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Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2018 ARD International Viola Competition

The 49 opening-round candidates for the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition have been announced

The 49 opening-round candidates for the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition have been announced – to be held in Munich, Germany from the 7th - 16th of September, 2018.

The 2018 opening-round viola candidates are:

  • VC Young Artist Ziyu Shen (China)
  • Heejin Chang (South Korea)
  • En-Chi Cheng (Taiwan)
  • Editha Seung Won Chung (South Korea)
  • Njord Kårason Fossnes (Norway)
  • Ricardo Gaspar (Portugal)
  • Yitong Guo (China)
  • Ming-Yu Hsu (Taiwan)
  • Saki Ishida (Japan)
  • MinGwan Kim (South Korea)
  • Sengyun Kim (South Korea)
  • Gueli Kim (South Korea)
  • Jiwon Kim (South Korea)
  • Takehiro Konoe (Japan)
  • Georgy Kovalev (Russia)
  • Yana Kucherova (Russia)
  • Hwayoon Lee (South Korea)
  • Sangyoon Lee (South Korea)
  • Seo Hyeun Lee (South Korea)
  • Geunhee Lee (South Korea)
  • Wenguan Li (China)
  • Jungmin Lim (South Korea)
  • Wenhong Luo (China)
  • Anna Lysenko (Ukraine)
  • Agnès Mauri Galik (Poland/Spain)
  • Diyang Mei (China)
  • Seohyun Moon (South Korea)
  • Aoi Murase (Japan)
  • Wakana Ono (Japan)
  • Kouhei Ota (Japan)
  • Peter Pavlov (Russia)
  • Jing Peng (China)
  • Agnieszka Podłucka (Poland)
  • Tobias Reifland (Germany)
  • Lara Sophie Schmitt (Austria)
  • Yucheng Shi (China)
  • Ayako Tahara (Japan)
  • Maya Tal (Israel)
  • German Tcakulov (Russia)
  • Kei Tojo (Japan)
  • Manuel Vioque-Judde (France)
  • Shuhan Wang (China)
  • Tung Ou Yang (Taiwan)
  • Yuri Yoon (South Korea)
  • Paula Zarzo (Spain)
  • Lan Zhang (China)
  • Qiyun Zhao (China)
  • Zhanbo Zheng (China)
  • Sarina Zickgraf (Germany)

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 will comprise: 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 media partner, The Violin Channel will be providing exclusive rolling-coverage – live from the venue.



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