Tokyo Classic Violin Competition: List of Participants for First Preselection Contest Officially Released

4 January 2024

Preparations for the inaugural edition of the Classic Violin Olympus International Competition are now well underway, with hundreds of violinists from all over the world eagerly sending in their audition clips in the hopes of being selected to participate in one of the six preselection contests that will be held over the course of 2024.

Each of these clips is being thoroughly vetted by the organising committee, headed by Artistic Director Pavel Vernikov, with only a maximum of 20 candidates being allowed to proceed to the live contests themselves.

With the registration period for the Tokyo Classic Violin Competition – the first entry in the preliminary series – coming to an end on the 3rd of December 2023, organisers have now released the list of successful applicants who shall be going head-to-head at the Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts) from the 17th to the 21st of March 2024.

Listed in alphabetical order, these participants are:

  • Andrey Baranov
  • JungMin Choi
  • Beatrice Colombis
  • Bobirjon Eshpulatov
  • Seira Horiuchi
  • Yiying Jiang
  • Mei Kaneko
  • Eugene Kawai
  • Haewon Lim
  • Yu Wen Lu
  • Shotaro Matsuki
  • Zhiyuan Qian
  • Xingzhou Rong
  • Kaho Takemoto
  • Rina Tanaka
  • Yukiko Uno
  • Soyoung Yoon
  • Kaoruko Yoshida
  • Meng Zou
  • Haoya Zhang

Once in Tokyo, these violinists will be taking to the stage in front of a 5-person jury board, as they challenge each other for a €35,000 prize fund, as well as the chance to win entry to the invite-only Classic Violin Olympus, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, from the 22nd to the 28th of April 2025, and will feature €310,000 worth of monetary prizes in addition to other awards and opportunities for all finalists.

Speaking about the shortlisting process, Mr Vernikov noted that “the overwhelming number of applications exceeded our expectations, making the selection process for the Tokyo Classic Violin Competition a challenging task. The level of proficiency displayed by all violinists was truly exceptional, and we truly wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each applicant for showcasing their remarkable talent and unwavering passion for music. To have made it this far stands as a testament to their dedication and exceptional performances, and we now look forward to seeing more of these amazing artists in Tokyo this coming March!”

In addition, organisers also released the names of four participants, numbered 21 to 24, who are being offered a position as reserves. This is in the event that any of the initial 20 participants are unable to partake in the Tokyo competition:

  • Xin Quan
  • Zixuan Shen
  • Roni Shitrit
  • Aozhe Zhang

Following this announcement, the next set of participants who are expected to be announced will be for the Vienna Classic Violin Competition, with the registration period for this second preselection contest having come to a close as well. Applications for the contests in New York, London, Rome, and Tel Aviv are still open, however, so if you have not yet sent in your audition recording, make sure to act now before it is too late!

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