Semi-Finalists Announced at Switzerland's Tibor Varga Violin Competition

Held in Sion, Switzerland from August 28 - September 4, 2021, all rounds of the competition will be streamed LIVE on The Violin Channel and be available for playback

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The twelve semi-finalists have been announced at the 2021 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition.

Held biannually, the competition is open to international violinists under 26 years of age. This year's 28 candidates were selected from 124 young musicians.

The first prize winner will receive CHF 20,000 as well as a number of concert engagements.

 

The semi-finalists are:

  • Tsukushi Sasaki (20, Japan)

  • Matteo Cimatti (21, Italy)

  • Marina Wako (14, Japan)

  • Karen Su (22, United States)

  • Ava Bahari (24, Sweden)

  • Seira Horiuchi (25, Japan)

  • Hani Song (23, Switzerland)

  • Matthew Hakkarainen (20, United States)

  • Arthur Traelnes (18, Switzerland)

  • Lorenz Karls (20, Sweden)

  • Tassilo Probst (19, Germany)

  • Maria Ioudenitch (25, United States)

 

This year's jury members include Salvatore Accardo (President), Kolja Blacher, Friedemann Eichhorn, Koichiro Harada, Yuzuko Horigome, Ida Kavafian, and Pavel Vernikov. The jury will also feature Konstantin Lifschitz and Marc Coppey, who will play with the finalists in a trio during the chamber music round.