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Geneva International Music Competition 2009


In 2002, Nicolas G. Hayek decided to enter into a long-term partnership with the Geneva International Music Competition (Concours de Genève) with a view to contributing to European art and culture. The contest provides young artists from all over the world with an opportunity to display their musical talents. This year, for the 64th edition of the event, Percussion and Singing were the two musical disciplines.


Montres Breguet’s role at the Competition includes the BREGUET COUP DE CŒUR award. It provides the winner with the means of recording a CD with an orchestra. Awarded by a jury designated by Montres Breguet, it makes an appreciable contribution to the winner’s reputation and serves as a further springboard to his or her international career as a soloist. This year’s winner is Polina PASZTIRCSÀK, distinguished for her superb interpretation of two airs by G.F. Haendel and R. Strauss.


Born in Budapest to a Russian mother and a Hungarian father, Polina Pasztircsàk began to sing and to master the flute very early in life. At 19, she studied singing with Julia Bikflavy while enrolled in a cultural management course. She went on to take courses with Mirella Freni at Vignola, Italy, and at the Frescobaldi Conservatory in Ferrara. She then took advanced courses with Adrienne Csengery, Bernadette Wiedemann and Yevgeny Nesterenko. In 2004, she won the Josef Szimandy Singing Competition at Szeged, Hungary, and was a semi-finalist at the Renata Tebaldi Competition in San Marino. This year, Polina Pasztircsàk won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition along with the BREGUET COUP DE CŒUR award.