The 12 Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2016 Sendai International Violin Competition, in Sendai, Japan - including VC 'Young Artist' Yoo Jin Jang.
- 25 year old VC ‘Young Artist’ Yoo Jin Jang from South Korea
- 23 year old Naoka Aoki from Japan
- 20 year old Stephen Kim from the United States
- 21 year old Julie Svecena from the Czech Republic
- 21 year old Anna Savkina from Russia
- 25 year old Yuichiro Fukuda from Japan
- 22 year old Natsumi Tsuboi from Japan
- 26 year old Yu Kurokawa from Japan
- 25 year old Fuki Fujie from Japan
- 23 year old Kyoko Ogawa from Japan
- 22 year old Meruert Karmenova from Kazakhstan
- 21 year old Seiji Okamoto from Japan
Full play-back of the opening round is available at: http://bit.ly/1qESprD
The 1st prize winner will receive JPY 3,000,000 (US $25,000), a CD recording – and a number of prestigious international performance opportunities.
The 2016 jury includes: Chairperson Yuzuko Horigome, Vice-Chairpersons Masafumi Hori & Rodney Friend, Boris Belkin, Mauricio Fuks, Huang Mengla, Tomoko Kato, Younguck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Regis Pasquier, Kyoko Takezawa and Gidon Kremer.
Previous 1st prize winners include: VC ‘Young Artists’ Richard Lin & Clara Jumi Kang.