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Christina Brabetz Wins the TONALi10 Playing “The Poet Speaks” by Robert Krampe

The 17-year-old violinist Christina Brabetz won the instrumentalists’ prize at the final round of the first TONALi10 Grand Prix in Hamburg on 29 August 2010 in Hamburg. The prize is endowed with 10,000 Euros.

The ability to present oneself as a convincing interpreter and mature artistic personality before a completely sold-out house is one of the essential evaluation criteria of the seven-person specialist jury, according to the initiators of the new competition, Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin. The jury member and star violinist Baiba Skride is also convinced that “Christina Brabetz has laid an important cornerstone for her solo career by winning the TONALi10 Grand Prix.”

Among other works, Brabetz played the contemporary obligatory piece “The Poet Speaks” for violin solo von Robert Krampe, winner of the accompanying TONALi composition prize. Alongside the jury and audience prize, Christina Brabetz will now receive an extensive continuation sponsorship as a young soloist.

Brabetz hails from Namibia. At 13 she passed the entrance examination for the violin class of Prof. Thomas Christian with the highest number of points at the Academy of Music in Detmold and received a stipend. The audience prize for the three soloists of the finale, determined by live SMS voting in Hamburg’s renowned Laeiszhalle, were awarded as follows: 1. Jakob Encke, 2. Philipp Wollheim, 3. Christina Brabetz.


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