Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thoughts and Relflections

As the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis came to an end on Sunday, we all had to say goodbye to new and old friends. So many people all across the world were witness to another three weeks of amazing virtuosic performances. These men and women love what they do and we couldn't be more thankful that they shared their passion with us during every aspect of the Competition.

In the Closing Ceremonies, we were once again able to hear performances from the 2014 Laureates. What an incredible opportunity this was. These women were being rushed from here to there, in the hall to backstage, given a medal and then given a violin. Even with the structured chaos, each were magnificent as they played on the Scottish Rite Cathedral stage for their last time during the 2014 Competition. Once the Ceremony ended, the audience was able to meet and congratulate the Laureates on their accomplishments.

I met with Jinjoo, Tessa, Ji Young, Yoo Jin, Dami, and Ji Yoon during the reception after the Ceremony. Each Laureate has mentioned countless times during the Competition that they absolutely love music. They love the expression and passion music brings, and they always look for how they can continue to improve. As things were winding down from the excitement, we talked about where they were headed next. Some were going home for a well deserved rest, some back to school to continue their studies, and though they all had three weeks in Indianapolis, time seemed to fly by.

As I look back on these past months, I couldn't be more grateful for my entire experience. As a senior Arts Administration major at Butler University, I find myself surrounded by academically skilled and musically talented people every day. At the Competition, I began to feel integrated into the "Real World" and I loved it. The constant work of the Competition kept me on my toes while meeting more and more people from all over; I wouldn't have had it any other way.

We at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis wish ALL participants in this year's Competition the best of luck in their future careers, competitions and life. Thank you all so much for sharing your music with us and with the world!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Laureates Have Been Announced!

The Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has come to an end. All 37 participants have performed incredibly over these past 16 days. IVCI would like to thank all the participants for an amazing two weeks of music making.

Now, for the announcement of the 2014 Laureates:

Gold Medalist: Jinjoo Cho
Silver Medalist: Tessa Lark
Bronze Medalist: Ji Young Lim
Fourth Laureate: Dami Kim
Fifth Laureate: Yoo Jin Jang
Sixth Laureate: Ji Yoon Lee

Congratulations to all 2014 Laureates and participants!

Please join us tomorrow at 5:00PM at the Scottish Rite Cathedral for the Closing Awards Ceremony, where the special prizes for the 2014 Competition will be announced and the Laureates will give a short performance.

The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast Live on our app and website!

Finals Come to a Close

With performances from Tessa Lark, Jinjoo Cho and Ji Yoon Lee, Friday evening consisted of the Walton Violin Concerto, the Korngold Violin Concerto in D major and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major—each with the Indianapolis Symphony as accompaniment. 

Tessa Lark performing Walton Violin Concerto with the ISO

Jinjoo Cho performing Korngold Violin Concerto in D major with the ISO

Ji Yoon Lee performing Tchaikovsky Violin
Prior to the performance, the Participants received only two short rehearsals with the Symphony. Despite the short amount of time allotted, most are seasoned soloists with symphony orchestras. The few who are not found what was needed for success with a symphony as accompaniment. 

This evening's program features the youngest Finalist Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang and Dami Kim, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. After these Participants conclude the second day of the Finals, Glen Kwok —Executive Director—will announce the Gold Medalist.

Make sure to follow closely on Social Media and our Blog as we enter the last few hours before the announcement of the Gold Winner at 11:00PM.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finals Continue Tonight with the ISO

The Finals began in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis this past Wednesday. The Finalists who performed first included Tessa Lark, Jinjoo Cho, and Ji Yoon Lee. These three all performed Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5 in A major and each provided incredibly different interpretations of the piece. It was interesting hearing the more classical side to the piece and the traditional cadenza versus a performers own cadenza.

On Thursday were Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang performing Mozart Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major and Dami Kim performing Concerto no. 5 in A major. Hearing the Concerto no. 4 twice in a row gave the listener the ability to hear distinctions between the two performers just like the previous night.

Tessa Lark performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Jinjoo Cho performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Ji Yoon Lee performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Ji Young Lim performing Mozart Concert no. 4 in D major with ECCO

Yoo Jin Jang performing Mozart Concert no. 4 in D major with ECCO

Dami Kim performing Mozart Concert no. 5 in A major with ECCO

Each of the Finalists practiced diligently with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) before it was their time to take the stage. These chamber musicians sounded wonderful and from the performance, seemed to draw from the performer's power and energy. Their sound accentuated that of the Finalists in a beautiful way, with each performance having slight differences than the next.

ECCO is a conductor-less chamber orchestra, which is a first for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. IVCI has had numerous chamber orchestras featured in the Classical and Romantic rounds including the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Ronen Chamber Ensemble. However, as a conductor-less orchestra, this poses more challenges for the 2014 Finalists than in previous years.

Tonight we will hear from Tessa, Jinjoo, and Ji Yoon once more as they play Walton, Korngold and Tchaikovsky respectively.

Visit our website and Facebook to find more information and to listen live!

All photography by Dennis Kelly Jr.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finalists are Announced!

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announced the 6 Finalists after a thrilling 4 days of Semi-Final performances!

The Finalists are as follows in performance order:

Tessa Lark
Jinjoo Cho
Ji Yoon Lee
Ji Young Lim
Yoo Jin Jang
Dami Kim

The Finals will begin at 8PM on Wednesday Sept. 17!

For more information on the Finalists and the performance schedule for the final round, please visit

Festival of the Violin

The Violin Society of America has arrived in Indianapolis! 

The VSA was invited to Indianapolis in partnership with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. The VSA competition began today and will continue through the last week of the IVCI. This combination of virtuosic violinists and the worlds finest instrument makers is truly a historic event for Indianapolis.

The VSA competition will be held in downtown Indianapolis at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This central location provides easy access to all Indianapolis has to offer. Indianapolis is home to many museums, art venues, a wonderful Cultural Trail, restaurants and many more things to visit along with the VSA competition.

The International Violin Competition will be entering the Finals on September 17th and 18th at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the University of Indianapolis Campus. Three participants each day will perform with the conductor-less East Coast Chamber Orchestra. On the 19th and 20th, three of the Finalists will perform each day with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

SPECIAL OFFER: Mention the code "IVCI2014" to purchase a one-time discounted ($25) day pass for all events.

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A full schedule is available on the VSA website.

Friday, September 12, 2014

World Premiere

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, commissioned composer the 2014 Competition, has been present for all four world premiere performances of her new piece Fantasy for solo Violin. Typically, the composer is present for the world premiere and stays for the remainder of that day to appreciate the interpretations of the violinists. However, this is a special case. Ms. Zwilich was asked by Jury President Jaime Laredo to sit on the jury as a substitute for Pamela Frank. This gives her a unique opportunity to not only hear her piece premiered 16 times by incredible violinists, but to critique the performances. Due to the jury rules, members are unable to discuss their evaluations of performers. The jury is only able to discuss the piece in general without making remarks about an observed participant. One can only guess what Ms. Zwilich has been thinking as she watches her piece unfold throughout the evening.

Stay tuned for more and follow the Competition on Twitter, Facebook and our App!