The four finalists have been announced at the 2021 “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for Young Violinists — in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy.
Organized by the Accademia d’archi Arrigoni, the annual competition is open to international violinists aged 9 to 13 years old.
The 2021 competition finalists are:
Leonard Baumgartner (14, Austria)
Anton Carus (12, United States)
Diana Chausheva (13, Bulgaria)
Yume Tomita (13, United Kingdom/Japan)
The 2021 first prize winner will receive €5,000, an instrument made by contemporary Italian violin maker Fabio Piagentini, and a number of important concert engagements.
LEONARD BAUMGARTNER | KREISLER | RECITATIVE AND SCHERZO | “IL PICCOLO VIOLINO MAGICO” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
ANTON CARUS | HINDEMITH | SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN IN G MINOR | “IL PICCOLO VIOLINO MAGICO” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
DIANA CHAUSHEVA | MASSENET | "MEDITATION" FROM THAIS | “IL PICCOLO VIOLINO MAGICO” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
YUME TOMITA | NING KAM | THEME AND VARIATIONS ON "AMAZING GRACE" | “IL PICCOLO VIOLINO MAGICO” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS
This year's jury comprises Pavel Vernikov (Jury Chair), Federico Guglielmo, Ting Jia, Mintcho Mintchev, Christiane LeBlanc, Julia Purgina, and Alexandre Snitkovski.
All 13 candidates, who were not selected for this year's final round, will also join the jury panel.
Previous major prize winners include Edward Walton, Daniil Bulayev, Murata Natsuho, Shihan Wang and VC Rising Stars Fiona and Hina Khuong-Huu.