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International Classical Bridge 2021

ICF «International Music Bridge» at the initiative of the founder Oleksii Saranchin and R.Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy Of Music will connect the most gifted young musicians from all over the world in a global event.

«International Classical Bridge 2021» is an international online competition that brings together talented young musicians from all over the world through classical music and is an important step forward the professional future of each participant.

A star jury from Croatia, Georgia, Latvia, Switzerland and Ukraine gives participants the opportunity to express themselves internationally and compete among the most talented young people from around the world, establish professional linkages within other countries and build a real star bridge into the musical future.

The competition aims and objectives

  • searching and developing the creativity of kids and youth of Ukraine and worldwide;
  • to raise public awareness of issues of music education and upbringing;
  • revealing of young talented musicians who are able to continue the best traditions of the performing school;
  • promoting the integration of Ukraine into the world art space;
  • development and popularization of musical art through the selection of the best young performing talents of Ukraine and worldwide, and support them at the beginning of their creative development;
  • increasing the general level of professional performance among young people;
  • creation of conditions for the stage impersonation of abilities and skills, manifestation of individuality and giftedness of children and youth;
  • support in the formation of the competitiveness of young musicians which fosters development and prepares for professional activities in the future;
  • providing various opportunities for young musicians to realize their creative potential;
  • exchange of professional experience in musical performance in Ukraine and the world;
  • strengthening of cultural and creative connection between different educational institutions of culture and art.


Iryna Polstiankina (Ukraine) – Chairman of the Jury.

Iryna Polstiankina – pianist, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Executive director of the International Competition of Young Pianists in Memory of Volodymyr Horowitz and President of International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Horowitz competition. Head of the educational and methodical department, associate professor of the faculty of musical art of the R. Glier Kyiv Academy of Music.

Iryna Polstiankina – CEO of the International Festival «Kyiv Summer Music Evenings» since 1999, the International Festival «Virtuosos of the Planet» (Kyiv 2006-2010), the International «Summer Academy of Music», Kyiv since 2000. Arranging of the International Festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Volodymyr Horowitz Kyiv – New York – Moscow, 2003 with the participation of the Horowitz competition Prizewinners and Maestro Mykhail Pletnev.

Arranging concert tours of Horowitz competition’s Prizewinners in Ukraine, Russia, USA, Greece, Georgia, Croatia, Norway, France, Italy, Japan. etc.

She has been a juror for national and international competitions: National preselection for the classic Eurovision (Ukraine), «OPEN MUSIC.PIANO» (Ukraine), Viseu International Piano Competition (Portugal).

Sanja Drakuliс (Croatia) – piano.

Sanja Drakulic graduated in piano from the Music Academy in Zagreb. She studied musicology, organ and composition at the École Normale de Musique A. Cortot in Paris, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the Academy of Music in Zagreb (S. Horvat) and at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow (A. Pirumov, Y. Boutsko), winning the Master of Fine Arts degrees. Drakulic was awarded numerous prizes for compositions in Croatia and all over the World. 

Member of the composers’ unions of the three countries – Croatia, Russia and the UK, Sanja Drakulic is an active member of the international musical life today. Her works have been heard at major international forums of contemporary musical art in Croatia: Zagreb Biennale, Osor Musical Evenings, International Music Festival in Pula, Cro Patria in Split, summer music festivals in Labin, Lubenice, Rijeka, Zagreb, etc. and abroad at: Kamerfest ArsKosova in Pristina (Kosovo), Ivo Pogorelić Festival in Bad Wörishofen (Germany), Begegnungen in Innsbruck (Austria), Rassegna Polifonica Internazionale in Priverno (Italy), SpazioMusica in Cagliari (Italy), Two Days and Two Nights of New Music in Odessa (Ukraine), Icebreaker in Seattle (USA).

Sanja Drakulic is a professor of composition at the J. J. Strossmayer University of Osiijek and active participant of international educational programs for young performers and composers.

Roman Lopatynskyi (Ukraine) – piano.

Roman Lopatynskyi was born in Kyiv in 1993. As a laureate of over 20 international piano competitions, such as Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy and Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kyiv, he is one of Ukraine’s most prominent and aspiring young pianists.

Roman Lopatynskyi is member of the Heidelberg Festival Academy 2017.

He is a regular guest of renowned international concert halls and festivals such as Ginza Hall, Tokyo, Steinway Hall, New York, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St. Petersburg, the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, the Festival Heidelberger Frühling and shared successful collaborations with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken, Arena di Verona Orchestra  and the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He also had a debut in Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna.

