Violinist Anna Agafia Awarded Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Competition Prize

(Photograph credit score: Caroline Doutre)


Happening within the picturesque Swiss villages of Gstaad, Saanen, and Rougemont, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Competition is lead by Creative Director Renaud Capuçon.

Awarded yearly to an impressive younger worldwide instrumentalist the competition’s Thierry Scherz Prize will grant Anna Agafia the chance to report a solo album with an expert orchestra beneath the Swiss label, Claves Data.

At present serving as Artist in Residence on the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Anna was awarded first prize on the 2019 Tibor Varga Worldwide Violin Competitors in Sion, Switzerland, and third prize on the 2021 Stuttgart Worldwide Violin Competitors, in Stuttgart, Germany.

A graduate of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne the place she studied with Svetlana Makarova, she can be a former main prize winner on the Ginette Neveu, Marie Cantagrill, Ysaÿe, and Carl Nielsen Worldwide Violin Competitions.

The Violin Channel had an opportunity to meet up with Anna upon listening to of the newest accomplishment.

She shared that the competition was postponed by a 12 months as a result of pandemic and lived as much as her expectations. “It is among the festivals you possibly can’t assist however hear about repeatedly whenever you dwell in Switzerland — which I had been for a few years — because it attracts a few of the largest names on the musical stage (this 12 months included performances by, amongst others, Gidon Kremer and Maria João Pires),” she mentioned.

When requested how she felt about successful the Thierry Scherz Prize, Anna shared, “Whereas in Gstaad, I attempted to focus solely on the recital and the lesson with former Ysaÿe Quartet violinist Guillaume Sutre, the morning of every of our respective recitals. I hadn’t actually thought-about the potential for successful something — I simply felt extraordinarily glad to share some lovely musical moments with a corridor filled with heat and enthusiastic folks, and obtain new perception from Mr. Sutre on the items I carried out. Since they introduced the outcomes on the finish of the competition, I have been in considerably of a haze, unable to truly grasp what has occurred, and I’ll in all probability proceed feeling this fashion till I arrive at my first recording session!”

Whereas particulars of her new report with Claves Data are but to be disclosed, Anna has already chosen two concertos she needs to play. “I used to be contacted by the CEO of Claves Data virtually instantly after the top of the competition,” she mentioned. “I used to be astounded by the pace of the group course of, as I needed to make selections concerning, amongst different issues, the recording repertoire, earlier than it had even sunk in that I used to be going to report something.”

“Patrick Peikert, the CEO of Claves, who was additionally within the jury of the competition competitors, has already proved to be extraordinarily useful concerning mentioned sudden determination making, and I really feel assured placing my belief in his recording expertise,” she added. “He and I stay in shut contact with Renaud Capuçon as effectively, with a purpose to put collectively what is going to hopefully turn into a novel and fascinating album, anticipated to return out in time for subsequent 12 months’s Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.”


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