I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin. ~Albert Einstein
May 6th was the string finals for the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 competition televised on BBC Channel 4. Previous competitions were held in four other categories: piano, brass, woodwind and percussion, each having 5 finalists chosen after previous competition rounds of young musicians aged 13-19 from all over the United Kingdom. The winner from each category then goes on to a semifinal round with the other category winners and then a much publicised BBC Young Musician of the Year final, with only one winner. But in my mind the category finalists are all winners, the five from each category having been chosen from hundreds of hopefuls from all across the UK.
The strings have the largest repertoire to choose from and it is always a delight to see what classical and modern pieces they select to showcase their talent. This year’s string final was made up of two cellos and three violins, with three male and two female contestants (see photo above).
And one competitor in the strings final stood out for her poise, playing and performance skills. And her story is equally interesting, especially being only 16.
Here is a YouTube clip of one of her performance pieces on the night: Sonata no 1 op 75 4th movt by Saint Saens.
If you are curious and want to learn more or see more performances by Stephanie, you can visit her website: www.stephaniechildress.com.
Handel, who wrote the acclaimed and moving Messiah for orchestra and chorus, had a profound view of the value of classical music played well. It’s more than entertainment, classical music brings out the best in us and in some ways makes us better.
I feel better after watching and listening to the many hard-working and talented young musicians in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. They are all winners. Hope you feel the same. (To view any of the other category finals, go to the BBC Young Musician website.)
(Disclaimer: the young violinist featured in this blog is my daughter)
Written and Posted by: John R. Childress
Senior Executive Advisor on Leadership, Culture and Strategy Execution Issues,
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Visiting Professor, IE Business School, Madrid
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