September 2009

Hannover violincompetition 27sept-9 october

September 28, 2009 09:44

Yesterday The Hannover violin competition has began. On septembre 26 12.00 they choose in which order the 29 candidates would start (35 were permitted, but 6 withdrew) after a preselection.

They began the next day at 16.30 so I went to Hannover to see the 6 candidates (and because someone from the Netherlands was a competitor) It took 4 hours in my car to arrive in Hannover and 4 hours to ride back so I was at 2 AM in the night back home in the Netherlands. Last time, 3 years ago, there was no clear scheme when the participants play, so I arrive too late, but now I saw 6 times the rare piece of Joseph Joachim. 3 years ago there was some controversy about some big names who did not make it to the semi's.

There were some cd's and the last winner Suyoen Kim has recorded the 1th and 2th violinconcerto of Joseph Joachim for Naxos. So I bought that cd (thanks Jonathan) , because after the 2th and 3th violinconcerto of Joachim, now I also have the 1th violinconcerto of Joachim.

I also have to say that the concerthall of Brussel was a beauty (here some photo's: ) although it must soon get some paint and some repair, but the concerthall in Hannover was a ugly concrete bunker, although the sound was good, but the hall relatively small. Here some photo's also with the satue of Joachim which was on stage:

When I drove home I heard on the German radio the music of a chambermusic competition FOR ALL AGES. Mehanem Plessler was in the jury. I would like to hear a violincompetition with no age limitations.

 Here you can see and hear the life stream (I am now listening to Bach while typing this)

Preliminary Round, 35 Competitors
27 September-2 October

First Session

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
    One of the Sonatas or Partitas for solo violin
    BWV 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005 or 1006
  2. Eugène Ysaÿe
    One of the Sonatas for solo violin, Op. 27
  3. Joseph Joachim
    Romanze Op. 2, No. 1
    (Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden)

The length of this session is not to exceed 30 minutes.


Second Session

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven
    One of the following sonatas for violin and piano:

    • D major, Op. 12 No. 1
    • A major, Op. 12 No. 2
    • E flat major, Op. 12 No. 3
    • A minor, Op. 23
    • A major, Op. 30 No. 1
    • G major, Op. 30 No. 3
  2. One complete work of your choice for solo violin or for violin and piano.

The length of this session is not to exceed 35 minutes.

From 27 till 29 they play the 1th round/ 1th session. Than EVerbody plays the 2th round/ 2th session. Than the semi's and the final. Yura Lee has recovered from her arminjury and is taking part just like Solenne Paidassi , a semi from the last Elisabethcompetition.

Here all competitors:

• Miroslav Ambroš (Czech Republic)
• Birthe Blom (Netherlands)
• David Coucheron (Norway)
• Yusuke Hayashi (Japan)
• Noé Inui (Greece)
• Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea)
• Stephanie Jeong (USA)
• Jonian-Ilia Kadesha (Albania)
• Clara-Jumi Kang (Germany/South Korea)
                        • Byol Kang (Germany)                Withdrew (but still on the website)
• Haik Kazazyan (Armenia/Russia)
• Yevgeny Kutik (USA)
• Hyuk Joo Kwun (South Korea)
• Li Lao (China)
• Yura Lee (South Korea)
• Mari Lee (South Korea)
• Šimon Michal (Czech Republic)
• Fumiaki Miura (Japan)
• Sayaka Nagahara (Japan)
• Nadja Nevolovitsch (Germany)
• Solenne Païdassi (France)
• Vlad Stanculeasa (Romania)
• Mai Suzuki (Japan)
• Evgeny Sviridov (Russia)
• Chiharu Taki (Japan)
• Yan Tong (China)
• Jing Wang (Canada)
• Jung Yoon Yang (South Korea)
• Itamar Zorman (Israel)

And here the rest of the programm.

Semi-final Round, 12 Competitors
3-6 October


First Session

Each participant will present a recital which is to last no longer than 60 minutes. The repertoire will be chosen by the competitor. It must include a sonata for violin and piano as well as the commissioned work (approx. 8 minutes). Concertos for violin and orchestra are not permitted. Works played in the preliminary round may not be repeated here.

Second Session

One of the following concertos für violin and orchestra:

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The competitors will perform with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal.

Final Round, 6 Competitors
8-9 October

One of the following concertos for violin and orchestra:

The competitors will perform with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Nicholas Milton.

All works -- except the sonatas for violin and piano and the commissioned work -- must be performed from memory.


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Music course in the Czech Republic

September 14, 2009 08:11

Last summer I followed a music course in the Czech Republich in a little city, Bechyne, 100 km under Prague (

I made one hour of raw material, including a few interviews (never done it before, so I found it scary, because I do not speak easy and fluent). I have made the movie above in the hope that it gives a representative impression. Personally the most important thing was I could check off the 1st violin concerto of Czech composer Foerster, a piece that I would play normally for the first and last in my life, because it is so terrible unknown. Fragments thereof to the end of the film. Also a rare Czech piece is Fairytale [Pohádka in Czech], an orchestral piece, by Josef Suk which differs from the iron (Czech) repertoire as the 7th, 8th, 9th Symphony by Dvorak, which I already have played for 2 or 3 times. Josef Suk was also married to the eldest daughter of Dvorak. This music course gives the opportunity to play such special and good Czech music. Even in the Czech Republic the 1th violinconcerto of Josef Bohuslav Foerster is not well known.
Apart from well known non-Czech composers for chamber music also special chamber music of Czech as Josef Suk and Martinu was played.
Unfortunately I do not have film images of the great-grandson of Antonin Dvorak with the same surname, who was invited to that course, because he lived nearby. He said he was construction worker, a  very different job than his grandfather Antronin Dvorak, who was son of a butcher, I thought.
We also played Dvorak  ouverture op.62 My Home, rarely played in concerthalls. On this melody the Czech national anthem is based.
Here some photo's:

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