From 16 to 23 June, the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts again made Kronberg the centre of violin-playing world. Some 140 young violinists from 40 countries came to attend public tuition sessions with the great violinists Ana Chumachenco, Mauricio Fuks, Mihaela Martin, Gerhard Schulz and Pavel Vernikov. Performances by the young soloists and alumni of Kronberg Academy were framed by two orchestral concerts with the Korean Chamber Orchestra and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. An exhibition featuring European violin makers, bow makers and strings manufacturers, the public “Open workshop” with master violin and bow makers, and a series of talks formed part of the event’s fringe programme.
At the close of the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts, Raimund Trenkler, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Kronberg Academy Foundation, remarked: “Once again, it was so wonderful and encouraging to watch the young musicians and see their heartfelt and absolute desire to give something with the music. I would like to see this productive and sensitive cooperation between people belonging to different countries and generations become the example to follow – and not only in musical circles. The fact that young musicians come to Kronberg demonstrates, at least in my opinion, how bound they feel by their talent – and thus also by society. It is therefore only right, and important, that we, as a society, also have a sense of obligation towards these talented youngsters. In Kronberg, the two come together.”
Eight masterclass participants were chosen to perform in the prize winners’ concert on 22 June. Their concert set the scene for conferral of the sponsorship awards, which are traditionally presented at the end of the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts. The prize-winning violinists for 2019 are:
- Prince of Hesse Prize (shared)
Yamen Saadi (22 years, Israel)
Ririko Noborisaka (24 years, Japan)
The Prince of Hesse Prize has been presented to a young violinist at the end of the Violin Masterclasses since 2009. The promotional prize, which is worth €5,000, is conferred on a young musician who has stood out during the masterclasses on account of his or her “special musical ability, special perceptive insight, talent and hard work and hence recognisably great artistic potential”.
- Ana Chumachenco Award (shared)
Mon-Fu Lee Hsu (19 years, Spain)
Shihan Wang (14 years, China)
Kronberg Academy established the Ana Chumachenco Award, worth €5,000, at the request of the great violinist and teacher Ana Chumachenco, and presented it in 2019 for the third time at the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts. It is funded by Marianne and Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Kraatz.
- Manfred Grommek Prize (shared)
Clara Shen (14 years, Germany)
Gyurim Kwak (20 years, South Korea)
The Bad Sodener Musikstiftung Jürgen Frei (BSM) presents the sponsorship award to an active participant at the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts selected by the tutors. The prize, which is named after Manfred Grommek, a citizen of Bad Soden who died in 2007, is endowed with €5,000 and should preferably be conferred on "a young musician at the start of his or her musical career with recognisably great development potential”.
In addition, Hina Maeda (16 years, Japan) and Emil Deniz Hartikainen (16 years, Finland) received scholarships to take part in two workshops during the 2019 Kronberg Academy Festival.
The next Violin Masterclasses & Concerts will take place in early summer 2021 in Kronberg.