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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

—ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION—

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE THIRD-TRIENNIAL

ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

JANUARY 15 – 29, 2023 IN BOCA RATON, FL

First Prize $30K, Second Prize $15K, Third Prize $10K, and Honorable Mention $5K

Additional Career Support for First Prize Winner in the Areas of

Management, Public Relations, and Performance Opportunities

 

First Prize Winner will be Featured as Soloist with Orchestras and in

Recital at Festivals and on Concert Series and will Receive

Instrument, Bow, and Violin Case

 

20 Quarter-finalists will be Selected from Online Submissions;

 All Quarter-finalists Receive Travel Stipends and Housing

 

Repertoire for EOIVC 2023 Includes Works by Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley

 

Submissions Close September 29, 2022

 

 

Boca Raton, Florida (May 3, 2022)—The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), a flagship program of the Elevar Foundation, has opened submissions for the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, which will be held from January 15 – January 29, 2023 in Boca Raton, FL. Online submissions for entry will be accepted beginning May 3, 2022 and must be made through its website, elevarfoundation.org/application. Submissions will close on September 29, 2022.

 

The EOIVC is unique for the career-defining opportunities it offers to young violinists, ages 16-32. The EOIVC is only the second competition of its kind solely dedicated to the violin that is based in the United States. Live streaming its inaugural concerts in 2017 received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social media platforms.

 

Four cash prizes will be awarded. First prize winner will receive $30,000; second $15,000; third $10,000; and honorable mention $5,000. The first prize winner will also receive performance opportunities with orchestras and festivals across the US as well as career support in the areas of management and public relations. An instrument and bow crafted by some of the world’s finest artisans and a Musafia case will also be awarded to the winner. Additional prizes will be announced at a later date.

 

The EOIVC will provide all competitors, who advance to the quarter-final round, reimbursement up to $150 for domestic and $300 for international roundtrip travel to and from the competition as well as hotel accommodations while competing. Other support will be announced at a later date.

 

EOIVC 2023 candidates, who are no younger than 16 at time of submission (May 3, 2022) and no older than 32 by the end of the competition (January 29, 2023), are selected through an intensive four-step process: online-only preliminary round via YouTube/video submissions, in-person quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. A maximum of 20 quarter-finalists will be chosen from the online submissions. Entries for consideration must be submitted by the deadline with a $125 registration fee.

 

From January 15-January 29, 2023, the quarter-finalists, chosen from the online submissions, will compete in three rounds in Boca Raton, Florida. The quarter-final round will be held January 19-21. The semi-final round will be held January 24-25. The final round will take place on January 28-29, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa will lead the Lynn Philharmonia and the four finalists in the two concerts. Winners will be chosen from the finalists and awards will be given in a ceremony following the final performance on January 29. The two final round concerts are ticketed events and are open to the public.

 

The repertoire for EOIVC 2023 consists of specific works for each round selected by Elmar Oliveira and Andrés Cárdenes. Central to the EOIVC’s philosophy is its deep commitment to the music of our time. For this competition, works by four of today’s leading musical voices will be featured: Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley. More information on repertoire can be found here.

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2023 EOIVC will be instituting some substantial changes for the safety of all those involved in the competition. All 2023 EOIVC competitors, judges, pianists and staff will need to adhere to all Covid safety protocols outlined by the EOIVC and Lynn University in order to participate on campus and may be subjected to random Covid testing throughout the Competition.

