Participants 2018
 
Milan Al-Ashhab Violin
Milan Al-Ashhab began studying the violin at the age of five at the Primary School of the Arts in Chomutov, Czech Republic. One year later he transferred to Primary School of the Arts in Most where he joined the class of Prof. K. Hasilová, under whose tutelage he continued in his studies at the Teplice Conservatory. Since 2012 he has been a student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in the class of Prof. I. Štraus.

He has to his name a large collection of prizes and honors from both national and international competitions, among the most significant of which are 1st Prize and the title of Absolute Winner at the Jaroslav Kocián International Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic (2006) and 1st Prize at the Georg Philipp Telemann Competition in Poznań, Poland (2007) . In 2010 he won 2nd Prize at the Luis Spohr competition in Weimar, Germany, and in 2014 he was the absolute winner of the Competitive Showcase of Conservatories of the Czech Republic.

He has performed as a soloist with a number orchestras (including the Czech Philharmonic, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Janáček Philharmonic of Ostrava, the L'armonia terrena) as well as dozens of full-length recitals. This year he won the New York Concert Artists & Associates Worldwide Debut Audition.

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