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December 15, 2021
Mid-week Journal

The Gift: A Violin for Prison Inmates

When violinist Holly Mulcahy started performing violin recitals at a prison, she was surprised when the inmates started creating art and music in response. This Christmas, she is donating one of her violins to the prison, after an inmate requested an instrument to play.
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Semi-Finalists Announced in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition

Semi-Finalists were announced Tuesday in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition at the Colburn School. Here is the list and links for listening to their performances.
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2021 Primrose International Viola Competition Takes Place This Week at Colburn School

It's happening live - 24 violists are in Los Angeles to participate in the 2021 Primrose International Viola Competition, which began Monday at the Colburn School. Here's more information and free livestream links for the competition this week, as well as the Viola Mini-Fest this weekend.  And if you are there Friday, stop by our Violinist.com table and say hello to Laurie Niles.
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Violin technique: Replacing Bad Muscle Memory with Good

Old mistakes tend to be encased in muscle memory, so fixing them is never easy. Here are some practice-room ideas for rooting out the problems, solving them, then working the solution back into the whole. By Paul Stein
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 333

Our weekly roundup of violinist reviews:
  • Hilary Hahn with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Tai Murray with Minnesota Orchestra
  • Alina Ibragimova with London Philharmonic Orchestra
...and more!
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The Colburn School and the American Viola Society are proud to present the Primrose International Viola Competition from December 13-18, 2021 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California. Violists compete for cash prizes and awards over $30,000 USD. All rounds are open to the public.
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