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Candidates Announced for Leipzig’s 2018 Bach International Violin Competition

The 25 opening-round candidates have been announced for the 2018 Bach International Violin Competition – to be held in Leipzig, Germany

The 25 opening-round candidates have been announced for the 2018 Bach International Violin Competition – to be held in Leipzig, Germany from the 11th – 21st of July.

The 2018 opening-round violin candidates are:

  • Oganes Arustamov (26, Russia)
  • Maia Cabeza (25, United States/Canada)
  • Laure Chan (23, Great Britain/France)
  • Katerina Chatzinikolau (28, Germany/Greece)
  • Alan Choo (27, Singapore)
  • Lucas Debraux (27, France)
  • Minori Deguchi (26, Japan)
  • Julia Glenn (29, United States)
  • Noyuri Hazama (30, Japan)
  • Asako Iimori (22, Japan)
  • Ami Ito (29, Japan)
  • Jonian Ilias Kadesha (25, Greece)
  • Joanna Kreft (29, Poland)
  • Ha-Na Lee (31, Republic Korea)
  • Isabelle Seula Lee (29, Republic Korea)
  • Ayano Shigematsu (20, Japan)
  • Elicia Silverstein (28, United States/Italy)
  • Daria Spiridonova (26, Russia)
  • Elly Suh (29, United States/Republic Korea)
  • Nao Takahashi (26, Japan)
  • Judith von der Goltz (26, Germany)
  • Rita Wang (28, Taiwan)
  • Maria Wloszczowska (26, Poland)
  • Rachell Ellen Wong (26, United States)
  • Hed Yaron Meyerson (28, Germany/Israel)

Open to international violinists, aged 16 to 32, the 2018 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 – plus a number of important debut concert invitations.

The 2018 jury will comprise: Reinhard Goebel (Head of Jury), Pierre Amoyal, Cecylia Arzewski, Chiara Banchini, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Tatiana Grindenko and Ryo Terakado.

Hosted quadrennially since 1950, previous Bach International Violin Competition prize winners include: Rachel Barton Pine, Antje Weithaas, Axel Strauss, Daniel Phillips and Oleg Kagan.



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