The violinst Nikolaj Znaider, president of this year’s Carl Nielsen violin competition, has openly dissented from the choice of finalists.
Znaider said: ‘There was a clear majority for the three participants who ended up in the final. However, it is just not a decision I can support…. I support the result, because I’m jury president and has overall responsibility. In such situations you just have to agree to disagree.’
The three finalists are:
Luke Hsu (25) USA
Ji Yoon Lee (23) South Korea
Liya Petrova (25) Bulgaria.
But the result has been maimed in advance by the presdient’s announcement that he does not think any of them is worthy of the prize. This contest has been turned into a shambles.
The other juru members are:
Nikolaj Znaider, Denmark, President of the Jury (Violinist and conductor)
Noah Bendix-Balgley, USA (1st Concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic)
Mats Engström, Sweden (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra)
Kathryn Enticott, UK (Znaider’s agent)
Charles Hamlen, USA (Artistic Advisor, Orchestra of St. Luke’s | DiMenna Center)
Werner Hink, Austria (Violinist, Vienna Philharmonic)
Kathryn Stott, England (Pianist)
Eugen Tichindeleanu, Denmark (Concert Master, Odense Symphony Orchestra)
Jian Wang, China (Cellist)