Currently taking place at the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Florida, the contest offers a grand prize of $30,000, performance opportunities, management and public relations support
The inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC) – taking place from 22 January to 5 February 2017 at the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Florida – has named the eight candidates selected to take part in its semi finals. Whittled down from 80 applicants from 16 countries, the violinists are competing for a grand prize of $30,000, performance opportunities, management and public relations support.
Aged between 19 and 31, the candidates are:
Brian Kwan Yeung Choi (22, China)
Sirena Huang (22, United States) pictured
Ari Isaacman-Beck (31, United States)
Alina Ming Kobialka (19, United States)
Quanshuai Li (25, China)
Elly Suh (27, United States/South Korea)
Chiharu Taki (29, Japan)
Hannah Tarley (25, United States)
Just four violinists will be selected to perform in the finals on 4 and 5 February with the Lynn Philharmonia conducted by Guillermo Figueroa.
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.