The 25 candidates for the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition have been announced, in Moscow - including 5 VC 'Young Artists'.
This year's violin candidates are:
- VC 'Young Artist' Yu-Chien Benny Tseng (Taiwan)
- VC 'Young Artist' Alexandra Conunova (Moldova)
- VC 'Young Artist' Boson Mo (Canada)
- VC 'Young Artist' Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea)
- VC 'Young Artist' Clara Jumi Kang (Germany)
- Pavel Milyukov (Russia)
- Elena Korzhenevich (Russia)
- Lyubov Stekolshchikova (Russia)
- Mayu Kishima (Japan)
- Younguk Kim (South Korea)
- Stepan Starikov (Russia)
- Stephen Kim (USA)
- Tikhon Lukiyanenko (Russia)
- Bomsori Kim (South Korea)
- Veriko Tchumburidze (Georgia)
- Jee Won Kim (South Korea)
- Haik Kazazyan (Russia)
- Kyumin Park (South Korea)
- Leonid Zhelezny (Russia)
- Kristine Balanas (Latvia)
- Daniil Avstrikh (Russia)
- Igor Khukhua (Russia)
- Stefan Tarara (Germany)
- Sergei Pospelov (Russia)
- Christopher Tun Andersen (Norway)
The 25 candidates were announced following a live audition stage in Moscow.
This year's competition, set to commence on June 17th will features 4 disciplines: violin, cello, piano and vocal – with the division winners to be announced on July 1st.
Each category winners will receive US $30,000 – with the one Grand Prix winner to be awarded an additional US $100,000.
The 2015 violin jury comprises: Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Liana Isakadze, Leonidas Kavakos, Ilya Kaler, Boris Kushnir, Mihaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Roman Simovic, Viktor Tretyakov, Maxim Fedotov, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, James Ehnes, Michael Haefliger and Nikolaj Znaider.