The New Millennium International Academy – Edition Ruse provides a unique fellowship opportunity that covers the full cost of tuition for all chosen students, as well as access to masterclasses and workshops.
Our Academy is committed to providing top-notch education and online learning opportunities for aspiring musicians who are motivated and dedicated. Our participants have the chance to learn from world-renowned musicians who are actively involved in the European music scenes.
We believe in promoting inclusivity, diversity, and gender equality, recognizing that talent knows no bounds in terms of gender, age, or background. To this end, we offer scholarships to support musicians from all walks of life.
All participants receive the opportunity to participate in a Concerto Competition, to be held on the first day of the Festival. The winners of the competition will be granted the extraordinary chance to display their musical skills and perform as soloists with the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra during the first part of the closing concert.
Violin: Miranda Liu (USA/Hungary)
Course languages: English, Hungarian, German, Spanish, (Russian)
Violin: Gabriel Croitoru (Romania)
Course languages: English, Romanian, French, Spanish
Clarinet: Boyan Ivanov (Bulgaria/UK)
Course languages: English, Bulgarian
Piano: János Balázs (Hungary)
Course languages: English, Hungarian
Piano: Ilya Kondratiev (Russia/UK)
Course languages: English, Russian
Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor – 1st movement, or 2nd and 3rd movements
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 – 1st movement, or 2nd and 3rd movements
Weber: Concertino in E-flat major, Op. 26
Elements of the application form:
Repertoire: Please write your repertoire in the appropriate place during your application, including the works or pieces that you would like to develop during the masterclasses. Please provide detailed information about the author’s name, the title of the work, and its duration.
Biography/CV: The CV includes the applicant’s personal information and summarizes their professional experiences, achievements, references, etc. The CV is an important tool for the admissions committee as it helps them get to know the applicant and determine their suitability for participation in the masterclasses.
Link to a short recording of a performance: The link should lead to a video recording of the applicant’s performance. This video allows the admissions committee to become familiar with the applicant’s performance, technique, style, etc. The recording should be brief and showcase the applicant’s performance.
It is important to note that the application period may be closed early by the festival if the maximum capacity is reached. Therefore, we recommend submitting the application as soon as possible to ensure the opportunity for participation.
The admissions committee will notify the selected participants within three weeks of the complete submission of the application to determine the suitability of the applicant for the masterclasses.
Praised by audiences and critics alike for her “perfect” (Oberbayerisches Volksblatt), “brilliant” (Salzburger Nachrichten), and “amazing” (playliszt.reblog.hu) technique, as well as for her mature and compelling interpretations, Miranda Liu is among the most exciting young violinists performing today. “Breathtaking” and “wonderful” (New Jersey Arts Maven), her extensive musical knowledge and emotional intensity can be heard in her performances of master works – from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras to the fresh new works of present day composers. She has performed on numerous concert stages throughout Europe (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK), Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan), and the USA.
Her prodigious talent has led to numerous first prizes at music competitions and performances around the world. She has soloed with prestigious orchestras such as Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and many others. She has an extensive repertoire of over sixty works for violin and orchestra and regularly performs at renowned music festivals.
Miranda Liu received her musical training at the Mozarteum Salzburg (the youngest violin student to be ever admitted into the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program at age 14) and at the Liszt Academy of Music (the youngest doctoral candidate to be admitted at age 20). In 2016, András Keller appointed her concertmaster of the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, one of Hungary’s oldest and leading symphony orchestras. Ms. Liu is a founder and 1st violinist of the renowned Central European String Quartet (CESQ) and V4 String Quartet and artistic director of the New Millennium International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.
Romanian violinist Gabriel Croitoru is the first prizewinner of both Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland-1979 and the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain-1991 as well as the best interpretation of works by Sarasate .
He is also the top prizewinner in other International Violin Competitions including Tibor Varga (second prize,- first prize not awarded), N.Paganini, Fritz Kreisler and has been hailed as “an exceptional violinist with impeccable technique “ in the French papers after winning second prize (first prize-not awarded) in Zino Francescatti International Violin Competition in 1987.
He has performed in over 1.000 performances as a soloist in front of an orchestra throughout Europe and Asia.
Gabriel has recitaled in numerous countries including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Bulgaria, ex-U.S.S.R., Hungary, Romania, etc. and took part in the masterclasses of prestigious Salvattore Accardo in 1982 and Zino Francescatti in 1988 .
