BREAKING | Semi-Finalists Announced at Sibelius International Violin Competition


The 20 Semi-Finalists, have just minutes ago, been announced at the 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland – including 7 VC ‘Young Artists’.

This year’s Semi-Finalists are:

  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Fedor Rudin from France
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Sarah Christian from Germany
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Bomsori Kim from South Korea
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Zeyu Victor Li from China
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Richard Lin from Taiwan/United States
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Emmanuel Tjeknavorian from Austria
  • VC ‘Rising Star’ Kerson Leong from Canada
  • Sara Etelavuori from Finland
  • Anna Göckel from France
  • Mayumi Kanazawa from Japan
  • Christel Lee from the United States
  • Kyung Ji Min from South Korea
  • Pekko Pulakka from Finland
  • Friederike Starkloff from Germany
  • Elly Suh from the United States
  • Stephen Tavani from the United States
  • Diana Tishchenko from the Ukraine
  • Xiao Wang from China
  • Yoshida Minami from Japan
  • Nancy Zhou from the United States

For the Semi-Final round, each candidate will present a major Sonata for Violin & Piano, two ‘Humoresques’ for violin and piano by Sibelius, a virtuosic work of their own choice - and a new piece commissioned by the competition.

6 finalists will progress to the Final round – to be hosted from the 1st to the 3rd of December.

All Opening Round performances available at: 

The 1st prize winner will receive €25,000 (US $28,000) and a number of important international engagements – including a performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the ‘Sibelius 150 Birthday Jubilee Gala Concert’ in Hameenlinna, Finland.

This year’s jury comprises: Chairman Veli-Matti PuumalaPierre AmoyalSerguei AzizianSigrun EdvaldsdottirPekka Kauppinen, Sung-Ju LeeCho-Liang LinGerhard Schulz and Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

Previous 1st prize winners include Oleg KaganLiana IsakadzePavel KoganYuval Yaron, Viktoria MullovaIlja Kaler, Leonidas Kavakos– and VC ‘Artists’ Sergei Khachatryan and Nikita Boriso-Glebsky.

The Violin Channel, as this year’s official competition media partner will be providing live streaming coverage direct from all venues. You won’t miss a beat.


PICTURED: 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition Semi-Finalists, VC ‘Young Artists’ Richard Lin, Zeyu Victor Li, Fedor Rudin and Kerson Leong.