International Cello Competition
Antonio Janigro

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Antonio Janigro
JUNIOR

 

25 Jan – 1 Feb 2020

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Antonio Janigro

 

1 Feb – 7 Feb 2020

Antonio Janigro

(1918 – 1989)

Cellist, conductor and pedagogue, is regarded as one of the greatest European musicians of our times. He studied at the Conservatory in Milan and at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. His career of a soloist started when he was still a student, and led him to many music centers where he performed with distinguished orchestras and conductors as well as with instrumentalists such as pianists Carlo Zecchi, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Dinu Lipatti. In 1939, he settled in Zagreb where he worked for many years, teaching at the Beethoven Music School and the Music Academy. He also led the Zagreb Radio Television (now Croatian Radio Television) Chamber Orchestra and founded the Zagreb Soloists. After almost three decades in Croatia, he left for Milan where he led the Angelicum Ensemble. His next stop was Saarbrücken and the Chamber Radio-Orchestra, followed by Düsseldorf where he remained for many years teaching at the Robert Schumann Conservatory. He spent some time in Salzburg leading the Camerata Accademica Ensemble, and holding master-classes at the Mozarteum, as well as in Portugal, the UK, and Canada. In Turin, he delivered a master class during the Music Meetings, and near the end of his life, he was active in the Romano Romani Foundation in Brescia. Antonio Janigro’s contribution to Croatian music is enormous. He was an artist of subtle taste, a great erudite, intimately familiar with musical literature, a cellist of beautiful tone, luxuriant interpretation and brilliant technique, and a conductor who greatly indebted our country with his masterly stylistic interpretations. As a chamber musician, he played in the legendary piano trio Maček-Šulek-Janigro. His teaching helped rear a whole range of excellent musicians.

In Zagreb, Janigro had no rivals, only partners in making music, and above all in learning.

Antonio Janigro deserves great words, he deserves even the paraphrase of Kennedy’s famous words of Churchill: ‘Never was so much owed by so many to one man.’ And truly, Croatian people owe a great deal to this Italian musician.
He came to Zagreb at the very beginning of the World War II.
He brought his 21 years of age and two degrees: one from the Milan Conservatory, and one from Casals and Alexanian’s École Normale de Musique in Paris, but he also came with several concert cruises around the world behind him.
He needed a peaceful, neutral harbor from which he could set off as soon as the world in war renewed its interest in music. As it usually happens, temporary solutions turn out to be the long lasting ones: Janigro stayed in Zagreb for 30 years.
The remaining 20 years he spent in the music centers of Europe (Salzburg, Stuttgart, etc.)…

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In Zagreb, Janigro had no rivals, only partners in making music, and above all in learning.
He did not find it underneath him to take lessons with professor Huml, because he felt that the methods used by the founder of Zagreb’s school of cello could improve his own technique of handling the bow.
Since Zagreb could not boast with a prominent cellist prior to his arrival, he taught the beginner students, but also decided to become a beginner student himself – a student of conducting.
If there is anything worth the Apollonian-Dionysian dichotomy, and if we agree that Rostropovich, for example, belongs to the Dionysian type (because of the extreme dramatics of his musical interpretations, passionate engagement in social events, Faustian anxieties in spiritual actuality), then Janigro is the archetype of the Apollonian. To those who heard him play live, only one of his records will suffice to realize it. But Janigro belonged to the Apollonian tribe as a citizen as well, and as an intellectual, a pedagogue, a European, and a business man; he was characterized by clarity, sobriety, clear-mindedness, lucidity.
Few people in the post-war Europe were able to foresee with such precision what was going to happen to the trends of music and to the concert market: that the baroque masters would become fashionable and that innumerable small, but perfectly precise chamber ensembles would arise and develop a new culture of both performance and listening.
Since he knew the Croatian music mentality better than anyone before him, he immediately recognized the incredible opportunity given to the excellent string players, who (either due to the narrowness of social surroundings or to the spiritual narrowness of Huml’s old school) could not rise to the solo status, but rather sank into the anonymity of orchestral ensembles. A way out for all those talents was in a paradoxical dialectic leap: a soloist ensemble. Virtuosi di Zagabria

ZVONIMIR BERKOVIĆ (1928 – 2009) – publicist, music and film critic, film director, screenplay writer, university professor )

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10000 Zagreb

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Antonio Janigro

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10000 Zagreb

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7th INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION ANTONIO JANIGRO

Will be held from 1st until 7th of February 2020 at the Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, Gunduliceva 6A, Zagreb, Croatia.

Eligibility:

Open to the cellists born on or after January 1, 1985.

Application Deadline:

Online applications are available from April 15, 2019 until November 30, 2019, 12 o’clock midnight (Croatian time).

