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  |   March 1, 2013  |  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 41st 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 9 and Sunday March 10, 2013.

The full two-day schedule is as follows:

First Round: Saturday, March 9, 9am – 5pm

Semi-final Round: Sunday, 10am – 12pm. 

Finals: Sunday, March 10, 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, the then 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 2013 first-prize winner will receive $3000 and a solo performance with the HVP during its 2013-14 Season.  Last November, the 2012 winner, cellist Jiyoung Lee, performed one of the greatest works for cello and orchestra ever composed: Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Op. 85, E minor. This young artist received an extended standing ovation for her exceptional interpretation.

The judges for this year’s competition are: Susan Seligman, principal cellist, HVP, Wanchi Huang, professor of Violin, James Madison University., Shirley Givens, violin faculty, Mannes College The New School for Music, and Nancy Donaruma, cellist, retired, New York Philharmonic.

The String Competition is open to the public at no charge, and gives audiences 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. For more information call the Bardavon Box Office at 845.473.2072 or log on to www.bardavon.org.

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