The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:00pm

Pictured, Clara-Jumi Kang

Photo credit: Denis Ryan Kelly, Jr.

In the rarefied world of concert violinists, it is simply known as "The Indianapolis." At this prestigious music competition, the world’s most talented young violinists undergo a lengthy application and elimination process in the hopes of making the finals and competing against their peers in a grueling four-round, 17-day event. At stake: a Carnegie Hall main stage debut, the use of a 1683 Stradivarius violin, and other coveted prizes. Filled with drama, emotion and amazing musicianship, The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, airing Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, follows this elite group as they perform challenging pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn to Ravel, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. These young virtuosos, ranging in age from 17 to 29, experience triumphs and disappointments as they yearn to make the cut, while knowing only one can earn the title of Gold Medalist.