 

For more information on the EOIVC, please visit elevarfoundation.org/eoivc

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2022

Contact: Raechel Alexander

T: 917-815-8790

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

EOIVC ANNOUNCES NEXT COMPETITION

JANUARY 15-JANUARY 29, 2023

 

First Prize $30K, Second Prize $15K, Third Prize $10K, and Honorable Mention $5K

Additional Career Support for First Prize Winner in the Areas of

Management, Public Relations, and Performance Opportunities

 

First Prize Winner will be Featured as Soloist with Orchestras

and in Recital at Festivals and on Concert Series

 

In Addition to Monetary Prizes, the EOIVC will Also Award

An Instrument, Bow and Violin Case To the Winner

 

Andrés Cárdenes Named Chairman of EOIVC 2023 Jury

International Panel of Judges Includes Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Irina Muresanu,

Barry Shiffman, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky

 

Repertoire for EOIVC 2023 Includes Works by

Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank,

Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley

 

Submissions Open on May 3, 2022

 

Boca Raton, Florida (April 5, 2022)—Today the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, announced the dates of its third triennial competition, January 15-January 29, 2023 to be held on Lynn’s campus in Boca Raton, FL.  Online submissions for entry will be accepted beginning May 3, 2022 and must be made through its website, elevarfoundation.org/eoivc.  Submissions will close on September 29, 2022.

 

The EOIVC, a flagship program of the newly-launched Elevar Foundation, is unique for the career-defining opportunities it offers to young violinists, ages 16-32.  The EOIVC is only the second competition of its kind solely dedicated to the violin that is based in the United States. Live streaming its inaugural concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social media platforms.

 

EOIVC 2023 candidates, who are no younger than 16 at time of submission (May 3, 2022) and no older than 32 by the end of the competition (January 29, 2023), are selected through an intensive four-step process: online-only preliminary round via YouTube/video submissions, in-person quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. A maximum of 20 quarter-finalists will be chosen from the online submissions. Entries for consideration must be submitted by the deadline with a $125 registration fee.

 

The EOIVC will provide all competitors, who advance to the quarter-final round, reimbursement up to $150 for domestic and $300 for international roundtrip air travel to and from the competition as well as hotel accommodations while competing. Other support will be announced at a later date.

 

From January 15-January 29, 2023, the quarter-finalists chosen from the online submissions, will compete in three rounds in Boca Raton, Florida. The quarter-final round will be held January 19-21, 2023. The semi-final round will be held January 24-25, 2023. The final round will take place on January 28 - 29, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa will lead the Lynn Philharmonia and the four finalists in the two concerts. Winners will be chosen from the finalists and awards will be given in a ceremony following the final performance on January 29. The two final round concerts are ticketed events and are open to the public.

 

Four cash prizes will be awarded. First prize winner will receive $30,000; second $15,000; third $10,000; and honorable mention $5,000. The first prize winner will also receive performance opportunities with orchestras and festivals across the US as well as career support in the areas of management and public relations. Instruments and instrument bows crafted by some of the world’s finest artisans and a Musafia instrument case will also be awarded to the winner. Additional prizes will be announced at a later date.

 

The repertoire for EOIVC 2023 consists of specific works for each round selected by Elmar Oliveira and Andrés Cárdenes. Central to the EOIVC’s philosophy is its deep commitment to the music of our time. For this competition, works by four of today’s leading musical voices will be featured: Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley. More information on repertoire can be found here.

 

The EOIVC 2023 panel of seven jurists will include some of today’s most esteemed violinists selected by Elmar Oliveira for their unequivocal support of young musicians. World-renowned violinist Andrés Cárdenes will serve as Chairman of the EOIVC 2023 Jury. The EOIVC 2023 judging panel, led by Andrés Cárdenes, is: Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Irina Muresanu, Barry Shiffman, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky. David Cerone, who served as EOIVC 2020 Chairman of the Jury, will act as an alternate judge should any member of the panel be unable to participate.

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the EOIVC 2023 will be instituting some substantial changes for the safety of all those involved in the competition. All competitors, judges, pianists and staff who attend the competition will need to show proof of an up to date Covid vaccination and a negative Covid test prior to participating in the quarter-final round. All competitors, judges, pianists and staff will need to adhere to all Covid safety protocols outlined by the EOIVC and Lynn University in order to participate on campus and may be subjected to random Covid testing throughout the Competition.

