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Laurie Niles

Violin Community News 2010, Op. 26

November 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

From the Top and Carnegie Hall are accepting applications for Big Break, an online talent contest. Young musicians who are U.S. Residents, ages eight to 18, can compete for the chance to appear on NPR's “From the Top" radio show, hosted by Christopher O'Riley, and to perform in Carnegie Hall Family Concert in Zankel Hall in spring 2011. Audition videos are due by November 18 and will then be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select finalists. A winner will be selected from that group by public voting, which will be Nov. 29 through Dec. 14. Here is more information about it.

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Joseph Lin, 32, will become the first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet in 2011. He will join violinist Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes and cellist Joel Krosnick, replacing violinist Nick Eanet, who resigned for health reasons. Lin studied with Shirley Givens at Juilliard School Pre-College and graduated from Harvard College, where he studied with Lynn Chang. He will complete the spring semester in his current position as professor at Cornell University before joining the violin faculty at Juilliard in fall 2011.

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Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti won first place at the Paganini Moscow International Violin Competition last month in Moscow. Russian violinist Andrey Baranov placed second, and Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko placed third.

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The YouTube Symphony is taking applications for its second manifestation, which will take place March 14 to 20, 2011, at the Sydney Opera House in Australia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Applications are due by November 28, 2010, and here is a page for more information. There are two ways you can audition: submit your video audition for the orchestra or submit a solo improvisation to a piece composed by American composer Mason Bates. Here is a FAQ page that will answer many questions about the YouTube Symphony, and in many languages.

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A flash-mob orchestra? Here is a small news item on an impromptu protest concert staged by symphony musicians in Netherlands, where government has announced possible cuts to funding for several orchestras. It was held at a train station (you'll have to endure a 16-second commercial to watch it):

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