2nd Prize at X. International Competition for Violin and Viola "Szymon Goldberg" in Meissen, Germany
The competition took place 09-13 May in the beautiful town of Meissen, which is located near Dresden and is well-known for its porcelain manufacture and as a wine region. Participants from Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Serbia, Japan, Korea and China entered in 2 age categories: the Junior category 17 year and under, and the Senior category 18 years and above. In 3 rounds (1st Round, Semi finale, Finale), the young musicians presented a comprehensive virtuosic programme including works by Paganini, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Wieniawski, Ysaÿe, Prokofiev, as well as works by local contemporary composers. The 6 finalists were then invited to present one showpiece within their competition repertoire in the prize winners’ concert on Sunday 13th May in Meissen’s elaborate Town Hall. Amber chose Wieniawsky’s Polonaise de Concert in D major, which was enthusiastically received amongst the audience. As the only prize winner in the Junior category, she received a monetary prize, a scholarship for a masterclass in Austria later this year, and a concert offer in one of Dresden’s beautiful villas in the 2018/19 season.