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Congratulations to all the participants of this year's edition of the Double Bass Extravaganza!! The academy home was full of bulky instruments and low tones, lot's of smiles, laughter and inspiration. Thank you to Olivier Thiery, Rodrigo Moro Martín and Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz for their great work and for presenting a beautiful and exciting concert on Saturday evening. A highlight of the season to be sure!

An absolute triumph for Davidsbündler Academist, Ivan Petrenko in winning the first prize at the Kharkiv Meets Zurich 15th International Volodymyr Krainev Competition for Young Pianists, one of the most prestigious. The competition normally takes place in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine but is in residence this year in Zurich, Switzerland. Ivan took first prize (no second prize awarded), performed tonight in the winners concert and tomorrow runs back to the Netherlands to perform different repertoire, the Grieg piano concerto, with the Britten Youth Orchestra at Dalfsen Klassiek! At 15, he's already leading the life of a concert artist!

What a week it is with Yulianna Beziazychna winning 1st prize at the Bartok international piano competition in Graz. Today we got the news that the three finalists of the Steinway Concours are Tatiana Abaieva's students at the DBA Jasmin Jin and Yulianna Beziazychna and Borys Fedorov's student at the Sweelink Academy, Ido Andeweg who will be performing in the finals on March 10th at the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam. And lastly, Akari Bastiaens is in the finals of the Steinway Competition / Belgium and will be performing in the finals at the Bozar, Brussels on March 3rd.

Master teacher Tatiana Abayeva (with help from Borys Fedorov as well) has a lot to be proud of!! Tatiana and Borys' successes pay tribute to the artistry they share and the enormous dedication they give to their students, as well as the philosophy of the academy to help develop the artistry of these young talents in a cozy and stimulating musical environment.

A beautiful portrait of the Klassiek op het Amstelveld festival, at which a number of Davidsbündler Music Academy students and mentors performed. Antonio Biancaniello and Yulianna Beziazychna made their debuts as soloists with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra as well as Akari Bastiaens and Yulianna with the fantastic Sinfonia Rotterdam. Then, as a festival closer the DBA presented a side-by-side children's concert with Borys Fedorov's "Adventures of Mowgli" and Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals", together with Residency Orchestra concertmaster Wouter Vossen, oboist Aisling Casey, ANNA FEDOROVA, Concertgebouw double bassist Nicholas Schwartz, flautist Camille Schneegans and a big and very international group of students! Great memories of a dream festival Tatiana Chevtchouk can be extremely proud of.

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