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Vienna Classic Violin Competition Announces Participants

As part of the Classic Violin Olympus International Competition, 20 violinists have been selected to compete at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna in April, 2024

Preparations for the inaugural edition of the Classic Violin Olympus International Competition are well underway, with hundreds of international applications looking to participate in one of the six preselection contests that will be held throughout 2024.

Each application is being vetted by the organizing committee, headed by Artistic Director Pavel Vernikov, with a maximum of 20 candidates being allowed to proceed to the live contests.

The competition has announced the successful applicants who shall compete at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna from April 1 — 5, 2024.

The participants are:

  • Misako Akama
  • Leonhard Baumgartner
  • Clarissa Bevilacqua
  • Stefan Burchardt
  • Sofija Dodig
  • Yuki Hirano
  • Tao-Yuan Hsiao
  • Amia Janicki
  • Lorenz Karls
  • Yerassyl Khamit
  • Wakana Kimura
  • Alice Lee
  • Woohee Lee
  • Ruifeng Lin
  • Mariusz Patyra
  • Yoanna Ruseva
  • Eva Ter-Sarkisova
  • Michael Usov
  • He Xu
  • Zhang Zou

Once in Vienna, these violinists will be taking to the stage in front of a 5-person jury board, as they challenge each other for a €35,000 prize fund, as well as the chance to win entry to the invite-only Classic Violin Olympus, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, from April 22-28, 2025, and will feature €310,000 worth of monetary prizes in addition to other awards and opportunities for all finalists.

In addition, organizers also released the names of four participants, who are being offered a position as reserves. This is if any of the initial 20 participants are unable to partake in the Tokyo competition:

  • On-You Kim
  • Hongfei Lyu
  • Milena Pioruńska
  • Aoi Tomioka

Applications for the contests in London, Rome, and Tel Aviv are still open, however, so if you have not yet sent in your audition recording, make sure to act now before it is too late!

For more information about Classic Violin Olympus and its preselection contests, please visit the official website here.

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