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Semi-Finalists Announced at Germany’s Spohr International Violin Competition

The category Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2019 Spohr International Violin Competition

The category Semi-Finalists have been announced at the 2019 Spohr International Violin Competition – in Weimar, Germany.

The Semi-Finalists in the 14 Years and Under Category are:

  • Mona Endo (Japan)
  • Raphael Gisbertz (Germany)
  • Emiri Kakiuchi (Japan)
  • Fiona Khuong-Huu (United States)
  • Soo-Rin Lim (South Korea)
  • Tokuji Miyasaka (Japan)
  • Raphael Nussbaumer (Switzerland)
  • Naz Irem Turkmen (Turkey)
  • Marina Wako (Japan)
  • Maya Wichert (Germany)


The Semi-Finalists in the 15 to 17 Years Old Category are:

  • Moë Dierstein (Germany)
  • Marley Erickson (United States)
  • Emil Hartikainen (Finland)
  • Kyota Kakiuchi (Japan)
  • Nayoun Kim (South Korea)
  • Haewon Lim (South Korea)
  • Wojciech Niedziółka (Poland)
  • Anatol Toth (Switzerland)
  • Pauline van der Rest (Belgium)
  • Sara Watanabe (Japan)


The Semi-Finalists in the 18 to 20 Years Old Category are:

  • Phoenix Avalon (United States)
  • Vassily Chmykov (Monaco)
  • Gina Keiko Friesicke (Germany)
  • Lorenz Karls (Austria)
  • Yvette Kraft (United States)
  • Taichi Miyamoto (Japan)
  • Tassilo Probst (Germany)
  • Selma Spahiu (Germany)
  • Louisa Staples (Great Britain)
  • Rika Tanimoto (Japan)


Open to international violinists under the age of 20, the 1st prize winner in the Senior Category will receive €3,500.

The 2019 jury comprises: Friedemann Eichhorn (Chairman), Remus Azoitei, Boris Garlitsky, Eszter Haffner, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Svetlana Makarova, Axel Strauss, Zohrab Tadevosyan, Kathrin ten Hagen and Yamei Yu.

As the competition’s official international broadcast partner, The Violin Channel will be streaming the Semi-Final and Final rounds – live from Weimar.

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