The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover named the 36 semi-finalists, including violinist Ágnes Langer. The main prize of the competition is EUR 30,000.
The candidates of the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition are aged between 17 and 29 and come from 19 different countries. The selection was made by the section leaders of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the orchestra candidates will have to perform with in the final round of the competition.
Semi-finalists will have to conduct a Mozart and a Bartók work as concertmaster with Camerata Bern and play the first violin section of a Haydn violin concerto with the Kuss Quartet.
In the final round, contestants will have to perform a violin concerto by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn or Schumann, as well as a new work commissioned by the organisers from composer Manfred Trojan. The main prize of the competition is EUR 30,000.
This year, the members of the jury will be Carolin Widmann (chair), Eleonore Buning, Ana Chumachenco, Suyoen Kim, Robert Levin, Andrew Manze, Christine Schafer, David Takeno, Donald Weilerstein. Artistic directors: Oliver Wille and Antje Weithaas.
Ágnes Langer was the only Hungarian to participate in the competition. Born in 1992 in Budapest, she began to learn to play the violin at the age of 6. After her early successes, she won third prize and the audience award at the 2009 Yankelevich International Competition in Siberia, and second prize at the 2016 Spivakov International Competition.
She returned to Hungary in 2017 to participate in the Bartók World Competition where she won third prize and special prizes. As a dedicated chamber musician and soloist, she has given concerts in Germany, England, Italy, Austria, Spain, Russia, Canada, and Taiwan.