Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Artistic Director, Dr Rimma Sushanskaya.
The Twelfth Bach and Paganini Festival for Violinists, will take place between the Sunday 4th and the Tuesday 13th of August 2013. It will provide a wealth of master classes, individual tuition and recitals for 20 violinists aged between 16 and 36 years of age (on 1st June 2013)
The Virtuoso Violin is a festival celebrating the works for solo violin of Bach and Paganini plus other string music.
The Virtuoso Violin Festival takes place in the lovely market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and home to the world – famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Orchestra of the Swan. The course is intensive, but students have time to explore the town and its abundant artistic heritage and also visit London or historic Warwick. The surrounding area is steeped in history, and Stratford is approximately one hour from Oxford and one-and-a-half hours from Bath. Birmingham, England’s second City, is just over 30 minutes away.
All master classes, lessons and solo recitals take place at King Edwards VI Grammar School (Shakespeare’s School). The orchestral concert will take place in Holy Trinity Church, the burial place of Shakespeare.
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Virtuoso Violin Festival Concerts will take place on:
- Sunday 4th August at The Levi Fox Hall, King Edwards School, Stratford-upon-Avon, at 7.30pm. Programme yet to be announced
- Saturday 10th August at The Levi Fox Hall, King Edwards School, Stratford-upon-Avon, at 7.30pm Student Recitals admission free.
- Monday 12th August at the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon-Avon at 8.00pm. Programme yet to be announced
Want to know more about the Virtuoso Violin Festival 2013?
The aim of the course is to inspire an in-depth understanding of the music of Bach and Paganini but students are also encouraged to study repertoire of their own choice. The course will suit students wishing to develop new techniques as well as professional players looking to revise and refresh existing ones. The solo studies course will culminate with a concert on Saturday 10th and an orchestral finale on Monday 12th August.
Each applicant must have studied to at least UK grade 8 (or equivalent), and have prepared the following works, which will be studied during master classes and individual tuition sessions.
- Complete Sonata or Partita for unaccompanied violin by J.S. Bach from BWV 01 001 – 1 006,
- Caprice from the 24 Caprices, Op-1 by Paganini
All participants have the opportunity to take part in one or two concerts in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The fee for the 2013 festival is £695. It covers all accommodation, breakfast, mid-morning snack, packed lunch and all master classes, individual tuition, coaching and concerts. It does not include evening meals or travel to and from Stratford. A small bursary fund is available for some who wish to attend.
Applications should include the following information:
- Your full name and date of birth
- Your home address. Please include postal city, Post/Zip Code, and Country
- Telephone contact number, including Country Code
- Fax Number (if applicable), including Country Code
- Email address
- Please give some indication as to how your course fees will be funded, i.e. whether self-funded, by your local or national Government, or by grant from a funding organisation
You must also include:
- Your CV
- Two letters of reference from your teacher , tutor or someone in a position of authority in the classical music world and who is familiar with your playing.
- A cassette or CD (not longer than 15 minutes total duration) containing one movement of the unaccompanied Bach (from the Sonatas and Partitas) and any work of your choice.
Please send completed application form to the festival office address:Virtuoso Violin Online Leaflet_2013
The Administrator, The Virtuoso Violin,
29 Johnson Road,
Birmingham, B23 6PU,
You can also email The Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: The deadline for applications is the 31st May 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by the 30th June 2013 and places must be confirmed by a deposit (non refundable) of £335 with the balance of £360 due by the 31st of July 2013
The Course Leaders
Dr. Rimma Sushanskaya, Artistic Director, is an international concert violinist, acclaimed throughout the world for her opulent tone colours, her gripping expressive virtuosity, and her ever-present rhythmic vitality. The last pupil of the legendary David Oistrakh, she continues the great Russian tradition of violin playing. She has studied the unaccompanied works of Bach with the great Bach scholar Dr. Rosalyn Tureck. Rimma is currently a visiting lecturer of violin at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Savely Shalman, Professor at the Special School of Music in St Petersburg and distinguished Russian violin teacher. He has given masterclasses and lectures throughout Russia and Eastern Europe. His technique has met with great success, and he is the author of a number of books on the subject. He is a member of the International Secretariat of ESTA, and Chairman of the board of ESTA-Russia.
Irina Chichina is a well-known St. Petersburg teacher and was taught by K. Veksler, L. Vayman and S. Shalman. Currently she is working in the St Petersburg Music College of M.P. Musorskiy and the “Vasileostrovskaya” music school. Chichina’s students perform in the best known venues in St. Petersburg, and many of them are laureates of international competitions. Her masterclasses and concerts given by Irina Chichina’s students have been held in Lithuania, Serbia, Germany, Italy and Spain. She regularly forms part of jury for many Russian and international competitions. Chichina is well known for her methods of intensive development of the artistic and instrumental capabilities of her students.
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