Violinists Diana Adamyan, Chloe Chua and Christian Li Each Awarded 'First Prize' in 2018 Menuhin Competition border=0 align=

Violinists Diana Adamyan, Chloe Chua and Christian Li Each Awarded 'First Prize' in 2018 Menuhin Competition

April 21, 2018, 9:26 PM · On Saturday, the 2018 Menuhin Competition announced the top winners in its Senior Division, for violinists ages 16-21, following the announcement of its Junior Division winners (under age 16) on Friday.

First prize in the Senior Division went to Diana Adamyan, 18 of Armenia; and in the Junior Division First Prize was awarded jointly to two violinists: Chloe Chua, 11, of Singapore, and Christian Li, 10, of Australia. All three will perform at the Closing Gala Concert Sunday with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Rachlin at Victoria Hall in Geneva, where the competition has been in progress since April 12. (Find the livestream on the Menuhin Competition webpage.

Here are the placements for both divisions: Keep reading...

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V.com weekend vote: How late should a concert last?

April 20, 2018, 11:15 AM · When you go to a concert, how late would you like it to last?

Some of us are night owls who are happy to be up well into the night, and even happier if we can be at an event quite late. In fact, some cities, such as Berlin, actually schedule late-night classical concerts. But sometimes, when it comes to a symphony concert or recital, "less is more." A well-planned and well-performed that is less than two hours can be satisfying without being exhausting. At the same time, we do want enough of a concert to feel that our time and money have been well-spent! And if a night-time concert is simply past your bed time, you might be the kind of person who prefers an afternoon show.

In your view, when is the best time for a concert, and how late would you like to be out at the symphony or another kind of classical concert? Please answer the vote and then share your thoughts in the comments.

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Music Lessons for Life: Back to the Violin after 50 Years border=0 align=

Music Lessons for Life: Back to the Violin after 50 Years

April 20, 2018, 9:34 AM · With each passing year my husband and I - both in our 60’s - find it harder to think of Christmas gifts to buy each other; we do our best to be both stealthy and surprising. However, the holiday season of 2009 was a difficult one for me as my mother had just died after a long, heart wrenching decline into dementia preceded by the devastating death of my beloved younger brother from brain cancer. The nature of their illnesses made them blessedly unenlightened of what was happening to them as I stood by, painfully aware that I was about to lose what was left of my family.

The three of us had survived our darkest days together and faded memories of long ago occupied my thoughts. That Christmas – as always - Rich and I traveled to Florida to see our son and his family, knowing spending time with our two grandchildren would brighten my spirits. When we arrived, it was immediately obvious my son knew what Rich had bought me for Christmas. He was downright giddy and didn’t miss an opportunity to say, “Boy, wait ‘til you see what you’re getting!” or, “Tears….there’s gonna be tears!”

My husband is not very good at being cagey and I can usually guess what he bought me well before the holiday, but this time I was stumped. Christmas morning finally arrived and excitement filled the house as I played Santa, handing out gifts from under the tree. All but one, that is. Rich retrieved a big box from the bedroom and everyone awaited my reaction as I opened the box. It was a violin! A violin? I was stunned. I knew they were expecting tears but all I could do was stare at it in disbelief. My mind raced; I hadn’t played the violin in over 50 years, so what was I going to do with this thing? What was Rich thinking? And, what was I thinking? Keep reading...

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