Spring 2001 (9.1)
Wonder Kamilla Takes a Bow
This past January, 12-year-old
Kamilla Hajiyeva-Tsiperovich took first place in violin at the
Child Prodigy (Wunderkind) international competition in Jerusalem.
The festival featured young musicians from all over the world;
finalists in the violin category came from Russia, the United
States, Israel, Japan and Azerbaijan.
Kamilla is a familiar young face in Azerbaijan's music scene.
In 1998, Pennzoil organized her first solo violin concert at
the National Art Museum; they also presented her with a new violin.
Kamilla was also recently featured in a highly successful CD
created by the Azerbaijani rap group Dayirman called "Sari
Galin" (Yellow Bride). In that video, she played the role
of the angel and performed on three instruments: violin, flute
and clavichord. (See the article on Dayirman in this issue.)
When she was younger, Kamilla loved to paint and competed in
15 international competitions. One of her watercolors that she
painted when she was eight years old, "Spring Day in Baku,"
appeared as the back cover of the Spring 1998 issue of Azerbaijan
International (See AI 6.1).
It wasn't easy for Kamilla to learn that the Wunderkind competition
existed. In fact she learned about it, quite by accident. One
of her friends from the National Symphonic Orchestra passed her
on the street and happened to mention it. Kamilla managed to
prepare a video, finishing it just in time to send it to Israel
on the very last day before the deadline.
On her two-hour videotape audition, Kamilla played Kabalevsky
(Concerto for Violin), Handel (Sonata No. 4), Saint-Saëns
(Dying Swan) and Gara Garayev (Pastorale from his Sonata for
Violin). Neither she nor her mother, Larisa Fyodorova, thought
that she would succeed in the competition. "The tape was
bad. The filming was so amateurish that we thought it would disqualify
me," Kamilla explains.
But it didn't. At the competition in Jerusalem, Kamilla took
first place with a two-hour program that included Saint-Saëns
(Concerto for Violin), Tartini (Sonata, "Abandoned Didona"),
Vieuxtemps (Tarantella), Paganini (Capriccio #13) and Bach (Partita
After being declared the winner, she was interviewed by CNN,
the Russian TV channels (NTV and ORT) as well as Israeli television.
During Kamilla's three-week stay in Israel she also celebrated
her 12th birthday and had a chance to tour a bit throughout the
country, visiting the cities of Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Nazareth.
It was the first time she had ever been outside of Azerbaijan.
Though Kamilla has already proven herself as a world-class violinist
for her age, she realizes that she still has a lot of work ahead
of her: "It's my dream to work so hard that I am recognized
worldwide for my music." Her inspiration? Baku-born, world-renowned
cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, now 74. In
the meantime, she'd be thrilled to get a chance to perform in
the U.S. and Europe.
(9.1) Spring 2001.
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