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Mayte Levenbach and Leon Blekh win Iordens Violin Competition

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Direct from the Worldhotel Bel Air in The Hague.Mayte Levenbach (age 12) from The Hague and the Dutch violinist Leon Blekh (age 14) from Antwerp are the winners of the Netherlands Violin Competition Iordens 2014. The thrilling finale took place on Saturday 25 January in the packed Worldhotel Bel Air in The Hague.

The winners Leon Blekh (first prize category B) and Mayte Levenbach (first prize category A) will receive a sum of money to spend on their violin playing as well as being offered a number of performances. The finalists received their prizes from the hand of Minister Jet Bussemaker during the presentation concert on Sunday 26 January in the Dr Anton Philipszaal in The Hague. During the awards ceremony, Minister Jet Bussemaker said: “Music education is just as important as the subjects math and languages.” The minister emphasized the inspiring contribution made by the Netherlands Violin Competition to musical life in general and the development of talent. The jury praised winner Leon Blekh for his mature interpretation of the Violin Concert by Mendelssohn. Also according to the jury, the winner Mayte Levenbach is a versatile violinist, good in several styles of music.

Many talented violinists in the Netherlands The jury was very pleased with the high level of the participants of the Netherlands Violin Competition Iordens. In category A (ages 10 to 12) the shared second prize went to Felicia Bao (age 10) from Amstelveen and Salomé Bonnema (age 12) from Alphen aan den Rijn. In category B (ages 13 and 14) the second prize went to Charlotte Spruit (age 13) from Hilversum and third prize went to Hadewych de Vos (age 14) from The Hague.

Felicia Bao, the youngest finalist, appeared on the Dutch television program Jeugdjournaal (news for young people), on Saturday. In the Final Concert on Sunday 26 January, the violin orchestra, made up of all eighty participants of the Iordens Violin Competition, performed a new work by Guus Janssen.

What is the Netherlands Violin Competition?

The Netherlands Violin Competition is devoted to the promotion of the development of young violin talent under the age of 27, and to giving young violinists the chance to excel while inspiring the public. The Netherlands Violin Competition reaches its aims by organizing the Oskar Back, Davina van Wely and Iordens violin competitions and providing a vast program of talent support with appearances, coachings and guidance for the winners. The Netherlands Violin Competition Iordens is devoted especially to young violinists between the ages of 6 and 14 and aims to promote the love and pleasure of playing the violin. New stars of the violin are frequently discovered at the Iordens Violin Competition.

The next Netherlands Violin Competition Iordens will take place in 2016.

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From the jury report about the other prize winners: Felicia Bao (Second prize category A) is a violinist who dances on stage and clearly enjoys the music. She has a beautiful articulation. Salomé Bonnema’s playing (Second prize category A) is very mature nd she dives completely into the music. harlotte Spruit (Second prize category B) has a good feeling or timing and a beautifully melodious manner of playing. And adewych de Vos (Third prize category B) can translate the most eautiful natural landscapes into intimate music; she is a real chamber usician.

The Netherlands Violin Competition

Oskar Back – Davina van Wely – Iordens


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Translated from Dutch by Eileen Stevens

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