Contestants

Meet all contestants from the violin, clarinet and flute competitions

Violin
Clarinet
Flute

Ava Bahari

Ava Bahari is from Gothenburg in Sweden, where she appeared for the first time as soloist in the city’s Concert Hall at the age of eight.

Elina Buksha

Elina Buksha won the 2012 Latvia Great Music Award. She began playing the violin at the age of five, and from 2011 to 2017 studied at Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Jiwon Choi

Jiwon Choi was born in Seoul and is first violin of the ICTUS string quartet. He made his solo concert debut in 2017 having been selected to perform solo recital for the Kumho Young Artist Concert Series,

Wonbeen Chung

Wonbeen Chung began playing the violin at the age of six, and at the age of 15 she was admitted to the Seoul Arts High School.

Johan Dalene

Johan Dalene made his debut as a soloist with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra at the age of 7. He has since performed extensively in Europe and appeared in South Africa, the United States, Indonesia and China.

Anna Agafia Egholm

Anna Egholm has performed as a soloist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra,

Kornelia Figielska

Kornelia Figielska was born in Koszalin, Poland, and began learning to play the violin at the age of 6, studying at the Bacewicz State Music School in Koszalin and the Brzewski Secondary Music School,

Michael Germer

Michael Germer is a student of Professor Dora Schwarzberg at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, prior to which he studied with Professor Serguei Azizian in Copenhagen.

Marie-Astrid Hulot

Marie-Astrid Hulot won the Premier Prix at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. She continued her studies in Cologne and at Kronberg Academy in Mihaela Martin’s postgraduate class.

Karen Kido

Karen Kido was born in Tokyo and won First Prize at the Michelangelo Abbado Competition in Milan at the age of 14. She has since won Fourth Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition,

Paul Kropfitsch

Paul Kropfitsch was born in Vienna and took his first violin lessons with Professor Marina Sorokova, who invited him to join her class at the Vienna University of Music.

Kunwha Lee

Kunwha Lee made her debut at a Kumho Prodigy Concert in Korea at the age of 12. Since then she has appeared at concert halls throughout Korea and Europe,

Hina Maeda

Hina Maeda was born in Osaka and began playing the violin aged four. She is a scholarship student at the Tokyo College of Music High School,

Seina Matsuoka

Seina Matsuoka was born in Kobe in 1993. Among many international prizes she has been awarded First Prize at the Kobe International Competition, the Matsukata Hall Music Award,

Michiru Matsuyama

As a teenager, Michiru Matsuyama won First Prize at the International Music Competition and the Great Wall Music Competition.

Sueye Park

Sueye Park was born in South Korea and began studying the violin at the age of four. At nine she began her studies with Professor Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Dmitry Smirnov

Dmitry Smirnov was born into a family of musicians in 1994. He studied with Elena Zaiceva and Pavel Vernikov and is currently a postgraduate student with Rainer Schmidt,

Belle Ting

Since 2011 Belle Ting has been a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under Professors Dora Schwarzberg and Lucia Hall.

Arata Yumi

Arata Yumi from Tokyo was a prizewinner at the 2011 Henryk Wieniawski Competition, which brought him a number of engagements at international concert halls.

José Carlos Domínguez Almela

José Carlos Domínguez Almela studied at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory in his hometown, Cadiz, before moving to the Advanced Conservatory of Music in Seville,

Andrea Caputo

After graduating from the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Andrea Caputo was admitted to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome,

Aron Chiesa

Aron Chiesa occupies the Principal Clarinet chair at the Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland and held the same position at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liège.

Andrzej Ciepliński

Andrzej Ciepliński graduated with distinction from the clarinet class of Professor Arkadiusz Adamski at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music Katowice,

Sergio Coelho

Sérgio Coelho occupies the principal clarinet chair at the American Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Magdalena Faust

Magdalena Faust started to play the clarinet at the age of nine and only two years later won a place at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin to study with Professor Diethelm Kühn.

Jonas Lyskjær Frølund

Jonas Lyskjær Frølund studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under the solo clarinetist of the Royal Danish Orchestra, Lee Morgan, before moving to the Paris Conservatoire,

Víctor Díaz Guerra

Spanish clarinetist Víctor Díaz Guerra has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,

Magnus Holmander

Magnus Holmander hails from Sweden and studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Hermann Stefánsson and Emil Jonasson.

Han Kim

Han Kim began playing the clarinet at the age of eight. He has appeared as a soloist with the KBS Symphony and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestras,

Wooyun Kim

Wooyun Kim was born in Daejon, South Korea. After attending Seoul Arts High School he studied at the Musikhochschule Köln with Professors Ralph Manno and Hans D Klaus.

Li-Ling Lee

Li-Ling Lee was born in Taiwan. She is a laureate of international competitions including the Picardie Competition (First Prize), the European Competition ClariSax Valenciennes,

Seung-Hwan Lee

Seung-Hwan Lee began his clarinet studies at Yewon School Academy in Seoul before moving to Seoul Arts High School, the Korea National University of Arts and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris,

Ann Lepage

French clarinetist Ann Lepage began her studies in Valenciennes before moving to Paris to study with Florent Heau and at the Paris Conservatoire, where her teacher is Philippe Berrod.

