The 25 opening round candidates have today been announced for the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition – to be held in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia from the 18th to the 27th of June, 2019.
The opening round candidates are:
- VC Young Artist Sirena Huang (United States)
- VC Young Artist Lara Boschkor (Germany)
- VC Young Artist Marc Bouchkov (Belgium)
- VC Young Artist Stephen Kim (United States)
- VC Young Artist SooBeen Lee (South Korea)
- VC Young Artist Dmytro Udovychenko (Ukraine)
- VC Young Artist Monè Hattori (Japan)
- Milan Al-Ashhab (Czech Republic)
- Christopher Tun Andersen (Norway)
- Kristine Balanas (Latvia)
- Olga Volkova (Russia)
- Giuseppe Gibboni (Italy)
- Sergey Dogadin (Russia)
- Leonid Zheleznyi (Russia)
- Ravil Islyamov (Russia)
- Mayumi Kanagawa (United States)
- Roksana Kwasnikowska (Poland)
- Donghyun Kim (South Korea)
- Chisa Kitagawa (Japan)
- Albrecht Menzel (Germany)
- Fumika Mohri (Japan)
- Aylen Pritchin (Russia)
- Anna Savkina (Russia)
- Elli Choi (United States)
- Sara Etelavuori (Finland)
This year's competition will be held accross 6 categories - Piano, Violin, Cello, Voice, Woodwinds and Brass Instruments.
Each category winners will receive US $30,000 – with the one Tchaikovsky Competition Grand Prix winner to be awarded an additional US $100,000.
The 2019 violin jury will comprise: Martin Engstrom (Chair), Kristóf Baráti, Mikhail Kopelman, Boris Kuschnir, Alexei Shalashov, Akiko Suwanai, Salvatore Accardo, Michael Haefliger, Sergei Krylov, Elmar Oliveira, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Viktor Tretiakov.
Previous 1st prize winners include: Viktor Tretiakov, Gidon Kremer, Elmar Oliveira, Viktoria Mullova, Ilya Kaler and Mayuko Kamio.