Inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition to be Held in 2017

Today it was announced that celebrated violinist Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn Conservatory of Music, launches the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC). The EOIVC aims to give a young and talented violinist, ages 16-32, the tools necessary for building a strong foundation for success in the arts industry by providing financial support, as well as career development in the areas of artistic management, public relations, and performance opportunities. The competition will be held at Lynn University from January 22-February 5, 2017. Competitors should send online submissions and registration fee to www.elmaroliveiraivc.org by September 30, 2016.

Candidates, ages 16-32, are selected through an intensive four-step process, beginning with an online submission that can be found on the EOIVC website, www.elmaroliveiraivc.org. A maximum of 20 finalists will be selected from the online submissions. Entries for consideration must be submitted online with a $100 registration fee by September 30, 2016.

>From January 22-February 5, 2017, the finalists chosen from the online submissions will compete in three rounds in Boca Raton, Florida. The final concerts will take place on Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 2017, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn's campus and are open to the public. Music Director and Conductor Guillermo Figueroa will lead the Lynn Philharmonia and the finalists in the two concerts. Winners will be chosen from the finalists and awards will be given in a ceremony following the final performance on Sunday, February 5.

Three prizes will be awarded. First prize winner will receive $30,000; second $15,000; and third $10,000. In addition to receiving the monetary prize, the first prize winner will also receive performance opportunities and career support in the areas of management and public relations. Additional prizes will be announced at a later date.

Six international judges, including Andrés Cárdenes, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz, Ilya Kaler, Vera Tsu Wei-ling, and Elmar Weingarten, make up the adjudication panel, thus far. A seventh judge will be named at a later date.

"The mission of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is to nurture and develop talented young violinists, who are drawn from a truly global pool," said Elmar Oliveira, Founder and Artistic Director of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. "Through this competition we will provide the next generation of violinists with career building tools-not solely financial ones-that are so necessary in today's world. This is our ultimate goal.

"I truly believe in giving back" continues Mr. Oliveira. "I have had a wonderful career, helped by many people in the industry. Now, it is my time to do the same. So, in collaboration with the Lynn Conservatory of Music, I have created this competition in an effort to secure a future for a young violinist."

"The Lynn Conservatory of Music provides a professional environment where talent meets inspiration, and we are deeply committed to developing the whole performer," said Dr. Jon Robertson, dean of the Lynn Conservatory of Music. "The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition supports our mission to develop new artists and nurture them through the professional process."



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