After one month of applications and 43 of the most talented young musicians, the New Stars International Music Competition has successfully come to an end. The competition envisaged by University of Manchester student Itamar Rashkovsky and co-founder Dmitry Daniel Askerov aimed to alleviate many of the difficulties young musicians find when participating in these competitions.
By making the application system online and anonymised, the founders were committed to transparency and political fairness— unlike any other competition offered to musicians to date. Keyboard and string players were able to enter the contest by submitting nothing more than a video clip. Potential prejudice based on age or nationality, for example, was, therefore, ruled out. The adjudicating system is also unprecedented in the world of international music competitions. All the voting of the core jury will be published online and viewable to the public. The competition jury was comprised of a large range of award winning musicians from the UK, China, Russia, Germany, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Albania, Slovenia, Lithuania and Finland.
As official media partners of the competition, THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE had the opportunity to chat with the Grand Prize winner Lovre Marušić about his profile, career and dreams as a young musician. We bring you the story of this talented young pianist and what the future awaits for him.
Born and raised in the picturesque town Omiš— just off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia—, Lovre told us about the importance of his supporting parents and his sister Ivana, who also plays the piano. After finishing elementary school, Lovre decided followed his musical dream by moving to the renowned Tschaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory where he studied from 2006 to 2011. After completing his studies in Russia, he came back to Croatia where he continued his musical formation at Zagreb, finally finishing his Master’s degree at the Music Academy.
When talking about the competition, Lovre told TMM about the high parameters New Stars set: “The level of competition was really high. I would say even higher than usual, because when you go to a normal competition, you travel, you are sometimes really not in good mood do perform in your best way […]. In this competition everybody sent them the best recordings they have at this moment so automatically the level was higher.”
As the Grand Prize winner, Lovre will enjoy a different range of prizes ranging from free musical consultancy, interviews with musical publications, a photo-shoot and the opportunity to be part of the jury of the second series of the New Stars International Music competition.
Looking at the future, Lovre tells us that his principal objective is always to be the best and continue growing as a pianist. He is still looking for professional opportunities that will allow him showing his potential. With a flirt of idealism proper of a musician, when asked about what suggestions he could give to younger musicians he told us: “Believe in your heart and your intuition”. Finding yourself in the music and enjoying the powerful energy it produces is one of the keys for success, he argues.
From THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE, we wish to congratulate him and celebrate this international competition envisaged at the very centre of The University of Manchester. We wish to see the second edition coming as successful as the first version went and will bring you further developments. TMM
Lovre Marušić is currently studying at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar in Grigory Gruzman's class.
Feature As official media partners of the competition, THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE had the opportunity to chat with the Grand Prize winner Lovre Marušić about his profile, career and dreams as a young musician