The Montreal International Musical Competition announced 24 violinists who have been invited to participate in this year's violin competition, from May 22 to June 2 in Montreal.
As in other recent competitions, the majority of the violinists -- 66 percent -- are women, with 16 women and eight men from 13 countries. The highest number of candidates are from the Unites States (7) and South Korea (6), followed by Japan (3) and France (2). The remaining nine countries are represented by one participant each: Bulgaria, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Taiwan and Ukraine. The preselection jury included Jonathan Crow, Boris Kuschnir, Douglas McNabney, Lucie Robert, and Andrew Wan.
The 24 competitors were chosen from a record-high 206 applications, including 125 women and 81 men, with 34 countries represented.
The 2016 competitors include: Laura Bortolotto, Italy; Elina Buksha, Latvia; Daniel Cho, United States; Clémence de Forceville, France; Sirena Huang, United States; Petteri Iivonen, Finland; Bomsori Kim, South Korea; Gyehee Kim, South Korea; Woo Hyung Kim, South Korea; Mariya Krasnyuk, Ukraine/United States; Ji Eun Lee, South Korea; Christine Lim, United States; Richard Lin, Taiwan/United States; Albrecht Menzel, Germany; Diana Pasko, Russia; Liya Petrova Konyarova, Bulgaria; Kenneth Renshaw, United States; Fedor Roudine, France; Ji Won Song, South Korea; Elly Suh, United States/South Korea; Mai Suzuki, Japan; Ayana Tsuji, Japan; Xiao Wang, China; and Minami Yoshida, Japan.
The Montreal International Musical Competition takes place every spring, alternating between piano, voice and violin, for musicians up to age 29. The last violin competition took place in 2013, with first prize awarded to Belgian violinist Marc Bouchkov.
The international jury for the 2016 competition includes: Pierre Amoyal (France); Boris Brott (Canada); Boris Garlitsky (Russia); Ida Kavafian (Armenia/United States); Mihaela Martin (Romania); Vera Tsu Wei-Ling (China); and Kathleen Winkler (United States). André Bourbeau, Co-Founder and Chairman of the CMIM, will act as non-voting president of the jury. Participants will compete for more than CAN$86,000 in prizes, including a first prize of CAN$30,000.
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