International Forum on Violins

All events, held at venues throughout Indianapolis, are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 11

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Masterclass
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Butler University School of Music
4600 Sunset Avenue

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, 2014 IVCI Commissioned Composer, will give a masterclass to Butler and University of Indianapolis composition students.

Wednesday, September 17

Creating an Artistic Identity
Joel Smirnoff, President of the Cleveland Institute of Music

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Concert Discussion
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue

Success in today’s highly overcrowded market is dependent upon multiple factors. Winning a major competition is only the beginning of a very long journey to launching a successful career. Guest Conductor and former IVCI Jury Member Joel Smirnoff has had an extremely prolific and multifaceted career including being a member of the Juilliard String Quartet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, September 19

The Web - Instant Access to Classical Music News and Reviews
Geoffrey John, Founder,
Laurie Niles, Founder,
Jay Harvey, Classical Music Blogger

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-Concert Discussion
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle

The Internet has completely transformed the way people get their news, and music news is no different. Hear from three experts in the field how they have leveraged the Internet to reach the masses.

Saturday, September 20

Violin Quality and the Paris Experiment
Claudia Fritz, Researcher
Joseph Curtin, Violin Maker
Fan-Chia Tao, Director of Research and Development, D'Addario
Cho-Liang Lin, IVCI Jury Member and Concert Violinist
Philip Setzer, IVCI Jury Member and Concert Violinist

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Frank and Katrina Basile Theater

This presentation brings together state of the art scientific research and world-class playing. The researchers behind the Indianapolis and Paris blind tests are joined by IVCI jury members Cho-Liang Lin and Philip Setzer for an interactive exploration of the sounds of violins, old and new.

Old vs. New

10:45 PM - 11:30 PM
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle

Following the last performance of the evening, the audience is invited to take part in a fun challenge while the IVCI Jury makes final deliberations on the placement of the six Finalists. Audience members will be able to test their ability to discern the difference between violins made by 17th and 18th century master makers and the finest modern makers.

New Instrument Exhibit

This year’s Festival of the Violin will feature a New Instrument Exhibit which is free and open to the public. The exhibit will feature instruments and bows made by the finest living makers and Violin Society of America Hors Concours winners. Come ready to try instruments and bows! This is a rare opportunity to try multiple instruments at one time, all in one place.

Location: Hyatt Regency, Network Room (Second Level)

Wednesday, September 17 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday, September 18 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday, September 19 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, September 20 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM