It is rare for $67,000 in prize money to be earmarked for young string players 13-17 years of age. Yet that is what happens every three years, when the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players takes place. Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) Foundation, Inc., the 2015 JIC will take place in Washington, DC, March 18-21, 2015. Judges are violinist Glenn Dicterow, violist Victoria Chiang, and cellist Marcy Rosen.
The Johansen International Competition (JIC) attracts the highest level of string players worldwide ranging in age from 13-17 years. Past winners have gone on to win the Naumberg International Violin Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Competition, the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and more. Past JIC winners have been selected by the Young Concert Artists, have received the Avery Fischer Grant and have been named Jack Kent Cooke scholars.
“I am impressed by the level of skill and conviction at this age,” remarked Judge Michael Tree, founding violist of the Guarneri String Quartet, after hearing the semi-finals at the 2012 competition. “They can convince us of almost everything they do. Did we play that well at 15 or 16? I feel humbled.”
“I’m glad that I’m on the other end” of this competition, said Judge Ronald Leonard, former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. “These kids are much more advanced than I was at that age.”
Prize money totals $67,000. There are separate awards for violin, viola, and cello. First prize for each instrument is $10,000; second prize is $7,000; and third prize is $5,000. In addition, there is a $1,000 prize for the best performance of the new work commissioned for the competition. The JIC is open to students of violin, viola, or cello ages 13 through 17 years. Applicants may not be under professional management. The first round of the competition takes place through a CD audition. Details, repertoire requirements, and the application can be found on the Johansen Competition pages at www.fmmc.org. The application deadline is December 1, 2014. To request a brochure, e-mail JohansenComp@aol.com or call/fax (301) 946-9531.
The Johansen International Competition was founded in 1997 through the generosity of a trust fund established by Anna Storch Johansen. Mrs. Johansen wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most – when they must make decisions about whether to continue with their dedication to music.
This competition is proudly supported by The Potter Violin Company:
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For more information, contact:
Alice Berman, Executive Administrator
Johansen International Competition
(301) 946-9531 phone/fax