In a unique semi-final round where the jurors follow competitors over ten months, ten violinists will have the opportunity to compete for a first-prize package, which includes €30,000, a recording contract, concert engagements and artist management

mormone semi-finalists

Top row, l-r: Angela Sin Ying Chan, Elli Choi, Emmanuel Coppey, Hawijch Elders, Anna Im

Bottom row, l-r: Amia Janicki, Jueun Jeong, Cosima Soulez Larivière, Emma Meinrenken, Vikram Francesco Sedona

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The semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2025 Antonio Mormone International Prize, which will take place over ten months from May 2024 to March 2025. The competition received 51 applications from 19 countries since the application closing date of 1 January 2024.

Over ten months, the varied jury, comprising international musicians, artistic directors and managers will follow each of the ten semi-finalists as they undergo their personal public performance calendar.

Ten violinists have been selected for the semi-finals, many of whom are no strangers to the competition circuit. They are:

Angela Sin Ying Chan (Hong Kong, b.1997)

Elli Choi (US, 2001)

Emmanuel Coppey (France, b.1999)

Hawijch Elders (Netherlands, b.1998)

Anna Im (South Korea, b.1997)

Amia Janicki (Switzerland, b.1997)

Jueun Jeong (South Korea, b.1996)

Cosima Soulez Larivière (France/Netherlands, b.1996)

Emma Meinrenken (Germany/Canada, b.1999)

Vikram Francesco Sedona (Italy, b.2000)

The selection jury comprised Yumi Arata (Japan), Enrica Ciccarelli (Italy), Mark Gothoni (Finland), Anna Tifu (Italy/Romania) and the competition’s artistic director, Edoardo Zosi (Italy).

The Foundation La Società dei Concerti will organise at least three concerts, two in Milan, for each semi-finalist. Following the semi-final performances, three violinists will be chosen to progress onwards to the final round.

The finalists will have the opportunity to perform at the Teatro alla Scala, accompanied by the Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala. Additionally, the finalists will have the chance to perform in the Historical Violin round, on a Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin (Milan, 1757) from the Conservatory of Milan historical instrument collection. Candidates must perform Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A major for violin and piano, Op. 162, D. 574 ‘Grand Duo’. 

The first prize package includes €30,000 cash, recording of an album with UNIVERSAL, plus three years of artistic management coordinated by the Fondazione La Società dei Concerti, with engagements in Italy and abroad. The runners up will receive a cash prize of €5,000. The audience will have a chance to vote for their favourite performer, who will receive a concert hosted by the Friends of the Antonio Mormone International Prize Club.

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