6th Magnificat String Competition
December 15th 2014
The best young string players of the Holy Land
The 6th annual edition of the “Magnificat String Competition” was held between the white walls of the headquarters of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem.
The jury called upon to assess the young competitors, was very prestigious. In fact, the Magnificat was honoured by the presence of Maestro Enrico Pisa, director of the Conservatory "A. Pedrollo" of Vicenza, a major partner of the Institute. Together with him were the Maestros Shmuel Magen, Amer Nakhleh, Relm Handal, Br. George Lewet and Marco Lorenzetti.
The auditions took place all day on December 12: violin, viola, cello and guitar students of the Magnificat and other music schools of the region presented 2 pieces each – a compulsory one according to their category and a piece of choice.
The day after – on Saturday, December 13 at 6 p.m, – the winners’ concert was held in the Auditorium Immaculata: protagonists were the young students who, in the auditions, had shown exceptional talent and a deep passion for music. During the execution of the demanding pieces, the winners showed a high degree of seriousness in their preparation, reached thanks to the meticulous work of their teachers. Congratulations to the winners of the first, second, third prize! And Congratulations to the Professors!
The event was opened with the warm welcome given by Mrs. Hania Sabbara, artistic director of the Magnificat Institute and conductor of the Yasmeen Choir. She thanked profusely the jury for their work and all the participants; a special mention was given to the priest of the "Madonna di Campagna" parish in Turin, Fr. Ferruccio Bartolozzi who donated to the Magnificat a precious violin that will enrich the collection of musical instruments of the Institute.
The opening speeches ended with Fr. David Grenier, director of the Magnificat, thanking the members of the association “Premio Vallesina” for funding the scholarships awarded to the winners of the competition.
One of the highlights of the evening was a Skype conference call with Andrea Garbini, the manager of the Garbini Consulting that sponsored the event. Mr. Garbini spoke about the initiative “risparmio virtuoso” (through which the Magnificat receives some of the money saved by companies that implement the optimization strategies devised by the Garbini’s team). Mr. Garbini also surprised the audience when he played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy with a plastic flute: the applauses that he received were never ending. Also Fr. Armando, the founder of the Magnificat, participated to the event when he appeared live on the big screen of the Auditorium. Some people in the audience had tears in their eyes.
At the end of the evening photos and videos of the winners were taken to remember this event that allows so many young musicians to give the best of themselves.