What are the Profitable Attributes of a High Competitors Candidate?


The Violin Channel lately sat down with members of the jury from the Basic Strings Competitors to learn the way they separate a very good competitors candidate from a fantastic one. We requested:

When sitting on a jury of an necessary competitors, what would you say are the principle qualities that stand out in a candidate with important potential?  

From the responses, it shortly grew to become clear {that a} excessive stage of technical prowess is now not adequate to set oneself aside from the pack at main competitions. Nearly each jury member famous that they count on a virtuosic and dependable approach from opponents because the naked minimal, with the participant’s expressive capability and their potential to speak rating rather more extremely than mere technical fireworks.

“Properly, you are taking the approach as a right, the usual now could be so excessive that they must have good approach,” mentioned Julian Lloyd Webber. “I feel in the event that they don’t have that then they’re probably not going to go additional.”

“These days all people performs with a incredible approach,” added Martin T:Son Engstroem. “You can not enter a global competitors should you don’t have phenomenal approach so the distinction lies in the way in which of speaking, of whether or not you may discuss together with your instrument, when you have one thing to say.”

Boris Andrianov likened the dual challenges of approach and expression to the “tongue” and the “language” respectively, with the tongue representing what you say and the language representing the way you say it.

In accordance with Andrianov, the expressive ingredient of performing is necessary sufficient that typically approach should give solution to it. “I can forgive it if somebody perhaps loses somewhat little bit of high quality nevertheless it’s unforgivable in the event that they’re enjoying and never caring about what’s going on, you instantly lose curiosity and a spotlight,” he mentioned.

Equally necessary to the jury members was the sense that gamers have a person and distinctive voice, one which units them aside from others. “What we want most is to seek out expertise, one thing which shines via on stage in a singular approach,” mentioned Boris Kuschnir.

The members of the jury have been on the lookout for “superb technical capabilities in fact, musical sensitivity in fact, but in addition one thing authentic, and the character to have charisma on the stage,” in response to Henri Demarquette.

Individuality, nevertheless, has a restrict. In accordance with Phillipe Muller, it’s straightforward for a participant to go too far in that path. “I search for any individual who’s private, who has their very own concepts, with out being too eccentric,” he mentioned. In addition to having one thing particular person to say, Muller was clear that gamers also needs to be respectful of the composer’s imaginative and prescient for the music as specified by the rating.

Lots of the jury members have been on the lookout for some form of particular, indefinable high quality in a participant. This “X issue” proved tough for them to articulate in phrases, however they nearly unanimously agreed that this high quality was instantly apparent in a participant.

“I consider you may acknowledge the massive expertise immediately. We don’t even look actively for it, we’re simply watching for somebody to seize our consideration,” mentioned Suren Bagratuni.

“You’re on the lookout for any individual to overwhelm…any individual [who] makes you get up and hear,” added Alexander Chaushian.

This particular high quality in a performer was most interesting exactly as a result of it was undefinable, with the jurors ceaselessly reaching for phrases like “magic” when attempting to seize its essence.

“We search for musicianship, one thing particular, one thing that basically makes you wish to sit up and hear,” added Lloyd Webber. “These are tough qualities.”


Now in its third season, the Basic Strings Competitors is being held in Dubai this 12 months. The Competitors for Violin will run on Could 10-23, 2022, whereas the Competitors for Cello will likely be held from Could 9-18, 2022 — each last rounds to be streamed right here on The Violin Channel.

Open to candidates of all nationalities youthful than 35 years outdated, the competitors consists of three rounds with the ultimate spherical carried out with the orchestra. A latest interview with the competitors’s president Konstantin Ishkhanov may be learn right here.