World Chamber Music E-Competition 2021


The “Napolinova World Chamber Music E-Competition” 2021 is created with the goal of providing young musicians with an opportunity to show their creativity. The pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists continue to work hard and we want to give them a chance to present themselves and their progress. This Competition is organized by “Napolinova”, a musical association that has for more than twenty years engaged in the promotion of young artists through the creation of musical events. The jury members reside on different continents, but each is known worldwide. We will avail ourselves of their great experience and expertise, and ensure that the whole process is fair and transparent. The complete list of applicants will be made public. Winners will receive wide exposure through broadcasts, social media, and even live concerts, to help their artistic career.
Scholarships and concerts will be awarded at winners. Ex-aequo are allowed. In case of ex-aequo, the prizes will be divided. The scholarships awarded will be equal to 50 % of the registration fees paid for this Competition. At the conclusion of the competition, participants who do not win prizes can choose whether to make their videos public, or keep them unlisted. The winners must immediately go on YouTube or YouKu and make sure their videos’ settings are switched to “public”. Those videos will be posted on the “Napolinova” Association’s Facebook Page and in social the jury members.



A) ensembles of musicians born from 01/01/2003 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes

B) ensemble of musicians born from 01/01/1995 and younger. Video duration max 10 minutes

C) ensemble of musicians no age limit. Video duration max 15 minutes 

Contestants may choose to apply to any one category, so long as they are not older than the age limit.


in alphabetic order

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violinist (University of Connecticut - USA)
Ivan Vukčević, violist (Menuhin Music Academy Gstaad - Svizzera)
Haejeon Lee, pianist (SookMyung Women’s University - Korea)
Xin Lu, cellist (Central Conservatory of Music BeiJing - China)
Milan Rericha, clarinetist (Solo clarinet Prague Festival Orchestra - PWO )



The winners the online concert will be awarded the chance to perform a live-streamed concert from a location of their choice. Duration will depend on their age and repertoire, but in any case total duration will not exceed 30 minutes. Prize winners may decide to record a performance instead of streaming it live. Either the live or the recorded performance will be published on the "Napolinova" Facebook page, and on the Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, or Youku platforms of the jury members.

Application Fees

Cat. A: Duo € 60 - Trio € 90 – Quartet € 120 – Quintet € 150
Cat. B: Duo € 80 - Trio € 120 – Quartet € 160 – Quintet € 200
Cat. C: Duo € 100 - Trio € 150 – Quartet € 200 – Quintet € 250

Applications must be received in full. Any bank fees must be paid by the sender,
or the application will be deemed not valid.

(in alphabetical order)


Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, hailed by critics for her “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glen Gould Studio, Curtis Institute Field Concert Hall, Italian Academy in New York City, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Astoria Music Festival (Portland), Tchaikovsky Hall (Kyiv), and at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Ivakhiv has made solo appearances with the International Symphony, Istanbul State Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China, the AACC, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Her debut album, Ukraine-Journey to Freedom, released on Labor Records with NAXOS of America was featured among the top four classical albums on iTunes. Her album of Mendelssohn Concertos, featuring the “other” violin concerto and a grand double concerto with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, conductor Theodore Kuchar and the Slovak National Symphony, was released on Brilliant Classics and made it to the top New Classical Releases on Spotify. Mendelssohn Concertos was Album of the Week on WRTI Cleveland, on the Top 10 chart on WFMT Chicago, and aired on stations throughout America, including KRWG New Mexico, WRTI Philadelphia, New England and Wisconsin Public Radio, and The Grand 101FM in Canada. Ms. Ivakhiv’s album of Haydn and Hummel Concertos also aired nationally and internationally, from KING FM Seattle to WETA Washington DC and RAI3 in Italy and Indonesia. Her newest album, Poems and Rhapsodies, is set to release on Centaur in late 2021. Ms. Ivakhiv is currently Associate Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut and Professor of Violin at the Longy School of Music. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and the late Rafael Druian. During this time, she was concertmaster of both Curtis and Tanglewood Center Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.



Ivan has performed internationally throughout Europe, Australia, North America and the Asias, and has made several recordings as well as premiering of number of new works; a testament to Vukčević’s commitment to raising the profile of the Viola for the next generation of musicians. In 2008, Vukčević co-founded the Quartetto Energie Nove based in Lugano (Switzerland); an ensemble with a vision to match that of Vukčević’s own fierce musicality - having since recorded remarkably vibrant accounts of Prokofiev, Janacek and Smetana for the Dynamic music label. Vukčević’s teacher’s include the great Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer (International Menuhin Academy), and he has previously occupied the Principal Viola chair with the Stavanger and Basel Symphony Orchestras. He has also had Principal positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata Australia, as well as being a regular guest with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Vukčević now is the Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Notes Music Festival in Tivat, Montenegro - which attracts some of the world’s finest soloists and chamber musicians - which features as the cultural highlight of the Montenegrin Summer.



