Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition


Aug 12 - 22 2021


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Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition 2021

The third Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC), which has been postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicks off on August 12, 2021. The competition received 102 applications from 31 countries and regions around the world by the application deadline in January last year, and now the list of 36 contestants selected for the Quarter-Final Round is officially released.

The structure of the competition is the same as previous editions, but the format has changed so it begins with online events and finishes in person. Thirty-six contestants participate in the online Quarter-Final Round from August 13 to 16, and the eighteen contestants who advance participate in the online Semi-Final Round from August 18 to 21. On August 22, the six contestants who have advanced to the Final Round are announced. In the end, the six selected contestants come to Shanghai to participate in the live competition in 2022 according to the national pandemic prevention and control guidelines.

SISIVC is the first renowned Chinese international competition to resume in China. Contestants from all over the world have been looking forward to it for a long time.Since the first competition was held in 2016, the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has attracted worldwide attention for its professional, authoritative jurors; fair selection; standardized schedule; outstanding contestants; and distinctive features.

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, the first world-class violin competition in Shanghai, was launched in 2015 and thereafter, a grand success for two consecutive editions in 2016 and 2018. Taking its name from the distinguished violinist Isaac Stern, the Competition aims to continue the legacy of Maestro’s musical spirit and carry forward the forty-year-long friendship between him and China bonded by music.

Not only did its staggering line-up of jurors and collaboration with renowned musicians contribute to the Competition’s global fame in the musical community, but also it was its uniqueness – the uncommonly large amount of repertoire and high level of difficulty and intensity, the section that featured the new commissioned Chinese work and for which the Best Chinese Work Performance Award was created, as well as the special prize Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award –  that put it under the spotlight. Alongside, through Shanghai Symphony Orchestra‘s vast international network of resources and cooperation with the famous orchestras, it enables for promising contestants the prosperous careers and encourages them to embrace their artistic dreams by providing with professional opportunities including performance contracts, concert tours, album recording and introductions to world-class music agencies.

The past two editions of the Competition presented a total of more than 150 hours’ schedule with over 60 concerts. In spite of that, tickets were immediately sold out upon the opening of ticket sales. And, for the larger audience globally, all rounds of the Competition were broadcast live on the internet, setting yet another record by over ten millions of views. The Organisation Committee also ensured a diverse program for audience to enjoy a world-class competition even at home, including the daily specialist commentary, pre-performance lectures, review of each round via radio as well as interval commentary during television broadcast.

  • Application Deadline Date (year-month-day): January 31, 2021


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