January 24, 2017

The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition Begins

The inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition has begun this week in Palm Beach County. The EOIVC was established by celebrated violinist Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 30, 2016.

“The mission of the EOIVC is to provide talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations 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.”

The EOIVC is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The EOIVC does not discriminate on the basis of racial, ideological, political, gender, or linguistic considerations. Applications for the competition were accepted via online submission through October and the finalists were notified at the beginning of December. All finalists perform during the run of the competition, from January 22 to February 5, 2017, in two semi-final rounds.

Four finalists will be selected and will perform the violin concertos of either Tchaikovsky or Sibelius at the final concerts on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa will lead the Lynn Philharmonia and the finalists in the two concerts. Winners will be chosen and awards will be given in a ceremony following the final performance on Sunday, February 5.

EOIVC Founder and famed violinist Elmar Oliveira is a devoted teacher and promoter of young artists, and is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music. Oliveira was actually the very first guest performer in the history of the New World Symphony. For the “Season’s Opening Concert” of February 11, 1988 (following the Feb. 4 Inaugural Concert), he performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, in a program that was repeated two days later at Florida Atlantic University. Coincidentally, 29 years apart, it is only a mile and a half as the crow flies between the performance halls of FAU and Lynn University! Oliveira returned to work with the New World Symphony in November/December 2000. In three concerts at the Lincoln Theatre, he performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major, and gave a violin master class for NWS Fellows.

The Executive Director of the EOIVC is NWS alumna Jill Arbetter (1990-1993) who has years of experience as an orchestral violinist, and in artist management and instrument expertise.


Elmar Oliveira performs with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, February 11, 1988; photos courtesy of the NWS Archives

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