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This year, the II. International violin competition “Prime Violin” is opening for talented young violinists under the auspices of the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

The aim of the competition is to support young performers, stimulate their artistic growth and promote violin creation. The chairman of the international jury is the leading Czech violinist and pedagogue František Novotný. Other members of the jury: Ewald Danel (Bratislava, Slovakia), Ildikó Versánszky (Debrecen, Hungary).

Due to the epidemiological situation, the competition will be online.

František Novotný


A graduate of Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts – also studied violin with Zakhar Bron and ViktorTretiakov, prominent virtuosos and violin teachers. He took part in over twenty competitions, which he either won or received prizes and special…(more)

Ewald Danel


He studied the violin and conducting at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. After his studies he was Concertmaster of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak National Theatre Orchestra for two years. Since 1985 he has been the Concertmaster of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 he took over the position of Artistic Leader of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra after its founder Bohdan Warchal. As a soloist and conductor MrDanel has performed on the stages of almost all European countries, and Japan, Korea, Brazil, Russia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Panama, USA. In 2008–2014 he was the Principal Guest…(more)

Ildikó Versánszky


Violinist, profesor at the Kodály Zoltán Secondary School of Music and Music School – AMI in Debrecen. She is the head of the Department of string instruments. Also, she works at the Faculty of Music at Debrecen University as the Leading mentor. She is the soloist, concert master of the chamber orchestra Debreceni Lyra Szimfonikus Zenakar.

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