Eleven-year-old violinist wins Grand Prix in Italy
Victor Vassilev once again reflects praise on Bulgaria. Only two months ago, he was acclaimed also in Brussels
7 June, 2018
Eleven-year-old violin player Victor Vassilev brought the Grand Prix from a high-profile international contest in Italy. The Andrea Postacchini violin competition in Fermo, Italy, is a magnetic musical event for the violin players of the world and has always been a springboard of a sort for many young talents who already give concerts around the world, says Victor's mother Svetlana Vassileva. “Victor took part in the contest along with the participants from around the globe, in the 1st age category he competed with children from Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Singapore and Mongolia. The participants were attested by an international jury panel consisting of eight renowned violin teachers and performers. According to the competition rules, all prizes are non-dividable. Only one top prize is awarded, followed by the second, third, and fourth - as an honourable mention,” she said further. Victor won the grand prize in his age category and took part in the award ceremony and gala concert. The Italian national TV aired the concert live.This is not the first competition that Victor takes part in. Only two months earlier, in March, he returned with a top prize from another high-profile contest - Arthur Grumiaux young violinists' competition in Brussels. In 2015, he brought grand prize from the international competition for young talents in Nis, Serbia. At the tender age of nine, in 2016, Victor won the grand prize at the 58th edition of the International Kocian violin competition and in 2017 received the top award at the international Bohdan Warchal contest for string instruments in Slovakia.Victor Vassilev was born in Plovdiv in 2007. He started playing violin at the age of four when he first met Darina Dankova, renowned violin teacher. Parallel with that, he was a second-year extraordinary junior student at the New Bulgarian University - Sofia in the class of Prof. Mario Hossen of Austria. He took part in masterclasses taught by world-famous performers and violin teachers.
The young talent receives deserved ovations. Photo: Personal archives