Candidates Announced for Tokyo International Viola Competition

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The 38 candidates have today been announced for the 2015 Tokyo International Viola Competition, to be held in Japan from the 30th May to 7th June, 2015.

The 38 opening round competitors are:

  • Loïc Abdelfettah from France
  • Tomohiro Arita from Japan
  • Nail Bakiev from Russia
  • Benjamin Beck from France
  • Andrea Burger from Swisterland
  • Heejin Chang from South Korea
  • Louise Desjardins from France
  • Mari Fukazawa from Japan
  • Andrew Gonzalez from the United States
  • Yitong Guo from China
  • Xiaoti Guo from China
  • Yuko Hara from Japan
  • Léa Hennino from France
  • Izumi Hosokawa from Japan
  • Kevin Hsu from the United States
  • Eleanor Kendra James from Canada
  • Georgy Kovalev from Russia/Germany
  • Ching Han Lin from Taiwan
  • Matthew Lipman from the United States
  • Wenhong Luo from China
  • Agnès Mauri Galik from Spain/Poland
  • Grigory Maximenko from Russia
  • Alexander Mitchell from the United Kingdom
  • Kangryun Nam from South Korea
  • Kangrok Nam from South Korea
  • Wakana Ono from Japan
  • Yury Ozhegov from Russia
  • Jesus Rodriguez Gonzalez from Spain
  • Yu Cheng Shi from China
  • Xiaohan Sun from China
  • Ayako Tahara from Japan
  • Hiyoli Togawa from Japan
  • Kei Tojo from Japan
  • Shih Hsien Tsai from Taiwan
  • Christoph Vandory from Germany
  • Wei Wan from China
  • Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong from China
  • Xinyi Xu from China

The final round will be held on the 5th and 6th of June, with this year’s 1st prize winner to receive JPY 1,000,000 (US $8500) and a viola made and donated by Robert Blaszauer.

This year's jury comprises: President Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit, Pamela Frank, Hariolf Schlichtig and Ichiro Nodaira.

Former 1st prize winners include VC 'Artist' Sergey Malov.


PICTURED: 2015 Competitor, Matthew Lipman from the United States