Six finalists will compete for the gold medal, carrying a cash prize of JPY 3,000,000

Rio Arai

Rio Arai

The 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition, held in Sendai, Japan, has announced its six finalists.

They are:

  • Rio Arai (20, Japan)
  • Chihiro Kitada (22, Japan)
  • Donghwi Ko (22, Korea)
  • Shannon Lee (26, Canada)
  • Elias David Moncado (18, Germany)
  • Mayu Tomotaki (23, Japan)

The gold medal includes a cash prize of JPY 3,000,000 (c. $27,000), CD production and a package of concerts and recitals in Japan. Prominent past laureates include Alena Baeva, Clara-Jumi Kang, Richard Lin, Yoo Jin Jang and Bomsori Kim.

Sitting on the jury are: Yuzuko Horigome (Chairman), Gidon Kremer, Masafumi Hori, Boris Belkin, Olivier Charlier, Rodney Friend, Tomoko Kato, Younguck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Saeka Matsuyama, Joel Smirnoff and Isabelle Van Keulen.

The final round takes place from 27-29 June, with a Gala Concert on 30 June.

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