BREAKING | Finalists Announced at Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition

The 6 Finalists have been announced at the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition - including 2 VC Young Artists

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The 6 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition – in Hannover, Germany.

The 2018 Finalists are:

  • 24-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi from Canada
  • 19-year-old VC Young Artist Rennosuke Fukuda from Japan
  • 21-year-old Leonard Fu from Germany
  • 22-year-old Youjin Lee from South Korea
  • 21-year-old Cosima Soulez Larivière from France/Holland
  • 19-year-old Dmytro Udovychenko from Ukraine

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian, and current post graduate student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, 24-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi is a former major prize winner at the Schadt and Michael Hill International Violin Competitions – and in August of this year was awarded the ‘Prix Yves Paternot’ Prize for the most outstanding young musician at this year’s Verbier Festival.

VC YOUNG ARTIST TIMOTHY CHOOI & THOMAS HOPPE | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

A student of 2018 jury member Pavel Vernikov at the Lausanne University of Music, 19-year-old VC Young Artist Rennosuke Fukuda is a former 1st prize winner at the Menuhin Junior, Kloster Schöntal and Valsesia Musica International Violin Competitions.

VC YOUNG ARTIST RENNOSUKE FUKUDA & BORIS KUSNEZOW | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

A pre-college graduate of the Hannover and Hamburg Universities of Music, where he studied with Ina Kertscher, Lara Lev and Tanja Becker-Bender, and current student of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, 21-year-old Leonard Fu from Germany is a former prize winner at the Andrea Postacchini and Lipizer International Violin Competitions.

LEONARD FU & NATSUMI OHNO | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

A student of Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, 22-year-old Youjin Lee is a former 1st prize winner at the Stulberg, Irving M. Klein and Washington International String Competitions.

YOUJIN LEE & THOMAS HOPPE | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

A student of Competition Artistic Director Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hannover University of Music, 21-year-old Cosima Soulez Larivière is a former 1st prize winner at the Brahms International Violin Competition and the Bartok World Competition.

COSIMA SOULEZ LARIVIERE & ROLAND KRUGER | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

A student of Boris Garlitsky at the Folkwang University of the Arts, in Essen, Germany, 19-year-old Dmytro Udovychenko from Ukraine is a former major prize winner at the Leopold Auer, Jascha Heifetz and Odessa International Violin Competitions – and was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 2018 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition – in Marche, Italy.

DMYTRO UDOVYCHENKO & MELANIE CHAE | 2018 JOSEPH JOACHIM INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 

“The Semi Final part required participants to show much more of their artistic personality and musical maturity with the selection and presentation of a recital program … the way in which all 12 semifinalists accomplished this was truly awe-inspiring,” Competition Artistic Director Krzysztof Wegrzyn has said.

In the Final round, all 6 Finalists will lead a performance of a Mozart or Beethoven Quintet with the Kuss String Quartet – plus present a major violin concerto with conductor Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn, as Artistic Director, will not particulate at all in the formal voting process. 

Open to international violinists aged between 16 to 27 who are ready to embark on an international career, the 1st prize winner will receive €50,000, the three year loan of a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, an international CD release – and a number of important international performance opportunities.

The 2018 jury comprises: Salvatore Accardo, Andrej Bielow, Masafumi Hori, Kyung Sun Lee, Silvia Marcovici, Qian Zhou, Ulf Schneider, Vilmos Szabadi and Pavel Vernikov.

Previous 1st prize winners include: Antje Weithaas, Frank Huang, Nemanja Radulovic – and VC Artists Alexandra Conunova, Dami Kim and Sergei Dogadin.

The 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition will be streamed live on The Violin Channel – direct from all venues.

You won’t miss a beat.

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