The 35 candidates for the 2015 1st Singapore International Violin Competition have today been announced - including 7 VC 'Young Artists'.
The 35 competitors are:
VC 'Young Artist' William Hagen from the United States
VC 'Young Artist' Timothy Chooi from Canada
VC 'Young Artist' Alexandra Conunova from Moldova
VC 'Young Artist' Richard Lin from Taiwan
VC 'Young Artist' Boson Mo from Canada
VC 'Young Artist' Fedor Roudine from France
VC 'Young Artist' Yu-Chien Benny Tseng from Taiwan
Elina Buksha from Latvia
Yu-Ting Chen from Taiwan
Tianyang Gao from China
Shucong He from China
Ui-Youn Hong from South Korea
Sirena Huang from the United States
Petteri Livonen from Finland
Mimi Jung from the United States
Karen Kido from Japan
Bomsori Kim from South Korea
Chisa Kitagawa from Japan
Eunae Koh from South Korea
Oleksandr Korniev from Ukraine
Ryota Kuratomi from Japan
Ji Yoon Lee from South Korea
Youjin Lee from South Korea
JiEun Anna Lee from South Korea
HyunJae Lim from South Korea
Jun Hong Loh from Singapore
Yu Ah Ok from South Korea
Lijia Phang from Singapore
Christopher Scherer from the United States
Ian Ike See from Singapore
Lukas Stepp from Germany
Elly Suh from the United States
Yun Tang from China
Yat Sze Wong from Hong Kong/China
Yuquing Zhang from China
The inaugural competition will be hosted by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the National University of Singapore from the 10th - 21st of January 2015, with the 1st prize winner to receive an unprecedented USD $50,000, a CD recording with the Naxos label, the 3 year loan of a fine instrument from the Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei collection and a number of significant international performance opportunities – including a coveted solo engagement with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
"The quality of the violinists who applied for the competition was outstanding and it was really difficult to select the candidates,” Jury Chair Qian Zhou has said, “... we have a wonderful group of 35 candidates from around the world coming to Singapore to showcase their extraordinary talent to be appreciated and enjoyed by the Singapore community.”
The competition's jury will include: Chair Qian Zhou (Singapore), Pierre Amoyal (France), Shmuel Ashkenasi (USA), Nam Yun Kim (South Korea), Takashi Shimizu (Japan), Vilmos Szabadi (Hungary), Dima Tkachenko (Ukraine), Tong Wei Dong (China) and Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Germany).
Competition organisers have indicated 148 applications from 27 countries were received in total.
Tickets to all sessions are available at www.sistic.com.sg – starting from just S$10.00.
The triennial event is supported by Far East Organisation, Hong Leong Foundation, Lee Foundation, Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei and the National Arts Council of Sinagpore.
The Violin Channel will be reporting live from all 3 venues for the 12 days, as the competition’s 'Official Online Media Partner' – You won't miss a beat!