This year's opening round candidates are as follows:
- Chisa Kitagawa (Japan)
- Guido Sant't Anna (Brazil)
- Elias David Moncado (Germany)
- Marie Helling (Germany)
- Alexandra Weisbecker (Russia)
- Maria Lundina (Russia)
- Grigory Miroshnik (Russia)
- Ivan Naborshchikov (Russia)
- Yulia Smirnova (Germany)
- Jaewon Wee (South Korea)
- Maria Kacharina (Russia)
- Arsenia Sibileva (Russia)
Created in honor of Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, the first prize winner will be awarded an Italian violin made by Giuseppe Pedrazzini (Milan, 1918).
This year's jury comprises Mikhail Samuilovitch Kopelman (Chairman), Vladimir Spivakov, Boris Kuschnir, Tong Weidong, and Joji Hattori.
Previous prizewinners include VC Young Artists Daniel Lozakovich and María Dueñas.