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December 19, 2021
 Weekend Journal

Conversation With Andrea Dawson: Etudes for the Modern Violinist

There aren't a lot of etude books that teach young violinists about 20th and 21st century music - but here is a new one! Claire Allen talks with violinist Andrea Dawson about her new book, 24 Etudes for the Modern Violinist (also with a version for viola!).
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Natalie Loughran Wins First Prize in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition

Congratulations to Natalie Loughran, who won First Prize in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition at The Colburn School, and to Samuel Rosenthal (Second Prize) and Nicholas Swensen (Third Prize).  See story for a list of all the prizewinners, jury members and more.
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V.com weekend vote: What is the most contemporary piece of music you have ever played?

Sometimes violin and classical repertoire that is considered "modern" is actually a century or more old! Thinking about your own experience playing modern repertoire, what is the most recent piece that you have played? Was a solo piece, or something for orchestra or ensemble? Did you enjoy the experience? Who are your favorite composers of the last century?
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A Baroque Christmas with Rachel Barton Pine

Getting in the Christmas spirit - violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform an online Baroque concert this week with her Trio Settesento and her daughter Sylvia.
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For the Record, Op. 181

New recording this week:
  • Violinist Guillaume Sutre, harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert celebrate Saint-Saëns' centennial with a recording of the composer's lesser-played works for violin, harp and piano. 
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The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis commences its 11th Quadrennial Competition beginning September 9, 2022. All violinists between the ages of 16 and 29 (at the time of the Competition) who are ready for a concert career are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted between January 1 – March 25, 2022. 
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