The 11 semi-finalists have been announced at the 2018 Valsesia Musica International Violin Competition – in Varallo Sesia, Italy.
The 2018 semi-finalists are:
- Toma Bervetsky (18, Ukraine)
- Lusine Harutyunyan (28, Armenia)
- Maria Kouznetsova (26, France)
- Teofil Milenkovic (18, Italy)
- Yukari Ohno (23, Japan)
- Oleksandr Pushkarenko (28, Ukraine)
- Christian Sebastianutto (24, Italy)
- Haruna Shinoyama (24, Japan)
- Alican Süner (25, Turkey)
- Xiaoqing Yu (17, China)
- Simon Zhu (17, Germany)
Open to candidates of any nationality aged 37 and under, the 1st prize winner will receive €8,000.
Previous major prize-winners include Sayaka Shoji, Roman Simovic, Francesca Dego, Noe Inui - and VC Artists Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Fedor Rudin, Rennosuke Fukuda and Ioana Cristina Goicea.
The 2018 jury comprises: Alexandre Brussilovsky (President), Christian Anzinger, Vincenzo Balzani, Lindita Hoxha and Alexander Zyumbrovskiy.