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28 March
4 – 9 April
25 June
Alexey Botvinov - president of the festival
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Hans Christian Aavik

Hans Christian Aavik


„Violin in his hands sings, cries, dances, storms, grieves, fondles and cares. From Aavik's playing one can see mental and physical completeness. Behind the spark, excitement and philosophically thought out interpretation, lies there a curious and open mind, thankfulness and respect to the composer and to the listener”.
(Sirp, November 2020)

Hans Christian Aavik (1998) is one of the most promising violinist from Estonia, who with his versatile style and clearly distinguishable sound has excelled in Estonia and in Europe.

​He is the 1st prize winner of the Carl Nielsen International Competition 2022. Besides two special prizes (for the best interpretation of Jesper Koch: Maze; Odense Symphony Orchestra special prize) he is signed a recording deal with Orchid Classics/Odense Symphony Orchestra and will appear as a guest soloist with top Nordic orchestras.

Latest achievements include prizes: soloist category at the “Cadenza contest” (1st prize), “3rd Làszlò Spezzaferri International Music Competition” (1st prize), Estonian String Players Competition 2020 (1st prize and 4 special prizes), Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main Chamber Music Competition (laureate and a special prize), Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition in Jyväskyla, Finland (diploma with pianist Karolina Žukova).

In 2021 Hans Christian released his debut album called "AETERNUS" together with pianist Karolina Žukova, which has been praised in Estonia and elsewhere.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Hans Christian started his violin studies at the age of five. As of 2017 he is studying in Frankfurt Music Academy of Music and Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Erik Schumann and chamber music with Prof. Angelika Merkle. From 2021 he is studying alongside in the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna with maestro Julian Rachlin and chamber music with Prof. Evgeny Sinaiski.

Hans Christian Aavik has improved his skills with Gerhard Schulz, prof. Kolja Blacher, Sophia Rahman, Alexey Semenenko, Prof. Stephan Picard, Mi-Kyung Lee, Prof. Jonathan Aner, Prof. Heime Müller, Florian Donderer, Prof. Mikhail Gotsdiner, Prof. Robert Rozek, Junio Kimanen, Evan Rothstein, Prof. Jan Repko and with many others.

As a soloist he has performed with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra, Tartu University Symphony Orchestra, Ilmenau University Symphony Orchestra, Harju County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Ville Matvejeff, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Daniela Musca, Arvo Volmer, Edoardo Narbona, Mikk Murdvee, Henri Christofer Aavik, Jüri Alperten, Lauri Sirp.

Hans Christian Aavik performs on a Giovanni Paolo MAGGINI violin (ca 1610) and on bow made by Victor Fétique (made ca 1930 in France) on loan from the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments. The instrument's owner is Sapožnin family.

Hans Christian Aavik is from 2021 a scholarship holder of the Deutschlandstipendium.

​Hans Christian Aavik is from 2019 supported by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Frankfurt am Main e.V.


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