International violin contest for young artists held in Poland

About 50 young artists from Poland, Germany, Spain and Hungary participate in the 15th International Violin Competition, named after Georg Philipp Telemann, in Poznan (west-central Poland), which began on March 24.

As the organizers emphasise, the event is one of the most prestigious in Europe.

The competition consists of two stages. In the first stage, each contestant has to perform one of the 12 Fantasias for Violin without Bass by Georg Philipp Telemann and one piece of the contestant’s choice for violin with piano or solo. In the second stage, each contestant has to perform the first or the second and third movements of any chosen violin concerto.

The competition will conclude on Monday with a gala concert featuring the competition winners and a prize-giving ceremony.

"Georg Philipp Telemann is an excellent patron for young violinists beginning their career, because he is a European figure, going beyond the boundaries between regions and cultural circles. It is worthwhile to stress the Polish elements of the life and work of the composer, who resided at aristocratic courts in southern and western Poland, visited Krakow (southern Poland), was genuinely fascinated with Polish music and used Polish folk-music motifs in his works,"  the competition organiser Ewa Jarmolowicz-Nowikow said.

The 15th International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin Competition is held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Assembly Speaker of the Wielkopolska province and the Mayor of Poznan.

German composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) wrote about a thousand orchestra suites, many cantatas, instrumental concerts and chamber works. He also composed oratorios, masses, motets, passions, psalms, operas and songs.