Melissa Bradshaw

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition 2020 open for applications

10:51, 8th August 2019

Applications are now open for the third Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC), taking place in Shanghai from 4 – 25 August 2020.

In celebration of the centennial birthday of maestro Isaac Stern in 2020, a post-competition gala will take place dedicated to the documentary From Mao to Mozart, which will feature performances by some of the laureates from all three SISIVC editions as well as several musicians Stern coached in the documentary, including one of the jurors Jian Wang.

‘The name of the competition contributes primarily to its international importance,’ said Fedina Zhou, executive President of the organisation committee and president of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO). ‘We developed this competition in a way to honour his legacy and to continue his lifelong dedication to fostering talent and sharing music. So, in addition to the traditional Isaac Stern Humanitarian Award, we decided to present this memorial concert.’

Next year’s competition will be the longest yet: 22 days in total including the gala concert. A panel of 13 jurors has been revealed, each chosen for their specialties in different artistic fields, co-chaired by conductor David Stern and violinist and pedagogue Professor Vera Tsu Weiling. Following the two Chinese concertos performed in the past two editions – Butterfly Lovers by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang, and La joie de la souffrance by Oigang Chen – SISIVC continues its commitment to spreading Chinese works to other parts of the world, this year unveiling the newly commissioned Violin Concerto No. 2 by Zhou Tian, SSO’s 2019/20 artist-in-residence.

For further information visit www.shcompetition.com. Applications are open until 20 January 2020 – apply here.

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