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Joseph Joachim Violin Competition starts

September 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

In Hannover, Germany tomorrow is the opening concert for the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition. I look through the contestants and see many, who also played in the Elisabeth competition. I just want to share this with you, because it was interesting to discuss about the Elisabeth competition with you. (Adrian? ;)
Also I am sure, there will be lots of good music all the week on the live stream, wich will eventually be on the competition website.
In this competition I unluckily saw some strange decisions and also the fact, that jury members can be also teachers of competititors at the same time, is quite a strange thing. I am not feared to go into detail, but maybe it wouldn't be so smart. Just don't expect everything to be one hundred percent fair. It may disappoint you a lot.
But because of the high award prices there are numerous outstanding violinists applied at this competition. I wish them all good luck. Many of them I heard before in other competitions. One of them came to visit my school last week and played for the children. Very nice indeed. We'll see how well she will do in the competition. Anyway, sorry for the not so thought out text, its friday evening and I am tired. But since it starts tomorrow I wanted to post it before.
Enjoy and Comment if you like... I am from Hannover and live 200 meters away from the Music University where most of the concerts will take place, also I will be listening to the opening concert Saturday Evening, where the winner of 2009 plays Saint-Saens Violin Concerto 3. So if someone has a request, I can maybe answer questions ;)

I personally CAN'T WAIT!!! :)

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on September 29, 2012 at 4:54 PM
Hi, do you know when plays who?
On the website I see:
Concerts Preliminary Round 1
9/30/12, 4.30 pm - University of Music, Drama and Media [more]
Concerts Preliminary Round 1
10/1/2012, 10 am – Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media [more]
Concerts Preliminary Round 1
10/1/12, 5 pm – Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media [more]
Concerts Preliminary Round 1
10/2/12, 10 am - Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media [more]
Concert Preliminary Round 1
10/2/12, 5 pm - Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media [more]
but no scedule with names. Also not when you click on ""more"".
From Reginald Perry
Posted on September 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM
Can anyone explain to me the "normal" path violinists take through the competition circuit? I would have thought that all of the other competitions were preparation for the Queen Elisabeth unless you were like under 18 when you first competed in the QE. The QE seems so tough that I wonder what the motivation would be to continue with competitions.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on September 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM
I have no schedule yet unfortunately, but I have the official book (!) with a lot information, will check this tomorrow. Today the winner of 2009 played an awesome performance of Saint-Saen 3rd. Good boy!

Edit: no schedule in the book of the competition... strange. Also some competitors not there wich were named in the *.pdf, like Emma Steele and Petteri Iivonen... sadly

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on September 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I found the scedule on the website. It is quite hard to find. Click on media and you see under New the Order of performance :
Scedule of 1st + 2nd round
Every first round candidate has to play the 1st and 2nd round. 1st round Bach, Ysaye sonata (the candidates can choose one) and the Romance of Joachim. In the 2nd round 2 sonata's. Than the selection follows for the semi's. This is a better selection than in Brussel because candidates have 2 performance days and when they have a bad day they have a 2nd chance the other day. In Brussel everything must be perfect in their Bach, Paganini Caprice and 1 movement of the Schumann concerto in 25 minutes, So in Hannover you get a better selection for the semi's and candidates can play more so they can compete more time. Later for the final again a selection.
It is a pity that 3rd Saint-Saens is played before the competition. Joachim has written 3 violin concerto's so let the winner play one of these to promote the composer Joachim. The winner of the edition of 2006 has recorded the 1st and 2nd violin concerto of Joseph Joachim and even she has played before the edition of 2009 no Joachim violin concerto, but the violin concerto of Arensky, I thought.
TO STOP THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE IRON REPERTOIRE AND THE CULTURAL POORNESS OF VIOLIN PLAYING THE WINNER OF THE NEXT EDITION MUST PLAY A JOACHIM VIOLIN CONCERTO FOR THE EDITION OF 2015 (OK I know I have no influence, but I like heavy statements). I have heard the 2th violin concerto of Joachim by Christian Tetzlaff in Rotterdam and it is a very good piece and must be iron repertoire like the Britten and Walton violin concerto, Dohnanyi1, Hubay3 and Concerto Russe from Lalo. But I cannot change the (violin)world and I have no influence, so perhaps I begin irritate people with my dictator?-opinion.
During the Vieuxtemps competition the candidates has to play with piano a violin concerto of Henri Vieuxtemps, the 2nd, the 4th and th 5th (most well known)
Compare it to a obligatory piece of a living composers to promote these composers before his music is sent to the archives and will seldom (read: never) be played, sure after his death.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on October 1, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Thank you very much! I listened yesterday the live stream a bit. Today I will be there from 10:20 until 12 with my string classes. In the Evening plays Stephen Waarts, who seems to be quite an interesting player.

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