The 16 Semi-Finalists, have just minutes ago, been announced at the 2014 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – including 6 VC 'Young Artists'.
This year's Semi-Finalists are:
VC 'Young Artist' Yu-Chien Benny Tseng (20, Taiwan), VC 'Young Artist' Tessa Lark (25, United States), VC 'Young Artist' Stephen Waarts (18, United States/Netherlands), VC 'Young Artist' Yoo Jin Jang (23, South Korea), VC 'Young Artist' Suyeon Kang (25, Australia), VC 'Young Artist' Dami Kim (25, South Korea), Nancy Zhou (21, United States), Ayana Tsuji (16, Japan), Jinjoo Cho (26, South Korea), Stephen Kim (18, United States), Ji Yoon Lee (22, South Korea), Ji Young Lim (19, South Korea), Kristi Gjezi (24, France), Bomsori Kim (24, South Korea), Ji-Won Song (21, South Korea) and Christine Lim (19, United States/South Korea).
Free on-demand video streaming of the Preliminary Round is available at: http://bit.ly/WW963j
For the Semi-Final round, each candidate will present a Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonata, a Romantic/20th Century Violin & Piano Sonata, this year's set work 'Fantasy for Solo Violin' by American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – and a virtuosic violin showpiece.
6 finalists will progress to the Final round – to be held from September 17th to the 20th.
The 1st prize winner will receive USD $30,000, a number of international concert engagements, including a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut, 4 years of career and concert management – and the 4 year loan of the 1683 ‘ex-Gingold’ Stradivarius.
Competition tickets for all rounds are available at: http://bit.ly/SJ9q3c – priced from just USD $15.
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2014 Semi-Finalists: Kristi Gjezi, from France - with VC 'Young Artists' Tessa Lark, from the United States and Suyeon Kang, from Australia
Happy to be progressing to the Semi-Final stage: VC 'Young Artist' Yu-Chien Benny Tseng, from Taiwan - and Bomsori Kim, from South Korea
A model of refinement, as always: 18 year old VC 'Young Artist' Stephen Waarts - following a superlative Preliminary Round recital
Beautifully-assured Preliminary Round performance by VC 'Young Artist' Yoo Jin Jang, from South Korea
Semi-finalist, 18 year old Stephen Kim, from the United States looking poised to continuing his stellar year - following his 4th prize at the Menuhin Competition and 1st Prize at the recent Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition
24 year old Korean Semi-Finalist Bomsori Kim, from Korea - with piano collaborator, Mr Rohan Da Silva
Happy with that : A pleased 20 year old, VC 'Young Artist' Yu-Chien Benny Tseng, from Taiwan - following his Preliminary Round recital.