VC INTERVIEW | Domenico Mason on the “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” Worldwide Competitors for Younger Violinists


The Violin Channel lately mentioned the upcoming competitors with Domenico Mason, head of the competitors.


Are you able to inform us in regards to the 2022 version of the Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competitors? How does it differ from earlier editions?  

Sure, I’d say the subsequent version must be much less difficult particularly so far as security and well being care facets are involved. The 2021 version was held efficiently in individual regardless of the pandemic. Nevertheless, final 12 months’s opponents, along with the conventional “competitors stress,” additionally needed to face a sequence of limiting security measures!

This 12 months, the novelty is the presence of the “Particular Juror,” Aleksey Igudesman. He has composed a brand new piece for 2 violins and string orchestra. All candidates within the second spherical will carry out this piece alongside Igudesman as second violin. I believe we are going to see some thrilling performances! 


The competitors is dedicated to very younger gifted worldwide violinists as much as 13 years previous. What do you are feeling is most vital to develop and nurture throughout this age as a way to begin making ready for a possible skilled profession?

That is maybe essentially the most delicate age for the preparation of a future violinist, and extra typically, of a future artist. Crucial factor is to have an ideal instructor and a great faculty. In reality, it isn’t by probability that many of the candidates for the Piccolo Violino Magico come from essentially the most internationally acknowledged establishments.

However there’s a basic element to be considered: the scholars’ expertise. Our competitors desires to offer one in all their first vital experiences, with the best stage of jury members and orchestral accompaniment. 


How does the Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competitors purpose to contribute to such objectives?

Performing in entrance of a jury of acknowledged artists and academics is a testing floor that counts rather a lot at that age. Slightly than establishing a “Choose vs. Competitor” relationship, we wish our jury members and opponents to create an amicable dialogue about their creative development. This dialogue additionally takes place on the stage, the place, in one of many rounds, Juror and Candidate carry out collectively.

One other differentiating issue is our orchestra — I don’t know of every other worldwide competitions the place the competitor is accompanied in all of the rounds. For a few of the opponents, it represents their first expertise accompanied by an orchestra. Final however not least, San Vito al Tagliamento is a small city within the Italian province that warmly welcomes its younger artists yearly, making them really feel a part of an vital occasion.


You’re providing prize cash and a recent violin made by Italian maker Fabio Piagentini to this 12 months’s first prize winner. Are you able to inform us extra in regards to the maker and why you are feeling it’s vital to have the ability to supply this?

Because the candidates are very younger, we contemplate the prizes we provide, due to some beneficiant sponsors, as a kind of scholarship for the continuation of their research. We shouldn’t overlook that though the opponents are already very gifted, they are going to face just a few years of onerous work and enchancment forward.

As for the violin, we thought it good that the prizewinner had “his/her” personal violin, which can accompany them for no less than part of their path. Italian luthier Fabio Piagentini, from Lucca, has generously supplied his work. We Italians are fortunate: we’ve got Spaghetti, Pizza, and Violins…


This 12 months’s opening spherical candidates, semi-finalists, and finalists can have the chance to carry out with the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Orchestra and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Area Orchestra. How vital do you are feeling this expertise of performing with orchestras is to such younger gamers?

As talked about, for a few of them, it’s even their first expertise — but inside every week, contemplating the various rehearsals and rounds of the competitors, they get to carry out with an orchestra each day! I’d say that along with being an vital worldwide competitors, it additionally serves as an ideal masterclass, studying the ins and outs of taking part in violin with an orchestra. It doesn’t occur so usually to have an orchestra accessible for every week, does it?


What suggestions have you ever obtained from earlier 12 months’s candidates and laureates in regards to the distinctive expertise?

One of many fundamental items of suggestions that we obtain from the candidates, past the outcomes they obtain throughout the competitors, contains the assist they get from the orchestras and conductors. I need to additionally thank our “historic” conductor Maestro Giancarlo Guarino for his angle in the direction of the candidates, supporting them in all their wants. Moreover, a number of candidates, not solely the prizewinner, come again as soloists to carry out in our intense live performance exercise, thus creating a robust bond with the city and with our Accademia d’archi Arrigoni.


Together with your opponents, there are little doubt a lot totally different expectations positioned on a 10-year-old in comparison with a 13-year-old. Do you are feeling the jury is in the end looking for the strongest gamers at the moment or these displaying the perfect potential?

This can be a very troublesome query. At this age, even just a few months makes a distinction and sometimes, candidates reappear in subsequent editions. Deciding whether or not what you are feeling at this time is an actual potential for tomorrow or you probably have solely imagined tomorrow’s potential at this time, is partly a raffle. In entrance of such younger candidates, it’s a actually troublesome alternative however it is usually the “Magic” of ”Il Piccolo Violino”…


Because it continues to develop over the subsequent coming years, what are your long run objectives for the competitors?

My long run aim is to create a real competition devoted to those fantastic abilities, that will proceed instantly after the competitors. It might ideally foster collaboration, unity, and the celebration of everybody’s musical development, even after competing towards each other. 


How can younger musicians apply for the 2022 competitors?

Younger musicians can apply for the 2022 version by going to the web site — the place they will discover this system and knowledge.


The applying deadline is April 15, 2022. For extra info, click on right here. 



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