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2023 Sphinx Competition Laureates Announced

January 30, 2023, 1:30 PM · Congratulations to the laureates in the 2023 Sphinx Competition! The competition started on Jan. 26 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan and concluded on Saturday. Here are all of the prizewinners:

Senior Division Laureates:

Over two days, all participants had the opportunity to perform in master classes, with the finalists performing with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Kalena Bovell. Watch Njioma’s performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Concerto in G Minor, Op. 80 here (video is cued to start at 35:05):


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Hina Khuong-Huu Wins the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

January 29, 2023, 6:22 PM · Violinist Hina Khuong-Huu has been named the First Prize Winner in the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC). Here are all of the prizewinners:

The Oliveira competition started on Jan. 15 at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Fla. Over the last two days, all four finalists have performed live with the Lynn Philharmonia, conducted by Guillermo Figueroa. Watch Hina's award-winning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto below (the video is cued up to start with her performance at 1:39:13):


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V.com weekend vote: How much have you spent, over a lifetime, on violins and violin equipment?

January 28, 2023, 9:24 PM · So how much have you spent, over a lifetime, on your violin (or viola or cello) habit? More specifically, how much have you spent on instruments and other instrument equipment over your time playing? (For the vote, we are going to exclude sheet music and the price of lessons).

For the vote below, we used dollars; right now the euro is very close in value to the dollar, so you if you are counting in euros then just use the same values. If you are counting with another currency, here is a currency converter site.

Please participate in the vote, then share your thoughts, experiences, etc.!

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For the Record, Op. 223: Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Clarissa Bevilacqua; Amaro Dubois; Vanessa Marcoux

January 26, 2023, 3:13 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Janacek - Brahms - Bartok
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Fazil Say, piano

Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja says that Turkish pianist Fazil Say "is a volcano, with an indomitable strength and energy." Fazil says that her spontaneous playing exudes freedom: "At each concert, she creates a different character and tells a new story." The duo presents a program devoted to Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 1 ("a marvel from start to finish, one of his finest works," says Patkop); Brahms’ D minor Sonata ("I imagine a feather in flight at the opening of the sonata") and Janácek’s Sonata, "an extreme work, wounded and heart-rending." BELOW: trailer for the album.

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