19. June 2024.

MIC KDVL awards the finalist of the international saxophonist competition Josip Nocht

Ten years after the first edition, from June 15 to 20, the 4th competition for saxophonists up to the age of 32 will be held at the Zagreb Academy of Music.
The Josip Nocht International Saxophonist Competition is currently being held at the Academy of Music, for which MIC KDVL will reward the finalists with a gift package of our musical editions. MIC regularly supports the aforementioned competition by donating its publications.
So, among other things, we also supported the last edition of the Competition, when the artistic management of the Festival included Boris Papandopoulos' Saxophone Concerto as a mandatory composition in the final, which, of course, enabled the edition to reach a large number of young saxophonists who, on the occasion of the Competition, come to Zagreb from all over side of the world, and they leave Zagreb precisely with MIC's scores.
53 saxophonists qualified for the 4th Josip Nocht International Saxophonist Competition, named after the first professor of clarinet and saxophone at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, judged by members of an expert jury from Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland and of Hungary. As the artistic director of the Competition, Dragan Sremec, pointed out, "the goal of this competition is the international promotion of young talents and the promotion of Croatian compositions written for the saxophone."
So this year, among the selected compositions are works by two Croatian authors, Experiments on the theme of Eric Dolphy (Red Planet) by Šimun Matišić and Concerto for saxophone, strings and harpsichord by Tomislav Uhlik. Yesterday, 10 semi-finalists performed in the 3rd selection round, and on June 20 at 18:30 the Zagreb Philharmonic and maestro Ivan Josip Skender will perform with four finalists: Juan David Toro Martin from Spain, Victor Cohilis from Belgium, Danylo Dovbysh from Ukraine and Giorgi Dzhushkariani from Georgia. After their performances, the winners will be announced. The winner of the competition, along with a cash prize of €4,000, will receive a SELMER Signature alto saxophone, packages and gifts provided by sponsors D'Addario, BG France, Sax Clinic and Brasseraj, Vandoren, Cantus and MIC, as well as a performance with the Zagreb Philharmonic and other prizes. Congratulations to all contestants and good luck to the finalists!