2015: Ramon van Engelenhoven
Foto: Foppe Schut
Ramon van Engelenhoven (1995) began playing the piano on the age of six and currently studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2012 he got awarded the first prize at the Dutch Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, after which he represented his country at the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany. In 2013, he received the first prize at the national Princess Christina Competition. In the same year he was also selected to represent the Netherlands at the final round of the Lions European Music Competition in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ramon regularly gives concerts and recitals in the Netherlands. He has performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and played live for the Dutch Radio 4. He has also performed at the CIMA festival in Italy and participated in a tour to Greece at the invitation of the Princess Christina Competition. In 2014, he performed in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco) and Canada (Calgary, Vancouver) at the invitation of the Netherland America Foundation.
2013: Rosalía Gómez Lasheras
Having started her piano studies at age 5 with Alexander Gold, Rosalía obtained the Extraordinary Award of Santiago Conservatory in 2011. She entered the Utrecht Conservatory in that same year, where she’s currently in her third Bachelor year, studying with Maestro Alan Weiss. She also met and received advice from such important musicians as Bruno Canino, Julian Martin, Dominique Weber, Imre Rohmann, Lilya Zilberstein, Claudio Martínez Menher, Fou Ts’ong, Galina Egyarzarova, Dimitri Bashkirov and Elisabeth Leonskaja among others. After performing in the main cities in Spain (Galicia, León, Córdoba, Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid) and winning numerous first prizes in the most prestigious competitions, i.a. the XVI Piano Competition Infanta Cristina (Madrid, 2012), the XV Cicle de Primavera (Barcelona, 2012), the Chopin Award at the VII Piano Competition Alto Minho (Portugal, 2010), etc.; her career’s international breakthrough led her to participate in renowned events i.a. the International Summer Academy Mozarteum, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and the ”Moscow Meets Friends” Festival (to which she was invited by the Spivakov Foundation), as well as to many other important stages in The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Russia. She has a wide experience playing as a soloist with several orchestras, from which her performance of Mozart’s Jeune-homme Concerto under the direction of conductor Philippe Herreweghe stands out. She has been praised by critics and important music personalities for her outstanding artistic maturity. Due to her broad interests, she is also highly active on the fields of Chamber Music and, more recently, Historical Performance. Alan Weiss endorses her the following way: “She is surely among the highest echelon of very gifted young artists I've had the privilege of teaching during my 27-year plus career of piano professorship”.
2010: Daniël van der Hoeven
Daniël van der Hoeven (Amerongen, 1985) started piano lessons at the age of seven with Frits Kroese in Amersfoort. From 2003 till 2008 he studied with Ellen Corver at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague followed by the Master-course with Naum Grubert at the same conservatory, where he graduated in June 2010. In April 2010 he won the first prize, a CD-recording and the Yuri Egorov Gold Medal at the 4th YPF National Piano Competition at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. Prizes at the Princess Christina Competition lead to an appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York in the fall of 2005. He appeared outside the Netherlands in Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Poland and the U.S.. He played as a soloist with various Dutch orchestras, such as the JeugdOrkest Nederland and the Utrechtsch Studenten Concert. Prizes that he won in the Princess Christina Competition led to a performance in Carnegie Hall in New York in the fall of 2005. He was the winner in March of 2013 of the International Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany (2nd prize - no 1st prize awarded). At the International Bach Competition in Leipzig (Germany, 2014) he received a Special Prize. In 2010 he won the 4th YPF National Pianocompetition, held in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, which included a CD recording and the Yuri Egorov Gold Medal. He has been featured as soloist with numerous Dutch orchestras and made his début in November 2013 with the ASKO Schönberg Ensemble. He received a 2nd Prize and "Murs du Son"-prize at the 2015 Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition. Daniël van der Hoeven is also a passionate chamber musician. He attended master classes and took private lessons with Brigitte Engerer, professor at the Conservatoire Supérieure in Paris. He also attended master classes with Oxana Yablonskaya, Boris Berman and Stefan Vládar. Shortly his first CD will be released with works by Prokofiev and Bartók.
In 2013, his first CD was released with works by Prokofiev and Bártok. It was received very well by the press. In the fall of 2014, his second CD will be released with a very interesting program of works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.
2007: Thomas Beijer
Thomas Beijer (1988) is a young pianist and composer who is praised for his excellent technique and artistic integrity. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory and followed master classes with i.a. Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia and Pascal Devoyon. After winning the YPF National Piano Competition 2007 he placed himself at the top of a new generation young pianists in the Netherlands. The jury described him as a ‘very interesting musical personality with distinctive ideas about music. A true artist’. Since he was ten years old Thomas gives recitals in Europe and Asia and as a soloist he played piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Franck, Ravel, Gershwin and Adams with i.a. the Residentie Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. He worked with conductors such as Neeme Järvi and Ed Spanjaard. His repertoire covers seventeenth century music till contemporary compositions included. He has a special affinity for Spanish music. Works by Albéniz, Granados and De Falla are regularly part of his programs. Thomas is a versatile musician. Besides his solo-appearances he is also active as a composer and chamber musician. He is a regular guest of the chamber music ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2008 Thomas Beijer’s debut CD with works by Brahms was released. His second CD with music by Rachmaninov followed in 2013. Lyrone Records offered Thomas a contract which resulted in the release of Canción y Danza.
2004: Nino Gvetadze
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Nino Gvetadze studied with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Koomen and Jan Wijn. Nino received various awards. The most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. Nino received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. She performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik and Jaap van Zweden and with the Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra among others. Nino has given various recitals all over the world, among those in Hannover, Bayreuth, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival and the Bunka Kaikan Hall Tokyo. Highlights of the 2013/14 season include a recital in the Concertgebouw Robeco Summer Nights, Tchaikovsky’s Concert no. 2 with the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven no. 4 with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and many others. Nino recorded 3 solo CD’s: Piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninov Preludes opus 23, 32 and ‘Widmung’ with Liszt piano works (Orchid Classics). Nino Gvetadze plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Foundation.
2001: Hanna Shybayeva
Having started her international career at the age of eleven, Hanna Shybayeva transformed from being a child prodigy to the mature and exciting musician she is today. She enjoys her solo performances as much as being a partner in both chamber- and vocal music. Born in 1979 in a family of musicians Hanna began her piano education at the age of six. She won many prizes in Europe and the U.S. and was busy participating in festivals, giving solo recitals and concert performances with orchestras in Europe, Russia and the U.S., such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Dortmund and the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. She worked with conductors such as Yaron Traub, Hans Leenders and Neeme Järvi and was awarded grants by Unesco/New Names, the Spivakov Foundation, the Yuri Egorov Foundation, Yamaha Music Europe and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation. At the age of eighteen Hanna left her hometown (Minsk) and after having spent a year travelling through Europe, she came to the Netherlands to continue her studies with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she graduated in 2005 with the highest distinction. In 2001 she won the two top-prizes at the YPF National Piano Competition in Amsterdam. She released her second CD, after which she appeared as soloist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Since then her numerous performances include appearances at the annual Prinsengracht Concerts & Festival (Amsterdam), Vredenburg Utrecht, The Vereeniging Concert Hall in Nijmegen and many other venues in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., Ireland, the U.S. and Canada. Since 2008 she is a core member of the New European Ensemble and she participated in a documentary film based on Prokofiev’s ‘The Unfinished Diaries’ produced in Canada. Her CD-album with Schubert Sonatas was released in February 2009 on Brilliant Classics label and in 2012 she recorded the complete Etudes-Tableaux opus 33 and opus 39 by Rachmaninov.