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20 Candidates Announced for 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp

The 20 competitors have today been announced for the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition – including VC Young Artists Sirena Huang and Erzhan Kulibaev

The 20 competitors have today been announced for the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, to be held at Lynn Conservatory of MusicBoca Raton, USA from January 22nd to February 5th – including VC Young Artists Sirena Huang and Erzhan Kulibaev.

The 2017 candidates are:

  • VC Young Artist Sirena Huang (22, United States)
  • VC Young Artist Erzhan Kulibaev (30, Kazakhstan)
  • Christopher Tun Andersen (24, Norway)
  • Wonhee Bae (29, South Korea)
  • Aaron Chan (20, Hong Kong)
  • Brian Kwan Yeung Choi (22, China)
  • Ho-Hsuan Feng (21, Taiwan)
  • Luke Hsu (26, United States)
  • Ari Isaacman-Beck (31, United States)
  • Alina Ming Kobialka (19, United States)
  • Li Lao (29, China)
  • Jiyoon Lee (24, South Korea)
  • Quanshuai Li (25, China)
  • Christine Seohyun Lim (22, United States/South Korea)
  • Max Yiming Mao (22, China)
  • Dongfang Ouyang (26, China)
  • Ji Won Song (23, South Korea)
  • Elly Suh (27, United States/South Korea)
  • Chiharu Taki (29, Japan)
  • Hannah Tarley (25, United States)

“We could not be more pleased with the response to our inaugural competition, and the level of artistry was absolutely remarkable …” Founder and Artistic Director Elmar Oliveira has told The Violin Channel.

“It was a very difficult decision, but the 20 who are advancing are truly at the top of their field…” he has said.

Open to candidates of any nationality, aged between 16 and 32, the 1st prize winner will receive US $30,000, significant career development, publicity and management support plus a number of important performance opportunities.

The 2017 jury will comprise: Daniel Heifetz (Jury Chair), Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Ilya Kaler and Vera Tsu Wei-ling.

To aid in transparency, competitors' jury scores for both the Semi-Final and Final Rounds will be released to the public.

The Violin Channel, as the competition’s 2017 Official Media Partner, will be providing rolling coverage live from Boca Raton.

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