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Call for Art for My Next Album

July 22, 2017, 2:14 PM · Dear Friends,

Here’s the news: My next album, to be released this fall, is a selection of favorite tracks from all 12 of my Deutsche Grammophon recordings, as well as recent live recordings of Mozart Sonata KV 379, Davidson’s “Blue Curve of the Earth,” and Richter’s “Mercy” (the latter two written for my Encores project).

Here’s the ask: Would you take part in creating art for this album?

Here’s why: For decades, I have been delighted by the artwork that fans have brought me after concerts all over the world — art made by everyone from four-year-old violin students to professional painters. I’m touched by the artistic output, and I strongly relate to your creativity. What phenomenal fans. I would love to showcase some of your visual art in connection with my recording history as a way of saying thanks and, “Look how wonderful these people are!”

We have collected Fan Art on Facebook for several years and have been featuring artwork on Fridays. Many people have mailed physical artwork to my management company, and still many more continue to bring me artwork at concerts, which we have scanned. We will be looking through everything we already have for the album art, but I also want to give you a chance to get those creative juices flowing. Keep reading...

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Johan Dalene Wins 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition

July 21, 2017, 10:38 PM · Congratulations to violinist Johan Dalene, 16, of Norrköping, Sweden, who was awarded First Prize in the 2017 Cooper Competition following his performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Symphony Friday night.

Here is the list of the top winners in the competition, which included a tie for second place:

  • First Prize ($20,000): Johan Dalene, 16, of Norrköping, Sweden
  • Second Prize ($7,500): Qing Yu Chen, 17, of New York, NY
  • Second Prize ($7,500): Christina Jihee Nam, 14, of West Chester, OH
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July 21, 2017, 10:03 PM · Hard to believe, but some of the most elegant concerti ever written for the violin were actually written by a 19-year-old, over the course of less than a year! That's right, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his five concertos at a rather young age, all in 1775.

The most-played and most-studied of them are Concerti 3, 4, and 5. All have that Mozartian characteristic of sounding graceful and straightforward, while being deceptively difficult to play cleanly and in the proper style.

Which of these concerti is your favorite? What are your favorite recordings of them? Do you have a favorite live performance that you attended? Please cast your vote and tell us about it in the comments. And, if there are any of these concerti you have not heard, below are a few videos.

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