The 3 Finalists have been announced at the 2018 33rd Irving M. Klein International String Competition – at the San Francisco Conservatory.
The 2018 finalists are:
- Isabelle Ai Durrenberger (19, Violin)
- Julian Rhee (17, Violin)
- Alex Zhou (16, Violin)
The 1st prize winner will receive US $13,000 – plus a number of solo orchestral debuts.
The prizes for the 'best performance of a work by J.S. Bach' and 'the best performance of this year's commissioned work', in the semi-final stage of the competition, were both awarded to violinist Julian Rhee.
Open to string players aged 15 to 23, it is widely recognised as one of America’s most important development prizes – with previous 1st prize winners including Jennifer Koh, Vadim Gluzman, Jennifer Frautschi, Robert deMaine and Frank Huang – and VC Artists Tessa Lark, Nikki Chooi and Zlatomir Fung.
The 2018 jury comprises: Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, David Froom, Janet Horvath, Mel Margolis, Ian Swensen and Barbara Day Turner.