The 14 2nd round candidates for the 2015 Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition, in Bern, Switzerland, have just minutes ago been announced.
Benjamin Baker (24, New Zealand/United Kingdom)
Mizuki Chiba (18, Japan)
Soo Jin Hannah Cho (19, South Korea)
Mone Hattori (15, Japan)
Alexander Kuznetsov (24, Russia)
Furong Li (24, China)
Sofija Nikoska (23, Macedonia)
Kana Ohashi (21, Australia/Japan)
Alexander Read (27, Canada)
Arsenis Selalmazidis (24, Greece/Russia)
Aleksey Semenenko (26, Ukraine)
Stefan Tarara (28, Germany)
Shiori Terauchi (24, Japan)
Arata Yumi (22, Japan)
Launched by Professor Zakhar Bron, the inaugural competition will run from the 22nd to the 31st January, 2015 – with the 1st prize winner to receive CHF 15,000 (USD $16,000).
This competition jury includes: Zakhar Bron (Jury President), Yair Kless, Bartek Niziol, Igor Ozim, Viktor Pikayzen, Maurizio Sciarretta, Michael Stricharz, Akiko Tatsumi and Eva Zubrugg.
9 of the 14 candidates to progress to the 2nd round are current students of the competition's Founder and Jury President.
1st Round videos available at: http://www.boris-goldstein-competition.com/english/index.htm
The Violin Channel will keep you abreast of the results as the rounds progress.