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International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald, Bavaria

In June 2014 the world“s greatest violin and bow makers will come together to pit their skills against each other in the 7th international violin making competition in Mittenwald, Germany. Running alongside this will be the Mittenwald Summer Music festival. The town offers a 330-year-old violin making history.

International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald, Bavaria

violin in the centre of Mittenwald/Alpenwelt Karwendel

Instrument makers from 30 countries
Leading violin and bow makers will flock to Mittenwald in Bavaria (Germany) from 7th to 22nd June 2014 to take part in this, the 7th international competition for violins, violas, cellos and bows. Some 250 instrument makers from 30 or so countries are expected to compete for the highly coveted awards for the best instruments or bows. The last competition to take place in Mittenwald in 2010 saw the first place awards in the six different categories going to makers from Germany, France, USA, Scotland and Belgium.

Concerts and exhibition
Registration closes on 31st January 2014. From the beginning of May 2014, the excitement in the highest climatic spa in the Bavarian Alps will begin to rise with the atmosphere only relaxing once the jury has announced its final decision on the winning violin makers, bow makers and musicians. The winning instruments will all be showcased in the gala concert that will take place on 14th June 2014. All instruments submitted to the competition will be on exhibition from 15th -21st June 2014.

Violin making „Mecca“
Even Mozart played a violin made in Mittenwald. Throughout the two week competition Mittenwald is set to become a violin making „Mecca“ with the town hosting a range of concerts, special tours, music markets, work-shop open days, lectures and church services. The Mittenwald based violin makers workshops, the little Mittenwald violin making museum and the renowned instrument making school are all great ambassadors for this fascinating and very artistic craft. This is also reflected in the famous „Lüftlmalerei“ frescos on the walls of the houses and in the selection of music performed at the Mittenwald Summer Music festival.

For further information please go to: www.geigenbauwettbewerb-mittenwald.de/

Bildrechte: Alpenwelt Karwendel / Pohmann

Mittenwald is located about 100 km south of Munich close to the border of the Tirol. Together with its neighbouring towns Wallgau and Krün, Mittenwald is part of the region „Alpenwelt Karwendel“. This part of Bavaria counts as an Eldorado for bikers, families and hikers. Music is varied in the Alpenwelt Karwendel like nowhere else in Bavaria. The repertoire reaches from real music for brass instruments past church concerts right down to concerts of world stars on Schloss Elmau.

In 1684 the violin maker Matthias Klotz brought the craftsmanship from Italy back to his hometown of Mittenwald in Bavaria. It was the beginning of a tradition that still lasts centuries later. 200 years later the violin making school was founded. Scholars from all over the world still come to upper Bavaria today to learn the craft of violin making. About ten masters of violin making are still working in Mittenwald today and their violins are sought after in the world of musicians.

Mittenwald, Krün and Wallgau are also renowned for their historical al fresco paintings. The grand „story books“ on the houses are typical for the land of Werdenfels and for upper Bavaria.

Alpenwelt Karwendel
Carolina Kiml
Dammkarstraße 3
82481 Mittenwald
08823-33 981

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Andrea Schmölzer
Riedener Weg 41
82319 Starnberg
(08151) 773 773

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