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News Flash: Augustin Hadelich wins gold in Indy

September 17, 2006 at 1:56 PM

Quoting from the Indianapolis Star:

The 22-year-old [Augustin] Hadelich, who recovered from severe burns suffered in a 1999 fire, led a field in which Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, 20, won the silver medal and American Celeste Golden,, 22, took the bronze.

Korean violinists Yura Lee and Ye-Eun Choi were the competition’s fourth- and fifth-place laureates, respectively. Bulgaria’s Bella Hristova finished sixth.

In recent days, Lee and Choi have been generating lots of excitement with their extroverted performances. By the end of the competition, the jury appeared to prefer that the medalists possess a subtler palette of sounds and a broader range of stylistic interpretations....

Hadelich, who has been studying at the Juilliard School in New York, put the final touches on his long series of solid performances with Bela Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Hadelich capitalized on the Hungarian composer’s 1930s showcase of the theme-and-variations form to display his range of talents.

Hadelich’s performance, the last at Saturday’s romantic concerto finals, combined virtuosic technique with dependable intonation, a captivating stage presence, a singing style that transcended dissonant harmonies and a sound that could stand up to the full forces of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

During the semifinals, Hadelich’s Beethoven Sonata No. 1 seemed especially faithful to the composer’s style. Hadelich also was one of few competitors to capture the fun and mystery in the contemporary commissioned piece, Bright Sheng’s A Night at the Chinese Opera. During the classical concerto finals, Hadelich’s Mozart Concerto No. 2 in D featured a freely phrased first-movement cadenza.

Lamsma, a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, demonstrated a quietly elegant approach even from the preliminary round. At that time, she played a naturally paced Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2, and a fluid, vibrant Faure Berceuse. In her classical finals, she blended clean articulation with moderate expressiveness. On the other hand, at Friday’s first phase to the romantic finals, she stepped up to the demands of Shostakovich’s brooding Concerto No. 1 in A minor.

Golden, who is pursuing her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, encountered a few technical glitches during her classical concerto, Mozart’s Concerto No. 4, although she covered well. She came back with a riveting performance of Dvorak’s Concerto in A minor at Saturday’s romantic finals. She combined a bravura style with many sensitive moments.

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From Samuel Thompson
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