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Aug 25

Animato International Violin Competition

Animato News

Animato Strings organises the second Animato International Violin Competition.

The finalists will compete in Brisbane at the Hamilton Town Hall, Brisbane on 11-13 November 2016.

The public concert on Sunday, 13 November 2016, 3pm will bring the competition to a close. It will feature the winning violinist, accompanied by the Animato Chamber Orchestra, reinforced by the finalists who didn ‘t win the first price. The winner will play one of the two major Mozart violin concertos.

The prize money for the winning violinist is $5000. The maximum age for the violin competition is 17 (on 30 June 2016).

One of the major adjudicators with be Robert Truman who was principal cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for over 20 years.

This event supports comradeship and mutual support amongst the contestants, culminating in the public concert in which every contestant participates. Based on the success of the first violin competition in 2013 Animato has been encouraged to continue next year with this initiative, establishing a tradition that will contribute to putting Brisbane on the international map for world classical music performances with young performers.

Previous competition’s winner, Yejin Min (Korea), won the first prize, a German master violin, valued at AUD 20,000, sponsored by Animato Strings. With this violin, Yejin won – shortly after – another prestigious competition.

Animato Strings continues to be a major sponsor for this event. The deadline for enrolment is the 30 June 2016. Details can be found on the websites International Violin Competition.

Jun 14

Yo-Yo Ma becomes UN peace ambassador

Animato News

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has chosen internationally well-known cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a peace ambassador.

The New York-based performer is among the most in-demand cellists on the planet.

Ma, 50, was born in Paris , then settled in New York when only five years of age to plunge into music through the Julliard School. He graduated from Harvard in 1976 and is appreciated for his interpretations of J. S. Bach and Beethoven.

Not being one to avoid experiment, Ma has deviated into other types of music including pop, Brazilian samba, bluegrass, jazz and tango. With in excess of 50 recordings under his bow, he has recorded together with the likes of Kathryn Stott, Bobby McFerrin and Egberto Gismonti.

Ma has 15 Grammys at the time of writing this article (2006). Ma was, in addition, the 1999 receiver of the Glenn Gould award for musicianship.

Annan verified the cellist would come to be a “peace envoy,” joining a lineup of further notables which include environmentalist Jane Goodall, actor Michael Douglas, basketball player Magic Johnson, jazz musician and performer Wynton Marsalis, opera performer Luciano Pavarotti and Nobel laureate Elie Weisel.

Peace messengers travel around the planet offering a message of peace.