The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

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REVIEW: Indianapolis Competition Finals: Shannon Lee, Luke Hsu and Anna Lee

September 16, 2018, 2:46 PM · INDIANAPOLIS - Excitement was in the air on Saturday night at the Hilbert Circle Theatre downtown, where the last three of six Finalists in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis would perform their Romantic and Post-Romantic Concertos in a concert that took place right before the judges were to announce the winners of the 17-day quadrennial competition. (Find that announcement and the final placement of the laureates here.)

Before the concert began, I chatted with a couple sitting next to me in the balcony, who had traveled from Los Angeles to attend the concerts. They were carefully scoring every violinist for every performance, and the margins in their programs were filled with handwritten notes and numbers. Another couple, behind me, had traveled from Fort Worth for some of the concerts and said that next time, they hoped to simply come for the entire competition. It would seem that "The Indianapolis" has become something of a pilgrimage for violin lovers in North America!

On Saturday audience members were treated to a second night of varied repertoire, with Shannon Lee playing the Walton Concerto for Violin; Luke Hsu the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Anna Lee the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, all with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The other finalists, Richard Lin; Risa Hokamura and Ioana Cristina Goicea, had performed on Friday, read the review and find the videos here. Keep reading...

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Richard Lin of the U.S./Taiwan Wins Gold Medal in Indianapolis Competition

September 15, 2018, 10:28 PM · EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated Sunday with Special Prizes.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richard Lin of the U.S. has won the Gold Medal in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Congratulations to all the laureates, who were named Saturday night following the last concert in the Finals. They are:

  • Gold Medal ($30,000): Richard Lin, 27, of the U.S./Taiwan
  • Silver Medal ($15,000): Risa Hokamura, 17, of Japan
  • Bronze Medal ($10,000): Luke Hsu, 28, of the U.S.
  • Fourth Place ($7,000): Anna Lee, 23, of the U.S.
  • Fifth Place ($6,000): Ioana Cristina Goicea, 25, of Romania
  • Sixth Place ($5,000): Shannon Lee, 26, of the U.S./Canada

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L-R: 2018 Indianapolis competition laureates Anna Lee, Shannon Lee, Ioana Cristina Goicea, Luke Hsu, Risa Hokamura and Richard Lin. Photo by Denis Ryan Kelly Jr.

Members of the 2018 Indianapolis competition jury include Jaime Laredo (President), Pamela Frank, Mihaela Martin, Kyoko Takezawa, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dong-Suk Kang and Rodney Friend. Keep reading...

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REVIEW: Indianapolis Competition Finals: Richard Lin; Risa Hokamura and Ioana Cristina Goicea

September 15, 2018, 2:39 AM · INDIANAPOLIS - Three very different major concertos were featured on the second-to-last night of Finals in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which took place at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Friday.

Friday night's violinists included Richard Lin playing Bruch's "Scottish Fantasie" ; Risa Hokamura playing the the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto; and Ioana Cristina Goicea, playing Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1; all with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

If this variety of repertoire creates a interesting listening experience for the audience, it doesn't necessarily make the judging any easier. After all, this is a competition! When every violinist plays the exact same piece, the differences tend to stand out. With different pieces, one must make comparisons based on wholly different techniques and expressive possibilities that are inherent in each piece. And one must separate feelings about the piece from feelings about how someone played it.

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Live Video for the Finals at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

September 14, 2018, 6:26 PM · INDIANAPOLIS - Please enjoy the live video feed of the last nights of the Finals at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where violinists are required each to play a major Romantic or Post-Romantic Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The performances take place at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. The program begins at 8pm Eastern Time.

For Day 1, Keep reading...

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