Estonian Music Days

Tallinn / Tartu
Hans Christian Aavik

Hans Christian Aavik (b. 1998) is one of the most promising violinists from Estonia, who with his versatile style and clearly distinguishable sound has excelled in Estonia and in Europe. Latest achievements in 2020/2021 include the 1st prize in the soloist category at the Cadenza contest, 1st prize at the 3rd Làszlò Spezzaferri International Music Competition, 1st prize and 4 special prizes at the Estonian String Players Competition, laureate and a special prize at the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main Chamber Music Competition, diploma with Duo Hommage (violin/piano) at the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition in Jyväskyla, Finland. In 2021 Hans Christian released his debut album Aeternus together with pianist Karolina Žukova, which has been praised in Estonia and elsewhere. In the season 2021/2022 he has concert engagements with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, recording for the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR), concerts in Kadriorg Palace etc. The season will be filled with solo recitals in Estonia and in Germany.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Hans Christian started his violin studies at the age of five. As of 2017 he is studying in Frankfurt Music Academy of Music and Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Erik Schumann and chamber music with Prof. Angelika Merkle. Since 2019 Hans Christian Aavik is supported by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Frankfurt am Main. From 2021 he is studying alongside in the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna with maestro Julian Rachlin and chamber music with Evgeny Sinaiski. Hans Christian Aavik has improved his skills with Gerhard Schulz, prof. Kolja Blacher, Sophia Rahman, Alexey Semenenko, Prof. Stephan Picard, Mi-Kyung Lee, Prof. Jonathan Aner, Prof. Heime Müller, Florian Donderer, Prof. Mikhail Gotsdiner, Prof. Robert Rozek, Junio Kimanen, Evan Rothstein, Prof. Jan Repko and many others. In 2013 and 2014 he was a participant at the Verbier Festival Music Camp orchestra, where he performed as a concertmaster under the direction of Daniel Harding, Dima Slobodeniouk and other great conductors. As a soloist he has performed with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra, Tartu University Symphony Orchestra, Ilmenau University Symphony Orchestra, Harju County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Ville Matvejeff, Arvo Volmer, Edoardo Narbona, Mikk Murdvee, Henri Christofer Aavik, Jüri Alperten, Lauri Sirp.

Hans Christian Aavik performs on a Giovanni Paolo Maggini violin (ca 1610) on loan from the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments. The instrument’s owner is the Sapožnin family. Hans Christian Aavik is from 2021 a scholarship holder of the Deutschlandstipendium. And from 2019 supported by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Frankfurt am Main e.V.