The opening ceremony of the second China International Violin-Making and Bow-Making Competition opened on Sept 9 in Beijing. The competition will last until Sept 21.
The gold, silver and bronze medals in four categories, including cello, viola and bow, will be awarded at the competition. A series of relevant activities, such as an awarding gala concert, an entries exhibition and seminars by master makers, will be organized during the competition.
A total of 245 instrument makers from 11 countries entered the competition with 399 works. Sixty-one of the entries are from 37 overseas participants.
Total entries this year are much higher than last year. The total makes the competition the second largest in the world, behind only the Italy international violin-making competition.
Nine participants from Pinggu district of Beijing -- China’s violin production base -- entered the competition with more than 20 works.
The competition’s jury includes 18 judges from six countries. Bernard Millant, the international renowned master bow-maker, is a member of the jury.
The judges representative, a UK master bow-maker gives a speech at the opening ceremony on Sept 6. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Professor Zheng Quan, president of the jury, introduces the competition at the opening ceremony on Sept 6. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Bu Zhengfa, president of the China National Light Industry Council, serves as the competition’s honorary chairman. The organizing committee also invited the renowned Italian violin-maker Gio Batta Morassi and Chinese violinist Sheng Zhongguo as honorary chairmen.
Sheng Zhongguo plays a violin at the opening ceremony on Sept 6.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The competition will process in two rounds. The preliminary round lasts from Sept 7 to 9 and is closed to the public. The open final round will be carried out on Sept 10.
On Sept 11, the jury’s decision will be announced at the awarding ceremony. Accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of China Opera, the musician judges will perform solos using the awarded musical instruments in the following gala concert. Yu Feng, head of the Symphony Orchestra of China Opera, will act as conductor.
All five soloists of the concert are gold medal winners of international violin competitions.
The three violinists, Lu Siqing, Huang Bing and Giovanni Angeleris, are winners of the Paganini Competition. Rolan Glassi was awarded the gold medal at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival and Competition. Alexander Suleiman, the cellist, is a winner of the International Johannes Brahms Competition.
The organizing committee will hold seminars related to violin in parallel with the competition. Twelve master violin-makers will give lectures on their academic outlook and research results.
In addition, an exhibition of the competition will be held in the National Centre for the Performing Arts from Sept 12 to 21.
The exhibition will consist of two parts. All musical instruments participating in the competition are eligible for the first part. The second part, or the world renowned violins exhibition, will exhibit five precious violins, including a work of master violin-maker Gnarneri del Gesil and four collections from the Chi Mei Museum.
The visitors can appreciate the on-site violin-making show and 20 live violin performances during the exhibition. The debut of the bow-making competition in Asia is a highlight of the competition. Most Chinese makers have little knowledge about bow culture. The entries from France and Germany have a long bow-making history and tradition that will provide a valuable lesson for China’s bow-makers.
The second China International Violin-Making and Bow-Making Competition provides a communication platform for young violin- and bow-makers around the world. It is becoming one of the most significant competitions of its kind in the world.