Held every two years with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Krasnoyarsk region, the Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Competition is hosting 19 musicians this year, between ages 16 to 32, to compete for the $20,000 USD Grand Prize.
The semi-finalists are:
Eugene Kawai (18, Japan)
Jakow Pavlenko (17, Ukraine/Germany)
Pyotr Fedotov (24, Russia)
María Dueñas (18, Spain)
Kumi Shimizu (30, Japan/Denmark)
Kenneth Naito (21, United States)
Maria Lundina (21, Russia)
Julia Jones (17, United States)
Additional special accolades to be awarded include a violin by the German violin-maker Igor Laubach, special cash prizes from the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region and the Mayor of Krasnoyarsk, plus solo invitations from a number of leading Russian orchestras.
"The mission of our work here is to preserve the values and achievements of the Russian violin school and to share them with future generations," said Competition President Viktor Tretyakov.
"We are all very much looking forward to hearing authentic and heartfelt performances from these young talented violinists from both Russian and abroad and introducing to the world a new generation of young stars," he said.
The year’s jury comprises Viktor Tretyakov (Chair), Natalya Likhopoy, Boris Kuschnir, Maxim Vengerov, Sergej Krylov, Mikhail Benyumov, Ilya Kaler, Bruno Monsaingeon, and Kristjan Jarvi.
The competition schedule includes four in-person rounds, with the first two rounds held at the Siberian State Academy of Arts and the final two stages at the Regional Concert Hall of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic.
The full competition schedule can be found here.