The Irving M. Klein International String Competition, in San Francisco, California, announced its 3 finalists:
Violinist Grace Huh (18, United States)
Violist Yuchen Lu (22, China)
Cellist William Tan (16, United States)
GRACE HUH & WEICONG ZHANG | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR | 1ST MVT | 2021 KLEIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND
YUCHEN LU | BACH | SOLO CELLO SUITE NO. 6 IN D MAJOR (ARR. SOLO VIOLA) | 2021 KLEIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND
WILLIAM TAN & LIANG-YU WANG | DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO IN B MINOR | 1ST MVT | 2021 KLEIN COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND
In the final round, each of the three finalists will perform another 35-minute program which must include a movement from a major sonata and a chosen concerto.
Joint 4th prize, presented after the semi-final stage of this year's competition, was awarded to 20-year-old violinist Ria Honda from Japan and 17-year-old violinist Serin Park.
The Pablo Casals Prize for the Best Performance of work by Bach was awarded to violinist Grace Huh and the Weiss Prize for Best Performance of this year's Commissioned Work was awarded to cellist William Tan.
The 2021 jury includes Charles Castleman, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Daniel Stewart, Ian Swensen, Barbara Day Turner, and Sakari Dixon Vanderveer.
The grand prize, valued at $13,000, includes a cash prize, as well as performances with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, Gualala Arts Chamber Series, among others.
Previous major prize winners include Vadim Gluzman, Alban Gerhardt, Jennifer Koh, Mark Kosower, Jennifer Frautschi, Oliver Herbert, Frank Huang, Robert deMaine, and VC Artist Tessa Lark.
2021 KLEIN INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION | SEMI-FINAL ROUND | SATURDAY JUNE 5TH