 

About the EOIVC

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), a flagship program of the Elevar Foundation, was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2016. The EOIVC is deeply committed to its mission of providing talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians as well as encouraging them to engage with the communities they serve.

 

The EOIVC takes place once every three years. The inaugural competition was held at Lynn University in January and February 2017. More than 150 talented young violinists have applied across the two previous competitions. Twenty-two-year-old American violinist Sirena Huang was the competition’s first prize winner in 2017 and nineteen-year-old American violinist Julian Rhee was the first prize winner in 2020. Live streaming the EOIVC’s inaugural concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social media platforms.

 

In addition to significant monetary prizes, instruments and bows have been furnished by some of today’s most revered luthiers, including Robert Ames, Luiz Amorim, Joseph Curtin, Feng Jiang, Eric Lane, Rodney Mohr, Jeffrey Phillips, Andrew Ryan, and John Young.  A Musafia violin case provided by Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violin and a BAM travel violin case and bow tube provided by Barnesviolins LLC.

 

EOIVC jurists are selected personally by Elmar Oliveira for their unequivocal support for the development of young musicians. Past juries have included many of today’s most esteemed violinists such as Andrés Cárdenes (2017, 2020, Chairman of the Jury 2023), Charles Castleman (2017), David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury 2020), Alexander Gilman (2017), Gudny Gudmundsdottir (2017), Daniel Heifetz (Chairman of the Jury, 2017), Ilya Kaler (2017, 2020, 2023) Sung-Ju Lee (2020), Silvia Marcovici (2020), Gerardo Ribeiro (2020), Barry Shiffman (2020, 2023), Vera Tsu Wei-ling (2017), and Kathleen Winkler (2020).

 

Known as a passionate advocate for the music of our time, Elmar Oliveira has made commissioning new works an important part of each competition. In 2017, the EOIVC commissioned Thomas McKinley to write Dialogues and in 2020 Christopher Theofanidis was commissioned to write Discipline and Transcendence. Both artists served as Composer-in-Residence at each competition, respectively. EOIVC 2023 will highlight four contemporary composer during its quarter-final round. These composers are: Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no Composer-in-Residence for 2023.

 

New for EOIVC 2020, and demonstrating the EOIVC’s deep commitment to serving the community, all EOIVC finalists were required to participate in the Community Engagement Round. To date, the EOIVC is the only competition of its kind to host community engagement as part of its competitive process. Due to the ongoing pandemic, EOIVC 2023 will not have a community engagement round as part of its two-week competitive process, however plans are currently being developed to ensure that this important staple of the EOIVC’s philosophy is continued in subsequent competitions.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 

ELMAR OLIVEIRA LAUNCHES

A NEW FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

AND MUSICIANS

ELEVAR FOUNDATION

Elevar Foundation Offers Free or Low-Cost Community Engagement Opportunities, Instruments and Supplies as well as Lessons for to Those in Need

 

To mark the launch, the Elevar Foundation has partnered with the

Volta Music Foundation on a nationwide instrument drive

Boca Raton, FL — Celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, announces the creation and launch of the Elevar Foundation, a new and vital organization that offers free or low-cost community engagement programs, instruments and music supplies as well as lessons to underserved individuals or institutions that live or operate in the United States. The Foundation’s primary objective is to make music accessible to these communities by providing or supporting opportunities, often in association with other partner organizations as well as those of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC). To mark the launch, the Elevar Foundation has partnered with the Volta Music Foundation on a nationwide instrument drive. Elmar Oliveira, who is of Portuguese descent, chose the name “elevar” for his foundation as it translates to "raise" or "lift up” in Portuguese.

 

“We at the Elevar Foundation truly believe that music has the power to change the trajectory of someone’s life,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira. “Music is so much more than just an emotive outlet, it can provide life-changing experiences that positively impact society as a whole. We as artists must do everything we can to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities they need.”

