By Stephanie Powell

The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has announced six finalists who will move forward to the final round.

Announcing Finalists

David Stern announcing the six finalists

SISIVC Finalists 2016

Top left: Mayu Kishima, Sergei Dogadin, Stefan Tarara, Ming Liu, Richard Lin and Sirena Huang.

The semi-final round consisted of three parts: performing a piano trio, a Chinese work (Butterfly Lovers) and a sonata, and a Mozart Concerto, which required each semi-finalist to write and perform cadenzas for each movement with a chamber orchestra. As David Stern, Isaac’s son and jury co-chairman, announced the final competitors he said, “My father would be very proud of [all] of you.”

The six finalists are: Mayu Kishima (Japan); Sergei Dogadin (Russia); Stefan Tarara (Germany); Ming Liu (China); Richard Lin and Sirena Huang (United States). The final round begins Thursday, Sept. 1, and can be livestreamed here.

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