The violinists will compete for a top prize of $100,000 from 14 August to 2 September 2016


The inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has named the 36 candidates who have been selected to take part in its live rounds from 14 August to 2 September 2016. The violinists, aged between 18 and 32, will compete for a generous grand prize of $100,000.

Among the shortlisted contestants are a number of familiar names, including 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition third prize winner Alexandra Conunova; 2015 Joachim Competition International Violin Competition Hannover winner Sergei Dogadin; 2015 Joachim International third prize winner Richard Lin; Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 finalist Bomsori Kim; 2013 Montreal International Musical Competition third prize winner Zeyu Victor Li; 2015 Singapore International Violin Competition third prize winner Sirena Huang; and 2014 George Enescu International Competition winner Stefan Tarara.

The full list of candidates is as follows:

Takamori Arai (Japan)

Yu-Ting Chen (Taiwan, China)

Alexandra Conunova (Moldova)

Sergei Dogadin (Russia)

Elvin Ganiyev (Azerbaijan)

Fangyue He (China)

Sirena Huang (United States)

Petteri Iivonen (Finland)

Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea)

Yiliang Jiang (China)

Bomsori Kim (South Korea)

Gyehee Kim (South Korea)

Jee Won Kim (South Korea)

Mayu Kishima (Japan)

Alina Kobialka (United States)

Erzhan Kulibaev (Kazakhstan)

Zeyu Li (China)

Richard Lin (United States)

Fanglei Liu (United States)

Ming Liu (China)

Kyung Ji Min (South Korea)

Raphaëlle Moreau (France)

Andrea Obiso (Italy)

Dongfang Ouyang (China)

Yoo Min Seo (South Korea)

Ji Won Song (South Korea)

Kristie Su (United States)

Yun Tang (China)

Stefan Tarara (Germany)

Boyang Tian (China)

Danbi Um (South Korea)

Xiao Wang (China)

Wendi Wang (China)

Jinru Zhang (China)

Yang Zhang (China)

Stephanie Zyzak (United States)

This year’s jury includes Zakhar Bron, Boris Kuschnir and Maxim Vengerov, in addition to renowned Chinese violin professors Zhenshan Wang and Lina Yu, and co-chairs – conductor and son of Isaac Stern, David Stern, and Professor Vera Tsu Weiling.

In addition to six core prizes – including a second prize of $50,000 and a third prize of $25,000 – there will be two special awards for Best Performance of a Chinese Work and the Isaac Stern Award – given to ‘an individual who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of humanity through the medium of music’.

For full details visit the SISIVC website.