April 1, 2012 at 10:07 PMCongratulations to Michael Bechtel, whose bracket predictions for the Violin Concerto Tournament earned the most points, with 28 out of a possible 30 points! Michael, I'll be sending you a nifty new Violinist.com tote bag! (We'll find excuses for more t-shirt and tote bag giveaways soon, and eventually we'll make them available for sale.)
As it turned out, nobody's bracket was perfect. If you want all the details of how this crazy thing went down, plus the links to the votes and the recordings that I (and others) posted, go to our Tournament Page.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the spirit of fun in which this was meant. I've been doing the "Weekend Votes" for a number of years, and many members have asked me post a vote about favorite concertos. I concluded that it was fairly impossible to do in the format of a one-time vote, but I thought it was fun to get your nominations, create the bracket and consider the concertos a couple at a time. Especially with all the basketball madness and talk of "tournaments" and "brackets" in the air!
It goes without saying, we love them all, for different reasons! But keep exploring the ones you don't know, and this is always a place for your to share your discoveries. :)
Seriously, Laurie, this tournament was captivating. It would be fun to have a similar thing for student concertos, sonatas, etc.
On to the 2013 Violin Sonata tourney?
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