Young artists play Grieg at Rollins College in Florida
The International Grieg Society and the Rollins College Department of Music hosted a Grieg Festival January 9-11 in Winter Park, Florida.
The mission of the Grieg Festival was to enhance Edvard Grieg’s reputation by acquainting American musicians and audiences with high-quality performances, stimulating lectures, and exhibits that focus on Grieg’s significant but rarely-heard works.
A Young Artist Competition was held to highlight important lesser-known works of Edvard Grieg. Talented contestents from all over the U.S. participated. Over 100 young artists contributed to the competition, and the semifinal and final in Winter Park consisted of 18 and 6 talented musicians accordingly. Consul General of Norway in Houston, Mr. Lasse Seim, presented the prizes. The Grand Prize Winner this year was Alan Dunbar, who will be going to Norway on a concert tour in July.
The Grieg Festival appeared as an excellent initiative to promote Grieg’s music in the United States. The festival’s many other concerts and lectures also contributed to further interest in knowing more about Norway. It was especially favorable that concerts were recorded for broadcasting on the local National Public Radio. Finally, the festival seems important for the strengthening of the international Grieg community.
The Grieg Festival Committee hopes to make the successful festival a regular event.