The concertmaster audition was held in Vienna on 3 and 4 of June. During the two rounds, in which the overall quality of the candidates was extremely high, the jury listened to eight very talented violinists from six different countries. Three of them were selected for the second round: Anna Matz, from Germany, Pekko Pulakka, from Finland, and Yulia Kopylova, from Russia, who finally was selected as the winner.
Born in Novosibirsk in 1990, Yulia Kopylova is a student of Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. The Summer Tour 2013 will be her second with the GMJO and her first as concertmaster. In addition to the GMJO, she has played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Staatsoper Hannover, the Orchestre International de Genève, and the Novosibirsk Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the GMJO, says: “We are very happy and congratulate Yulia Kopylova, who joined the GMJO already for the Easter Tour 2013. We are looking forward to working with you as our new concertmaster and wish you much success in your new position.”
Photo on the right: the three finalists of the GMJO Concertmaster Audition.