With the application form please enclose:
  • a copy of the Applicant’s official document proving the Applicant’s age, such as a passport
  • a short curriculum vitae with the description of the professional career
  • photograph of the Applicant, taken within six months of the date of application.
    Photograph must be high quality. Photograph must be free of copyright. Photographs will be used in official programs, on the Competition’s official website, and for other public relations purposes.
  • entry fee of 100 EUR must be paid by bank transfer into the bank account written below.
    All bank charges shall be borne by the Applicant.
    The entry fee is not refundable for any reason.
  • Uploading of video data containing the Applicant’s performance of the repertoire pieces for the First stage.
    Acceptable file formats are AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV ili FLV with audio encoded in 2-channel (stereo).
    An automatic audio volume control function of video camera (AGC, ALC, etc.) shall not be used.
    Acceptable video resolution quality is 720p or 1080p.
    The Applicant must upload the video data of his or her performance of all pieces listed below (a, b. c).
    The following information shall be included in the filename: the Applicant’s name in full, and the full titles of the chosen pieces.(NO additional information such as name of accompanist, date/place of recording, etc. shall be included in the filename.)
    The recording must be made on or after November 1, 2018.
    All pieces of the Applicant’s choice from above repertoire must be recorded on the same day at the same venue.
    The video data must be unedited, taken from the same camera angle throughout and must clearly show the Applicant’s hands and face.
    The video data may be excluded from judgment if it was perceived that the hand movement of the Applicant during his or her performance does not synchronize with the sound.
    The video data must NOT contain, in image or in sound, the name of the Applicant.

UNISON COMPETITIONS
7th International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro
Brozova 8a, 10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
IBAN: HR7323600001102496982
SWIFT: ZABAHR2X

All applicants will receive a reply of acceptance by 30th December 2019 at the latest.

JANIGRO COMPETITION reserves all the rights for the radio, TV and internet broadcasts during the Competition without compensation to the participants.
In case of misunderstanding caused by translation, the text in Croatian is binding.

The competitors have to report at least a day prior to the beginning of the Competition at the Competition Head Office, Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, Gunduliceva 6A, Zagreb, and prove their identity by showing their passports. The performance sequence will be drawn publicly. Participants must be present during the letters drawing on February 1st 2020 at the Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, the exact time will be announced on time.

Competition Propositions

All compositions must be performed by memory, with the exception of duo sonatas.
All performances shall be open to the public.
The Jury reserves the right to reduce the length of performance.
Decisions of the Jury are irrevocable.
Any incorrect information stated in the application will not be permitted.

12th INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION ANTONIO JANIGRO JUNIOR

Will be held from 25th of January until 1st of February 2020 at the Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, Gunduliceva 6A, Zagreb, Croatia.

Eligibility:

Open to the cellists born
Pre-category: born on 2011 and later
1st Category: born on 2009 and later
2nd Category: born on 2007 and later
3rd Category: born on 2005 and later
4th Category: born on 2003 and later
5th Category: born on 2001 and later
6th Category: born on 1999 and later

Application Deadline:

Online applications are available from April 15, 2019 until November 30, 2019, 12 o’clock midnight (Croatian time).

With the application form please enclose:
  • a copy of the Applicant’s official document proving the Applicant’s age, such as a passport
  • a short curriculum vitae with the description of the professional career
  • photograph of the Applicant, taken within six months of the date of application.
    Photograph must be high quality. Photograph must be free of copyright. Photographs will be used in official programs, on the Competition’s official website, and for other public relations purposes.
  • entry fee of 100 EUR must be paid by bank transfer into the bank account written below.
    All bank charges shall be borne by the Applicant.
    The entry fee is not refundable for any reason.

UNISON COMPETITIONS
7th International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro
Brozova 8a, 10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
IBAN: HR7323600001102496982
SWIFT: ZABAHR2X

All applicants will receive a reply of acceptance by 30th December 2019 at the latest.

JANIGRO COMPETITION reserves all the rights for the radio, TV and internet broadcasts during the Competition without compensation to the participants.
In case of misunderstanding caused by translation, the text in Croatian is binding.

The competitors have to report at least a day prior to the beginning of the Competition at the Competition Head Office, Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, Gunduliceva 6A, Zagreb, and prove their identity by showing their passports. The performance sequence will be drawn publicly. Participants must be present during the letters drawing on February 1st 2020 at the Croatian Music Institute: Concert Hall, the exact time will be announced on time.

Competition Propositions

All compositions must be performed by memory, with the exception of duo sonatas.
All performances shall be open to the public.
The Jury reserves the right to reduce the length of performance.
Decisions of the Jury are irrevocable.
Any incorrect information stated in the application will not be permitted.