Basel International Online Vocal Competition 2023


Special jury
one of the most important mezzo-sopranos of our time.
exclusive singer soloist at Basel Opera
Basel Opera repetitor
Edit Siegfried-Szabo
Soprano, voice teacher, founder of Supraleitung Methode
Dramatic soprano, member of tokyo Nikikai and Kansai Nikikai, President of Nihonbashi Opera
soprano, professor at shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Bass baritone, exclusive singer soloist at the Stadttheater Bielefeld 
Repetitor, Pianist at New National Theater and Opera Training Institute of Nikikai, a lecutrer at New National Theater Opera Training Institue.
Soprano, associate Professor at Ohka-Gakuen  university,
part-time lecturer at Nagoya College of Music and Doho Senior High School of Music,member of Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble and Tokyo Nikikai

Basel International Online Piano Competition 2023

Dr.Costin Filipoiu

Dr. Costin Filipoiu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1979. He studied piano at the universities of music in Berlin, Lübeck and Nuremberg with professors M. Hughes, R. Becker, K. Eickhorst and B. Endres. He has participated in masterclasses with professors Dinu Ciocan, Günter Ludwig, Hans Leygraf, Anatol Ugorski, Aquilles Delle Vigne, Wolfgang Manz, Gabriel Rosenberg, among others. In 2019, he received his PhD from the National University of Music Bucharest with a thesis on the piano variation in the works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. He has been a prize winner at various national and international piano competitions. He has performed as a soloist with the Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and with the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. He regularly gives piano recitals in Germany and Romania. Since 2009 he has been a lecturer for piano accompaniment at the Nuremberg University of Music and since 2011 he has been an accompanist for the vocal classes of Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem.

Lukas Loss

Lukas Loss (born in Basel) studied at the HSM Basel with Claudio Martínez Mehner, Anton Kernjak and Jan Schultsz. Further lessons with Rafael Rosenfeld, Felix Renggli, François Benda, Thomas Demenga, Michel Roth, Marc Hantaï, Alexander Sitkovetsky. In the Schola C.B. he studied the harpsichord with Andrea Scherer. Master classes with Stephen Kovacevic, Ferenc Rados, Oliver Schnyder, Heinz Holliger, Denes Varjon, Hatto Beyerle, Helmut Lachenmann, Patrick Jüdt, Antonio Meneses and Stefan Arnold. Graduation summa cum laude. He has performed as a soloist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Basel Academic Orchestra. From 2016 to 2018 he was vice conductor at the Knabenkantorei Basel. With the "Trio Carmine" he gives concerts in Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Italy, France and Switzerland and is an ECMA ensemble; in 2022, the "Trio Carmine" was broadcasted on the BBC Radio. Lukas Loss directs the "Basel Infinity Festival" and the classical concert series "Klassik mit Nachklang" in the Kloster Dornach and is a board member of the Collegium Musicum Basel.

Yun Sun

Born in China, Yun Sun studied with Professor Guang Ren Zhou at the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She then went on to the United States to study in the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music as a winner of the Elwa van Gelder Scholarship. She received her master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Nina Svetlanova and received the Marian Marcus Wahl Award. Since then, Ms. Sun has also studied with Vladimir Feltsman and Robert McDonald. In 2012, Yun Sun obtained her degree of Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance from The City University of New York. She has been on the college piano faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China since 2002.


Ms. Sun is a winner of numerous piano competitions, including the Artist International Annual Young Artist Debut Series and the National Beethoven Foundation Fellowship Audition. She has also been the top-prize winner at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, and the top-prize winner in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.

Since Ms. Sun’s Weil Recital Hall debut, she has concertized throughout the United States. Her European debut took place in Kleine Zaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her sparkling artistry has been equally enthusiastically received in the rest of Europe, America, and Asia.

Yoshiko Furukawa

Born in Japan, Yoshiko Furukawa started playing the piano at the age of 4 and made her orchestral debut with the Krakow Chamber Philharmonic at the Warsaw Philharmonic at the age of 13.

