Currently taking place at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Florida, the contest offers a grand prize of $30,000, performance opportunities and public relations support


The inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) has named the four candidates selected to take part in its live finals on 4 and 5 February at the Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, Florida  Whittled down from 80 applicants, the violinists are competing for a grand prize of $30,000, performance opportunities, management and public relations support.

The candidates are:

Sirena Huang (22, United States)

Alina Ming Kobialka (19, United States) pictured

Quanshuai Li (25, China)

Hannah Tarley (25, United States)

Each of the four violinists will perform with the Lynn Philharmonia conducted by music director Guillermo Figueroa; repertoire will include the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

The EOIVC has been established by 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal-winning violinist Elmar Oliveira, in collaboration with the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. Open to violinists aged 16-32, the contest is to be held every three years with the aim of providing ‘long-term career development tools’ designed to ‘cultivate and nurture developing musicians’.

The 2017 judges are Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz (Chairman of the Jury), Ilya Kaler and Vera Tsu Wei-ling.

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