The 2023 Virtuosos V4+ season airs on Virtuosos YouTube channel on for four weeks from 7 January. On 19 and 26 January, the audience will experience the two-part international finals of the classical music talent show, in which eleven young virtuosos will perform in front of a professional jury of world-renowned judges.
The finalists of this years show are :
HUNGARY : Mariam Abouzahra (violin), Ádám Balogh (piano), Ali Lugosi (clarinet)
SLOVAKIA : Teo Gertler (violin), Nina Bočkajová (violin)
CZECH REPUBLIC : Kateřina Švecová (violin), Ondřej Toman (clarinet)
POLAND : Zarina Zaradna (harp), Małgorzata Cieszko (oboe)
UKRAINE : Tymofii Zherebtsov (piano), Amelia Anisovych (singer)
On the international broadcast, which will take place at the Liszt Academy, there will also be Hungarian presenters, alongside the Polish Ida Nowakowska, Misi Boros will also participate, who will be partnering Anna Bátor in backstage discussions with the contestants.
Chairman of the international jury will be Maestro Plácido Domingo this year again, alongside Erika Miklósa and András Keller. The Maestro has been Virtuosos’ greatest supporter since 2016.
New jury members include singer Dimash Qudaibergen, who will perform in Hungary on 4 May 2024, and Plácido Domingo Jr., the composer of the theme music of Virtuosos V4+, and returning guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, Artistic Director of the International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov Gabriela Rachidi, producer Harvey Goldsmith and world-star cellist HAUSER.
In the final broadcasts, the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tibor Bogányi will accompany the contestants.
Also featured on the show will be a seven-year-old Ukrainian girl, Amelia Anisovych, dubbed by the international media as the “bomb shelter girl” – who rose to fame in March 2022 with a Facebook video of her singing “Let it go!”, the theme song to the famous Disney film Frozen, at a shelter in Kiev. The heartbreaking video went viral with millions of views, and the little girl’s sweet little song has become the face of Ukraine.
The Virtuosos talent show, which gives young talents the chance to showcase and develop their musical talents, is keen to give Amelia special support and help: this year she will be featured as a guest and singer in both episodes of the final.
Tickets are on sale from next week for the Virtuosos winners’ gala concert, which will take place on 23 May 2024 at Müpa Budapest.