The most famous and influential figures from the world of classical music recently gathered in the Kärntner region of Austria for the annual Kärntner Sparkasse prestigious international violin competition, which took place from May 31 to June 6, 2010. 96 talented young violinists from 30 countries including Russia, France, USA, Germany, Italy, China, Austria, UK and Japan, participated in the competition. 20-year-old Anoush Nikoghosyan from Armenia was the outstanding winner of the competition and received the 10,000 euro prize. She was a clear winner of the competition, far ahead of the second prize winner Iva Miletic and the other four finalists. Anoush also received a special prize from the jury for the best performance of the Mozart concerto in the first stage of the competition.

Since 2001, every May, music-lovers focus their attention on the Kärntner Sparkasse. The jury of the competition is always composed of the world's most famous musicians, conductors, producers, music critics and agents. The competition is held in three phases. In the first two the participants perform solo, while in the third phase all the finalists are accompanied by an orchestra, which this year was conducted by Maestro Eduard Topchjan, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year's international jury consisted of prominent figures such as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera House, Dresden State Opera, and principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Fabio Luisi (President, Austria), Suisse Romande Orchestra Manager and Artistic Director Steve Roger (Switzerland), Principal Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra Peter Bay (USA), Vienna Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Anton Sorokov (Austria), Professor of Vienna and Florence Music Academies Pavel Vernikov (Austria), Artistic Director of the Sapporo Music Festival Kenny Chen (Japan), Artistic Director of Klagenfurt Musikverein Ernest Hoetzl (Austria), Schönbrunen Concert Agent Sonja Steindl (Austria), one of the most famous music critics Wilhelm Sinkovicz (Austria).

Besides the financial award Anoush Nikoghosyan also signed a contract for 2 performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the renowned Fabio Luisi in February 2011. She also received about 14 different invitations from prestigious companies and festivals, including the Sapporo Music Festival of Japan.

Anoush Nikoghosyan was born in Yerevan in 1990. She studied at the Sayat-Nova Music School of Yerevan from 1995-2003. In 2005 Anoush graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory. Today, Anoush is a third year student at the Munich Music Academy. She is a recipient of the AGBU scholarship and for the third year running the AGBU has financed her stay in Germany. Her teachers are Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Germany Christoph Poppen and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra Eduard Topchjan. Anoush has participated in a number of international competitions and festivals in Yerevan, Dubai, Kaunas and Moscow. She has performed in the UK, Lithuania, UAE, Syria, Russia and Germany, has appeared as a soloist with the Yerevan Symphony Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Serenade Chamber Orchestra (Armenia) and Kaunas Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania).

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