Why did the idea of alternating violin, viola and cello come up?
The founder of the contest, José Ramón Hevia, started the course in order to teach his violin students from the Oviedo Conservatory during summer. That idea spread to the other instruments of the quartet: thus the course and the contest were born.
In the beginning, there was a contest of these 3 instruments together. Given the very high demand for participation, in 2011 it was decided to do only one instrument each year.
How long does it take to organize the contest?
The organization of the contest begins the same day each edition ends. At that time, (August) we hold a meeting to see what improvement proposals we can put forward for the next edition. In addition to that, we modify the information on the web, we order the posters, etc. That is already from the month of October.
The busiest period is that of registrations and, obviously, the days of the contest. They are the most exciting days!
How many people participate in the organization of the violin competition, besides the participants and the jury?
In the organization we are 3 people, plus the staff of the Llanes City Council who collaborate with us in various aspects of the organization, (especially Marisa, the Councilor for Culture). Moreover, 6 members of the jury, cameras for the live broadcast of the contest, the designer, print shop, website and social media, piano tuner, trophy maker, etc.
A total of 25 people participate directly in the development of the contest.
What is the farthest country and the closest place where the participants come from?
In this edition, the most distant country would be China, from which several contestants usually come every year. We also have contestants from Spain, Germany and Ukraine. The closest place in 2021 is our neighbor Galicia.
And the edition that had the most participation?
I do not have this information, but I can say that in the first phase of the contest (there is a pre-selection by listening to recordings) we have an established maximum of 12 contestants in each modality… That number has been reached on several occasions.