Seven violinists have made it through to the final of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern. The candidates were selected from a second-round field of 14.

The finalists are:

Benjamin Baker (24, New Zealand/United Kingdom)

Mone Hattori (15, Japan)

Furong Li (24, China)

Arsenis Selalmazidis (24, Greece/Russia)

Aleksey Semenenko (26, Ukraine)

Stefan Tarara (28, Germany)

Shiori Terauchi (24, Japan)

Both Alexander Kuznetsov (24, Russia) and Arata Yumi (22, Japan) were given special mentions by the jury.

The final takes place on 28 and 29 January at the Yehudi Menuhin Forum, Bern. Each candidate will perform for a maximum of one hour each, accompanied by an orchestra on the second day. A prizewinners’ concert will take place on 30 January, also at the Yehudi Menuhin Forum.

The competition’s first prize is a cash award of CHF15,000 (£9,800). Compulsory repertoire across two preliminary rounds includes unaccompanied Bach and selected Paganini Caprices, while the final features performances of a Mozart violin concerto and one of the larger Romantic concertos. The jury includes Zakhar Bron, Yair Kless, Igor Ozim and Viktor Pikayten.

Image: Boris Goldstein

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