South Korean candidates dominate in competition with $50,000 first prize
The Seoul International Music Competition, which is this year dedicated to the violin, has announced six finalists following the semi-final rounds which took place on 21 and 22 March.
Those in contention for the $50,000 top prize plus paid engagement opportunities, are:
- June Jeong (South Korea)
- Donghyun Kim (South Korea)
- Jeein Kim (South Korea)
- YooJin Lee (South Korea)
- Youjin Lee (South Korea)
- Alexandra Tirsu (Romania)
The competition is held annually, rotating through piano, violin, and voice. The previous violin edition in 2015 did not award a first prize, instead placing Ayana Tsuji and Suliman Tekalli in joint second.
The jury panel for 2018 is: Suzanne Gessner, Ilya Grubert, Kun Hu, Dong Suk Kang, Oleh Krysa, Sung-Ju Lee, Daniel Phillips, Ho Young Pi, Stephan Picard and Takashi Shimizu.