Pianist Haejeon Lee started piano at the age of 5. Since her debut with the Korean National Symphony Orchestra at age 12, she has won many awards and competitions. After graduating from Seoul National University with the highest honors, she received her master’s degree with “Distinction in Performance” from the New England Conservatory of Music. She continued her studies at the University of Southern California, where she completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Her performing career includes solo appearances with many leading orchestras, such as Sofia Chamber Orchestra, Hungary Szeged Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and etc. She has appeared as a recitalist in various venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebow Hall and Sydney Opera House. She has also performed actively with her husband Choong-Mo Kang as duo-pianists, and the duo have been invited to perform in London, Oxford, New York City, in addition to numerous domestic and international cities. As a recording artist, Haejeon Lee has recorded solo works by Liszt and Beethoven as well as various pieces for four hands and two piano works. She has been asked to record in the “Korean Musician’s Series” sponsored by the Korean Broadcasting Station. She has been an active teacher in various festivals in Nice, Leipzig, Prague and IKIF in New York City. Ms. Lee performed a complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas as well as Violin Sonatas. This ambitious project has received much acclaim from both critics and music lovers. She had been on the piano faculty at Juilliard Pre-College.Professor Lee also served as the President of Piano Society of Korea. Currently she is the dean of college of music at Sookmyung Women’s University and a member of ‘Quartet S’ which is an actively performing piano quartet.


Xin Lu is considered as one of the most outstanding cellist in his generation. He started to play cello at 5 years old, three years later,he got the Fourth prize at junior group of the 1st China National Cello Competition .Since 1990, he has studied with professor Ming-Qing Yu at the Central Conservatory of music BeiJing.In 2004, he won the first prize at the fifth China national Cello competition. At 2005, he went to study with great cellist Radu Aldulescu at the International Menuhin Music Academy Switzerland . At 2007,he went to study with the British cellist Raphael Wallfisch at Die Kunst Hochshule Zürich Switzerland .Currently, he is teaching at the Central Conservatory of Music Bei Jing. As an solist,he has played with many leading orchestras and conductors of the world, such as Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Winterthur Symphony Orchestra Swiss, the China National Symphony Orchestra, Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra China, Ning Bo Symphony Orchestra, Qing Dao Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Lysy, the National Symphony Orchestra Argentina etc.. Conductors include Li Xincao, Tang Muhai, Mischa Damev, Alberto Lysy, Matthias Foremny, Howard Griffiths, Yu Feng and many others. He is Often invited to perform at the many international music festival, such as the International Menuhin Music Festival Gstaad, Mendoza festival Argentina, Georges Enescu Music Festival Romania etc.. in 2018, he made his recording with Sony Music Ltd (China ). Xin Lu plays a Gennaro Gagliano cello.


Internationally acclaimed clarinet virtuoso MILAN RERICHA performs as a soloist and holds master classes around the world. He collaborates as a soloist with Vietnam National Philharmonic orchestra, Brussel Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, OSPA Orchestra, Solistes Europeens Luxembourg , Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra , Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestphalen Philharmonie, Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Berg's Chamber orchestra, Basel Symphony orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.. As the principal clarinet worked with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Solistes Europeens Luxembourg, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Schleswig - Holstein Festival Orchestra etc. Milan has performed in major concert halls in the USA (New York - Carnegie Hal, San Francisco - Symphony Hall, Chicago - Symphony Hall), Japan ( Tokyo - Suntory Hall, Kioto, Nagoia, Osaka), China ( Shangaj, Beijing), Vietnam, Argentina ( Buenos Aires - Teatro Colon, Mendoza) , Columbia (Bogota ), Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia etc. In Europe he performed at prestigious music festivals like Festwochen Luzern, Salzburger Festwochen, Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig - Holstein Festival, Prague Spring, Menuhin Music Festival, BBC Music Festival etc. Among the conductors with whom Milan worked are V.Ashkenazy, Ira Levin, Charles Olivieri Munroe, D. Runickles, D. Shalom, D. Kitajenko, Ch Mackeras, C. Abbado, V.Gergiev, A. Borejko, J. M. Händler, Ch. Dutois, Z. Macal, L. Pesek, J. Kout, M.Honeck, K.Ichiro - Kobaiashi, W.Weller, M.Reift, M.Venzago, J.Valta, T.Koutnik and more. In chamber music his partners wereR.Cohen, V.Ashkenazy, A.Donofrio, S.Delmastro, F.Rengli, Ch.Rossi, L.Barteloni, E.Bohte, Herold Quartet, Quartet Nostic, Stamitz Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Penguin Quartet, Schleswig - Holstein String Quartet, Bennewitz Quartet, Carmina Quartet, EnergieNove Quartet etc. Milan is playing in trio with Fatima Rericha Alieva – piano and Nikolaj Shugajev – violoncello.For many years he was collaborating with pianist Irena Černá. Milan Rericha graduated with honors from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the International Academy of Contemporary Music in Paris as well as a fellow of the Swiss Government at the Music Academy in Basel . He attended regularly master classes of Milan Etlik. Milan Rericha recieved his PhD at the Janacek Music Academy in Brno. He is a prize winner of Mozart Chamber Music Competition in Prague, Prix Mercure ORF in Vienna, Swiss Rides, International Music Competition BOG in Basel. As an orchestral and chamber musician has recorded for BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, CHANDOS, Supraphon, Sonny Music, Bohemia Records, ROSA Music. Since 2004 he is exlusive artist by swiss label MARCOPHON- EMR and has there his Collection MILAN RERICHA which includes 12 Cds and more than 200 compositions for clarinet writen or dedicated to him.Since 2012, he is the ambassador of the RZ Woodwind Manufacture, and plays clarinet RZ Bohema. He is Gonzalez Reeds, Silverstein Works and Chedeville international artist. Milan was two decades a professor at the Music Academy in Lugano /Switzerland/. He has led master classes at leading Music Academies and Conservatories in Argentina , Brazil, Colombia, Japan, China , USA, Italy , Slovenia, Hungary, Holand, Germany, USA, Spain, Korea and Russia. Milan works with Czech and Swiss Radio. Currently is principal clarinetist in MRO and PWO Orchestras.

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