Anton Maiseyenka

Anton Maiseyenka was born in Minsk and took his first clarinet lessons from his father Valery Maiseyenka at the age of ten.

Gerbrich Francine Meijer

Gerbrich Meijer from the Netherlands is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at The Colburn School in Los Angeles with professor Yehuda Gilad,

Cristina Mateo Sáez

Spanish clarinetist Cristina Mateo Sáez has been a prizewinner at numerous international competitions including the Pasadena Showcase House Competition,

Blaz Sparovec

Blaz Sparovec hails from Slovenia and studied in Ljubljana with Andrej Zupan before completing his studies with François Benda at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Yuhsin Galaxy Su

Yuhsin Galaxy Su was born in from Taipei and has performed as a clarinetist and a pianist on stages throughout the world.

Ivan Tikhonov

Ivan Tikhonov’s talents were nurtured at the Ural Music College and at the age of 17 he took up a place at the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory,

Lorenzo de Virgiliis

Lorenzo de Virgiliis from Italy studied at the Conservatorio Luisa D'Annunzio in Pescara with Professor Stefano Bellante. He has been a prizewinner at the Paolo Barasso Competition,

Alexey Vovchenko

Alexey Vovchenko was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow, continuing his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory,

Julija Vrabec

Julija Vrabec hails from Ljubljana. She studied at the Music School and Art Gymnasium in Koper and pursued postgraduate studies,

Mio Yamashita

Mio Yamashita was born in Osaka where she began piano studies at the age of three and clarinet studies at the age of twelve.

Rafael Adobas Bayog

Rafael Adobas Bayog was born in Ibiza and studied at the island’s Conservatory with Joanna Moragues and with Vincens Prats of the Orchestre de Paris.

Sirius Chau

Sirius Chau was born in Hong Kong and graduated with distinction from the Masters course of the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Katie Bedford and Sue Thomas.

Matvey Demin

Matvey Demin was born in in Osinniki, Siberia, and studied at the Novosibirsk Specialized School of Music with Nadezhda Furenkova,

Lívia Duleba

Lívia Duleba graduated from the Soloist’s Class at the University of Detmold where her teacher was Professor János Bálint.

Marley Eder

Marley Eder has won First Prize at the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition, the LFS Young Artist’s Competition and the LSU Concerto Competition and was placed Second at the National Flute Association Young Artist’s competition and the Myrna Brown Competition.

Sung Hue Kim

Sung Hue Kim was born in Seoul in Korea, and graduated from the Seoul Arts High School. She lived in Japan for seven years between the ages of seven and 14.

Andrei Krivenko

Andrei Krivenko was born in Kaliningrad, Russia, and began his flute studies at the age of six.

Yerzhan Kushanov

Yerzhan Kushanov attended the Kazakh Republic Specialized Music School in the class of Gabdulla Mukanova before proceeding to the Paris Conservatoire,

Stephanie Kwak

Stephanie began her flute studies at the age of ten and a year later was selected to participate in the Prodigy Programme of the Seoul Arts Center.

Erika Macalli

Erika Macalli was born in Rome and attended the Conservatories of Rome and Milan. She is a previous winner of the Kuhlau International Competition,

Héléna Macherel

Héléna Macherel studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne under José-Daniel Castellon, where she won the Fritz Bach Prize.

Mael Marcon

Maël Marcon was born in France and studied at the Marseille Conservatory and the Lyon Conservatory under Michel Lavignolles,

Ruofan Min

Ruofan Min started to play the flute at the age of eight and attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he remained for six years.

Ingrid Soefteland Neset

Ingrid Soefteland Neset was awarded the Norwegian Musician of the Year prize before she started her professional training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music,

Joséphine Olech

Joséphine Olech occupies the Principal Flute chair at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Academy.

Aleksandra Pleterski

Aleksandra Pleterski began her education in Slovenia before enrolling at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna,

Tomasz Sierant

Tomasz Sierant started his music education in the flute class of Marzena Kowalczyk in Łódź, continuing with Professor Urszula Janik in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Evgeniya Spalinger

Evgeniya Spalinger was born in Moscow and studied at the Tchaikovsky Central Music College and in Basel, Lugano and Zurich.

Maria Storm Steinaa

Maria Storm Steinaa studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Toke Lund Christiansen and was admitted to the Soloist’s Class,

SooJung Yoon

SooJung Yoon was born in South Korea and started to play the flute at the age of seven.

Chaeyeon You

Chaeyeon You began her studies at the Seoul Arts High School before enrolling at the Korea National University as a Gifted Student.

Yuan Yu

Yuan Yu was born in China and began his flute studies with Professor Wang Yongxin at the Middle School of the China Central Conservatory.

Marianna Julia Żołnacz

Marianna Julia Żołnacz began her studies at the Karol Szymanowki Conservatory in Warsaw with Professor Maria Peradzyńska-Filip and is currently student at the Mozarteum University of Music in Salzburg,