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The Wonderful Summer of 10-Year-Old Violinist Christina Nam
Friday, 30 August 2013 17:23

The Wonderful Summer of 10-Year-Old Violinist Christina Nam


Christina Nam (10), scholarship student in CCM's Starling Preparatory String Project, had a busy summer, full of performing and participating in summer music academies.

She was the first performer in the opening concert of the first annual Harpa International Music Academy in Reykjavik, Iceland. Together with CCM alumna Haeri Suh, she performed Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro and the Czardas by Vittorio Monti.

From June 22 to July 5, she attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA. She won the competition to perform Bach's double concerto, which she performed on July 2 with Amy Oshiro-Morales, the acting assistant concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Christian Marcelaru, the associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with the Music House and Honor orchestra of PIMF.  She continued her success by winning the concerto competition with Bruch's violin concerto.

From July 12 to August 2nd she took part in the 9th Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China. On July 24, she performed Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. Her piano trio with 12-year-old Marie Decker-Hauzel from Munich and 13-year-old Hong Kong cellist Hua Huang performed Mozart Piano Trio, Op. 502.

Scaling the Wall in Beijing
Friday, 09 August 2013 20:41
We were pleased to host Nancy Pellegrini at this summer's Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. Click below to read her post on the experince.

Summer Travel
Monday, 08 July 2013 14:33
From June 9 to 17 I took part in the Harpa International Music Academy in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event was founded by Wei Lin, we performed with the Sassmannshaus Trio, there was a lot of teaching, and a final concert on Iceland's Independence Day. The concert halls were in one of the best arts centers I have seen, with unique modern architecture. All three halls sound fantastic. For more information, visit: http://en.harpa.is/harpa/salir-og-skipulag-en

The opening concert included Yabing Tan and Christina Nam from Cincinnati, Yabing was literally the poster child for this Festival.

Now we are getting ready for the 2013 Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, July 12 to August 2. After China I will travel to the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg.

Christoph Sassmannshaus teaches Laufey Lin
At the Gullfoss Waterfalls
Me with Jiang Wang, Yi Bing Chu, Wei Lin, and Iceland's Minister of Culture, Mr. Illugi Gunnarson

Summer Festivals, Books, and Exhibits
Friday, 31 May 2013 16:45
Summer is here and we are busy getting ready for the ninth annual Great Wall International Music Academy. This year features concerts at the famous National Center for the Performing Arts and the addition of our piano department in cooperation with the University Mozarteum's Leopold Mozart Institut. We're also looking ahead to next year when we get to celebrate our tenth anniversary in Beijing! But before I head to China, you can find me in Iceland performing with the Sassmannshaus Piano Trio and conducting at the new Harpa International Music Festival in June.
I'd like to share with you this great lecture by David Schoenbaum discussing his book The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument. It's a fascinating look at a rich and diverse subject.
I also saw this news about the UK's largest Stradivarius exhibition this summer in Oxford. Unfortunately the exhibit will close just before my trip to Oxford for the 2013 European String Conference, so leave me a comment below if you are able to take it in!

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