Isaac Stern violin competition hits the mark
The 3rd Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, delayed for one year due to the pandemic, the six finalists announced on Sunday.
Rino Yoshimoto (Japan), Thomas Lefort (France), Lin Ruifeng (China), Felicitas Schiffner (Germany), Angela Sin Ying Chan (Hong Kong China) and Shannon Lee (United States) were selected among the quarter-and-a-half -finals online. final which began on August 13.
The finalists will compete in person in Shanghai next year in accordance with national guidelines for pandemic prevention and control. Those who did not qualify for the final will also have the opportunity to participate in an online consultation session with a jury member of their choice.
“Each competitor has overcome a lot of difficulties this time around,” said Zhou Ping, executive director of the organizing committee and director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
“They needed to find an accompanying pianist, a recording studio and a sound engineer, all in the midst of a global pandemic. In no time, they also had to register their submissions for the competition online. were not in vain. It sent a strong message to the world about the power of music. “
The quarter-finals and semi-finals, totaling approximately 50 hours in length, have been viewed over 3.5 million times on various online channels around the world.
The organizing committee also took advantage of the high-level competition to host a series of public service cultural projects in Shanghai.
A pre-competition seminar was held two weeks before the start of the quarter-finals, hosted by music critic Li Yanhuan. To help the audience better appreciate the competition, Li presented his history, profile and highlights of Isaac Stern, some of his best recordings and previews of the highlights of the competition.
Violinist Stern was among the first major international musicians to visit China in 1979, which led to Murray Lerner’s Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart”.
It is also the first time that the competition has initiated a program for young journalists in residence which offers opportunities for interviews with members of the jury and candidates to 12 teenagers.
“With projects like this, we have spent a lot of time and effort to help the public better understand how to enjoy the competition, what is considered a good performance, what are each candidate’s specialties and what it takes. look up when performing the different pieces, ”Zhou explained.
“A high-quality international competition like this is a showcase for a city and can help it further develop its cultural life, with a more diverse artistic experience.