VC INTERVIEW | Paul Roczek on the Zhuhai Worldwide Mozart Competitors for Younger Musicians


The Violin Channel not too long ago had a chat with Paul Roczek, chairman of the violin jury.


Inform us in regards to the Zhuhai Worldwide Mozart Competitors for Younger Musicians? When was it based and what’s the occasion’s core mission?

The Zhuhai Worldwide Mozart Competitors for Younger Musicians was organized for the primary time in 2015 and is held each two years within the classes of Violin and Piano.

The primary concept behind it’s to encourage extremely proficient younger musicians to grasp {that a} violin is constructed so as to make music, to not present who can play stronger or sooner than others.


In what methods does the competitors deal with the works of Mozart?

To make convincing interpretations of this Austrian composer, a participant must have consciousness of wonderful phrasing, current completely different colours and high quality dynamic nuances, and present an age-appropriate character.

We stipulate, in nearly each spherical of the competitors, one work by Mozart. The ultimate determination is made on the interpretation of a full Mozart concerto, performed with an orchestra with no conductor.


You could have 3 age classes, together with a bit for very younger proficient musicians below the age of 12. How vital do you are feeling competitions are for the skilled growth of younger musicians?

Many nations supply nationwide competitions for younger folks, however there are only some critical worldwide ones. They’ll stimulate the event of a younger artist to an enormous extent. Accompanied and guided by a superb instructor, the preparation of such a demanding repertoire is pivotal. 


How does the Zhuhai Worldwide Mozart Competitors for Younger Musicians differ from different competitions for younger musicians? Such because the Menuhin Competitors or Little Piccolo Competitions?

The Zhuhai Mozart Competitors focuses extra on the interpretation of music from the traditional interval. Moreover, I believe that the age teams are higher tailored to the peculiarities of rising up kids.


What is going to this 12 months’s class prize winners obtain?

The prizes for Group A are:

1. $7,500

2. $5,000

3. $2,500

4. $1,000

Group B:

1. $15,000

2. $8,000

3. $5,000

Group C:

1. $30,000

2. $15,000

3. $7,500


What has been a few of the suggestions you’ve obtained from previous years’ members?

The primary three editions of this competitors have been organized in particular person in Zhuhai metropolis.

Many rivals praised the wonderful circumstances of lodging and meals, the fantastic location of town, as nicely the extremely skilled members of the jury. Additionally a lot acclaimed was the efficiency of the Salzburg Chamber Gamers, the orchestra which performed all closing rounds of teams B and C.


We’re witnessing through the web simply how a lot extraordinary younger expertise there may be on the market in our discipline. What do you are feeling are a few of the foremost qualities required to construct a sustainable skilled musical profession at this time?

To construct a sustainable skilled music profession, in my opinion, one ought to be certified in many alternative fields in addition to simply the proper mastery of your instrument. 

It’s crucial to search out out what sort of violinist you need to develop into whether or not or not it’s a soloist, member of a chamber music group, baroque ensemble, chamber orchestra, giant orchestra, or instructor. The extra of those prospects you may excel within the higher as a result of one does not understand how live performance life will change sooner or later.


What could be your recommendation for violinists getting into this 12 months’s competitors?

This 12 months the competitors will probably be organized on-line, which implies that it’s a very completely different sort of efficiency. Throughout recording, there isn’t a viewers, no human being to whom you may convey one thing. My recommendation is to attempt to think about folks you want in attendance. 

Because the competitors will probably be organized this time in an internet construction, just be sure you have all the mandatory details about the know-how, rooms, an out there pianist, and many others.

Violinists can go to the web site for extra particulars. The announcement of admitted candidates will probably be posted Mid-Might, 2022.



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