Siberia's 2021 Tretyakov Violin Competition Finalists Announced

The Final Round will be held on September 29 and 30, with conductor Vladimir Lande and the Siberian State Symphony, and will be streamed LIVE here on The Violin Channel

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Held every two years with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Krasnoyarsk region, the 2021 Viktor Tretyakov International Violin Competition this year hosted 19 musicians, between ages 16 to 32, to compete for the $20,000 USD Grand Prize.

The 2021 finalists are:

  • Eugene Kawai (18, Japan)

  • Jakow Pavlenko (17, Ukraine/Germany)

  • Pyotr Fedotov (24, Russia)

  • María Dueñas (18, Spain)

  • Kumi Shimizu (30, Japan/Denmark)

  • Kenneth Naito (21, United States)


Additional special accolades to be awarded include a violin by the German violin-maker Igor Laubach, special cash prizes from the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region, and the Mayor of Krasnoyarsk, and a number of solo invitations to perform with leading Russian orchestras.

For the final round, each candidate will present a major violin concerto of their own choice.

As the official media and broadcast partner of this year's competition, all rounds will be streamed here on The Violin Channel and will be available for playback.


"The mission of our work here is to preserve the values and achievements of the Russian violin school and to share them with future generations," said Competition President Viktor Tretyakov.

"We are all very much looking forward to hearing authentic and heartfelt performances from these young talented violinists from both Russian and abroad and introducing to the world a new generation of young stars," he said.

The year’s jury comprises Viktor Tretyakov (Chair), Natalya Likhopoy, Boris Kuschnir, Maxim Vengerov, Sergej Krylov, Mikhail Benyumov, Ilya Kaler, Bruno Monsaingeon, and Kristjan Jarvi.

The full competition schedule can be found here.