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Bart Meijer

Semifinalists of Queen Elisabeth Competition are known

May 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

They are:
KIM Bomsori
CHO Jinjoo
LEE Marisol
CHO GaHyun
Richard LIN
KIM Dami
SHIN Hyun Su
Nancy ZHOU
NARITA Tatsuki
Esther YOO
TSENG Yu-Chien
Kristi GJEZI.

A schedule of performances in the semifinal can be found here.

From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM
his name is artiom shIshkov, and I remember him as amazing. Tough competition. Some I know from Sibelius 2010 finale, like Petteri and Nancy Zhou. I heard some of the first rounds, mostly amazing! Still i cannot really enjoy some "competition like" polished risk free playing...
From Paul Deck
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM
I agree, but competition playing is what it is. I thought Ray Chen's performance of the Franck at the QE was also quite "safe". But it has to be! If you do something "interesting" and two judges don't like it, you're finished! There's no room for this in a competition. The whole point of these things is to pay your dues to the establishment.

My impression of Chen's playing at the QE was that he just blows you away by how perfect he is technically -- perfect in ways that the other performers, while excellent, could not reach -- a higher level. The other thing is the apparent ease with which he accomplishes this, hardly breaking a sweat in the Rondo-Capriccioso, for example, whereas one of his competitors (a Latvian woman, as I recall) looked as though she'd run a marathon after playing that. Of course now that Chen is a performing and recording artist he can show us all of his artistry. I haven't heard his recording of the Franck yet but that is certainly on my list.

What's amazing (and a little depressing) to me is that if you look at that list of violinists who are semifinalists in this competition, they are all fantastic violinists. And yet, ten years from now, will anyone know who they are? Will they have performing or even orchestral careers? Or will they be teaching "Twinkle" or "Boil 'Em Cabbage Down" to droves of tiny children playing tiny violins so that in the next generation the likelihood of professional success will be even more scarce?

From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM
I am sure, that they will all have a great future, with or without the violin. I know from Nacy zhou that she stated that she doesnt want to make violin playing to her job and study something else. Thats a safe way, if she wins.. good for her. btw she is amazing.
For the others, certainly all great violinists. They are around competitions for long time mostly and while being the greatest of all the elisabeth competition is just a part of their schedule. Many of them had achieved some places on podiums before. Obviously they are fighting for the win. But often not the winner takes it all, but the best looking girl, who gets a record contract and some good marketing agent. The winner will of course always be remembered in certain circles, but to match the level of an queen elisabeth performance in all your concerts, you will have to work very hard.

btw. Does anyone know if there is a podcast from the 5th may? I only can find two or three of the competitors from that day. I want to listen to the most interesting ones for me and at that point the podcast stops... typical! Why don't they have a competent technical team/partner? Live stream would be also good. maybe the queen gets old...

edit: I found the podcasts... they were not listed but existent

From Bart Meijer
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM
Simon, I corrected the error. Thank you for pointing it out.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM
listen to her, Nancy Zhous, Paganini... amazing!!!!
wouldn't be surprised to see her in the first 3!
and here is Artiom Shishkovs first round. Very smooth!
I am looking forward to more of those!
From jean dubuisson
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM
One of the first rounds I attended was that of Simon Michal who simply blew away the audience. I am very surprised that the jury didn't let him in the semifinals. Also very impressive is Marc Bouchkov (who is in the semifinals), and restless to boot!
From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM
in fact all those where also in sibelius 2010 competition, when I remember right:

Petteri IIVONEN (2nd place)

KIM Bomsori (finale, as far as i remember... heard her live first round in helsinki, not my style... but certainly good)

Andrey BARANOV (until second round)

Nancy ZHOU (finale)

Esther YOO (3rd place i think.. she was very young and got a bonus therefore. solid playing of course from the finale I liked Nancy Zhou better, who got nothing...)

CHO Jinjoo: From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

this simon michal played indeed very nice, but thats the problem of a competition. He had some obvious out of tune places. Thats it. others may also had those and still are in second round.... but thats then because of taste and sympathy.
From Joyce Lin
Posted on May 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM
Go Yu-Chien and Richard! :)
From Noel Amaral
Posted on May 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM
In the end it all boils down to one 7 letter word...DESTINY.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on May 7, 2012 at 2:58 PM
I just saw decimes played with first and third finger from josef spacek. o.0! There is now a vdeo live stream on this page:
From Paul Deck
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 4:19 AM
what are decimes
From Bart Meijer
Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Decimes are tenths, Paul. We Continental Europeans use old Latin-derived names for intervals.

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