EOIVC 2017 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).
In addition to the monetary prize of $30,000 and support in the areas of management, public relations, and networking, Ms. Huang also received a coveted Musafia violin case (donated by Reuning & Sons), a new violin (designed and crafted by celebrated violin makers Andrew Ryan, Feng Jiang, John Young and Jeffrey Phillips) and a Silver-mounted violin bow (designed by Eric Lane).
Ms. Huang’s EOIVC performance engagements for 2017-18 include: recitals at the Kravis Center, Newport Music Festival and on a series hosted by the Melbourne Chamber Music Society in Florida. She will be 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.
Ms. Huang has also led education and outreach activities under the EOIVC banner, presenting masterclasses to elementary through college-aged students. Additionally, the EOIVC designed and launched her new website, sirenahuang.com, as well as shepherded a partnership with D’Addario Strings. Ms. Huang’s 2018-19 season of EOIVC engagements will be announced at a later date, but includes recitals and performances at major venues and summer festivals as well as with internationally-acclaimed orchestras.
The EOIVC 2017 panel hailed from China, Germany, Iceland, Russia, and the US, and were personally chosen by Elmar Oliveira for their deep commitment to the development of young musicians. The 2017 international panel of judges were Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz (Chairman of the Jury), Ilya Kaler and Vera Tsu Wei-ling.
The closing concerts took place on February 4 and 5, 2017, in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn University Campus. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa led the Lynn Philharmonia and the competition finalists in these performances. Thomas L. McKinley, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Lynn University, served as the EOIVC inaugural composer-in-residence.