time teaching piano to his students, many of whom are laureates of international Piano competitions as well. His vast reservoir of talent has landed him a place as a piano professor at the Long Island Conservatory, tutoring budding musicians and shaping their careers. As an active concert pianist, he has to balance his commitments towards his students alongside his own performances, all while frequently organizing several student recitals as well. He has tutored a number of brilliant pianists, among whom there are several Laureates of Piano Competitions. Along with that, he also serves as a jury member at several prestigious international music competitions. Vladimir Tiagunov is a living testament of how passion and dedication can lead to greatness. A firm believer of the saying, practice makes perfect, Vladimir is certain that his deep rooted passion has brought him where he is today. Vladimir elaborated, “While practice, discipline and dedication are
cornerstones to success, none of it would be possible without a burning passion and a curious mind that’s willing to create, experiment and innovate. That’s true success.”

 

 

 
 
 
 
Steinway & Sons - Long Island
has been announced as a proud partner of the 2019 Manolov International Competition

 

The 2019 Manolov International Competition is now accepting applications

The competition is open to pianists and violinists and chamber ensembles of all nationalities and ages 7 to 18 as of March 23rd 2019. All applications must be completed and submitted before the deadline – 11.59pm EST on February 15th, 2019.

 

 

2018 Manolov International Competition Results Announced:

Group A (ages 7-10)

First Prize, Gold Medal and Jazz Prize

- Timothy Pang​, piano

- Russel Wong, violin

Second Prize and Silver Medal

- Hannah Hui, piano

- William Wei, piano

Third prize was not awarded

Group B (ages 11-14)

First Prize was not awarded

Second Prize and Silver Medal

- Kevin Wu, piano

Third Prize and Bronze Medal

- Jonathan Tang, violin

Group C (ages 15-18)

First Prize, Gold Medal and Scholarship

- Jason Yu, piano

Second Prize, Silver Medal, Gavrilin Prize and Scholarship

- Brenden Davis, piano

Third prize was not awarded

Special Prize for Bulgarian Music

- Jonathan Wu, piano

Piano Recital by Pianist Yi-Yang Chen at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in NYC

Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 8.00pm

Location: Carnegie Hall

Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION VISIT THE CARNEGIE HALL WEBSITE: www.carnegiehall.org

 

 

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Benefit Recital

MUZIKA Foundation for the Future and Garden City Cathedral of the Incarnation announce a Solo Recital to be given by Pianist Veselin Ninov. The program will feature works by Frederic Chopin and all gathered donation will go to the Scholarship and Awards fund for the 2018 Manolov International Competition.

Date: October 15, 2017

Time: 4.00pm

Location: Cathedral of the Incarnation

Address: 36 Cathedral Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

 

 

Featured Events

 

SUN OCT 15, 2017

BENEFIT RECITAL given by

PIANIST VESELIN NINOV
The program will feature works by Frederic Chopin

(view program)

THU FEB 22, 2018

FINAL ROUND OF THE FIRST MANOLOV INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Auditions begin at 12.00pm

Award Ceremony and Winners Gala Concert begins at 7.00pm

SUN SEP 23, 2018

STEINWAY DEDICATION 

& CD RELEASE

Concert celebrating the newly reconstructed Concert Grand

& promoting MUZIKA FOUNDATION's latest CD

(view program)

SUN OCT 7, 2018

BENEFIT CONCERT given by

PIANIST VESELIN NINOV 

& THE NEW YORK VIRTUOSOS
The program will feature works by Mozart, Gershwin & Piazzolla

(view program)

THU MAR 21, 2019

MASTERCLASS, SEMINAR & CONCERT given by

PROF. ROSTISLAV YOVCHEV
The program will feature works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin,

Liszt, Vladigerov and others.

(view program)

SAT MAR 23, 2019

FINAL ROUND OF THE SECOND ANNUAL MANOLOV INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Auditions begin at 11.00am

Award Ceremony and Winners Gala Concert begins at 7.00pm

(view program)

SAT MAY 18, 2019

LAUREATES RECITAL
The program will feature works by Vivaldi, Rossini, Chopin and Debussy

SUN SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

VESELIN NINOV AND THE NEW YORK VIRTUOSOS IN CONCERT

The program will feature works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov

(view program)

SUN NOV 10, 2019

LAUREATES & FACULTY RECITAL

The program will feature works by Bach, Kuhlau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and others

(view program)

SAT MAY 14, 2022

FINAL ROUND OF THE THIRD MANOLOV INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Auditions begin at 1.30pm

Award Ceremony and Winners Gala Concert begins at 7.30pm

(view program)