An all-black (but no Brits) in richest violin contest finals

An all-black (but no Brits) in richest violin contest finals


norman lebrecht

October 02, 2015

The semi-final stage has been reached of the Joseph Joachim international contest in Hannover. There’s €140,000 in prize money to be won. It’s not quite the Rugby world cup, but…

Here are the semi-finalists, announced today:

– Christine Lim (USA/Korea)
– Marina Grauman​ (Russia)
– Amalia Hall (New Zealand)

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– Diana Tishchenko (Ukraine)
– Sergei Dogadin (Russia)
– Nancy Zhou (USA)
– Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (The Netherlands/USA)
– Ririko Takagi (Japan)
– Shion Minami (Japan)
– Ayana Tsuji (Japan)
– Anna Malesza (Poland)
– Richard Lin (Taiwan/USA)


  • da96103 says:

    Congratulations to Richard Lin. I hope he can emulate his countryman, Yu-Chien Tseng,

  • Milka says:

    Both run of the mill …

  • Johnny BS says:

    No surprise to see the highly musical Amalia Hall in this lineup.

  • Brian Hughes says:

    What exactly does the “all black” comment have to do with anything?

    • Max Grimm says:

      It refers to Amalia Hall from New Zealand.
      The nickname of the New Zealand national men’s rugby union team is “All Blacks”.

  • Mike Thompson says:

    Give it your all Amalia 🙂

  • Mo says:

    Amalia Hall is a total STAR! Captivating audiences wherever she goes!