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Anne Akiko Meyers

'Soul at Bar One'

July 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I adjudicated a competition at the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara. Watching and listening to the contestants, I remembered what it was like to compete when I was 11 and 12 years old and won the opportunity to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. I was moved by the passion these kids had to win the opportunity to play in front of an orchestra.

It made me think of the challenging process involved, making and sustaining a career. The struggle to find your voice/identity at a young age, when you are forever learning lots of repertoire and understanding the technical challenges of the instrument. The music is such a reflection of the student’s heart and soul-you can just feel it from bar one.

It is in this spirit of finding a musical identity, and beginning and maintaining a career that I am pleased to announce a new contest on my Facebook page. I will be giving away an Arcus Cadenza Gold violin bow, valued at over $5,000 to a promising musician.
For details on how to enter, click here.

From Randy Garacci
Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM
HI Anne,

Is this the Arcus you used to perform with? That provenance would certainly sweeten the prize. What a generous gift to some worthy violin student!

From Tyrone Wilkins
Posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM
Just entered on facebook. Here's an extra link just in case!
From Peter Kent
Posted on July 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM
Hi Anne...looking forward to hearing your Mendelssohn this Thursday at Chautauqua...Hoping the weather holds. Have you played there before ?? I don't recall...The Amphitheater is like, in the words of CM Brian Reagan, "just like huge violin body" and the sound is so pure and realistic throughout the whole audience section....Always a great and appreciative crowd, and a great orchestra to back you up.

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