Candidates Announced for Lithuania's 2021 Heifetz Violin Competition

The competition will take place in 3 rounds, starting on the 18th of January and ending on the 25th of February, 2021

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The 2021 International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists announced its 39 opening round candidates.

The candidates are:

  • Yoshie Okura (Japan)
  • Mayu Ozeki (Japan)
  • Ugnė Katinskaitė (Lithuania)
  • Pauline Van Der Rest (Belgium)
  • Kristina Georgieva (Bulgaria)
  • Saulė Buikaitė (Lithuania)
  • Leonard Toschev (Germany)
  • Daniil Bulayev (Latvia)
  • Seonhye Song (Germany)
  • Roman Kholmatov (Ukraine)
  • Qingzhu Weng (China)
  • Amia Janicki (Switzerland)
  • Lisa-Maria Sekine (Austria)
  • Jingzhi Zhang (China)
  • Lorenz Karls (Sweden)
  • Mimi Jung (United States)
  • Miri Kim (South Korea)
  • Giuseppe Gibboni (Italy)
  • Haruna Shinoyama (Austria)
  • Anna Lee (United States)
  • Kamilia Boris (Lithuania)
  • Marija Pranskutė (Lithuania)
  • Pijus Česaitis (Lithuania)
  • Margarita Pavlova (Russia)
  • Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis (Latvia)
  • Arina Zelenina (Russia)
  • Manon Galy (France)
  • Oukalin Yin (China)
  • Jackie Tso (United States)
  • Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev (Azerbaijan/Turkey)
  • Yoko Ishikura (Japan)
  • Eva Rabchevska (Ukraine)
  • Tsukushi Sasaki (Japan)
  • Ririko Noborisaka (Japan)
  • Sofiya Vnukova (Russia)
  • Jason Moon (United States)
  • Javier Comesaña (Spain)
  • Julian Walder (Austria)
  • Enrique Rodrigues (Canada)

Open to violinists of any nationality who is 26 years of age or under, the competition will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania from the 19th to the 25th of February, 2021.

The first prize winner will receive €10,000.

The 2021 jury will comprise of Gidon Kremer, Isabelle Van Keulen, Sergej Krylov, Rūta Lipinaitytė, Svetlana Makarova, and Rusnė Mataitytė.

Previous major prize winners include: VC Young Artists Dmytro Udovychenko and Rennosuke Fukuda.