The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) was established in 2016 by celebrated violinist, Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. The mission of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians as well as encouraging them engage with the communities they serve.
EOIVC 2017, the inaugural year of the competition, was an overwhelming success. It received submissions by more than 80 talented applicants from more than 15 countries. Live streaming of the final concerts received more than 1.5 million views across multiple social platforms. The winners of the inaugural competition were Sirena Huang (First Prize), Alina Ming Kobialka (Second Prize), Hannah Tarley (Third Prize), and Quanshuai Li (received Honorable Mention).
Over the past three years, Ms. Huang’s EOIVC performance engagements have included: recitals at the Kravis Center, Newport Music Festival and on a series hosted by the Melbourne Chamber Music Society in Florida. She was a featured soloist with several orchestras, including the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society in Boston, MA; Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and the Savannah Philharmonic this season. She has also led education and outreach activities under the EOIVC banner, presenting masterclasses to elementary through college-aged students as well as moving peformances at Alzheimer’s clinics, a cause that is very near and dear to her heart. Additionally, the EOIVC designed and launched her new website, sirenahuang.com, as well as shepherded a partnership with D’Addario Strings.
EOIVC 2020, January 14 -26, 2020, received nearly 70 applications from 19 countries. Its judging panel is composed of many of today’s leading violinists and was selected by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians. The EOIVC 2020 international panel of jurists consists of eight remarkable artists from six countries: Andrés Cárdenes (United States), David Cerone (Chairman of the Jury / United States), Ilya Kaler (United States), Sung-Ju Lee (South Korea), Silvia Marcovici (Romania/France), Gerardo Ribeiro (Portugal/United States), Barry Shiffman (Canada), and Kathleen Winkler (United States). Christopher Theofanidis served as the EOIVC 2020 Composer-in-Residence and his EOIVC-commissioned work for solo violin, Discipline and Transcendence, was performed by EOIVC Competitors during the Quarter Final Round of the competition.
New for EOIVC 2020, and demonstrating the EOIVC’s deep commitment to serving the community, all EOIVC Finalists are required to participate in the Community Engagement Round. To date, the EOIVC is the only competition of its kind to host community engagement as part of its competitive process. This round is not judged by the EOIVC Jury and has no bearing on the final results of the overall competition.
Participants in the Community Engagement Round are judged by a panel of Community Partners, and will give a 45-minute interactive presentation to children, ages 8-11, of Plumosa School of the Arts, a local Title 1 school. The special Community Engagement Award, will be awarded to the EOIVC Finalist who scores the highest from the predetermined Community Engagement criteria decided by the Community Partners.
The EOIVC 2020 Final Round will be held across two days—Saturday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m.— and takes place at the Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University. The four finalists, selected from the EOIVC’s Semi Final Round, will be featured in a performance with the Lynn Philharmonia conducted by Jon Robertson. The winners of EOIVC 2020 will be announced following the performance and final deliberation on Sunday, January 26.
The EOIVC will award four monetary prizes on January 26, 2020: First Prize $30,000 (provided by Elmar Oliveira and Sandra Robbins); Second Prize $15,000 (provided by David and Amy Fulton Foundation); Third Prize $10,000 (provided by Price Wealth Management); and Honorable Mention $5,000 (provided by the family of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter and The Goldberg Foundation in loving memory of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter). A special Community Engagement award of $2,500 (provided by Maurice Amado Foundation) will also be given to the Finalist who scored the highest in the Community Engagement Round.
The first prize winner will also receive career support, including management and public relations representation, as well an Ultralight Violin (provided by Joseph Curtin); a Silver-Mounted Bow, Inspired by Elmar Oliveira’s Dominique Peccatte (provided by Rodney Mohr); a Musafia Violin Case (provided by Christopher Reuning, Reuning & Son Violins); and more than 30 guaranteed national and international performances, among other prizes.