Andreas Siles-Mellinger receives the Paul Roczek Award 2023
Every year, the Mozarteum University honours students majoring in violin who have shown particular talent and achievement with the Paul Roczek Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. The winner of the Paul Roczek Award 2023 is Andreas Siles-Mellinger.
Andreas Siles-Mellinger is a versatile violinist with Bolivian, German and Argentinian cultural heritage. His musical passion led him to the Instituto Laredo at an early age, where he laid his foundations in music and art from 2008 to 2012. In 2013, he moved to Vienna, where he studied at the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School under Lucia Hall until 2016. He then continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under Lieke Te-Winkel and Ernst Kovacic from 2016 to 2020. He is currently studying violin at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Klara Flieder, and since October 2023 also with Rainer Schmidt. His exceptional talent has already been recognised by numerous awards, including first place at the Concorso Cittá di Palmanova and the Concorso Rospigliosi chamber music competition in 2022. In 2021 he won third prize at the Vittorio Veneto International Violin Competition and impressed as a soloist with the "Orchestra dell'Accademia teatro alla Scala" in his performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto and in August 2022 he won third prize together with pianist András Moldoványi at the "Swedish Duo competition" in Sweden.
Outside of competitions, Andreas has performed at music festivals worldwide, including the AVOS Project in Rome, the MACH Project/Festival Musica sull'acqua in Colico, Italy and the Hvide Sande Music Festival in Denmark. He has also played at prestigious venues such as the Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany, and appeared as a soloist with the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra in Wels, Austria, in February 2022 under the baton of Maxim Vengerov. Andreas has already been part of the festival opening of the Salzburg Festival and performed as a soloist with the YM Orchestra at the Rising Stars of Classical Music. With his unique fusion of cultural influences and musical styles, he is a fascinating and captivating artist who pushes the boundaries of his craft with every performance.