International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
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International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition

BY John Biweekly

Listen to recordings from Stage 1 Auditions

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For over seventy years Henryk Wieniawski has lent his name to international violin competitions. The year 2011 will see the fourteenth edition of the event held (since 1952) in Poznań. Expected to turn up are young virtuosos of a new generation, ones already brought up in the globalised world: oftentimes born in one country, educated in another, living in still another, and daily exposed to the influence of varied cultures. What unites them, however, is music, and, as always, the urge to challenge their peers’ talents, technical skills and artistic imagination. For the venue of this confrontation they chose Poznań – the town that can boast the oldest violin competition in the world.

We publish chosen recordings from the Stage 1 Auditions:


International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition is a founder-member of the Committee of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.