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Taking place online between August 18-22, 2021, semi-final round will be streamed here on The Violin Channel — with the final round to be held in Shanghai LIVE in 2022

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The six finalists have been announced for the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, in China.

The six finalists will be invited to Shanghai in 2022 for the LIVE final round are:

  • Rino Yoshimoto (18, Japan)

  • Thomas Lefort (27, France)

  • Ruifeng Lin (21, China)

  • Felicitas Schiffner (24, Germany)

  • Angela Sin Ying Chan (24 Hong Kong/China)

  • Shannon Lee (29, United States)

 

Open to international violinists between ages 16 and 32, the first prize winner, next year in Shanghai, will receive USD $100,000. 

Usually held biannually in Shanghai, this edition of the competition was originally scheduled for 2020. Due to the pandemic, however, it was re-envisioned into a new hybrid online and live format hosted over 2021 and 2022.

 

In honor of last year's centennial of Isaac Stern's birth, the competition will still hold the title, 2020 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

Launched in 2015, the competition aims to continue the musical spirit of the late Isaac Stern — and carry forward the forty-year-long musical bond he shared with the country.

 

This year's jury is comprised of David Stern (Co-Chairman), Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairman), Martin Campbell-White, Glenn Dicterow, Emmanuel Hondré, Weigang Li, Ning Feng, Philip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Joel Smirnoff, Kyoko Takezawa, Maxim Vengerov, and Jian Wang.

The jury for the opening rounds was adjudicated online from all around the world.

 

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY FOUR SESSION TWO 

 

 

KayCee Galano (20, The Philippines)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Charlie Lovell-Jones (22, United Kingdom)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Angela Sin Ying Chan (25, Hong Kong)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Shannon Lee (29, United States)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

 

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY FOUR SESSION ONE 

 

 

William Lee (22, Taiwan)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Ruifeng Lin (21, China)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Felicitas Schiffner (24, Germany)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

 

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY THREE SESSION TWO 

 

 

Katherine Woo (23, United States)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Thomas Lefort (27, France)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Marie Bégin (30, Canada)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

 

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY THREE SESSION ONE 

 

 

Yue Qian (26, China)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Jingzhi Zhang (20, China)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

Rino Yoshimoto (18, Japan)

  • Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218

 

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 19, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY TWO SESSION TWO 

 

 

KayCee Galano (20, The Philippines)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Charlie Lovell-Jones (22, United Kingdom)

  • Beethoven | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Angela Sin Ying Chan (25, Hong Kong)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Shannon Lee (29, United States)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 1 in G major

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 19, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY TWO SESSION ONE 

 

 

William Lee (22, Taiwan)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 1 in G major

Ruifeng Lin (21, China)

  • Beethoven | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Felicitas Schiffner (24, Germany)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY ONE SESSION TWO 

 

 

Katherine Woo (23, United States)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Thomas Lefort (27, France)

  • Beethoven | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 1 in G major

Marie Bégin (30, Canada)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND DAY ONE SESSION ONE

 

 

Yue Qian (26, China)

  • Beethoven | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 1 in G major

Jingzhi Zhang (20, China)

  • Brahms | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

Rino Yoshimoto (18, Japan)

  • Beethoven | Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major
  • Beethoven | Violin Romance No. 2 in F major

 

“The pandemic has dealt a blow to the global performing arts industry, and it has also caused many young people to lose opportunities," said the president of the Organization Committee Long Yu. "We cannot let them wait for too long. The violin competition is restarting online, and we hope to give a stage to young people from different countries to allow them to display their talents, realize their dreams, and use music to convey confidence and hope to the world."

This year's jury is comprised of David Stern (Co-Chairman), Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairman), Martin Campbell-White, Glenn Dicterow, Emmanuel Hondré, Weigang Li, Ning Feng, Philip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Joel Smirnoff, Kyoko Takezawa, Maxim Vengerov, and Jian Wang.

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY FOUR SESSION TWO

 

 

Angela Sin Ying Chan (Hong Kong, China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 17 & 20
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Shannon Lee (United States)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 6 & 11
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Maja Horvat (Slovenia)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 11 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY FOUR SESSION ONE

 

 

Charlie Lovell-Jones (United Kingdom)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 11 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Arata Yumi (Japan)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 22 & 23
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Haozhe Song (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 5 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY THREE SESSION TWO

 

 

Felicitas Schiffner (Germany)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 11 & 17
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Yunfei Bai (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 11 & 21
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

KayCee Galano (Philippines)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 21 & 5
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY THREE SESSION ONE

 

 

Ruifeng Lin (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 23 & 7
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Stepan Starikov (Russia)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 7 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Nao Mizukoshi (Japan)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 24 & 7
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 14, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY TWO SESSION TWO

 

 

Alice Lee (Canada)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 20 & 11
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Sayuri Kuru (Japan)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 7 & 10
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

William Lee (Taiwan, China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 24 & 11
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 14, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY TWO SESSION ONE

 

 

Thomas Lefort (France)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 4 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Steven Song (United States)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 18 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Marie Bégin (Canada)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 2 & 23
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 13, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY ONE SESSION TWO

 

 

Jingzhi Zhang (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 1 & 17
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Rino Yoshimoto (Japan)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 24 & 17
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Katherine Woo (United States)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 5 & 21
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Zixuan Shen (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 4 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 13, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
QUARTER FINAL ROUND DAY ONE SESSION ONE

 

Elias David Moncado (Germany)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 2 & 11
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Stefan Besan (Romania)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 13 & 24
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major | Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

Yue Qian (China)

  • Mozart | Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat major
  • Paganini | Caprice No. 17 & 11
  • Bach | Partita No. 3 in E major: Loure, Gavotte & Rondeau
  • Ernst | "The Last Rose of Summer"

 

 

THURSDAY AUGUST 12, 2021
2020 SHANGHAI ISAAC STERN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
OPENING CEREMONY

 

 

 

Launched in 2015, the competition aims to continue the musical spirit of Isaac Stern and carry forward the forty-year-long friendship he held with China.

Previous winners include VC Artist Nancy Zhou and Mayu Kishima.

This year's jury is comprised of David Stern (Co-Chairman), Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairman), Martin Campbell-White, Glenn Dicterow, Emmanuel Hondré, Weigang Li, Ning Feng, Philip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Joel Smirnoff, Kyoko Takezawa, Maxim Vengerov, and Jian Wang.