ArtLink Award for 2017 presented to young cellist Vuk Ovaskainen
Grand Hall of the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment,
Tuesday, 2. January 2018 at 12:00h
“ArtLink Young Virtuoso for 2017”
ArtLink annual award for the most promising young artist “ArtLink Young Virtuoso” for 2017, was presented to young cellist Vuk Ovaskainen at the New Year’s concert in the Grand Hall of Kolarac Endowment, on January 2, 2018, at noon. The award was presented by the Artistic Director and Founder of Artlink Jovanka Višekruna Janković.
The young artist performed sonatas by Beethoven and Franck. The guest of the concert was last year’s laureate, pianist Pavle Krstić.
As with previous winners, Vuk Ovaskainen will be provided performances in the country and abroad, as well as the recording his first CD.
Vuk OVASKAINEN, cello
Vuk Ovaskainen was born in Belgrade in 2001 and started playing the cello at the age of seven.
Vuk is the laureate of the international competitions “Petar Konjović”, “Dušan Protić”, and the “Mozart” competition in the Quinto Vicentino, in Italy, as well as the State level competition in Serbia. He won the Second prizes at the International “Heran” violoncello competition in the Czech Republic and in Liezen, in Austria. At the festival of young talents in Sremski Karlovci in 2011, he was selected the Most Talented Cellist in Serbia.
Vuk played several recitals in Serbia, two at the Academy of Sciences and Arts, two at the Artget Gallery of Belgrade Cultural Centre, and also performed at the Cello Fest and at the Chopin Fest in Belgrade.
Vuk Ovaskainen is the member of the ArtLink Chamber Ensemble and has also played several times as a soloist with the orchestra within the ArtLink – Société Générale Young Talents’ Music Cycle.
Vuk is a second-year student at „Dr Vojislav Vučković“ School of Music, in the class of professor Danijela Militinović. He also studies with professors Boža Saramandić, and Judit Niederholzer-Josifoska. Vuk participated at master classes by cellist Jan Vogler, as well as Alexander Baillie and Louise Hopkins in the UK.
In 2016 Vuk has been invited to “Colluvio” chamber music program and tour in Austria, Germany and the Balkans.
Members of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Dejan Despić and Ivan Jevtić have composed music for Vuk.