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Candidates Announced for $100,000 Shanghai Violin Comp - Including 6 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 36 candidates have been announced for the 2016 inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition - including 6 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 36 candidates have today been announced for the 2016 inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, to be held in Shanghai, China from August 14th to September 2nd, 2016 - including 6 VC ‘Young Artists’.

This year’s competitors are:

  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Alexandra Conunova (Moldova, 28)
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Yoo Jin Jang (Korea, 26)
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Bomsori Kim (Korea, 27)
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Erzhan Kulibaev (Kazakhstan, 30)
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Zeyu Victor Li (China, 20)
  • VC ‘Young Artist’ Richard Lin (United States/Taiwan, 25)
  • Takamori Arai (Japan, 26)
  • Yu-Ting Chen (Taiwan/China, 21)
  • Sergei Dogadin (Russia, 28)
  • Elvin Ganiyev (Azerbaijan, 19)
  • Fangyue He (China, 29)
  • Sirena Huang (United States, 22)
  • Petteri Iivonen (Finland, 29)
  • Yiliang Jiang (China, 20)
  • Gyehee Kim (Korea, 23)
  • Jee Won Kim (Korea, 26)
  • Mayu Kishima (Japan, 30)
  • Alina Kobialka (United States, 19)
  • Fanglei Liu (United States, 25)
  • Ming Liu (China, 21)
  • Kyung Ji Min (Korea, 21)
  • Raphaëlle Moreau (France, 20)
  • Andrea Obiso (Italy, 22)
  • Dongfang Ouyang (China, 26)
  • Yoo Min Seo (Korea, 18)
  • Ji Won Song (Korea, 24)
  • Kristie Su (United States, 21)
  • Yun Tang (China, 21)
  • Stefan Tarara (Germany, 30)
  • Boyang Tian (China, 24)
  • Danbi Um (Korea, 26)
  • Xiao Wang (China, 30)
  • Wendi Wang (China, 18)
  • Jinru Zhang (China, 20)
  • Yang Zhang (China, 26)
  • Stephanie Zyzak (United States, 22)

The first prize winner will receive an unprecedented US $100,000.

The 2016 jury will comprise: David Stern (Co-Chairperson) Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairperson), Boris Kuschnir, David Cerone, Daniel Heifetz, Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov, Martin Engstroem, Emmanuel Hondré, Elmar Oliveira, Jian Wang, Zhenshan Wang and Lina Yu.

The competition, in a landmark decision earlier this year, announced they would provide full transparency of the 2016 competition scoring process – pledging to make 100% public each of the individual jurors’ scores and comments.

The competition has been named in honour of violinist Isaac Stern – who first forged links with China in 1979.

PICTURED: 2016 Shanghai Issac Stern International Violin Competition Competitors, VC ‘Young Artists’ Zeyu Victor Li, from China and Richard Lin, from Taiwan/United States

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