Semi-Finalists Announced at Poland's Wajnberg International Violin Competition

This year's competition will be held from December 4-12 at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, in Katowice, and will be streamed live here on The Violin Channel

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The 2021 Mieczysław Wajnberg International Violin Competition announced the 12 candidates advancing to the semi-final round.

The competition was founded in honor of Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg, whose legacy was discovered recently after a revival concert series at the 2010 Bregenz Festival in Austria. Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century, alongside Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

 

The semi-final round candidates include:

  • Karolina Górny (Poland)

  • Eimi Wakui (Japan)

  • Christine Bernsted (Denmark)

  • Magdalena Sypniewska (France)

  • Takako Yumiba (Japan)

  • Bartłomiej Fraś (Poland)

  • Magdalena Nawojska (Poland)

  • Marika Ikeya (Germany)

  • Dmitry Serebrennikov (Russia)

  • Evgenii Artemenkov (Russia)

  • Sara Dragan (Poland)

 

Open to violinists of any nationality born between 1990 and 2002, the competition offers the first prize winner €5,000.

All rounds will stream live here on The Violin Channel.

The 2021 jury comprises Szymon Krzeszowiec (Chairman), Andreas Verziger, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Maria Sławek, Aleksander Trostiansky, and VC Artist Jennifer Pike.