9. April 2018.
International String Competition Rudolf Matz 2018
From 4th until 6th of April 2018, city of Čakovec hosted another international music event. International String Competition Rudolf Matz is a respectable musical event held biennially with participants from all over the world, with internationally most prominent musicians and music pedagogues as members of the jury. Host for this year’s competition was Art School Miroslav Magdalenić Čakovec with the support of Croatian Sting Teachers Association and Euro-Unit, Yamaha and Pirastro as sponsors/partners of the competition.
This competition, unique in the world made its popularity thanks to specific propositions – it is the only competition in Croatia, which is intended for violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players who are competing in the same category, whereby the emphasis is placed primarily in evaluating the quality of performance, music and talent, rather than on specific technical skills on each instrument as in other competitions. Another specificity is that there are no age categories – it is categorized by the years of learning the instrument. For the interested candidates, the Jury members held workshops.
The competition was established in 1981, when it started as a small cello competition designed for the youngest. Thanks to its characteristics and the special atmosphere of the competition it is becoming every year more and more popular. So, in 2006. the Competition moved to Dubrovnik, has grown to an international level and expanded to the violinists and violists. In the 2010 Competition, there were around 70 candidates from 12 countries. From 2013. Competition is held in Čakovec, and since 2016 double bass players can also participate.
The best competitors in five categories performed on the final concert: Tirsa Habuda (violin – Višnjevac), Lovre Tunuković (cello – Šibenik), Nina Lucia Perina (cello – Tisno), Michael Lewin (violin – Berlin) and Lina Plohl (violin – Maribor). Special guest after the concert was Fanny Nemeth-Weiss, cello player from Hungary accompanied on piano by Nadie Varga Modric. The audience was impressed with this performance.
Euro-Unit recognizes and supports young and talented musicians, and with our partners Yamaha and Pirastro, we supported another quality music event, the International String Competition Rudolf Matz 2018.