Roman Lopatynskyi started to play the piano at the age of five and already won his first special price, the Silber Bell Ukraine, after three years. In 2009 the young pianist entered the class of Boris Petrushansky at the International Academy Incontry col Maestro in Italy. In the same year, he started studying with Sergii Riabov at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Andrii Pavlov (Ukraine) – violin.

Violinist Andrii Pavlov is a bright representative of the young generation of Ukrainian musicians.

As a soloist Andrii collaborated with Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kyiv Soloists, Lviv Philharmonic, New Era Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Camerata Kyiv, Poltava Symphony. His activities includes solo and chamber performances in Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Denmark, France, Portugal, Poland etc. Andrii has played in such concert venues as Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, UNESCO in Paris, Menuhin Forum in Bern.

In duo with pianist Valeriia Shulga Andrii is a prizewinner of Plovdiv International chamber music competition (Bulgaria, 2017) – Grand Prix, Salieri-Zinetti International chamber music competition (Italy, 2016) – Third prize and a special prize to the best violinist of the competition (Il Diploma della Giuria «violinista Al miglior edizione 2016» given by Rotary Club Verona) Johannes Brahms International competition (Austria, 2015) – Third prize etc.

In 2017 he has been awarded the Levko Revutsky Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

Since 2015 Andrii joint the teaching position at the Glier Municipal Academy of Music in Kyiv.

Andrii is a concertmeister of the New Era Orchestra and member of the Nota Bene Chamber Group.

Denis Severin (Switzerland) – cello.

Denis Severin graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied under professor Dmitry Miller. Сontinued his education under professor Daniel Grossgurin at the Geneva University of Music, professor Thomas Demenga at the Music Academy of Basel and professor Christophe Coin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). 

As a soloist he performs with many symphony orchestras: State Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), European Youth Symphony Orchestra (EU), Basel Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland), La Capella Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), Kyiv Soloists Chamber Orchestra and others.

Denis Severin is member of diverses chamber music and baroque ensembles: Spyros Piano Trio, Swiss Baroque Soloists, Les Solostes de Geneve (Switzerland), Ars Antiqua Austria, Wiener-Akademie (Austria), Ensemble Baroque de Limoges (France), Capella Gabetta, Harmonie Universelle (Germany).

Denis Severin collaborates with the world’s leading musicians and conductors, such as N. Gutman, C. Coin, S. Azzolini, J. Savall, C. Hogwood, A. Meneses, H. Holliger, C. Bartoli, Collegium Quartet (Kyiv) and others.

He regularly participates in international festivals in almost 20 countries of the world. He performs in the best symphony halls in the world.

Denis Severin is a professor of cello at the Geneva University of Music and the Bern University of Arts (Switzerland), where he teaches cello as a major, baroque cello as a minor and chamber music. Regularly gives summer master-classes in Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Georgia and Brazil.

Denis Severin serves as a jury member for a number of music competitions: International Chamber Music Competition (Illzach, France, March 2013), 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Monteux, Switzerland, March 2012) and Young Swiss Musicians Competition. He also became president of an international charitable organization Art Without Borders and an organizing committee member of the European String Teachers Association. 

He has records for famous labels, some of them were nominated for Grammy: Naxos Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm.

He has the archival recordings for radio and television in Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland.

Yaroslava Nekliaieva (Ukraine) – harp.

Artist of the National Ensemble of Soloists «Kyiv Kamerata», Professor of R. Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music, laureate of national and international competitions.

She graduated from R. Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music and Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music

In 2011-2013 she was a member of the international youth orchestra «I, Culture orchestra» (Poland) and participant of the international music festivals.

She collaborating with many Ukrainian and foreign orchestras such as The National Symphony Orchestra of UkraineAcademic Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of UkraineSymphony Orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble «Kyiv virtuosy», Chamber Ensemble «Kyiv soloists», Symphony Orchestra of the Zaporozhye Philharmonic, Chamber Ensemble of Contemporary Music «UHO» and others.

Co-founder of the author’s project «ARFAtecture» where she presents and promotes the harp chamber music.

Margaryta Khakimova (Georgia) – flute.

Margarita Khakimova – flutist, teacher, author of methods of teaching flute online for children, orchestral musician.

She studied at the R.Glier Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music and at the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music. She earned a master’s degree at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire.

Laureate of international competitions «I.C.M.U» (Odessa 2011, I prize), «Chamber music competition» (Tbilisi 2015, I prize) and others.

She participated in master classes of the world’s leading flutists: E. Furrer (Austria), S. Newbold (England), S. Coles (France), J. Scott (England), W. Takashi (Japan).

As a member of the International Symphony Orchestra «I, Culture Orchestra» performed in the best concert halls of Europe: (Warsaw, Gdansk, Prague, Berlin, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Edinburgh, Marseille, Santander, Madrid and others).

