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Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition — 2020 Final Round

Watch Julian Rhee's prize winning performance at the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

Julian Rhee from the United States was awarded first prize at the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition — in Boca Raton, Florida, United States.

He received US $30,000, significant career development, publicity, and management support – plus a number of important performance opportunities.



The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC), in collaboration with violinist Elmar Oliveira and the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, is currently accepting applications for the 2023 edition.

Online submissions for entry can be made here. Along with a $125 registration fee, submissions will close on September 29, 2022. 

The EOIVC, a flagship program of the newly-launched Elevar Foundation, aims to offer career-defining opportunities to young violinists ages 16-32. 

The 2023 candidates will be selected through a four-step process: online-only preliminary round via video submissions, in-person quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. A maximum of 20 quarter-finalists will be chosen from the online submissions.

The schedule of the competition will be as followed: the quarter-final round from January 19-21, 2023, the semi-final round from January 24-25, 2023, and the final round from January 28-29, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus.

Deeply committed to promoting contemporary music, works by four of today’s leading musical voices will be featured as repertoire at the competition. The composers include Jessie Montgomery, Gabriela Lena Frank, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas McKinley. More information on the repertoire requirements can be found here.

The 2023 Jury will include violinist Andrés Cárdenes as Chairman, in addition to Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Irina Muresanu, Barry Shiffman, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky. David Cerone, who served as EOIVC 2020 Chairman of the Jury, will act as an alternate judge.

The EOIVC will provide all competitors who advance to the quarter-final round a reimbursement of up to $150 for domestic and $300 for international roundtrip air travel to and from the competition — as well as hotel accommodations while competing. 

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