12 are named in Queen Elisabeth semi-finals

12 are named in Queen Elisabeth semi-finals


norman lebrecht

May 09, 2021

The much-reduced, no-audience competition has released this semi-final list:

Jonathan Fournel, 27, France

Su Yeon Kim, 26, Korea (pictured)

Daumants Liepins, 26, Latvia

Aidan Mikdad, 19, Netherlands

Keigo Mukawa, 28, Japan

Sergei Redkin, 29, Russia

Tomoki Sakata, 27, Japan

Dmitry Sin, 26, Russia

Vitaly Starikov, 26, Russia

Marcel Tadokoro, 27, France

Yuki Yoshimi, 21, Japan

Xiaolu Zang, 21, China


  • La plus belle voix says:

    What, no Brits? But their conservatoires are world leading.

  • Dorothy says:

    Very anti-climatic competition, they should have postponed it…

  • Terence says:

    Wouldn’t it be better to have a lower cut-off for these?
    (I presume it’s 30 now).

    It’s always arbitrary but wouldn’t you have a career in progress after 25 if you were going to have one?

    Music has always been a tough profession and it’s only got harder.

  • Fliszt says:

    There isn’t a better ticket to obscurity that a first prize from the Queen Elizabeth competition!

  • Tiffany Poon Fan says:

    to Tiffany Poon?

  • Edoardo says:

    I attempt a high sophisticated explanation, bordering Qanon theories : is possible that others played better?