The fourth international season of the Virtuosos V4+ classical music talent show is set to continue this Friday with the onset of the first of two final rounds, reports hirado.hu.
In addition to the talents advancing from the Hungarian semi-finals, Misi Boros, who has transitioned from a Virtuosos discovery to an internationally renowned pianist, will showcase his skills in a new role. A special extra performance featuring the President of the Jury, Maestro Plácido Domingo, and Kazakh opera singer Dimash Qudaibergen will add an exceptional element to the contestants’ performances.
The international finals, part of Hungary’s competition and education program, will feature a total of eleven young talents. Contestants come from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and now war-torn Ukraine. The event’s venue will be the Great Hall of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy of Budapest.
This year’s esteemed jury consists of opera singers Plácido Domingo and Erika Miklósa, cellist HAUSER, classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, cultural director Gabriela Rachidi, and music promoter Harvey Goldsmith. New additions include violinist András Keller (music director of Concerto Budapest), singer and composer Plácido Domingo Jr., and opera singer Dimash Qudaibergen. The international broadcast will be hosted by Ida Nowakowska from Poland.
The Jury of Virtuosos. Photo: Facebook/Virtuózok
The competition’s first part, scheduled for January 19, will feature six talents, including 11-year-old pianist Ádám Balogh, who advanced from the Hungarian semi-finals, and clarinet virtuoso Dániel Ali Lugosi, the absolute winner of the inaugural season in 2014.
The second part, slated for January 26, will see violinist from the semi-finals, Mariam Abouzahra joining five other youngsters. This phase will determine the winners of the national competition, showcasing the promising future of classical music.