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Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition Announces Participants

50 violinists qualified for the 10th edition, to be held in Vienna, Austria, from September 17-25, 2022


The Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition is open to any violinists born after September 25, 1991, who are determined to pursue an international career. The competition's pre-selection jury has selected 50 candidates who will compete in the next round from September 17-19, 2022.

They are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Lidamari Ahonen
  2. Maria Andreeva
  3. Yurina Arai
  4. Ava Bahari
  5. Kristina Besman
  6. Claire Bourg
  7. Zachary Brandon
  8. Tong Chen
  9. Elli Choi
  10. Wonbeen Chung
  11. Fanny Fheodoroff
  12. Murasaki Fukuda
  13. Laura Handler
  14. Kingston Ho
  15. Luka Ispir
  16. Miray Ito
  17. Gyehee Kim
  18. Daniel Kogan
  19. Anna Lee
  20. Catherina Lee
  21. Jiyoon Lee
  22. Miyeon Lee
  23. Tianyou Ma
  24. Eri Masaoka
  25. Seina Matsuoka
  26. Jason Moon
  27. Raphael Nussbaumer
  28. Yukari Ohno
  29. Kyumin Park
  30. Lilia Pocitari
  31. Yamen Saadi
  32. Aoi Saito
  33. Reika Sakamoto
  34. Sant’Anna e Silva Guido
  35. Tomotaka Seki
  36. Dimitry Serebrennikov
  37. Michael Shaham
  38. Dongyoung Jake Shim
  39. Antonia Schöner
  40. Arseniya Sibileva
  41. Yuriko Takemoto
  42. Belle Ting
  43. Julian Walder
  44. Xiaozhuo Wang
  45. Jaewon Wee
  46. Rino Yoshimoto
  47. Arata Yumi
  48. Cernos Rok Zaeletel
  49. Galiya Zharova
  50. Leonid Zhelezny


The second round with 18 candidates will compete in the Semi-Finals on September 20-22. The first round of Finals with six finalists will be on September 23 and the Gala Finals, with the last three competitors, will be held on September 25. The last three finalists will play with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Joel.

Prize money of €20,000, 15,000, 10,000, 7,000, 6,000, 5,000 will go to first through sixth place respectively.

The first prize winner will receive several concert engagements including with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

Additionally, the first prize includes a CD recording on NAXOS and a tour of Asia in May 2023 with World Culture Networks (WNC). We recently talked to Naxos Founder and head, Klaus Heymann, on the collaboration with the Kreisler Violin Competition, his thoughts on starting a career as a young musician, and the state of the classical music industry.

Previous major prize winners include VC Artists William Hagen, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and Sergey Khachatryan.


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