The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) has announced that its Third Edition, originally scheduled for 2020, will now be completed online and the six candidates that have reached the final round will not be competing for rankings. Instead, they will jointly present a concert entitled “In Tribute to Isaac Stern’s Centennial SISIVC Winners’ Concert” from August 26-28, available to watch on SISIVC’s official social media channels.

In August 2021, six candidates – Rino Yoshimoto (Japan), Thomas Lefort (France), Ruifeng Lin (China), Felicitas Schiffner (Germany), Angela Sin Ying Chan (Hong Kong, China), and Shannon Lee (United States) – entered the final round after eight days of intense competition online.

Sincde there will be no winner, each of the six candidates will be awarded a certificate for entering the final round of the 2020 SISIVC, as well as a scholarship of $20,000 USD for their future education and career development. In preparation for their videos, each candidate will receive support from the SISIVC to pay for their expenses incurred in order to guarantee a professional quality recording experience.

David Stern said “I am very proud of the imaginative solution that the SISIVC has put in place in order to bring the 2020 competition to a just conclusion. The continuing difficulties connected to the pandemic have obligated us to invent an entirely new outcome. The six talented candidates who managed to make it to the finals already deserve credit for persevering during these difficult times. Offering these young people an equal amount of money as a scholarship and planning future concert appearances with China’s premier orchestras shows that the SISIVC is committed to supporting young talent beyond the expected competition structure. These six musicians represent the future, and our job is to be part of a worldwide network that is committed to supporting them.”

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