 

The Elevar Foundation offers community engagement opportunities, instruments and supplies as well as lessons to individuals and institutions that qualify. Each application is reviewed and voted on by a select panel. Awards are assigned to individuals or institutions that demonstrate a need for themselves or their community.  While criteria vary, priority is given to Title 1 public schools, not-for-profit institutions or for-profit institutions that have an annual operating budget of less than $75,000, and individuals who participate in community music programs.

The Elevar Foundation in partnership with the Volta Music Foundation will be collecting lightly-used and new instruments and supplies from major symphony orchestras, individuals and music stores all across the nation. A series of collection boxes will be delivered to participating constituents in the weeks and months ahead with the collection process taking place in the first quarter of 2022. All donations will then be dispersed to underserved communities.

Community Engagement Opportunities

The Elevar Foundation is committed to providing underserved communities access to high-quality music experiences and musicians. Under the auspices of the Foundation, first-prize winners of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) provide community engagement opportunities for underserved and hard-to-reach individuals on a regular basis, nearly everywhere they perform.

 

Through concerts, masterclasses, and information sessions, the Elevar Foundation works in partnership with public schools, community centers, hospitals and other organizations to connect these institutions and groups with artists for reduced fees or free of charge. All institutions or organizations must operate in the United States and meet at least one of the following requirements: A music program associated with a public school (priority given to those public schools that are identified as Title 1) or private school; an institution or organization that is identified as a senior center, memory unit, care center, community center, hospital, library or a community music program; an organization or institution that is a not-for-profit or with an annual operating budget of less than $75,00. Applications are currently being accepted. 

 

Instruments & Supplies

The Elevar Foundation, through partnerships with internationally-renowned luthiers, artisans and, most recently, the Volta Music Foundation, has been able to donate much needed instruments and supplies to young musicians and organizations in need. This vital program provides the tools necessary for individuals and organizations to thrive through music.

 

All individuals, organizations or institutions must reside or operate in the United States and meet the following criteria: An individual must be between the ages of 10-18 and is currently studying music as part of a music program in a public or private school or in a private studio; an institution or organization must be either a not-for-profit or a public school, priority is given to students and public schools that participate in or present music programs at Title 1 public schools. Applications will be accepted on a bi-annual basis. Submissions for the first half of 2022 will be accepted from January 12, 2022 through March 30, 2022.

 

Lessons

Being able to access a network of music professionals who are deeply committed to the care and wellbeing of their students is invaluable. The Elevar Foundation pulls from its vast resources to connect students and organizations to artists who believe in Elevar’s mission. Lessons and networking sessions are free of cost for eligible students. All individuals must live in the United States and meet the following criteria: An individual must be between the ages of 10-18 and currently studying music as part of a music program in a public or private school. Priority is given to those students who are attending a Title 1 school. Applications are currently being accepted. 

 

About the Elevar Foundation

The Elevar Foundation, home to the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), believes in the transformative power of music and music education. Its goal is to make music and supplies accessible to underserved communities by utilizing EOIVC Laureates as well as its deep connections within the music industry. By forging active partnerships and through donor support, Elevar is able to offer free or low-cost opportunities such as masterclasses, performances, instruments and supplies, workshops, lessons, and information sessions to those in need. For more information, please visit elevarfoundation.org

 

About Elmar Oliveira

Elmar Oliveira, Founder and Artistic Director of the Elevar Foundation, remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's coveted Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. He has performed with many internationally-acclaimed ensembles, including the Boston and Chicago Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the London Symphony and New York Philharmonic; as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He is a Grammy-nominated artist and has premiered works by many contemporary composers including Morton Gould, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Joan Tower. In 2016 he founded the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) to support the career development of young violinists ages 16-32. Additionally, he founded the John Oliveira String Competition, which is held annually and exclusively for string players studying at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, where he holds the position of Distinguished Artist in Residence.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

VIOLINIST JULIAN RHEE WINS 1ST PRIZE

AT THE 2nd TRIENNIAL

ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

 

—First Prize: $30,000—

 

Additional 1st Place Prizes Include:

Artist Management and Public Relations Support as well as

New Violin, Silver-Mounted Bow, Musafia Case and

More Than 30 Guaranteed National and International Performances

 

Julian Rhee Wins $2,500 Community Engagement Award

 

BOCA RATON, FL— Julian Rhee (age 19 from United States) has been named the First Prize Winner of the 2nd triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition.