After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she studied with Prof. Susumu Aoyagi und Mami Miyake, she continued her Master studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen/Germany with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim. She graduated at the Münster University of Music in final destination "Konzertexamen" with Prof. Michael Keller.

Furukawa won many prizes in competitions, including the 4th prize at the 13th Schubert International Piano Competition, the 1st prize at the 6th Troisdorf International Piano Competition, the 1st prize at the 3rd International Piano Competition Andrea Baldi and the 1st prize at the 21th Gianluca Campochiaro International Competition.

As a soloist, Furukawa has appeared with many orchestras starting with the Tallinn Sinfonietta and the NHK DanYu Orchestra, under the baton of Kazuki Yamada, Fabrizio Ventura, Stanislaw Galonski, Sergej Bolkhovets and Ian Fountain. She has given concerts in Japan, Germany, Italia, Austria, England and Poland. 

Furukawa is enthusiastic about sharing her experience with and nurturing the talent of the younger generation. She was a lecturer at the Dortmund Music school in Germany.

Yoshito Numasawa

Born in Japan, he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Elissò Virsaladze: admitted to her class in 2009, in 2015 he obtained Postgraduate course under her guidance. 

Before that, he had studied piano at the Toho Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo receiving his Artist Diploma with the highest degree in the classes of Yasushi Hirose.

Additionally he followed lessons with Ayako Sugiyasu,Masako Tsujii, Tatsuo Sato,Vladimir Takenouchi, Minoru Nojima and Mikhail Kandinsky. 

Praised by Martha Argerich as a "wonderful and brilliant pianist with a very special sensibility and devotion to music by which I was very touched " and by Pavel Nersessian as a "Individual and creative artist capable to give an universal approach to the music", he was awarded 3rd prize at the 5th International Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musician in Moscow, 3rd prize at Monopoli International Competition in Italy 2009, in Germany 1st prize at Alfred Schnittke International piano Competition 2013 and 3rd prize at the Cologne International Music Competition 2014. in 2015 he appeared to the international audience thank to the victory of the 1 Prize at the Ettore Pozzoli International piano competition in Seregno and the Martha Argerich and Pavel Nersessian prizes at the Hamamatsu piano competition in 2016. 

His concert activity includes halls and orchestras from Russia, Europe and Japan such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of Moscow, the WDR Funkhaus Orchestra Cologne, the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the National State TV and Radio of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk, the International Spring Festival of Vyatka in Kirov, Sequienza Piano Festival in Spain, Musical Society Villa Tesoriera in Torino and Fazioli concert hall in Sacile, Italy. In Japan at the Kioi hall, Oji hall, Tsuda hall in Tokyo, Phoenix hall in Osaka and invited by Martha Argerich, at her music festival in Beppu. His performance were broadcasted by NHK FM and in 2010 he recorded CD in Japan published by Florestan. This recording was praised and awarded by the Japanese Music Journal. He got the honorable scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation in 2012. He accompanies his performing carrier teaching at the Toho Gakuen Music University in Tokyo.


Basel International Online Violin Competition 2023


Hiroko Suzuki     

Born in Kawagoe City, Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of 3. At the age of 5 she performed with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Seiji Ozawa and the Fuji Television Christmas Concert, at the age of 10 she gave her first concert with New Japan Philharmonie Orchestra.

While a violin student at Toho Gakuen High School of music, she won the prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition. After graduating from the same school, she moved to Germany, where she won first prize at the Spohr International Violin Competition(1985) and entered the State University of Music in Freiburg ( Germany) in the autumn of the same year. 

She is prizewinner of the Wieniawski International Violin Competition, the Markneukirchen International Music Competition, the German State University of Music Student Competition, the Bach Competition, the V.-Huml International Violin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth International Competition and the Montreal International Violin Competition. Since her studies at the University, she has given recitals in Germany, Belgium, Poland, France and Switzerland. She has also performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Poznań Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Festival Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and others. 

