Magazine article Musical Opinion

Benjamin Britten Violin Competition

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Benjamin Britten Violin Competition

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The Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition was launched 3 years ago. It is an illustrious new competition which runs for the first time in July and August of this year. The Competition is the result of the dedicated efforts of its 3 founders; TimToyne Sewell, formerly Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Chairman of the Competition and Director of the host institute, Goodenough College, Dmytro Tkachenko, concert violinist and now the Artistic Director, and Executive Director Heather Graves, lawyer, both members of Goodenough College.

The motivation for the Competition was clear-cut; London and the UK lacked a competition at this level, despite the plethora of like events in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Furthermore, Britten's genius as an instrumental composer was sadly overlooked, particularly in the medium of the magnificent and breathtaking Violin Concerto; which has since the launch of the Competition grown in popularity at the hands of virtuosi such as Vengerov and Daniel Hope. Most importantly, the founders wanted to create a platform for the launch of a new and upcoming violin superstar, opportunities for which are all too rare in the tough world of classical music.

The philosophy behind the Competition is straightforward, no second best. Hence the glittering array of profiles and institutions associated with the event: Michael Berkeley, Pierre Boulez, Yuri Bashmet, Alfred Brendel, Ida Haendel, Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis, the Barbican, the LSO, the RPO and The Lord Mayor. …

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