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Blaz Sparovec wins Nielsen Clarinet Competition

Blaz Sparovec wins Nielsen Clarinet Competition

This article was posted on 27 Apr 2019.

Congratulations to 24-year-old Slovenian clarinettist Blaz Sparovec who has won the 2019 International Nielsen Clarinet Competition. 2nd prize was awarded to Aron Chiesa (22, Italy) and 3rd prize to Victor Diaz (22, Spain).

Following a pre-selection video round, 24 players aged 19-27 from 15 countries were invited to attend the live finals in Odense, Denmark on 20-30 March. After three rounds, three finalists were selected for the grand final, tasked with performing from memory the first movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. This year's clarinet jury consisted of: Paul Meyer (chair), Michael Collins, Svante Wik, Michel Portal, Boris Allakhverdyan, Yehuda Gilad, Claudio Bohóquez, Mats Engström, and Marco Feklistoff.

As competition winner, Sparovec receives €12,000, a solo CD recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and potential performance opportunities with up to 10 orchestras worldwide. Sparovec studied in Ljubljana with Andrej Zupan before completing his studies with François Benda at the University of Arts in Berlin. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Slovenian National Philharmonic, Slovenian National Radio Orchestra and Göttinger Symphonieorchester. Since 2015, he has occupied the principal clarinet chair at the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and is associate clarinet professor at the University of Arts in Berlin.

High definition videos of performances from every round of the competition are available for free on Medici TV.

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