Violina

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  1. quote: Originally posted by house_officer: Wow, another Swede on the board! Jag är oxå svensk, kommer från Sthlm, och pluggar just nu i England. Det har sannerligen inte varit speciellt många svenskar på the Fingerboard. Kul att du börjat spela, det är aldrig för sent! Spelade själv ganska mkt förut, men hinner inte lika bra längre nu när jag pluggar. Törs man fråga var/vad du läser? Hej så länge Linn Vågar man komma in här....jag är ju inte svensk men finsk, men det är alltid kul at träffa mera skandinaver här, för de mesta tycks vara amerikaner och deras kultur är så olik än vår. Jag har spelat nu för ett år och studerar med en underbar lärare:-) Lycka till och hoppas at möta er båda här någonstans! Cheers, Violina:-)
  2. Well, I'll try this one, too. I guess I look pretty average Finn/Scandinavian, at least what comes to colours, I am very blonde by nature, even though lately my hair has seen some red....also fair complexion, don't stand sun well. Blue eyes. Dunno the 'tallness' scale most of you use here, but I am 163 cms tall and weigh...krhmmmm....let's say I look *very* female;-D Character: hassly, lately a bit more serious, talkative (very) when around friends. Otherwise rather shy. And a thousand other things:-) Cheers, Violina:-)
  3. Everybody, I have read this conversation with great interest:-) Here in Finland we have always had real winters with snow and ice, but I must admit, in here it is mostly the elderly that use ice cleats. Btw, I am not sure what they even are, but I suppose things you put in your shoes which have little sharp nail-like things to prevent you from falling? But hmmmm...I think they're not needed with normal snow? I think that ice fishers might have use of them though, but I am not very familiar with that sport:-) However, I just buy winter shoes which don't have a smooth bottom (?), and that does the trick! Plus of course walking in that peculiar way;-D Cheers, Violina:-)
  4. Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Cheers, Violina:-D
  5. quote: Originally posted by River: I was under the impression that some members overseas..England? Ireland? Israel? Australia? Japan? And many other countries than those as well. I am from Finland:-)
  6. Getting to brother/sister Dunvegan's actual question: on the general level, Pekka Kuusisto, because (as someone said) I find his interepretation and musicality such that almost always appeals to my tastes and likes. On more individual occasions Max Vengerov has touched something in me, as have Sophie Rowell, Jaakko Kuusisto, Sergey Khatcharyan (?), and a bunch of others. :-) Cheers & blessings, Violina [This message has been edited by Violina (edited 12-17-2000).]
  7. My favourite music includes a Christmas song by Sibelius, called 'En etsi valtaa loistoa' and a beautiful hymn called 'Maa on niin kaunis', seems to be an originally Slesian (?)tune. Also a really old German tune from the 16th century, dunno the name in German or English but in Finnish it is 'Enkeli Taivaan' (=The Angel from Heaven). And lots of others, Finnish ones, and of the British ones my fave is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing'. Violina
  8. quote: Originally posted by Mairead: Two Xmas tunes -- songs, really -- have been running through my head. I know their names but, with perverse middle-aged memory cannot think of them to save the soul in my body. I'm sure, though, that at least one person on this board will recognise them. The one is French and hugely well-known (so of course I can't remember it!) It appeared in the de Niro/Reno film Ronin, sung by the choir in the town square. The other is the standard Swedish holiday song. I'm almost sure the word Jul (Yule) is in the title, but the rest of the name remains just beyond the tip of my decaying brain. It's a dance tune at heart, and it (in a sort of mouth-music -- these aren't the real words) goes deet deedle-deedle, deet deedle-deedle, deet deedle-deedle deet! deet!. hupp a deedle-deedle, hupp a deedle-deedle, hupp a deedle-deedle ock-sa! Anyone know them? Mairead, as Finn I may recognize the Swedish one, can you give me any more info on it? We have a similar song here in Finland, where we say tip tap tip tap tipe tipe tip tap, tipp tipp tapp! Accompanied with gestures, kids like this song, Even though Finnish if competely different than Swedish, these Finnish "words" remind me a bit of the rhythm which you "hummed" there.. If I translate the name from Finnish to English it would be "The Christmas Night of the Elves". If I think about translating that to Swedish it might be "Tomtarnas Julnatt"...ring a bell?
