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Fritz Kreisler Competition Announces 3 Candidates for the Grand Finale

3 competitors will compete in the final round, which will be streamed on The Violin Channel on September 25


The First Finale of the 10th Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition held in Vienna on September 23 saw the finalists perform a violin concerto from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Kreisler cadenzas. Out of the 6 candidates, three finalists were selected to perform in the Grand Finals on September 25 at the Great Haal of the Musikverein.

Open to violinists born after September 25, 1991, who are determined to pursue an international career, all rounds of the competition are being streamed on The Violin Channel. Tune in here.


Finalists of the 10th Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition:

Guido Sant’Anna e Silva – 17, Brazil

Michael Shaham – 18, Israel

Rino Yoshimoto – 19, Japan


4th, 5th, and 6th prizes of the 10th Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition:

4th: Raphael Nussbaumer – 16, Switzerland

5th: Amira Abouzahra – 16, Germany

6th: Elli Choi – 21, USA


The Grand Finals, with the last three competitors, will be held on September 25. The last three finalists will play the same concert as the first final round, now with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Joel. The competition will culminate with the announcement of the winners and the award ceremony after.

Prize money of €20,000, 15,000, 10,000, 7,000, 6,000, 5,000 will go to first through sixth place respectively.

The first prize winner will receive several concert engagements including with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

Additionally, the first prize includes a CD recording on NAXOS and a tour of Asia in May 2023 with World Culture Networks (WNC). We recently talked to Naxos Founder and head, Klaus Heymann, on the collaboration with the Kreisler Violin Competition, his thoughts on starting a career as a young musician, and the state of the classical music industry.

Previous major prize winners include VC Artists William Hagen, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and Sergey Khachatryan.

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