 

As first prize winner, Julian Rhee received a cash prize of $30,000  (provided by Elmar and Sandra Robbins) as well as an Ultralight Violin (provided by Joseph Curtin); a Silver-Mounted Bow, Inspired by Elmar Oliveira’s Dominique Peccatte (provided by Rodney Mohr); a Musafia Violin Case (provided by Christopher Reuning, Reuning & Son Violins); more than 30 guaranteed national and international performances; and a limited edition of the book Wanderer/Wonderer provided by Bruce Babbitt. Additionally, the first prize winner will receive public relations and artist management support for three years.

 

Second prize winner, Jung Min Choi, received a cash prize of $15,000 (provided by the David and Amy Fulton Foundation) and a Violin—which is a copy of Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” Ole Bull—made by Luiz Amorim of Amorim Fine Violins Cremona, a Gold-mounted bow (provided by Robert Ames Fine Violins & Bows), and a BAM travel violin case and bow case (provided by Barnes Violins); Third Prize Winner, Igor Khukhua, received a cash prize of $10,000 (provided by Price Wealth Management) and a Silver-mounted bow (provided by Robert Ames Fine Violins & Bows); and Vikram Francesco Sedona received Honorable Mention, with a cash prize of $5,000 (provided by the family of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter and The Goldberg Foundation in loving memory of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter). All finalists received The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family provide by the author, Gabriel Schaff.

 

The four Finalists were featured in a performance with the Lynn Philharmonia conducted by Jon Robertson on January 25 and 26.  The concerts took place at the Wold Performing Arts Center. Each of the finalists was given an option to perform one of four concertos: Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (performed by Jung Min Choi, Igor Khukhua, Vikram Francesco Sedona); Dvorák’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53; Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21; and Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor (performed by Julian Rhee). The event was streamed live on the EOIVC YouTube channel as well as on Facebook.

 

The EOIVC 2020 Quarter Final Round was sponsored through the generosity of D’Addario. The EOIVC 2020 Semi-Final Round was sponsored through the generosity The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami. 

 

The international pool of eight EOIVC 2020 Jurists were: David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury), Andrés Cárdenes, Ilya Kaler, Sung-Ju Lee, Silvia Marcovici, Gerardo Ribeiro, Barry Shiffman, and Kathleen Winkler.

 

For more information and for complete scores, please visit the EOIVC website at www.elmaroliveiraivc.org.

 

About Jung Min Choi (age 25 from Korea)

Born in Seoul, Korea, Jung Min Choi started showing immense musical talent from a very young age, which in time led her to win some of the most prestigious competitions in Korea, including Ewha Kyung-Hyang Competition, Music Chunchoo Competition and Hanmi Competition. Jung Min was 12 when she made her recital debut as the Kumho Art Hall Prodigy Series.

 

Jung Min has performed throughout Asia, Europe, and North America at numerous venues such as Merkin Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Field Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium and Seoul Arts Center (sponsored by The Kumho Foundation, J&A Beare and The Stradivarius Society).

 

In recent years, Jung Min won a special prize for the Best Performance of Commissioned Work at 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and was named finalist in Stulberg International String Competition. She was also featured in the “Stars of Tomorrow” concert series at the Heifetz Institute.

