Ponomarev Children’s Choir »Vesna«
Conductor Nadezhda Averina
Béla Bartók International Choir Competition Debrecen 2016
EGP WINNER 2017
The Ponomarev Children’s Choir »Vesna« (»Spring») is the senior choir of the »Vesna« School of Children’s Choir, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. The school is a unique educational and creative institution founded by the great Master Alexander Ponomarev (1938-2012). Since 2012 the choir has been led by his student Nadezhda Averina, professor of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and winner of many international competitions. The Children’s Choir »Vesna« is well-known internationally, due to the many awards that has won in the most prestigious choral contests worldwide: Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Canada, France. In 2000, the choir won the 12th European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Tolosa. The last awards of the choir are the 1st Prize and Grand Prize in Tolosa (Spain, 2006), Grand Prize in Nyiregyhasza (Hungary, 2010), 1st Prize and Grand Prize in Malcesine (Italy, 2012), 1st Prize in the International Choral Contest in Belgium (2014) and the Händel International Choral Festival-Contest in Germany (2014); all conducted by Nadezhda Averina. The Choir’s repertory is wide and varied. During these years, it has sung hundreds of pieces of classical and modern music of different epochs, countries, styles and genres. The choir has recorded 13 CDs as well as many television and radio shows.