Pool of 49 competitors reduced to eleven for semi-final rounds in Hungarian event


British violinist Louisa Staples is through to the semi-final

The 2018 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition continues this week in Mosonmagyaróvár, northwestern Hungary, the titular virtuoso and renowned teacher’s home town.

The competition started with 49 young violinists for the preliminary live rounds starting on Monday 4 June. The semi-finals take place today, Thursday 7 June, and the finals on Saturday 9 June.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Feng, Eryu (China)
  • Karls, Lorenz (Austria)
  • Kökény Eszter (Hungary)
  • Lim Ye Gyeong (Korea)
  • Nagao Haruka (Japan)
  • Navasardyan, Areg (Armenia)
  • Roussine, Alexis (France)
  • Soós Máté (Hungary)
  • Staples, Louisa (Great Britain)
  • Tanaka Misaki (Japan)
  • Turnovsky, Julia (Austria)

The competition offers a €5000 first prize, €3000 second and €1500 third, along with a number of special prizes. 

It’s previous winner, in 2013, was Lara Boschkor who has gone on to win the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington DC, the International Queen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition (Germany) and the Tonali Violin Competition.

The competition jury is chaired by Eszter Perényi, and includes Márta Ábrahám, Jurgis Dvarionas, Frantisek Novotny and Michael Vaiman.