List of participants 2021 

The preliminary jury decided to admit 20 candidates from the 102 registrations for the live rounds.

Live Round Parcipitans

Born in France in 1994, Olivier Carillier started studying violin with Nina Likht in Toulouse at the age of 5. After graduating in 2011, he entered in the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, where he achieved his Bachelor in 2015 and Master in violin in 2017 with Raphaël Oleg. He started studying viola in the class of Silvia Simionescu and obtained his Master in viola in 2020...

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Olivier Carillier (27)
FRANCE

Hung-Tzu Chu was born in Taiwan in 1993 and began playing the viola at the age of 9. She is currently pursuing her Konzertexamen degree at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold with Professor Veit Hertenstein and served as the Akademistin at the Nürnberger Symphoniker for the 2019/20 season. Previously, she completed her Postgraduate degree with Prof. Peter Langgartner in 2018...

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Hung-Tzu Chu (28)
TAIWAN

Born in 1998, Spanish violist Cristina Cordero is currently pursuing her Masters with Nobuko Imai and Wenting Kang at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid. Previously, she completed her Bachelors degree studying with Diemut Poppen in the same university and with Hariolf Schlichtig at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich...

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Cristina Cordero (23)
SPAIN

Oscar Edin was born in 1995 and grew up on an island in the southern archipelago of Gothenburg, Sweden. Oscar started playing the violin at the age of 4, and in his teenage years his passion for music grew. He gained his first orchestra experience in the regional youth orchestra, and later started his own to-be sucessful string orchestra...

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Oscar Edin (26)
SWEDEN

Njord Kårason Fossnes (b. 2001) is a Norwegian violist currently studying Viola Performance at New England Conservatory with Professor Kim Kashkashian. He has formerly studied violin with Henning and Alf Richard Kraggerud, Bård Monsen and Anne-Berit Halvorsen and viola with Soon-Mi Chung Barratt-Due and Ida Bryhn at Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, Norway...

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Njord Kårason Fossnes (20)
NORWAY

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Chinese born Violist Wenhan Jiang is currently undertaking his MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, as a recipient of the Curtis Price Scholarship under Paul Silverthorne.
As a concert performer Wenhan devotes himself to expanding the recital repertoire for viola, transcribing music from other instruments and World music...

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Wenhan Jiang (25)
CHINA

Annariina Jokela, 1994 comes from the finnish Lapland. She started her studies in 2013 at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, with Lilli Maijala. On 2015 she moved to Germany to study with professor Nils Mönkemeyer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she finished her Master’s degree on 2021....

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Annariina Jokela (25)
FINLAND

Parisian-born Korean violist DongYeob Kang recently completed his Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied with Paul Coletti. He is continuing his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin with Roger Myers from fall 2020...

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DongYeob Kang (27)
KOREA

Alona Khlevna finished Secondary music school in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Then she continued studying in Gnesin Russian Academy of Music the class of professor Fedor Belugin, the artist of David Oistrakh String Quartet.
During the participation Alona have been finishing Master program the class of professor Olga Kozhurina...

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Alona Khlevna (25)
UKRAINE

Takehiro Konoe was born in 1997 in Amsterdam. He started playing violin at the age of 4 with Professor Coosje Wijzenbeek and at 18 years old he switched to the viola. Since September 2016 he is studying viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Nobuko Imai & Francien Schatborn....

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Takehiro Konoe (23)
NETHERLANDS

Hailing from New Jersey, USA, Katie is a Master of Music Candidate at The Colburn School in the studio of Paul Coletti.
She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, concentrating in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Musical Performance...

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Katie Liu (23)
USA

Eric Seohyun Moon is a Violist from South Korea. He has graduated ‘Kaywon School of Arts’ and ‘Seoul Arts High School’ and attended to ‘Seoul National University’.
He was awarded in numerous major competitions in Korea: 1st prizes of Dong-a Music Competition, Music Association of Korea, CBS Music Competition(Grand Prix)...

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Seohyun Moon (24)
KOREA

Atlanta native Erin C. Pitts is a passionate and dedicated violist, whose goal is to promote the arts through solo and chamber music performance and teaching.
A current student at The Juilliard School, she is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship...

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Erin Pitts (23)
USA

Gaeun Song was born in South Korea in 1995. She graduated from Seoul National University and has been studying at since 2018 with Roland Glassl at the Munich University of Music and Theater.
In 2019 she took part in the Academy Concert of the International Summer Academy Biel in Switzerland...

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Gaeun Song (25)
KOREA

Philipp studies with Prof. Volker Jacobsen at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.
Born in 1998, he started to play the violin at the age of three. Nine years later he changed to the viola and became a Precollege student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München...

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Philipp Sussmann (23)
GERMANY

Ionel Ungureanu was born 1995 into a family of musicians.
At the age of four he started playing the violin and soon the first performances should follow: In 2003 he won the second price at the „Concours International de Violon Alexander Glazunov“ being only eight years old...

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Ionel Ungureanu (26)
GERMANY

Carla Usberti, born in 2001 in Landshut, is a german-french Violist. She began to play the piano at the age of 3 and the Violin at 5. In 2015, she switched to Viola.
She took part in several competitions at „Jugend musiziert“ in different categories and won in 2017 the first prize at the „Bundeswettbewerb“...

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Carla Usberti (19)
GERMANY

Anna Maria began to play the violin at the age of four until she fell in love with the viola when she was 14 years old. Until 2019 she studied with Gareth Lubbe at the Folkwang University of Arts Essen, where she finished her Bachelor studies with distinction.
In those years she was supported by a scholarship of the Dörkenstiftung and the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund...

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Anna Maria Wünsch (26)
GERMANY

Yuri Yoon was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1994.
In 2017, she completed her bachelor's degree in South Korea at Seoul National University, College of Music with Prof. Ensik Choi. From winter semester 2017 to summer 2019 she studied her master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Prof. Hariolf Schlichtig...

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Yuri Yoon (27)
KOREA

Japanese violist Emiko Yuasa is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich studying with Hariolf Schlichtig since 2018. She earned her Bachelors degree from the Toho-Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo where she studied violin with Yumino Toyoda and viola with Ryo Sasaki...

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Emiko Yuasa (25)
JAPAN