VC INTERVIEW | Marcus Meyer on the Kloster Schöntal Worldwide Violin Competitors


The Violin Channel not too long ago had a chat with Marcus Meyer, Administration Director of the Kloster Schöntal Worldwide Violin Competitors.


Inform us concerning the Kloster Schöntal Worldwide Violin Competitors. When was the competitors based and by whom?

The Competitors was based in 1989 by Professor Petru Munteanu who had simply found the previous monastery by coincidence a 12 months earlier than driving by means of the countryside. He was kind of flashed by the illuminated church at night time and thought this may very well be the appropriate place to carry masterclasses.


What would you say was the unique mission of the occasion? Is it nonetheless the identical at this time?

The unique purpose was to offer superior college students entry to classes with completely different professors inside just a few days. The unique group realized that receiving recommendation from completely different professors could be extra fruitful than simply learning with one. With that in thoughts, somewhat campus state of affairs was created.

The thought of discovering younger skills at an early stage and selling them inside a complete framework continues to be the principle mission of Kloster Schoental’s Competitors. Wholesome competitors between skills results in good outcomes, however it’s extra essential to be taught from one another than to compete. The previous partitions of the Monestry are an ideal surrounding for this idea and Schoental is a really inspiring place.


Who’re a few of your previous prize winners who’ve gone on to have distinguished efficiency careers?

Over time, now we have had excellent skills who went on to have worldwide careers. One of many first winners was Axel Strauß who gained the Naumburg Violin Competitors in New York, was a professor in San Francisco, and is now a professor at McGill College in Montreal. He will likely be a part of the Jury this 12 months. The worldwide performing Latvian violinist Baiba Skride can be an enormous title who got here out of our competitors. Further awardees embrace Volkhard Steude and Albena Danailoval, who’re each live performance masters on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 


Why was the monastery chosen to carry the competitors? What distinctive components does the venue deliver to the general expertise for the candidates?

As talked about earlier than, the monastery is a really inspiring place. It may be used for seminars and has the infrastructure of a small lodge, so it’s the excellent place for a violin competitors. Every little thing is close by and there’s all the time an trade between the contributors, the jury, different professors and specialists, and the viewers. Plus, it’s removed from site visitors jams, the noise of an enormous metropolis, and many others. It’s surrounded by woods and the river Jagst flows quietly alongside… very inviting for little walks!


What is going to this 12 months’s class prize winners obtain? Are you able to inform us concerning the variety of particular prizes awarded this 12 months?

The primary prizes are 1’500 EUR at Age Group 1, 2’000 EUR at Age Group 2, and three’000 EUR at Age Group 3.

On high of this and never linked to any age group, the participant who features essentially the most factors over the three rounds will obtain the Reinhold-Wuerth-Promotion-Award for additional training remunerated with 5.000 EUR.

The prizes for the perfect interpretations in every work group are 300 EUR every. These particular awards may be acquired on high of some other prize.


What are you most trying ahead to at this 12 months’s competitors?

Because it appears, there will likely be no COVID-19 restrictions anymore. Meaning, we are able to deal with the music and the communal spirit that arises in the course of the competitors. Seeing the younger skills from everywhere in the world making music collectively warms up our hearts each time.


If younger musicians are thinking about making use of how can they accomplish that?

The applying deadline has been prolonged to June fifteenth. All info and the web software kind may be discovered on