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Postponed 2020 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition Names 13 Semi-Finalists

August 16, 2021, 10:10 PM · After a one-year postponement, the 2020 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition is underway again, and today the competition has named 13 semi-finalists, chosen from 25 contestants who participated in the virtual quarter-final round, which started on Friday and ended today.

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2020 SISIVC Semi-Finalists. Image by Violinist.com.

The semi-finalists are:

Semi-final rounds will take place virtually August 18 through 21 and can be viewed on the competition's Youtube channel. Contestants will play a sonata and virtuoso piece, as well a a Mozart concerto, with piano accompaniment.

On Sunday, six Finalists will be named to come to Shanghai to participate in the live competition in 2022, which will be arranged in accordance with national pandemic prevention and control guidelines. During the Finals, contestants will perform a newly-commissioned Chinese work, Violin Concerto "Night Tour" by Chinese composer Zhou Tian; as well as a string quartet piece and a violin concerto of their choice with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Jurors for the current competition include David Stern (Co-Chairman), Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairman), Martin Campbell-White, Glenn Dicterow, Emmanuel Hondrè, Pei Li, Weigang Li, Ning Feng, Philip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Joel Smirnoff, Kyoko Takezawa, Maxim Vengerov and Jian Wang. The current competition will retain its "2020 SISIVC" title, to commemorate Isaac Stern’s centenary in 2020.

"Although the pandemic has disrupted the rhythm of the competition, we will adhere to high standards and high levels to persevere and create new highlights," said Long Yu, president of the competition's Organization Committee. "We are committed to cultivating talented young musicians for the international music industry of performing arts, and also to enhance the international influence of Chinese music in the world."

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