The young bariton Stefan Astakhov (Moskou, 1997) won the ‘Young talent’ award at the IVC competition in 2018. Are you just as curious as we are on how he experienced the competition in 2018 and what advice he has for the finalists this year and for you? Then read along!
Winning the IVC Young Talent Prize was a great honor for me, because it showed me that the hard work was worth it and that it was appreciated by the Jury, and I was very happy about it.
2) What’s your best memory of the IVC 2018?
My best memory of the IVC 2018 is the whole competition! It was my first time in ´s-Hertogenbosch, I instantly fell in love with the city and it´s friendly and warm atmosphere. The whole experience of the competition was not stressful at all, which is unusual with other competitions. I felt like at home!
3) What are your plans or dreams for the next 5 years?
A: My plans and dreams for the next 5 years are of course to stay healthy and sing on the opera or concert stage as much as possible!
4) What advice do you have for the (Young) IVC contestants this year?
Don’t over-think, and don’t over-rehearse! And if you have already done competitions — remember: a big competition, like the IVC, is exactly like a small competition, only it`s bigger :)
5) What advice do you have for all the current students who also want to win an IVC award in the future?
Don`t be afraid to show your feelings to the public. Interpretation is the key to a successful and interesting performance. If you achieve that — you will win all possible awards :-)