40 Violinists Selected to Participate in the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

June 6, 2018, 9:57 AM · On Wednesday the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) announced 40 violinists who have been invited to participate in the 10th Quadrennial Violin Competition, which will take place Aug. 31 - Sept. 16 in Indianapolis, Ind.

For the 2018 Competition, the IVCI received 123 applications from 25 countries. Individuals selected for the Competition represent 13 countries across three continents and range from ages 16 to 29. Most participants come from the United States (15) followed by Japan (7) and South Korea (6).

IVCI 2018 participants

The invited participants include:

To apply, each violinist was required to submit letters of recommendation, proof of age and an unedited video performance of two contrasting solo Bach Sonata or Partita movements, one Paganini caprice, and a full concerto from the Romantic or post-Romantic period. Each submitted recording was reviewed by a three-member screening panel that included Jaime Laredo, IVCI Jury President and Artistic Director; Ivan Chan, 1990 IVCI Bronze Medalist and Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Associate Professor; and Joel Smirnoff, former President of the Cleveland Institute of Music and member of The Juilliard School faculty.

The participants will attend the Opening Ceremonies on August 31, followed by 16 days of Preliminaries, Semi-Finals and two Final rounds which culminate in performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin conducting. The participants will compete for prizes valued at over $250,000. The Gold Medalist also will receive a cash prize of $30,000, a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut, a CD recording, and website development and maintenance for four years following the Competition. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists receive career management and international concert engagements for four years. All six Laureates will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to use the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivari violin until the next Quadrennial Competition in 2022.

The jury for the 2018 competition includes Jaime Laredo (Jury President), Pamela Frank, Mihaela Martin, Kyoko Takezawa, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dong-Suk Kang and Rodney Friend.


June 9, 2018 at 12:38 AM · Best wishes to all competitors.

I am surprised by the age of some however. Given the intense competition for work in the classical area, I wonder that some are still entering such an event past a certain age.

That is not a precise age but you would think that post-25 or so (if not earlier) musicians would have chosen to rely on engagements to further their careers. And if they cannot get such engagements ... we’ll, it’s a tough world.

i wish there was more available for classical players but wishing cannot make it happen. I do go to local concerts but we need more audience members.


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