Finalists announced in 2021 Joseph Joachim Violin Competition

October 8, 2021, 12:24 PM · Four finalists have been announced in the 2021 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. They are:

  • Javier Comesaña, 22 of Spain
  • Maria Ioudenitch, 25, of the U.S.
  • Chiara Sannicandro, 23, of Germany
  • Minami Yoshida, 23, of Japan
  • Joachim Competition 2021 Finalists
    Joachim Competition Finalists: L-R - Chiara Sannicandro, Maria Ioudenitch, Minami Yoshida, and Javier Comesaña.

    On October 10, each finalist will perform either the Brahms or Schumann Violin Concerto with NDR Radiophilharmonie and conductor Andrew Manze, as well as the premiere of the commissioned work for the competition "Im Garten zu spielen" by Manfred Trojahn. On Sunday, you can see the livestream on the competition's website.

    Below are videos of full recitals that each finalist played in the semi-final rounds. Each played a a first movement from a Haydn string quartet with members of the Kuss Quartet, followed by a recital programmed by the contestant. For videos of all the other violinists in the semi-final rounds, click here.

    Maria Ioudenitch:

    Javier Comesaña:

    Chiara Sannicandro:

    Minami Yoshida:

    This year's jury consists of five violinists and four other representatives of the classical music world: violinists Carolin Widmann (chair), Ana Chumachenco, Suyoen Kim, Zohrab Tadevosyan, Ulf Wallin and Donald Weilerstein; and singer Christine Schäfer, pianist Robert Levin, music journalist Eleonore Büning and conductor Andrew Manze.

    The first-prize winner will receive a €30,000 prize, three-year-loan of a Guadagnini violin and the creation of a debut album, to be distributed by Warner Classics. All four finalists will receive a prize of €10,000, as well as sheet music vouchers from G. Henle Verlag. There will also be a €2,000 Audience Award; €5,000 best interpretation of the commissioned work award; and €3,000 Chamber Music Award.

    The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, sponsored by Stiftung Niedersachsen, was founded in 1991 by Krzysztof Wegrzyn and takes place every three years. In 2019 Antje Weithaas and Oliver Wille took over the artistic directorship.

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