Finalists Announced in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

August 29, 2016, 4:02 AM · SHANGHAI -- Congratulation to the Finalists named Monday in the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition! They are:

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L-R: Richard Lin, Sergei Dogadin, Stefan Tarara, Mayu Kishima, Sirena Huang, Ming Liu. Photo by

The finalists were chosen from 18 semi-finalists. Violinists are required to play a major concerto and a virtuoso piece for the Finals which are on Sept. 1 and 2. Listen to the live stream and archived performances by clicking here.

Besides the record-breaking First Prize of $100,000 USD; other prizes include a Second Prize of $50,000, Third Prize $25,000 and Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Prizes $5,000 each. Another $10,000 will be awarded for the best performance of "The Butterfly Lovers" concerto; and a $10,000 Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award will go to a non-contestant "in any field and from any part of the world - who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of humanity through the medium of music."

Jury members for the competition are Zakhar Bron, David Cerone, Martin Engstroem, Daniel Heifetz, Emmanuel Hondré, Boris Kuschnir, Elmar Oliveira, David Stern, Maxim Vengerov, Jian Wang, Zhenshan Wan, Vera Tsu Weiling and Lina Yu.

The competition is making the scores of the judges public; to see those, click on this page.

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