Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition began last week in China, with 27 violinists ages 16-32 from 11 countries and regions competing for a top prize of $100,000, which will be awarded Sept. 1.The second-ever
The quarter-finals, which began Friday, will continue tonight, Monday and Tuesday. To watch the current and previous live-feeds, check the Violinist.com Facebook page each day (click here). Semi-finalists will be announced Tuesday (night in Shanghai, early morning in the U.S.)
Later this week I'll be traveling to China to write about the competition on Violinist.com, as I did two years ago for the inaugural competition in 2016. The competition was named after violinist Isaac Stern, whose 1979 visit to China was a great source of hope and inspiration for violinists and musicians in China, following that country's "Cultural Revolution," during which western music had been banned. While I was there last time, I learned much more about what that meant for Western music during this period when I interviewed violinist Vera Tsu Weiling. She described practicing the violin a dark basement, using sheets of music copied out in pencil; learning in an environment of constant fear of being discovered and gravely punished. Weiling is now one of China's leading violin professors and co-chair of the jury for this year's Shanghai competition. Keep reading...Tweet Comments (1)
Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) has announced 36 quarterfinalists who are invited to participate in its second-ever live competition rounds in Shanghai late this summer. The candidates, from 10 countries, were chosen from 174 applicants from 33 countries.The 2018
The competition, with a grand prize of $100,000, will begin August 10, with three rounds over the course of three weeks. Second prize will be $50,000 and third prize $25,000, with a prize of $10,000 awarded for the best performance of the Chinese work, Qigang Chen’s "La joie de la souffrance." A $10,000 Isaac Stern Prize also will be awarded to an individual – in any field and from any part of the world – who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of humanity through music. Winners will be announced Sept. 1.
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Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, which drew applications from 174 violinists from 33 countries/regions for this year's competition, up from 142 applicants from 26 countries/regions for the inaugural competition in 2016.Applications are in for the second-ever
In April, the competition will announce up to 36 applicants who will be invited to travel to Shanghai for the first round of the 2018 SISIVC. The competition will take place Aug. 10-Sept. 1 in Shanghai, offering considerable prizes, including top prize of $100,000. Keep reading...
As a child learning to play the violin in Shanghai during China's Cultural Revolution, Vera Tsu Weiling hid in a dark basement to practice, using sheets of music copied out in pencil, always with the fear of being discovered and gravely punished.
She never could have imagined where she would be a half-century later: back home in Shanghai, sitting among some of the most distinguished violinists in the world - now her colleagues - in a new hall built for the Shanghai Symphony (conducted by her husband Long Yu), serving on the jury of the first-ever Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. Though she has represented China on juries for many of the most prestigious violin competitions in the world, this one had particular meaning for her.
"Before, I couldn't even dream of all these people in my own city, and also being a judge in an international-level competition," she said. "We were so isolated in China: no music, no recordings, no live performance, no idea what real music is. And now, we have our own competition, bringing so many great musicians together in this city. This changes things tremendously."
Weiling's musical journey took her around the world, to study with Dorothy DeLay and Rafael Bronstein, to play as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, and to be associate concertmaster for the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Now she is one of the most sought-after violin teachers in China, teaching at both the Central Conservatory in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory.
While in Shanghai, I spoke with Weiling about what it was like to learn to play the violin during the Cultural Revolution, being one of the first students to be admitted to China's Central Conservatory afterward, Isaac Stern's 1979 visit and the state of Western classical music in China today. Keep reading...Comments (5)
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