Finalists Announced in 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover

October 21, 2018, 1:50 PM · Congratulations to the six semi-finalists named Wednesday in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany!

2018 Hannover Finalists
2018 Finalists in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover. Photo by Helge Krueckeberg.

They are:

Below is the live feed for the competition (come back later to view, if it is not currently live):

Two final rounds will begin on Monday. In the first final round, violinists will perform as first violinist of a string quintet, alongside the members of the Kuss Quartet. In the second final round, finalists will play a major violin concerto with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, conducted by Andrew Manze.

The first prize winner and other placements will be announced on Oct. 26, including a live audience winner as well as a international livestream audience award winner.

Click here for the finals schedule and click here to find archived videos from previous rounds.

The competition began on Oct. 11 with 32 participants from 15 countries. Semifinals begin today, with each violinist required to present an hour-long chamber music program, with repertoire selected by each participant, plus a required contemporary piece, "Hauch" by Rebecca Saunders. Participants also are to perform an encore of their choice, which they will first introduce to the audience. Finalists will be announced Oct. 21 with winners announced Oct. 26 and the competition ending with a Winners Gala Concert on Oct. 27.

Jury members for the 2018 Hannover competition include Salvatore Accardo, Andrej Bielow, Tanja Dorn, Masafumi Hori, Kyung Sun Lee, Matthias Ilkenhans, Silvia Marcovici, Qian Zhou, Ulf Schneider, Vilmos Szabadi, Pavel Vernikov and Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

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