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Laurie Niles

Violin Community New 2010, Op. 22

June 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Benjamin BeilmanBenjamin Beilman, 20, a student of Ida Kavafian at Curtis, won the first prize (Can$30,000) last week in the 2010 Montréal International Music Competition, held this year for violinists. On this page is is a video of an excellent performance he gave of the Sibelius Concerto at the Gala Concert following the competition (I particularly enjoyed the second movement). The second place winner was Korbinian Altenberger of Germany and the third place winner was Nikita Borisoglebsky of Russia. Here is more information about winners of special awards at the competition.

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It's 2010, and that means it's once again time for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which will take place September 10 through 26. If you are wondering who will be participating this year, the list of participants will be posted Friday on the IVCI Facebook page as well as the IVCI website.

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Shar Music just put up a series of videos from their masterclasses with Mark O'Connor in May. Yes, he talks about his new method books, but I mostly found it fun to watch him jammin' with the kids!

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Who's playing where:

Members of the Tampa Bay Symphony, including violinist Bill Hayden, will hold a Haiti Relief Concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church in Tampa.
For more information click here.

Violinist Kyoko Takezawa performed a recital in Indianapolis Tuesday with pianist Akira Eguchi, for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis' Laureate Series (She was the 1986 winner.) The pair performed works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Poulenc, Wieniawski and Piazzolla. Here is the review

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performed the John Adams Violin Concerto with conductor Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony Friday in Orange County, Calif. Here is the review.

This sounds like an interesting show, with Chicago-based violinist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird: watching last night in Los Angeles at Largo at the Coronet, LA Weekly critic Molly Bergen wrote, “For those of you who have not witnessed Andrew Bird in concert, it is like watching a man construct the most intricate sand castle imaginable. First he will lay down the foundations by plucking his violin and whistling and then when he's got a solid groove going he will break your heart with a violin solo before putting it back again with whimsy lyrics about neurons or palindromes or measuring cups...” Here is the review.

From Ray Randall
Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I can only get half a picture on the Benjamin Beilman video and the sound control appears to be on the right side which I can not access. Is anyone getting a full picture?

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