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New York Classic Violin Competition Announces Finalists

As part of the Classic Violin Olympus International Competition, 10 violinists will compete in the final round at Manhattan School of Music on May 31


The latest preselection contest leading up to the inaugural Classic Violin Olympus International Competition has reached its final round.

Hosted at Manhattan School of Music from May 27 to 31, this contest marks the third out of six entries in the series of preliminary events leading up to the Grand Finale, which will be coming to Dubai from April 22-28, 2025.

A total of 20 violinists took to the stage in front of Chairman of the Jury Pavel Vernikov (Switzerland), who was accompanied by jurors Fumiaki Miura (Japan), Lucie Robert (Canada/USA), Livia Sellin (Austria/Germany), and Barry Shiffman (Canada). 

The candidates who have progressed to the final stage of the New York preliminary round are:

  1. Alexis Hatch Martinez
  2. Daniel Rafimayeri
  3. Anatol Toth
  4. Dindin Jingyi Wang
  5. Xiao Wang
  6. Jeongmin An
  7. David Bernat
  8. Karisa Chiu
  9. Michael Fisher
  10. Chaewon Kim


These 10 participants will be competing for a €35,000 prize fund and the chance to win entry to the invite-only Classic Violin Olympus in Dubai. The Classic Violin Olympus will feature €310,000 worth of monetary prizes as well as other awards and opportunities for all finalists.


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