Candidates Announced at the 56th Paganini Competition

This year's competition will take place from October 15-24, 2021 in Genoa, Italy

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The 2021 Paganini Competition announced its 31 opening-round candidates.

Open to violinists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 31, the competition was founded in 1954 and is considered to be one of the most prestigious violin competitions today.

The first prize "Paganini Prize" winner will be awarded €30,000 and a contract from the Shanghai Utopia Media Agency. They will also be invited to play the 1743 "Cannone" Guarneri del Gesù violin, which once belonged to Paganini.

The 2021 opening-round candidates include:

  • Lorenz Karls

  • Laura Llozi

  • Chaowen Luo

  • Ozeki Mayu

  • Areg Navarsardyan

  • Arseniya Sibileva

  • Louisa Staples

  • Belle Ting

  • Jacqueline Tso

  • Yukiko Uno

  • Masha Wehrmeyer

  • Qingzhu Weng

  • Hanae Yakuro

  • Rino Yoshimoto

  • Arata Yumi

  • Galiya Zharova

  • Christopher Tun Andersen

  • Olga Artyugina

  • Ava Bahari

  • Clarissa Bevilacqua

  • Lara Boschkor

  • James Chen

  • Yige Chen

  • Jung Min Choi

  • Nurie Chung

  • Sofia Devutskaia

  • Sara Dragan

  • Nazar Fedyuk

  • Giuseppe Gibboni

  • Kingston Ho

  • Yeyeong Jin


Established in 1954, the Paganini Competition is held every two years at the opera house Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Past winners include Ning Feng and VC Young Artists Kevin Zhu and Inmo Yang.