 

Jung Min has participated in music festivals such as the Heifetz Institute of Music, Great Mountains Music Festival, Holland Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has taken masterclasses from renowned violinists such as Mihaela Martin, Ilya Kaler, Joel Smirnoff, Cho-Liang Lin, Victor Danchenko and Igor Ozim. As a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory, her former teachers include Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and Miriam Fried. Jung Min is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Ilya Kaler.

 

About Igor Khukhua (age 27 from Russia)

The Russian-born violinist Igor Khukhua has been recognized internationally for his charismatic temperament, bright musical expression and sparkling technique. He has won international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician and has received top prizes from numerous international violin competitions.

 

In 2012, he won Grand Prix at the 4th International Violin Competition in Astana (Kazakhstan). In 2014 he received 2nd Prize at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow (Russia) and, in the following year, was a participant of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2017, he was awarded 2nd Prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition in New York. In 2018, he won 1st Prize at the Naftzger Artists Competition in Wichita, KS.

 

Mr. Khukhua was born in Siberia in 1992. He began playing the violin at the age of 4. From 2011-2016, he studied at the Moscow State Conservatory (BM, MM) under Professor Eduard Grach. Since 2016, he has been under the tutelage of professor Ben Sayevich at the International Center of Music of Park University (Parkville, Missouri). 

 

Mr. Khukhua has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow International Music House, Tchaikovsky Moscow Concert Hall (Russia), Ríos Reyna Hall (Israel), Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Folly Theater Hall in Kansas-city.

 

About Julian Rhee (age 19 from United States)

Violinist Julian Rhee has been establishing himself as a prominent musician and performer across the United States.

 

The first prize winner of the Johansen International Competition, Julian was also awarded the Solo Bach, Commissioned Work, and the Elaine H. Klein Prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. In January of 2018, Julian was named a Finalist of the National Young Arts Foundation, and performed at the New World Center in Miami. Subsequently, Julian appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and received his medal at the White House.

 

An avid soloist, Julian has performed with orchestras including the Milwaukee, San Diego Pittsburgh, Eugene Symphonies as well as the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Madison Symphony. He has performed in an array of venues including Ravinia Bennett Gordon Hall, Benedict Music Tent, Heinz Hall, Overture Center for the Arts, Musikverein in Vienna, and Bartok Hall in Hungary.

 

Julian has appeared with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and alongside internationally renowned ensemble Time for Three on National Public Radio’s From The Top, 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions, Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7, and Wisconsin Public Radio and Television (WPT/WPR).

 

Julian studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is a graduate of Brookfield East High School as Class President and Valedictorian. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.

 

About Vikram Francesco Sedona (age 19 from Italy)

Vikram Francesco Sedona was born in Treviso, Italy in 2000. He started to play violin at the age of six with Selina Cremese and continued his studies under Prof. Bruna Barutti at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice.

 

In 2015, the encounter with Romanian virtuoso Silvia Marcovici turned out to be crucial for his future. Since then, Vikram Francesco Sedona has been working with the famous violinist at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

 

At the age of 16, he was awarded First Prize at the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition and one year later he won the George Enescu International Violin Competition receiving 3 special prizes. In May 2019, Vikram Francesco Sedona was awarded First Prize at the Valsesia Musica International Competition.

 

Some of his most recent highlights include appearances at the prestigious Festival de Radio France Montpellier and the George Enescu Festival.

 

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in 2016, in collaboration with the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. The mission of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians as well as encouraging them engage with the communities they serve.

 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

 

ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SHAR MUSIC AND PLUMOSA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

DONATES CELLO TO YOUNG STUDENT

 

Aidan Lucero, a Ten-Year-Old Student from Plumosa School of the Arts,

—a Title 1 School Located in Delray Beach, FL—

is Gifted a Carlo Lamberti Sonata Cello as well as Free Semimonthly Lessons

 

June 12, 2018, Boca Raton, FL—The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) in partnership with SHAR Music and the Plumosa School of the Arts, surprised ten-year-old cello student, Aidan Lucero, with the donation of a Carlo Lamberti Sonata Cello in 3/4 size from SHAR Music during a special presentation at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings @ Lynn University.

