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Semi-Finalists Announced at Germany's Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition

The Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

The category Semi-Finalists have today been announced at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition – in Schöntal, Germany.

The Junior Division (14 Years and Younger) Semi-Finalists are:

  • Bianca Ciubancan (13, Romania/United States)
  • Haymon Haffner (13, Germany)
  • Woohee Lee (14, South Korea)
  • Aijia Li (14, China)
  • Riisa Nakahara (10, Japan)
  • Daimee Ng (14, Ireland)
  • Dragos Rusanu (13, Romania)
  • Haruko Shimizu (14, Japan)
  • Alayna Yujia Shu (13, Hong Kong/China)
  • Leonard Toschev (13, Germany)


The Intermediate Division (15 to 17 Years Old) Semi-Finalists are:

  • Marija Abdykayeva (15, Kazakhstan)
  • Katharina Auer (17, Austria)
  • Daniil Bulayev (15, Latvia)
  • Darwin Chang (16, Taiwan)
  • Sara Isabelle Ispas (15, Australia)
  • Nikolas Kemna (15, Germany)
  • Yui Ching Enoch Li (15, Hong Kong/China)
  • Haewon Lim (15, South Korea)
  • Elena Meyer (16, Germany)
  • Katharina Strepp (16, Germany)
  • Jingran Wang (17, China)


The Senior Division (18 to 20 Years Old) Semi-Finalists are:

  • Kanau Ariga (20, Japan)
  • Robert Einenkel (19, Germany)
  • Kejun Guo (20, China)
  • Pauline Herold (20, Germany)
  • Katarina Mrvic (19, Serbia)
  • Elena Schwalbe (19, Germany)
  • Maria Sotriffer (19, Austria)
  • Franziska Stemmer (19, Germany)
  • Maxim Tzekov (18, Austria)
  • Alexandra Weissbecker (18, Germany)
  • Raika Yamakage (19, Japan)
  • Lisa Yasuda (19, Japan)


Open to violinists of any nationality aged 14-20, the Senior 1st prize winner will receive €3,000.

Previous major prize winners include: VC Artists InMo Yang, Sarah Christian, Yury Revich, Igor Pikayzen, Alexander Conunova, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Rennosuke Fukuda, Ziyu He and Ioana Christina Goicea.

The 2019 jury comprises: Petru Munteanu (President), Albena Danailova, Florian Leonhard, Svetlana Makarova, Zhou Qian, J.X. Schachtner, Takashi Shimizu, Elly Suh, Florin Parvulescu and Weidong Tong.

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