As a soloist she performed accompanied by: the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine, The National Ensemble of soloists «Kyivska kamerata», the State Symphony Orchestra of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra «Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra».

Participated in the 45th International Festival «New Music» (Darmstadt, Germany, 2010), «International Edinburgh Festival» (2014), «Baltic Sea Festival» (Stockholm, Sweden, 2014), «Ukrainian days» (Tbilisi, Georgia, 2014), «Telavi International music festival» (Telavi, Georgia, 2019) and others.

Margarita collaborated with the world’s leading conductors, such as Sir Neville Marriner, Pavel Kotla, Kirill Karabits, Ariel Zuckermann, Lukash Borovichi and Ilyich Rivas.

Konstantin Timokhine (Switzerland) – horn.

Konstantin Timokhin received his musical education at Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum (class of teacher A. Kirpan), where he studied French horn, violin and piano. He is a graduate of the Kyiv Conservatory (class of Professor N. Yurchenko) and Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, which he graduated with honors in the class of Professor Bruno Schneider (French horn). The next step in his musical education was studying at the Zurich University of the Arts under the direction of David Johnson, from which he successfully graduated and received another diploma as a solo artist. Konstantin took additional courses on playing the baroque and natural French horn in the class of Glen Borling.

Konstantin Timokhine won the first prize of both the International Horn Competition in Minsk (Belarus) and the Competition CNEM Riddes (Switzerland).

At the age of 17 the virtuoso soloist made his debut with the Ukrainian Youth Orchestra on a concert tour in Japan.

Konstantin Timokhin has an international career performing with symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Colorado Quartet (USA), the Fidelio and the Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the YOFIN Baroque Ensemble in Zurich. He performed with Cecilia Bartoli in her Grammy-winning “Sacrificium” program.

Also After being the solo hornist in the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and hornist in the Zurich Opera Orchestra, he is now the principal horn player in the Basle Chamber Orchestra, touring regularly with internationally renowned soloists and conductors, performing in all the world’s large concert halls.

Habitually he plays as solo hornist in the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), with the Musiciens du Louvre under Mark Minkowski (France) and the Giardino Armonico (Italy) under Giovanni Antonini. 

His extraordinary musicality enthralls audience and press alike.

Konstantin Timokhine has recorded for several prestigious labels such as Sony and Naïve, as well as for various radio stations.

Andrei Pushkarev (Ukraine-Latvia) – percussion.

Andrei PushkarevSolo vibraphonist, percussionist, composer, arranger.

Soloist of Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra created by world-famous violinist Gidon Kremer. As a soloist he performs in numerous concert halls all around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg etc.

As a chamber musician he has performed with renowned musicians including Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Vadim Repin, Sol Gabetta, Julius Berger, Julian Rachlin, Alexander Zemtsov, Mario Brunello, Lukas Debargue, Plamena Mangova, Alexander Knyazev, Sergei Dogadin, Lukas Geniusas, Didier Lockwood, Michel Portal, Peter Sadlo, David Friedman, Emmanuel Sejourne.

World Awards: Grammy Award (CD «After Mozart», 2001), Echo Award (2002), Deutsche Schallplatte (solo CD «Bach Vibrations», 2007), Pro Europe Award (2004).

Arranger-composer of ballets «Don Juan» (2017) and «The Lady of the Camellias» (2020).

Since 2009 Andrei Pushkarev has been regularly giving Master-classes all around the world (North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia). He has served as a juror in numerous International percussion competitions such as TROMP percussion competition (Netherlands), International PAS Competition (Italy), Northwestern Competition (USA) and many others.

Since 2013 he is endorser and the official performer of Majestic Percussion™ and Innovative Percussion™. 

The competition is held by age categories:

Category A (age range from 6 to 9 full years at the time of the competition);

Category B (age range from 10 to 14 full years at the time of the competition);

Category C (age range from 15 to 19 full years at the time of the competition).



Strings (violin, cello, double-bass, harp);

Wind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone) and percussion.

Total Prize fund

US $15,000.


Grand Prix – Grand Prix Winner Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $1000.

«The Audience Award» – Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $100.

Category A (age range from 6 to 9 full years at the time of the competition):

І prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $300;

II prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $200;

III prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $100.

Category B (age range from 10 to 14 full years at the time of the competition):

І prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $600;

II prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $400;

III prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $200.

Category C (age range from 15 to 19 full years at the time of the competition):

І prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $700;

II prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $500;

III prize – Laureate Diploma and cash prize in the amount of US $250.

Special prizes from our partners, sponsors are also prepared for the participants.

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