Amazing Virtuosos’ shows are just around the corner

The TV competition will include young talents from Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Serbia

The final phase of the sixth season of Hungarian show in TV format – Virtuosos, is fast approaching. It is a unique classical music talent competition featuring performers up to twenty years old from Visegrad Four +. This year along with Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, will join Serbia.

This not to be missed get-together recognises, encourages and rewards talent and performance skills and its aim is to promote the classical musical diversity of the participating countries and to highlight the common cross-border culture in Central and Eastern Europe.

Beginning on 27 November, TV channels from all five participating countries will broadcast the programme every Friday, at 8.30 pm until 18 December.

In the time of lockdowns, the show will reach up to 70 million people, highlighting as well the rich musical traditions, wonderful sights and great music venues of these countries.

In the final, there will be five winners, one from each country and 5 special prizes. Each of them will be granted €15,000 and will be offered solo performance or concert opportunity with an international artist.

To set the scene, each of the countries have already selected its four little virtuosos. The members of the international permanent jury are Erika Miklosa, Hungarian coloratura soprano, Alicja Wegorzewska, Polish mezzo-soprano, Gabriela Bohacova, Czech music festival director, Peter Valentovic, Slovak conductor, and musician. Serbia is represented alternately by violinist Nemanja Radulovic and Silvana Grujic, music director, pianist and musicologist, Serbian public TV.

In each show, different international stars are entering in the role of the Super Jury. In the first semi-final it will be British-Russian composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev . Afterwards, Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov will enter the Super Jury. In the third show, Coco Konig, the Austrian-Hungarian origin actress, will take on this task. The special guest and the Super Jury member at the closing final will be Maestro Placido Domingo.

The gala concert will take place at the Palace of Arts in Budapest with the participation of world-renowned stars, the jury and the winner Virtuosos from this edition and from previous seasons.

In Hungary so far, the Virtuosos discovered many talents, who have already performed with Andrea Bocelli, or have been conducted by Maestro Domingo. Their talent was presented in emblematic venues around the globe, like Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic, Covent Garden in London, or the International Forum in Tokyo.

Mariann Peller, creator, founder and producer of the Virtuosos said that the mission of the programme is to support a young generation that can help the region move to the forefront of cultural and economic fields on a global scale. She pointed out that Virtuosos seek to provide these young people with spiritual food and cultural richness. The implementation of the programme is backed by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities.


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