A Classy Young Violinist

I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.  ~Albert Einstein

BBC string category

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.

Click here for video: Alison Balsam and Clemency Burton-Hill introduce Stephanie Childress

Click here for video: Alison Balsam and Clemency Burton-Hill introduce Stephanie Childress

Here is  a YouTube clip of one of her performance pieces on the night: Sonata no 1 op 75 4th movt by Saint Saens.

SEC Saint Saens pic

Click on photo to view performance

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.

Handel quote

Click on this image to see a portion of Handel’s Messiah.

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

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John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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5 Responses to A Classy Young Violinist

  1. Mark McNeil says:

    Great post John. Stephanie is incredibly talented.

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Demetrie says:

    Unbelievably brilliant beyond compare!!!!!!!!


  3. Dave Eaton says:

    Wow Wow Wow Congrats Proud papa and mama

    Dave Eaton +1.617.306.1411 -Mobile Sent from my mobile device Please excuse errors & omissions


  4. So great John. Inspiring.


  5. delia@collaborationsoup.com says:

    Hi John,

    I enjoyed watched Stefanie’s smirks of joy and concentrated furrows of intention — I recognize those traits [😊]

    You must be very proud.

    Warm hugs,




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