Flags, posters and banners greet visitors and young musicians alike!
The citizens of Kronberg are experiencing once more a marvellous musical festivity celebrating this time the gathering of some 160 young violin players from more than 40 countries, from 5 continents. The second Violin Masterclasses and concerts will be held between June 19 and 25 here, making Kronberg for about a week the heart of the violin world. And, indeed, the team of Kronberg Academy and our supporters have done a great job in collaboration with the city officials to grace this wonderful place with banners, posters and flags so that every visitor and musician can get a notion of how omnipresent this event really is.
Yesterday, throngs of youngsters arrived by train or airplane in Frankfurt from where they moved to our city. Suddenly, new dynamics unfolded, with many youngsters carrying luggage and instrument cases, asking pedestrians for direction to the academy offices where registration would take place. In some instances one could identify the musical school for which these students are matriculated. In my case, on my way uphill to our offices, while still busy making photos of this scene, a young violinist and her mother crossed my way: and quickly I found out, that it was a young player from New York who studies at the Juilliard school. An institution, which is in some ways comparable to Kronberg Academy, although Juilliard is much bigger with regard to the number of students ( in the realm of educating highly talented young string players).
Now, today, on this partly rainy Sunday, all the young musicians are going through 10 minute-auditions with four teachers/tutors. At the end of the day it will be decided who then will be accepted by the teachers to join in a masterclass with one of the maestros for which they had applied beforehand. So, after each student has finished his or her audition a time of waiting and hoping will follow until this very evening. Then, during the Welcome Dinner, all the young violinists will hear about whether they have been accepted as active participants in the masterclasses of their choice.
We keep our fingers crossed for all of them. And for those students who couldn´t make it to the active masterclass participation, we invite them enjoy their status as passive participants where they will learn by way of listening and communicating with other musicians and the teachers. While some students are still busy preparing themselves for the audition challenge, wrestling with tension and a bit of nervousness, meantime, all our visitors and the citizens can feel the spirit of this event while strolling the streets and places, finding posters and banners on many corners. The young violinists and the many vistors will change the face and dynamics of this city for a long wonderful week. May the masterclasses and the concerts provide for unique moments and encounters.