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The Bardavon Announces the 40th Annual HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC STRING COMPETITION (Open to the Public)

  |   March 5, 2012  |  Comment

Final Rounds to be Held at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition Committee announce the 40th Annual HVP String Competition. The free competition featuring nearly 30 musicians will be held at Skinner Hall on the Vassar College campus on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday March 11, 2012. The first round is Saturday 9am – 5pm; the semi-final round is Sunday 10am – 12pm. The finals are Sunday, March 11 starting at 3pm. There is no admission charge and the competition is open to the public.

This international competition attracts a wealth of young musical talent from the finest conservatories in the US and abroad. The contest began in 1966 under the direction of Maestro Claude Monteux, then the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) artistic director/conductor. It was originally started as a way to find string players for the orchestra.

The HVP String Competition is often credited for launching the careers of world-renowned orchestral and solo string musicians. Many previous winners have gone on to illustrious classical music careers. Previous notables include: Violist Marcus Thompson ’67 (Boston Chamber Players), Cellist Fred Sherry ’68, Violinist Ani Kavafian ’73 (Lincoln Center Chamber Players soloist), Violinist Adela Pena ’85 (Eroica Trio), and Violinist Judith Ingolfsson ’96 (1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner).

The 2012 first-prize winner will receive $3000 and a solo performance with the HVP during its 2012-13 Season.  Last December, the 2011 winner, Violist Yoshihiko Nakano, performed one of the greatest works for viola and orchestra ever composed: Bartok’s Viola Concerto, op. posth op. BB128. This young artist received an extended standing ovation for his exceptional interpretation.

The String Competition is stiff, and the winners have very promising careers ahead of them. The judges this year are: Carole Cowan and Susan Seligman, principal violin and principal cellist of the HVP; Daniel Avshalomov, violist with the American String Quartet and faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music; and Hiroko Yajima, violinist, faculty and Chair of the String Department at Mannes College The New School for Music, and HVP String Competition winner in 1967.

The String Competition also gives the public a rare opportunity to hear and see some of the best young violinists, cellists, and violists in the world, before their careers have even begun. The event is free and will be held at Skinner Hall on the Vassar College campus. For more information call the Bardavon Box Office at 845.473.2072 or log on to www.bardavon.org.

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