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August 22, 2021
Weekend Journal

Finalists Announced in the 2020/21 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition 

Congratulations to the Finalists, named Saturday night in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition! They are: 
  • Rino Yoshimoto, 18, of Japan
  • Thomas Lefort, 27, of France
  • Ruifeng Lin, 21, of China
  • Felicitas Schiffner, 24, of Germany
  • Angela Sin Ying Chan, 25, of Hong Kong, China
  • Shannon Lee, 29, of the United States
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Of meteors and music: in memoriam, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn (1949-2021)

Remembering violist and beloved teacher Vladimir Mendelssohn, "a tireless, versatile musician in the largest sense of the word." Memorial tribute by Heather Kurzbauer.
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Shanghai Competition Semi-Finals: Summaries and Videos

V.com Editor Laurie Niles has covering the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in person ever since it started in 2016, but since this one was virtual, this time she watched the semi-finals from home. You can, too! Here are videos from the semi-finals, as well as Laurie's daily summaries (click on each title):
Sponsor Spotlight: Anne Akiko Meyers Performs Márquez Premiere
Gustavo Dudamel leads Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, plus Anne Akiko Meyers performs the world premiere of Arturo Márquez’ violin concerto, Fandango, at the Hollywood Bowl. Don’t miss this on Aug 24!

Form the Back-to-School Practice Habit!

Whatever your level, whatever your goals, the best formula for steady progress and solid skill-building is quite simple: daily practice. Here's a plan for getting back in the daily habit of violin practice.
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Violinist Joshua Bell Partners with Trala App for Learning Violin

Joshua Bell partners with the music education app Trala, which aims to make learning the violin accessible to all, with a special emphasis on adult beginners.
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