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Candidates Announced for Japan's Sendai International Violin Competition

The 38 candidates have been announced for the 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition

The 38 candidates have today been announced for the 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition  to be held in Sendai, Japan from the 15th to the 30th of June, 2019.

The 38 opening round candidates are:

  • Rio Arai (20, (Japan)
  • Yurina Arai (24, (Japan)
  • Jiwon Choi (20, Korea)
  • Isabelle Ai Durrenberger (20, United States)
  • Kaori Furusawa (20, Japan)
  • Yuki Ishihara (25, Japan)
  • Mimi Jung (24, United States)
  • Karen Kido (24, Japan)
  • Honoka Kishimoto (24, Japan)
  • Chihiro Kitada (22, Japan)
  • Donghwi Ko (22, Korea)
  • Orin Laursen (26, United States)
  • Lee Chi (26, Taiwan)
  • Shannon Lee (26, Canada)
  • Xinwen Liang (12, China)
  • Dongmin Lim (17, Korea)
  • Charlie Lovell-Jones (20, United Kingdom)
  • Jiaqi Lu (21, China)
  • Hao Miao (25, China)
  • Mariko Miwa (25, Japan)
  • Elias David Moncado (18, Germany)
  • Ryuto Murao (21, Japan)
  • Andrea Obiso (24, Italy)
  • Alfredo Reyes Logounova (27, Mexico)
  • Alexis Roussine (23, France/Russia)
  • Kiarra Saito-Beckman (20, United States)
  • Felicitas Schiffner (21, Germany)
  • Tomotaka Seki (20, Japan)
  • Orest Smovzh (27, Ukraine)
  • Grigorii Tadtaev (26, Russia)
  • Yuriko Takemoto (20, Japan)
  • Kelly Talim (23, United States)
  • James Kendell Thompson (25, United States)
  • Mayu Tomotaki (23, Japan)
  • Julia Turnovsky (28, Austria)
  • Jiman Wee (26, Korea)
  • Weilu Zhang (25, China)
  • Yingchen Zhang (26, China)

Open to international violinists 28 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive JPY 3,000,000 (USD $27,000), a CD recording – plus a number of important orchestral and festival performance opportunities.

The 2019 jury will comprise: Yuzuko Horigome (Chairman), Gidon Kremer, Masafumi Hori, Boris Belkin, Olivier Charlier, Rodney Friend, Tomoko Kato, Younguck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Saeka Matsuyama, Joel Smirnoff and Isabelle Van Keulen.

Previous 1st prize winners include: VC Young Artists Richard Lin and Yoo Jin Jang.

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