Mr. Croitoru has been trained as a violinist in Romania, where he graduated from the Music High School of Bucharest in 1983 in the class of Prof. Mihai Constantinescu and from the Music University of Bucharest in 1987, where he studied with Prof. Modest Iftinchi.
Mr. Croitoru presently holds the position of soloist of Radio formation and choirs, permanent soloist of Ploieşti Philharmonic (Romania), he is the first violin of the “Transylvan” State String Quartett and the position of Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Music University in Bucharest. Since 2006, he has obtained doctor’s degree in the same University.
Along the years, he has been member of many national and international violin competitions.
Born in Yambol, Bulgaria, and based in London, UK since 2006 – Boyan Ivanov is one of the most promising clarinettists of his generation. He enjoys a diverse portfolio as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and has performed at many prestigious venues including the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall among others. Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London in 2010, Ivanov has since gone onto a vibrant freelance career, playing regularly with a variety of orchestras including the Hastings Philharmonic, Ensemble OrQuesta, Vox Vanguard, London Arts Orchestra among others. Recent engagements include successful tours to China with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria) in which he performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (December 2018) and L. Bassi’s “Rigoletto” Concerto-Fantasy (December 2019) as a soloist, and a debut concert in Brazil playing with Orquestra Sinfônica do Rio Grande do Norte.
János Balázs is a Hungarian pianist and a regular performer at world-class music venues, also artistic director of the György Cziffra Festival.
He graduated at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since he won the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition at the age of 16, he has become a highly influential personality of the Hungarian classical music life. Already before receiving his diploma he won prizes at 5 major competitions and received several awards, like the Liszt Ferenc-, Prima- and Gramofon Prizes and the Meritorious Artist of Hungary Award. In 2014 he was selected as the Rising Star Artist of the Season from among the artists of 19 countries. In 2017 he was awarded with the Musicians’ Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. He was member of the jury of Virtuosos, a classical talent show, and in 2018 was jury member of the French Cziffra Competition. In 2019-ben, at the age of 31 he was awarded with the Kossuth Prize and the title of the Young Steinway Artist.
He performed with soloists and conductors such as Mischa Maisky, Tamás Vásáry, José Cura, Vadim Repin, Charles-Olivieri Munroe, Pinchas Steinberg, Stéphane Denéve, Jukka Iisakkila, Ksenia Zharko, Roger Bausier, David Mathues, and Gwendolyn Masin. He gave concerts to great public acclaim at the most renowned concert halls of the world, like the Concertgebouw, the Cité de la Musique, the Palau de Musica, the Barbican Centre, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Teatro Colón (Bogota), the Bozar, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory (Toronto) and the „Cziffra-chapel” (Senlis).
With the intention of honouring and preserving the legacy of Georges Cziffra in 2016 he founded the Cziffra music festival and an award for talents.
A critically acclaimed pianist, Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Franz Liszt Budapest 2011, Franz Liszt Weimar 2011, the Fifth Tbilisi 2013, Brant Birmingham 2015 and Chappell Gold Medal in 2016. Born in Russia, he studied from the age of seven in Samara with the distinguished teacher Victoria Soifer and, from the age of 16, at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the People’s Artist of Russia Zinaida Ignatieva. In 2014 he moved to London in order to further his studies at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche and Sofia Gulyak, graduating with a Master of Performance and an Artist Diploma.
Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich, Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, the Palaceof Arts in Budapest and the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire. In 2011 Ilya was invited to work with Elisabeth Leonskaya at the Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Schilllingfurst, Germany and with Pavel Gililov at the Eppan Piano Academy in Italy. He has also worked with Dina Yoffe, Konstantin Shcherbakov, Willem Brons, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome Rose, Leslie Howard, Lang Lang and Arie Vardi. His repertoire is mostly based on classical and romantic music, but also includes many contemporary works. Recent performances featured Ilya performing all Beethoven violin sonatas.
In 2015 and 2017 Ilya was invited to the ‘Encuentro’ Festival in Santander and in 2016 appeared as a guest artist in the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey, and the Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria.
Together with the performing, Ilya is developing his teaching career and in 2019 he was appointed piano professor at the Royal College of Music London.
Places on all programmes are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to deserving applicants.
The NMICMF is continuously adapting to the coronavirus epidemic. We are pleased to announce that in 2023, the NMICMF Masterclasses will offer their students the greatest number of opportunities and the greatest flexibility.
The online courses will be available via Zoom app and will also be streamed live.