Second Round Candidates Announced at the Sibelius Violin Competition

The eighteen semi-finalists will perform a mixture of set works and pieces of their own choosing, including a commissioned work by composer Magnus Lindberg

(VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer. Photo credit: Heikki Tuuli)


Eighteen candidates have progressed to the second round of the 2022 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition, which is taking place this week. They were selected from a pool of 40 players who performed in the first round. The six finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the second round, and will perform in the finals between 27 and 29 May.

The first prize winner will receive €30,000; a number of important international solo engagements; plus a loan of a fine violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from Turin dated 1772, kindly loaned by Jane Ng through J & A Beare and the Beare’s International Violin Society.

The 2022 jury is comprised of Sakari Oramo (Chairman), Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Nam Yun Kim, Henning Kraggerud, Lucie Robert, Daniel Rowland, Elina Vähälä, and Tong Weidong.

The selected candidates are:

  • VC Artist Inmo Yang (South Korea)

  • VC Young Artist Dmytro Udovychenko (Ukraine)

  • VC Young Artist Nathan Meltzer (United States)

  • VC Young Artist Minami Yoshida (Japan)

  • VC Young Artist Diana Adamyan (Armenia)

  • VC Young Artist Fumika Mohri (Japan)

  • Kasmir Uusitupa (Finland)

  • Qingzhu Weng (China)

  • Karisa Chiu (United States)

  • SongHa Choi (South Korea)

  • Hawijch Elders (The Netherlands)

  • Anna Im (South Korea)

  • Amia Janicki (Switzerland/Austria)

  • Daniel Kogan (Canada)

  • Yesong Sophie Lee (United States)

  • Georgii Moroz (Ukraine)

  • Aoi Saito (Japan)

  • Felicitas Schiffner (Germany)

You can view each round of the competition either live or on-demand here.