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Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition Candidates

Candidates Announced for 2022 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition


The first prize winner will receive €12,000, an Ulf Eriksson and Duncan Duncan Emck violin bow, a CD recording with the Odense Symphony on the Orchid Classics label, plus a number of solo engagements with top Nordic orchestras.

This year's competition will take place from March 31 - to April 10, 2022.

The 2022 candidates are:

  • Hans Christian Aavik (Estonia)
  • Ava Bahari (Sweden)
  • Anna Da Silva Chen (Australia)
  • Léon Haffner (France)
  • Lorenz Karls (Sweden/Austria)
  • Kingston Ho (United States)
  • Wenlan Jackson (United States)
  • Amia Janicki (Switzerland)
  • Sarah Jégou-Sageman (France)
  • Eun Che Kim (South Korea)
  • Maya Levy (Belgium)
  • Bohdan Luts (Ukraine)
  • Emma Meinrenken (Canada)
  • Elias David Moncado (Germany)
  • Jason Moon (United States)
  • Alexey Stychkin (Russia)
  • Karen Su (United States)
  • Natsumi Tsuboi (Japan)
  • Pauline van der Rest (Belgium)
  • Eimi Wakui (Japan)
  • Chaofan Wang (China)


In addition to the competition, the 2022 event will also include Expansiva!, a new in-person program designed to offer participants an off-stage platform to create connections with other musicians and music industry experts - including The Violin Channel's Founder & CEO, Geoffrey John Davies.

"We look forward to welcoming as many young musicians as possible to Odense, knowing that it is more important than ever for them to have the chance to compete and spend time together," Competition President, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider said. "Excellence, Curiosity, Individuality and Community are the values that were core to Carl Nielsen in his approach to life and music, and they remain the same values that underpin the approach of both the Competition and Espansiva!"

Each participant will be provided with private accommodations for the entirety of the competition to ensure they are able to completely engage in all aspects of the experience.

The 2022 violin jury comprises Noah Bendix-Balgley (Head Juror), Eugene Tichindeleanu, Albena Danialova, Tasmin Little, Judith Van Eeckhout, Mark Williams, and Baiba Skride.

Previous Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition major prize winners include Kathleen Winkler, Joji Hattori, Nikolaj Znaider, Jennifer Koh, Pekka Kuusisto, Adele Anthony, Hrachya Avanesyan — and VC Artists Josef Spacek, Ji Won Song, Luke Hsu and Johan Dalene.


For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/3z6BW3M

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