Twelve young violinists remain in contention for the biggest prize pot available in any competition, whittled down from the 36 invited to the live rounds


Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition 2018 semi-finalists and jury

The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has announced the 12 semi-finalists of its 2018 edition.

They are:

  • Diana Tishchenko, 28, Ukraine
  • Alex Zhou, 17, United States
  • Arsenis Selalmazidis, 28, Greece
  • Chang Yuan Ting, 18, Canada
  • Nancy Zhou, 25, United States
  • Olga Šroubková, 25, Czech Republic
  • Quanshuai Li, 27, China
  • Jia Yi Chen, 22, China
  • Sophia Su, 17, United States
  • Yige Chen, 18, China
  • Yurina Arai, 24, Japan
  • Yun Tang, 26, China

In total 36 candidates were invited to the live rounds, which started on 10 August, chosen by the pre-selection jury from 174 applicants.

The biennial competition, in its second edition, is offering a $100,000 top prize, $50,000 second prize and $25,000 third prize. A further $10,000 prize is offered for the best performance of a Chinese work – this year Qigang Chen’s La joie de la souffrance.

The first edition of the competition was won by Japanese violinist Mayu Kishima in 2016.

The semi-final round begins on Saturday 18 August with the string quartet session.

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