A number of familiar competition circuit names make it through to Hannover based event’s next phase, and chance of €50,000 first prize

Joseph Joachim competition announces 12 semi-finalists

The twelve semi-finalists
Photo: Helge Krückeberg

The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, which began on 13 October with 32 participants, has announced the 12 who are moving forward to the semi-final stage.

The are:

  • Timothy Chooi
  • Leonard Fu
  • Rennosuke Fukuda
  • Yuichiro Fukuda
  • Mayumi Kanagawa
  • Cosima Soulez Larivière
  • Anna Lee
  • Youjin Lee
  • Mathilde Milwidsky
  • Seiji Okamoto
  • Olga Šroubková
  • Dmytro Udovychenko

The semi-final round begins today at 7.30pm central European time, running until Sunday 21 October. Each violinist will perform a programme of just over an hour, including the commissioned piece, Hauch by German based British composer Rebecca Saunders.

The finalists will proceed to a chamber music round, where they will lead a string quintet, and a concerto performance with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze. There will also be a Prize Winners’ Gala Concert on Saturday 27 October.

The triennial event in offers a €50,000 top prize plus Naxos album release, the loan of a G.B. Guadagnini violin and performance invitations. Previous winners include Frank Huang, Nemanja Radulovic and Antje Weithaas.

There is a live stream of all the rounds available to view here.

The jury consists of Salvatore Accardo, Andrej Bielow, Masafumi Hori, Kyung Sun Lee, Silvia Marcovici, Qian Zhou, Ulf Schneider, Vilmos Szabadi and Pavel Vernikov.