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Candidates Announced at Italy’s 2021 Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition

The competition will be held in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, from the July 7-11, 2021

The 2021 Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition, in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, announced its opening-round candidates:


  • Leonard Baumgartner (14, Austria)

  • Anton Carus (12, United States)

  • Joan Melero Esteve (14, Switzerland/Spain)

  • Madeline Goh (14, Singapore)

  • Julia Raphaela Kasprzak (12, Germany)

  • Elizabeth Lee (12, United States)

  • Estelle Presler (10, Switzerland)

  • Viktoria Svichkarenko (11, Russia)

  • Yume Tomita (13, United Kingdom/Japan)

  • Naz Irem Turkmen (14, Turkey)

  • Viktor Vasilev (13, Bulgaria)

  • Sandra Vasylkova (12, Ukraine)

  • Xiaozhuo Wang (13, Austria/China)

  • Lauren Yoon (12, United States/South Korea)


Eight potential candidates have been selected for the opportunity to come to San Vito al Tagliamento and compete for the 3 extra spots in this year's competition.

The 2021 potential candidates are:

  • Elisa Carletti (13, Italy)

  • Diana Chausheva (13, Bulgaria)

  • Kotamarty Neal Eisfeldt (12, United States)

  • Juan José Aguirre Peña (11, Switzerland/Colombia)

  • Kornii Sheldunov (10, Ukraine)

  • Nickita Zhang (11, United States)

  • Tao-Yuan Hsiao (12, Croatia/Taiwan)

  • Mathilda Dendorfer (13, Germany)

Open to violinists of any nationality aged 9-14, the first prize winner will receive €5,000, an instrument made by contemporary Italian violin maker Fabio Piagentini, and a number of important concert engagements.

The 2021 jury will comprise Pavel Vernikov, Federico Guglielmo, Ting Jia, Mintcho Mintchev, Christiane LeBlanc, Julia Purgina, and Alexandre Snitkovski.

This year's competition will be streamed live on The Violin Channel.


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