She graduated with top honours at the Freiburg State University of Music(1991). As first violin player she is appointed with Sinfonieorchester Basel from 1993. Since then she has been invited as guest concert mistress by the orchestras of Stuttgart, Lausanne, Mulhouse and Luxembourg. She has performed with world-renowned conductors and soloists and performs throughout Europe also as a versatile chamber musician. She studied with Wolfgang Marschner, André Gertler, Saburo Sumi, Yasuro Sumi, Masafumi Hori and Shizuko Ishii.


Prof. Ioana Cristina Goicea 

She is one of the outstanding violinists of her generation. She won First Prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, with critics praising her passionate performance and describing her as “a new star in the musical firmament.” In 2018 she won First Prize at the German Music Competition in Bonn and was a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2019 she became a prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She is also the winner of the J. Brahms International Competition (2013) and laureate of the ”Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition Vienna (2014)

In October 2020, at the age of 27 she has been appointed violin professor at the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Ms. Goicea has performed at renowned venues in Europe, Asia, America, New Zealand and Australia, among them the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, St Martin-in-the-Fields London, the Melbourne Recital Centre, Wiener Konzerthaus, Bozar Brussels, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Townhall Auckland, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Konzerthaus Freiburg.

She has performed as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Staatskapelle Halle, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Indianapolis Symphony, the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic.

In addition to her career as a soloist, the young violinist is also an avid chamber musician. She performed at renowned chamber music festivals and academies: the Verbier Academy, Hitzacker Festival and Academy and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy.
In 2015, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, she won the Second Prize and the Young Duo Award at the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” in Trieste, Italy.

Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians in Bucharest in 1992. She started violin under the guidance of her mother, violinist Cristina Anghelescu and her grandfather, violin pedagogue Aurelian Anghelescu.
She studied in Bucharest at the Dinu Lipatti Music Highschool with Prof. Radu Popescu and Rudolf Stamm as well as with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, with Prof. Mariana Sîrbu at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig and with Prof. Petru Munteanu at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. She participated in masterclasses with Prof. Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Pinchas Zuckerman and Saschko Gawriloff.

Over the past 10 years, Ioana Cristina was kindly supported by the German Music Instrument Fund in Hamburg (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben)

She plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin, on loan from a generous private donour as well as a modern violin by Jürgen Manthey (Leipizig, 2021)

He graduated with honours from the Henryk Wieniawski General Secondary Music School in Łódź and from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the violin class of Zenon Brzewski. He has been developing his skills under the supervision of such professors as Irena Dubiska, Jean Fournier, Wolfgang Marschner, Oleh Krysa, Renato de Barbieri, and Zakhar Bron. 

A prizewinner of the Festival of Young Violinists in Lublin and of the Karol Szymanowski Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, he was a member of the Polish Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, with which he made numerous CD and television recordings. He participated in the world tour of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. 

He has also developed a career as a soloist, with appearances in such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the City Hall in Glasgow, and Spivey Hall in Atlanta. Foreign tours have also taken him to Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey. 

Contemporary music occupies an important place in his career. His achievements include the CD Polish Violin Duos, recorded together with violinist Bartłomiej Nizioł. Since 2010, he has been performing with pianist Julita Przybylska-Nowak, with whom he co-creates the Art Chamber Duo and the Art Chamber Ensemble. 

A Professor of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, he has run masterclasses at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Daejeon College of Music in South Korea, University of Arts in Ostrava (the Czech Republic), and at the Faculty of Music of the University of Split (Croatia). His honours include the Bronze Cross of Merit (2012) and the Silver Cross of Merit (2018) for his artistic and teaching achievements.

