The 25 opening-round candidates have been announced for the 2018 Bach International Violin Competition – to be held in Leipzig, Germany from the 11th – 21st of July.
The 2018 opening-round violin candidates are:
- Oganes Arustamov (26, Russia)
- Maia Cabeza (25, United States/Canada)
- Laure Chan (23, Great Britain/France)
- Katerina Chatzinikolau (28, Germany/Greece)
- Alan Choo (27, Singapore)
- Lucas Debraux (27, France)
- Minori Deguchi (26, Japan)
- Julia Glenn (29, United States)
- Noyuri Hazama (30, Japan)
- Asako Iimori (22, Japan)
- Ami Ito (29, Japan)
- Jonian Ilias Kadesha (25, Greece)
- Joanna Kreft (29, Poland)
- Ha-Na Lee (31, Republic Korea)
- Isabelle Seula Lee (29, Republic Korea)
- Ayano Shigematsu (20, Japan)
- Elicia Silverstein (28, United States/Italy)
- Daria Spiridonova (26, Russia)
- Elly Suh (29, United States/Republic Korea)
- Nao Takahashi (26, Japan)
- Judith von der Goltz (26, Germany)
- Rita Wang (28, Taiwan)
- Maria Wloszczowska (26, Poland)
- Rachell Ellen Wong (26, United States)
- Hed Yaron Meyerson (28, Germany/Israel)
Open to international violinists, aged 16 to 32, the 2018 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 – plus a number of important debut concert invitations.
The 2018 jury will comprise: Reinhard Goebel (Head of Jury), Pierre Amoyal, Cecylia Arzewski, Chiara Banchini, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Tatiana Grindenko and Ryo Terakado.
Hosted quadrennially since 1950, previous Bach International Violin Competition prize winners include: Rachel Barton Pine, Antje Weithaas, Axel Strauss, Daniel Phillips and Oleg Kagan.