  9. quote: Originally posted by Corine: Violina, may I ask you which one YOU like the best, the concerto by one of the winners or by Pekka? :-) Hehee:-) PEKKA of course! But I must say, Sergey came very close indeed..... The concert of the winner was on telly today, Sergey played again the Sibbe concerto, and amazingly again. I have never seen American telly so I cannot say how it is but here in Finland we get a nice amount of classical music from telly, usually one channel sends something each Sunday and additional stuff is to be found every now and then. Of course if they'd ask me, I'd still tell them to increase the amount of classical music programs;-D Cheers, Violina
  10. Well, it is over now and it was an interesting competition! The level has never been so high, several players who would have got into the finals five years ago had to be dropped now. The winner is a 15-year-old prodigy/wunderkind from Armenia, called Sergey Khachatryan. He played the Sibelius concerto with such maturity and skill that the critics were amazed! Even I was and I usually like very few players' interpretation of it;-) They say it is exceptional to have such a musical understanding as he does at his age. Keep his name in mind, I am sure he will achieve much if his career is wisely promoted from now on! The second place was give to Japan's Natsumi Tamai (28) and the third was divided between China's Wang Zhijiong (17) and Japan's Sayako Kusaka (21). And the fourth prize was a surprise! It was divided between the rest of the four finalists! They all became 4th, Finland's Pietari Inkinen (20), Russian's Tatiana Samouil (26), German/Taiwanese Michael Hsu (17) and Japan's Reiko Otani (27). It is remarkable that the finalists are so heavily concentrated on eastern countries (Japan/China etc) or Russian countries, when tens of nations were represented. It seems to be that these countries produce excellent musicians at the moment! Anyway, it was a great competition and an enjoyable time to follow it! -Violina [This message has been edited by Violina (edited 12-02-2000).]
  11. My vote goes to Pekka Kuusisto and an Australian violinist called Sophie Rowell -her fiddle has the most amazing dark tone. -Violina
  12. Is this an old performance, or new? I have on video Vengerov playing Sibelius concerto with the Chicago SO, I think it might be a couple of years old. I like Vengerov quite much in some pieces, I recently heard St Saens Intro et Rondo by him and that was great, but his Sibelius I didn't like, I am Finnish and have always loved Sibelius for his Finnishness. I thought Venge played it too fiercely and didn't quite understand and bring out the subtle Finnish nature of the piece but then, maybe yours is a newer perfomance and different. And of course everybody gets out of music what they want to and that is the beauty of music:-) I continue to advertise our Pekka Kuusisto's great recording (for Ondine) of this piece;-) [This message has been edited by Violina (edited 11-22-2000).]
  13. quote: Originally posted by starlight_sweetie: How do you get involved in it?? I was reading the songs they have to play and I have played most of em I think it would be pretty cool to enter it next time You have to contact the Sibelius Academy for that, the net page in www.siba.fi/sibeliuscompetition also has the rules but they're for this year and the next competition is only in five years.
  14. It is time for this competition again! Five years have passed and on Sunday the first round began. I have had a look at the attending fiddlers list (www.siba.fi/sibeliuscompetition) and notice that participants come from 22 different countries with for example USA attending with 6 fiddlers and Finland with 5. The biggest number of contestants from one country (15 I think) comes from Japan! There is a recent doctorate work (don't know the proper term in English, the big stuff you do when you become Doctor in something) on the press writings and media attention in this contest and the writer claims that Asian fiddlers tend to easier get a worse review, being often said to play mechanically and without emotion etc. So the writer thinks the attitudes of the media hide racistic opinions. I was rather in awe for that, but then I am no expert. I have certainly heard this claim before but I haven't noticed any more mechanicality in Asian players than others. Anyone have an opinion on this? Usually this competition has brought out very talented young players who haven't yet hit the headlines, last time the winner was our own magnificent Pekka Kuusisto, and at least I am curious to see what happens this time! :-) Cheers, Violina