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Candidates Announced for 2018 Indianapolis International Violin Competition

The 40 opening-round candidates have been announced for the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis - including 6 VC Young Artists

The 40 opening-round candidates have today been announced for the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – to be held in Indianapolis, United States from the 31st of August to 16th of September, 2018.

The 2018 opening-round candidates are:

  • VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea (25, Romania)
  • VC Young Artist Luke Hsu (28, United States)
  • VC Young Artist Richard Lin (27, Taiwan/United States)
  • VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin (26, France)
  • VC Young Artist Ji Won Song (25, South Korea)
  • VC Young Artist Boson Mo (28, Canada/United States)
  • Misako Akama (25, Japan)
  • Joshua Brown (18, United States)
  • Aaron Chan (21, Hong Kong)
  • Stella Chen (25, United States)
  • Hannah Cho (23, United States)
  • Elli Choi (16, United States)
  • SongHa Choi (18, South Korea)
  • Arianna Dotto (28, United States/Italy)
  • Ania Filochowska (24, Poland/United States)
  • Risa Hokamura (17, Japan)
  • Ariel Horowitz (22, United States)
  • Yiliang Jiang (22, China)
  • Mayumi Kanagawa (24, United States)
  • Karen Kido (24, Japan)
  • Fabiola Kim (27, United States)
  • Gyehee Kim (25, South Korea) 
  • Stephen Kim (22, United States)
  • Alina Kobialka (21, United States)
  • Agnes Langer (26, Hungary)
  • Anna Lee (23, United States)
  • Shannon Lee (26, United States/Canada)
  • William Lee (19, Taiwan)
  • Hyun Jae Lim (20, South Korea)
  • Fumika Mohri (24, Japan)
  • Yukino Nakamura (22, Japan)
  • Megumi Okaya (26, Japan)
  • Kyumin Park (21, South Korea)
  • Elly Suh (29, South Korea/United States)
  • Hannah Tarley (26, United States)
  • Saki Tozawa (17, Japan)
  • Jingzhi Zhang (17, China)
  • Galiya Zharova (26, Kazakhstan)
  • Yuanhui Zheng (24, China)
  • Stephanie Zyzak (24, United States)

Open to violinists of any nationality aged between 16 and 29 who are ready to embark on an international career, the 2018 gold medalist will receive USD $30,000, a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut and international concert engagements – plus career management and the 4 year use of the 1683 ‘ex-Gingold’ Stradivarius violin.

A total of more than US $250,000 in prizes and awards will be presented to the 2018 laureates.

Previous major prize winners include: Leonidas Kavakos, Judith Ingolfsson, Sergey Khachatryan, Simone Lamsma, Mihaela Martin, Ida Kavafian – and VC Artists Augustin Hadelich, Tessa Lark, Ji Young Lim, Yoojin Jang and Benjamin Beilman.

The 2018 jury will comprise: Jury President and Artistic Director Jaime LaredoArnold SteinhardtPamela FrankCho-Liang LinDmitry SitkovetskyDong-Suk KangRodney FriendMihaela Martin and Kyoko Takezawa.

As the competition’s official 2018 international media partner, The Violin Channel will be providing exclusive rolling-coverage – live from the venue.


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