Kalamazoo, Mich. — Twelve young musicians, selected from an applicant pool of 117 from around the globe, will be in Kalamazoo May 19 for the 37th Annual Stulberg International String Competition.
These twelve semifinalists, who are younger than 20 years old, perform two works: a piece of their choice and a solo composition by J.S. Bach for a panel of judges from the Julliard String Quartet. The semifinal performances take place at the Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. After the judges make their decisions, the six finalists will perform beginning at 8 p.m. Prizes range from $500 to $5,000 and include performances with regional orchestras. Admission to the semi-finals is free. Admission to the finals is $10 adults and $5 students. Tickets are available through the Stulberg office at (269) 343-2776 and at the door.
On May 20, free Master Classes, which open to the public, take place at Dalton Recital Hall from 12:30 to 3 p.m. These classes feature selected area students, who will perform before adjudicators/teachers in an interactive lesson.
Free parking is available for all events on the third level of the Miller Auditorium parking structure, whichoffers direct access to the Dalton Center through the Richmond Arts Center.
Many past winners of the Stulberg International String Competition have gone on to become successful solo performers, such as Joshua Bell, and key members of major symphony orchestras, such as Anthony Ross, Lucia Lin and Wendy Warner.
The prestigious Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition was established in 1975 in memory of Julius Stulberg, professor of violin at Western Michigan University, conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony orchestra and revered and beloved teacher. The Stulberg Competition mission is to promote excellence in string instrument performance by gifted young artists under the age of 20.