Masako Suzuki White

Born in Japan, Masako Suzuki White started playing the violin at the age of four. At nine years old, she attained an award for solo recital and since then, had continued to participate in several national competitions. She enrolled at Toho Gakuen School of Music and was under the tutelage of Ryo Kubota and Hideo Saito. White performed in a concert held at Tokyo Yamaha Hall where the then prince of Japan had attended and since then, she has been actively performing in many places. In 1996, she earned a scholarship and enrolled at the Royal College of Music. Being the most outstanding performer, she was under the mentor of Leonard Hias during her postgraduate education and at the time of graduation, she was awarded with the highest honours award, Soloist Diploma. Furthermore, she performed for Queen Elizabeth II, sponsor of the college. She had also participated in the master class where Itzhak Perlman, a renowned violinist of the 20th century, had also attended. Through the experiences gained as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, together with members of BBC Symphony Orchestra, White actively participated and served as a leader of the Suzuki Quartet.In Singapore, she performed a violin concerto such as the " Butterfly Lovers' ". In 2002, together with Braddell Heights Orchestra, she played for Esplanade's opening ceremony where the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was present. Currently, she does her solo and chamber music activities, together with Alexander Souptel, ex-concertmaster of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), or with other musicians. Some of her recent notable performances include "SAVE THE NORTH POLE", which was attended by Prince Albert of Monaco, charity concert organised by the Singapore Red Cross to raise funds for the victims of 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, "Music for our children, the hope of our future - Luca Stradivari Premier Concert" a concert held at Esplanade Recital Studio, and a children concert held at Fukuoka, "A Gift from Music". On the other hand, as the principal of Virtuosi Music Centre, she has trained and nurtured young musicians. Through her more than 40 years of teaching experience, she has aided in widening her students' learning experiences by inviting world-renowned artists to hold concerts, lessons and master classes. Many of her students from Virtuosi Music Centre has participated and won the honorary prizes in various notable competitions such as the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, The Paganini Competition and The international Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. As such, the school has contributed to the birth of world-class musicians.

Violinist/Virtuosi Music Centre Principal

ARCM with Honours/ The Singapore Music Teachers Associaiton


Naoto Sakiya

Born in Japan, he won 1st prize in the junior section of the  Novosibirsk International Competition, 3rd prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition(in 1998). at 15 became the youngest student to attend the College of music Cologne.

He graduated the Conservatory of Music in Basel, after he studied the Conservatoire de la Ville de Paris and the Toho Gakuen Soloist Diploma Course.

In 2006, he founded the verus string quartet. As first violinist, won 3rd Prize  in the string quartet section of the International Music competition of ARD, Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

From 2014 until 2018 he worked as a solo concertmaster of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.  

He studied violin with Koichiro HARADA, Zakhar Bron,Gerard Poulet, Roland Daugareil and Daniel Sepek, and string quartet with Rainer Schmidt(Hagen Quartett ) 

He is currently active with  verus string quartet and the violin unit DOS DEL FIDDLES with Yasuno Ishida, and he has performed as a guest concertmaster across  Japan.

In October 2022, he released the album 『 desined for … Bach』mainly featuring Bach’s unaccompanied works, which was selected as a special selection of Record Geijutus( December 2022 )  


Yoh Yasutomi

He graduated from a graduate program Tokyo University of the Arts. 

While a student, he passed an audition for chamber music at Tokyo University of the Arts.

He has won twice a prize winner in the All Japan Student Music Competition Violin Division.

He is active in recitals, chamber music, guest concert master, public lessons, and judging competitions.

He has taught violin, viola, orchestra, and chamber music at Shobi Music College, Tokyo College of Music, Tokyo Junshin Junior College of Music, and the The High School Attached to the Faculty of Music・of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Since 2015, he has been selected as a trainer of the string section of the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra and also as an assistant conductor.

He studied violin under Mr.Yuji Togi, Mr.Saburo Sumi, Mr.Yoshio Unno, Mr.Takaya Urakawa, and Mr.Kiyoshi Okayama, and also studied chamber music under Mr.Koichiro Harada and Mr.Louis Graeler, and also studied conducting with Mr.Yasuhiko Shiozawa.

He has released the CDs "Sonatas for Violin and Piano" (Mozart and Beethoven sonatas) and "Furusato" (Kreisler Pieces, Japanese Songs Violin & Viola).

He is now a lecturer at Musashino Academia Musicae, a special lecturer at Toyama Institute of Music , a regular member of the Japanese String Teachers Association (JASTA), a member of the Japan Federation of Musicians, and a member of the quartet "Ma".

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