The international music competition “Hopes, Talents, Masters”, Dobrich is held annually in the month of September in the city of Dobrich under the patronage of the mayor of the city. In the long 25-year history of the Competition “Hopes, Talents, Masters” – which has become one of the emblems of cultural life in Dobrich, eminent musicians and teachers have participated as members of the international jury. This is an opportunity for creative communication between different generations, since in addition to the competition part, master classes, lectures, etc. are held. For many of the young talents, this competition gives a powerful impetus to their professional growth, and for the best, it is the start of their successful international career.
At this year’s edition, which will be held on September 5 – 9, 2022, the jury will be – the inspirer and its honorary chairman Prof. Viktor Chuchkov, Prof. Ginka Gichkova /violin/, Prof. Ognyan Konstantinov /viola/, Assoc. Marina Kapitanova /piano/, Dr. Milena Maneva – Valcheva /classical guitar/.
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For 2022, the instrument types for the soloist categories are piano, violin, viola, classical guitar. The categories: Teacher / student, Accompaniment are of interest. There is also a great variety in the Chamber Ensemble category. Prize winners receive a Diploma and a cash prize from the organizers – Municipality of Dobrich. There have been editions in which the highest prize “Grand Prix” was not awarded, which speaks of its high requirements. The contest is included in the Program for the Protection of Gifted Children of the Ministry of Culture, for whose methodological assistance the Organizing Committee is particularly grateful.
In addition to the prizes announced in the Regulations, we are happy to announce another big prize at the 25th edition of the Competition.
The International Festival “Sofia Music Weeks” chaired by Prof. Momchil Georgiev will present a Special Award / participation in a concert or master class in the upcoming 54th edition of the Festival in 2023 / to 2 participants based on a motivated proposal of the jury. This is an even greater motivation for the participants to perform at the level – an opportunity to touch the spirit of this prestigious music forum, presenting examples of the performing arts.
The competition has Regulations and accompanying documents published on the website of the Municipality. The ranking protocols are also published there after the end of each competition day. The organizers provide suitable rehearsal rooms, assist in the provision of accompanists and the overall comfort of the participants and their companions. The competition part takes place in the Neli Bozhkova Hall of Mirrors in the city, and the pianists have the privilege of playing on a Steinway grand piano.
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After the competition part is finished and the laureates are determined, there is the award ceremony, followed by their performances. And the most unique thing is the concert performed by the members of the jury, which turns the tense competition days into a real celebration of classical music.
For this year, 61 applications were submitted. soloists, in the category Accompaniment – 2 pcs., Teacher/student – 2 pcs., Chamber music – 9 pcs. ensembles, incl. Piano Trio on 1 Piano and Wind Quintet.
Apart from all over Bulgaria, there are participants from China and the Royal College of Music, London.
All documents are published on the official website of the Municipality of Dobrich.