Violin Competition Concludes Second Round; Nine Candidates Chosen to Proceed to Final Phase — Classic Strings

Violin Competition Concludes Second Round; Nine Candidates Chosen to Proceed to Final Phase

The Second Round of Classic Strings’ Violin Competition has officially come to a close, with jurors selecting a total of nine contestants to participate in the event’s Final Round at the Music Hall of the 5-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel in Dubai. 


The Violin Competition within the 2022 Classic Strings International Competition is slowly but surely entering its final stretch, with two of the contest’s three rounds now being concluded. 

Presented by the SAMIT Event Group and supported by The Violin Channel, this latest edition of Classic Strings has seen 70 young violinists go head-to-head over the past one and a half weeks, with the numbers being whittled down to 18 candidates at the end of the First Round. 

On Friday 20th May, the last six contestants from this group of 18 took to the stage at the Auditorium of the Dubai Knowledge Park, with each candidate, as in the case of those before them, performing the 1st movement, with cadenza, from W.A. Mozart’s concertos No. 3, No. 4, or No. 5; a sonata from either L. V. Beethoven, J. Brahms, R. Schumann, F Schubert, R. Strauss, S. Prokofiev, C. Franck, D. Shostakovich, C. Debussy, M. Ravel (Sonata No.2, M77), or E. Grieg (Sonatas No.2 or 3); and one further composition of their choice. 


Once the last contestant was finished, Jury Chairman Martin T:Son Engstroem (Sweden), along with his colleagues on the panel, Andrey Baranov (Switzerland), Pavel Berman (Italy), Zakhar Bron (Germany/Switzerland), Michael Dauth (Germany), Michael Guttman (Belgium), Zuo Jun (Singapore), Boris Kuschnir (Austria), Dora Schwarzberg (Israel/Austria) and Eduard Wulfson (Switzerland), took some time to deliberate between themselves and tally up the points before releasing the names of nine contestants who have been deemed as being worthy of a place in the competition’s Final Round.

These candidates, listed in alphabetical order by surname are:

  • Elli Choi (USA)
  • Sara Dragan (Poland)
  • Anna Lee (Korea/USA)
  • Dumitru Pocitari (Moldova/Israel)
  • Anna Savkina (Russia/Switzerland)
  • Dmitry Serebrennikov (Russia/Switzerland)
  • Elena Tarosian (Armenia/Russia)
  • Eimi Wakui (Japan/Austria)
  • Xiaozhuo Wang (China/Austria)

“I would like to congratulate all the candidates who made it through to the Final Round. It is quite a generous number in this competition with nine participants being chosen, and now we look forward to see what they will present in the next phase”, said Chairman Martin T:Son Engstroem, as he read out the list.

Now, starting from the 21st of May, each of these participants will be invited to perform at the acclaimed Music Hall of the 5-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, alongside the world-renowned Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, who shall be led by their Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan. In anticipation of this phase of the competition, the event’s jury board shall also be further augmented with the arrival of the famed Avi Shoshani, General Manager of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 1980, who shall be bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to bear upon the Final Round.

Together, the jury shall analyse each of the aspiring professional violinists, who will be presenting their interpretation of Composer-in-Residence Alexey Shor’s Phantasms, for violin and orchestra, as well as one further concerto from either L. V. Beethoven, J. Brahms, P. I. Tchaikovsky, J. Sibelius, A. Khachaturian, D. Shostakovich (Concerto No.1), S. Prokofiev (Concerto No.1 or No. 2), or  N. Paganini (Concerto No.1). Every one of the performances in this round will be streamed live on the official website of The Violin Channel, as well as on YouTube.

The eventual winner of the Violin Competition will be awarded a First Prize worth €100,000, consisting of a €50,000 cash prize along with a ten-concert tour with an honorarium of €5,000 per concert. There will also be awards for the competition’s second and third placed contestants, as well as a series of Special Prizes in recognition of different achievements, including a €5000 prize in recognition of the Best Performance of a Compulsory Piece in the Final Round.

The Classic Strings International Competition 2022 forms part of the events of the 2022 InClassica International Music Festival. For more information about the festival and the other projects within its remit, please visit the official website here