 

The event was held at Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and began with a performance of the Allegro from Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515 featuring violinists Elmar Oliveira and Jill Arbetter, violists Sandra Robins and Laura Sinclair, and cellist Manuel Capote. In addition to the cello, Aidan will also receive free semimonthly private cello instruction from Manuel Capote, Music Education and Community Outreach Coordinator from Lynn University Conservatory of Music. 

 

Aidan, originally from Hollywood, FL, has been a student at the Plumosa School of the Arts—a kindergarten through 5th grade Title 1 school located in Delray Beach, FL, with a majority of the student body unable to afford renting or purchasing their own instruments or paying for private music instruction—for six years. While at Plumosa, and by his own choice, Aidan began studying the cello in 3rd grade. This fall, he will be attending BAK Middle School of the Arts with the ultimate goal of attending A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a public high school focused on the performing arts located in West Palm Beach, FL. 

 

While seeking out and supporting talented young violinists, ages 16-32, is at the core of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, the EOIVC has a deep commitment to engaging with the communities it serves. The EOIVC recognizes the vital importance of encouraging and inspiring young musicians to think beyond themselves, using their skills to better the world around them and striving to become citizen artists.  The EOIVC provides a wide-range of community engagement activities that not only involve its Laureates, but also its international judges and its Founder & Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira and Executive Director, Jill Arbetter.

 

Elmar Oliveira, Founder and Artistic Director, EOIVC: “The EOIVC is dedicated to serving and engaging with the community to better the world around us. Through our partnership with SHAR Music, Plumosa School of the Arts, and cellist Manuel Capote, we are able to provide Aidan Lucero, a young, dedicated and deserving student, the opportunity of a lifetime and the support he needs to succeed. We thank our partners and can’t wait to watch Aidan grow as both an artist and a person.”

 

Charles Avsharian, CEO, SHAR Music Company: “It gives all of us at SHAR Music great pride in knowing Aidan Lucero and of his dedication to the fine art of cello playing. We would like to thank Elmar Oliveira, Jill Arbetter, and Raechel Alexander from the EOIVC organization, Laura Sinclair from the Plumosa School for the Arts and Cellist and Teacher Manny Capote for including us in this special gift. SHAR Music is very glad to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of this young musician.  We wish Aidan years and years of happiness while fulfilling his musical dreams. “

 

Laura Sinclair, Director of Strings for Plumosa School of the Arts and a Director at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Strings: “The presentation of this cello and lessons for Aidan is evidence that Plumosa is supported by a community. We are so grateful to the EOIVC, SHAR Music, and Manny Capote for this extraordinary gift. Aidan has always been a committed student of the cello, curious and eager to learn more. It’s easy to see that the cello has improved his self-confidence, and it is my hope that music will always be a part of his life, and he will be an active champion for arts education.”

 

Manuel Capote, cellist: “Music has given everything to me and I feel passionately that it is time to give back. I look forward to working with Aidan and seeing him flourish.”

 

Aidan Lucero, student from Plumosa School of the Arts, recipient of donated cello from SHAR Music and free semimonthly lessons from Manuel Capote: “I want to thank the EOIVC, Plumosa School of the Arts, SHAR Music, and Manuel Capote for their amazing gifts. The cello, and music in general, is so important to me and to know that I have so much support makes me want to give it my all as I work hard toward my goals.”

 

About

 

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) was established by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. The mission of the EOIVC is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement, and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians. For more information on the EOIVC, please visit elmaroliveiraivc.org.

 

EOIVC 2017 was an overwhelming success. It received submissions by more than 80 talented applicants from more than 15 countries. Live streaming of the final concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social platforms. The winners of the inaugural competition were Sirena Huang (First Prize), Alina Ming Kobialka (Second Prize), Hannah Tarley (Third Prize), and Quanshuai Li (received Honorable Mention).

