Lobachevsky University Choir takes Grand Prix at EURASIA CANTAT-2023
The Choir of Lobachevsky University won the Grand Prix at the VII International Choir Competition and Festival EURASIA CANTAT-2023. The competition took place in Yekaterinburg from 29 April to 2 May. 89 choirs from all over the country took part in the International Choir Assemblies including those from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Yaroslavl, Tyumen, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Tagil, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Izhevsk, and Serov.
In addition to the Grand Prix, the choir from Nizhny Novgorod also won two Gold Level diplomas in the categories "Folklore a cappella" and "Mixed choirs". Larisa Erykalova, artistic director and conductor of the UNN choir, received a special diploma "Best Conductor" for her work as choir director.
"In 2011, we took part in the very first EURASIA CANTAT, and won the Grand Prix that time. So this year we went to compete not so much with other groups as with ourselves. The competition was really tough. A total of five competitors made it to the Grand Prix, and it was two children's groups from Yekaterinburg and the choir from Lobachevsky University who took the top prize. We presented the work Rivers of Light by the contemporary Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds," Larisa Erykalova shared.
Besides, Nizhny Novgorod singers took part in the master class given by Inessa Bodyako, artistic director and conductor of the Choir of the Belarusian State Academy of Music (Minsk), and performed together with the Academic Choir of Students and Alumni of Ural Federal University conducted by Svetlana Dolnikovskaya.
EURASIA CANTAT is a prestigious international choral festival competition held in Yekaterinburg every two years. The competition is held under the patronage of the Yekaterinburg city administration, with the participation of the International Choir Union and the Foundation for the Support and Implementation of Creative Youth Initiatives in the Field of Musical Culture. It is open to amateur, school, university and professional choral groups.