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12 Semi-Finalists Named in the 9th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover

Laurie Niles

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Published: October 2, 2015 at 4:17 PM [UTC]

Twelve semi-finalists have been named in the 9th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, which began Tuesday in Hannover, Germany.

Hannover Semifinalists 2015
Photo by Ole Spata

They are:

  • Christine Lim (USA/Korea)
  • Marina Grauman (Russia)
  • Amalia Hall (New Zealand)
  • Diana Tishchenko (Ukraine)
  • Sergei Dogadin (Russia)
  • Nancy Zhou (USA)
  • Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (New Zealand/USA)
  • Ririko Takagi (Japan)
  • Shion Minami (Japan)
  • Ayana Tsuji (Japan)
  • Anna Malesza (Poland)
  • Richard Lin (Taiwan/USA)

Christine Seohyun Lim
Christine Lim, USA

The 12 were chosen from 35 competitors in the preliminary rounds.

Jury members for the Joachim competition are: Salvatore Accardo, Boris Kuschnir, Rudolf Koelman, Silvia Marcovici, Lucie Robert, Kaija Saarikettu, Takashi Shimizu, Weidong Tong, and Ingolf Turban. The competition’s artistic director, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, also serves as chair of the jury but does not vote.

The semifinals will take place at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media from October 2 through October 6. Competitors will each perform a Mozart concerto, leading the Munich Chamber Orchestra. They also will perform the compulsory piece, "Cut Up" by David Robert Coleman, commissioned for the Competition. Click here to listen to the livestream and click here to view archived performances.

The first prize is valued at €50,000 and includes a CD production with Naxos as well as debut recitals and concerts with internationally renowned orchestras and ensembles.

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