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August 3, 2012

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers holds contest for $5,000 bow

Here's a nice little news item, a cool blend of philanthropy, marketing and social media. It's a welcome example of how those in the supposedly elitist, isolated classical music world can reach out and keep up with the times.

It's a deal for aspiring violinists out there -- violinists of any age. With a little uploading and, of course, talent, you could become the proud owner of a carbon fiber violin bow, retail value around $5,000.

The excellent violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is giving away the bow via a contest being held through ...

her Facebook page. Entrants can upload a video of themselves performing (two minutes or less in duration). Meyers will select the winner, based on who she feels is "the best fit for this bow."

The prize is an Arcus Cadenza Gold bow. On her blog, Meyers describes it quite ecstatically:

"I have owned many different violin bows throughout my life, and now play using Tourte and Gold Arcus carbon fiber bows. It is extremely light and spiccato can come out super-clean at [lightning] speed. I used to think that using a heavy stick produced a bigger sound but now I believe it really is quite the opposite. Physically it takes a different skill to handle well but proper technique helps avoid chronic overuse and tendon ... You don’t have to worry about breaking the Arcus either -- I think they say the bow is pretty indestructible!"

Entrants have until Sept. 1 to upload a video. The winner will be announced Sept. 15.

Below is a clip of Meyers playing a sweet version of the Charlie Chaplin classic "Smile," followed by one of the entries submitted so far in her violin bow contest:


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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