BREAKING | Semi-Finalists Announced at Munich’s ARD International Viola Competition

The 6 Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition – in Munich, Germany


The 6 Semi-Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition – in Munich, Germany.

The 2018 Viola Semi-Finalists are:

  • 23-year-old En-Chi Cheng from Taiwan
  • 20-year-old Takehiro Konoe from Japan
  • 21-year-old Hwayoon Lee from South Korea
  • 23-year-old Diyang Mei from China
  • 26-year-old Aoi Murase from Japan
  • 25-year-old Yucheng Shi from China

Open to young international musicians, aged 17 to 35 who are ready to launch an international career, the 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 – and a number of important debut concert and recording invitations.

The 2018 viola competition jury comprises: Vladimir Bukač, Nicholas Cords, Nobuko Imai, Garth Knox, Thomas Riebl, Maxim Rysanov and Geraldine Walther.

Previous ARD competition category prize winners include: Christian Tetzlaff, Jessye Norman, Natalia Gutman, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Yuri Bashmet, Igor Ozim, Dora Schwarzberg – and VC Artists Bomsori Kim and Sarah Christian.

As the ARD Competition’s official 2018 international online broadcast partner, The Violin Channel will be providing exclusive rolling-coverage – live from the venues.

Live streaming available on The Violin Channel.