 

SHAR Music is the recognized market leader in North America as a supplier of string family instruments, bows, sheet music, cases, strings and accessories. Customers regularly order from all states/provinces, as well as over 60 countries. Employing more than 100 individuals total, SHAR continues to grow in size and scope.

 

Advanced players and professional musicians alike have come to depend upon the SHAR Violin Shop's unique offering of products and services. SHAR is also one of the largest suppliers of Suzuki Method™ materials in the country. From the youngest beginner to accomplished professionals, SHAR endeavors to offer the best selection and quality of bowed string family products at excellent prices.

 

Plumosa School of the Arts has 627 students: 86.5% minority (e.g., black, Hispanic, Haitian) and 76% receive free and reduced lunch. The school is a Title 1 school, and the majority of the student body are not able to afford to rent or purchase their own instruments nor pay for private music instruction.  Students in grades K-2 receive 45 minutes of Fine Arts instruction every day and the students in grades 3-5 receive 60 minutes each day. Students participate in the following Fine Arts: band (a variety of brass and woodwind instruments), percussion, piano, strings, dance, drama, movement, television production, digital media, vocal music and visual art.

 

Manuel Capote was principal cellist with the Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, and the Miami City Ballet Orchestras for over twenty years. He has taught at American Heritage School of Boca/Delray, and was Conductor and Music Director with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County. In 2010, Mr. Capote joined the staff at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music as the Music Education and Community Outreach Programs Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty member.  At Lynn, he has established and coordinates two successful free music partnership/mentoring programs as well as a free summer string camp for Title 1 elementary string students. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lynn University where his focus is on mentoring the underserved.

 

He has performed chamber music in the United States and Europe and has been a fellowship member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. His teachers have included Ingus Naruns, Dudley Powers, Frank Miller, and Laszlo Varga. He has worked with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett.

 

Violist, violinist, and educator Laura Sinclair is an active performer in the South Florida music scene, she is a member of Symphony of the Americas and the Kravis Pops Orchestra and has performed with Florida Grand Opera, Boca Symphonia, Palm Beach Pops, and Florida Sunshine Pops, in addition to creating solo and chamber music performances in the community.  Most recently, she appeared on both violin and viola in the Miami stop of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”.  She has performed with Broadway greats Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, and Hugh Jackman, rocker Rod Stewart, guitar legends Bucky and John Pizzarelli, indie artists Amanda Palmer and Dashboard Confessional, and renowned pianist/theatre star Michael Cavanaugh.  She is the Director of Strings for Plumosa School of the Arts, Orchestra director of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc Summer Strings at Lynn University and maintains a vibrant Suzuki studio.

 

Nat King Cole Generation Hope’s mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources by funding programs that provide for instruction, mentoring and resources.

 

Twin daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, Casey and Timolin Cole of Boca Raton, launched Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. to honor the legacy, music and life of their father Nat King Cole in 2008 after learning of budget cuts in public schools directly affecting the arts. Since that time, donations of more than $1.5 million have benefited thousands of children with the greatest need and fewest resources in Broward, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties.

 

Now in its seventh year, Summer Strings @ Lynn University, will be held Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 with a FREE Grand Finale Community Concert held on June 22 at 2:00 pm. The camp hosts 94 string students from five Palm Beach County schools: Berkshire, Plumosa, U. B. Kinsey/Palmview, BAK and Dreyfoos. This life changing experience provides students an opportunity to receive the highest quality string instruction from Lynn Conservatory of Music graduate and undergraduate student mentors as well as School District of Palm Beach County Orchestra Directors and former Summer Strings alumni. Students receive individual, small group and large ensemble instruction. For more information about Nat King Cole Generation Hope and/or Summer Strings, please contact Shanna St. John at 561-213-8209 or sstjohn@natkingcolegenhope.org.

 

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