With the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition currently entering its final stages in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to get a better understanding of their time at the competition – and the opportunities the annual event has since presented.
In a VC-exclusive blog, 13-year-old South Korean violinist and former prize winner Nurie Chung, talks us through his 2016 experience:
"I was 11 years old. Before that, I had a number of victories of national natinonal competition and one international competition in Japan.
My teacher, NamYun Kim, suggested me to participate in Il Piccolo Violino Magico 2016 to expand my musical experience and depth.
I liked the fact that I have to play with orchestra unlike all previous competitions with only piano. But at the same time, playing with orchestra was challenging, too.
In fact, I didn’t have much experience playing with orchestra, hence I had to focus more on harmony, tempo and eye contacts with members and conductor.
At the final round, I was very thrilled with the full orchestra, nice audience, and lovely atmosphere. Just like what I imagined it to be.
Last year, I was invited to perform opening concert 2017 Il Piccolo Violino Magico. I was really happy to meet those people and be there play.
The biggest asset from the competition is people. Members of orchestra, other competitors, staff, teachers and directors.
Playing with them and getting feedbacks from them are great guidance. I am still in touch with my host family. They became my family in Italy and I very much miss playing table soccer game there.
I would like to become a musician who understands and expresses different cultures and emotions in very harmonious way. I am sure that experience of Il Piccolo Violino Magico was the profound starting point of that journey.