2nd World Violin E-Competition 2021


The “Napolinova World Violin E-Competition” 2021 is created with the goal of providing young violinists with an opportunity to show their creativity . The pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists continue to work hard and we want to give them a chance to present themselves and their progress. This Competition is organized by “Napolinova”, a musical association that has for more than twenty years engaged in the promotion of young artists through the creation of musical events. The jury members reside on different continents, but each is known worldwide. We will avail ourselves of their great experience and expertise, and ensure that the whole process is fair and transparent. The complete list of applicants will be made public. Each jury member’s votes will be made public after the conclusion of the event. Winners will receive wide exposure through broadcasts, social media, and even live concerts, to help their artistic career.
Scholarships and concerts will be awarded at winners. Ex-aequo are allowed. In case of ex-aequo, the prizes will be divided. The scholarships awarded will be equal to 50 % of the registration fees paid for this Competition. At the conclusion of the competition, participants who do not win prizes can choose whether to make their videos public, or keep them unlisted. The winners must immediately go on YouTube or YouKu and make sure their videos’ settings are switched to “public”. Those videos will be posted on the “Napolinova” Association’s Facebook Page and in social the jury members.



A) violinists born from 01/01/2009 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes
B) violinists born from 01/01/2003 and younger. Video duration max 10 minutes
C) violinists born from 01/01/1991 and younger. Video duration max 15 minutes 

Contestants may choose to apply to any one category, so long as they are not older than the age limit.


Felice Cusano (Italy)
Kelly Hall-Tompkins (USA – Manhattan School of Music)
Mark Messenger (England - Royal College of Music)
Siyeon Ruy (Korea - SookMyung Women’s University)
Natsumi Tamai (Japan - Tokio University of the Art)


The winners the online concert will be awarded the chance to perform a live-streamed concert from a location of their choice. Duration will depend on their age and repertoire, but in any case total duration will not exceed 30 minutes. Prize winners may decide to record a performance instead of streaming it live. Either the live or the recorded performance will be published on the "Napolinova" Facebook page, and on the Facebook, WeChat, YouTube, or Youku platforms of the jury members.

Application Fees

Cat. A: € 40 - Cat. B: € 70 - Cat. C: € 100

Applications must be received in full. Any bank fees must be paid by the sender,
or the application will be deemed not valid.

(in alphabetical order)


Andrea Oliva - Biografia Felice Cusano ha studiato al Conservatorio S. Pietro a Maiella di Napoli sotto la guida del M° Giovanni Leone e si è poi perfezionato a Monaco con i M° Otto Buechner e Franz Beyer e all’Accademia Chigiana di Siena con Franco Gulli. Nel 1972 è risultato vincitore assoluto della Rassegna Nazionale ‘Auditorium-Giovani interpreti’ organizzata dalla RAI. Per anni ha fatto parte di prestigiosi complessi quali il Sestetto Chigiano, i Virtuosi di Roma e i Solisti Italiani con i quali si è esibito come solista nei teatri più importanti del mondo. Ha suonato con le orchestre italiane più prestigiose (Teatro alla Scala di Milano-RAI di Milano, Roma e Torino, Felice di Venezia, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, ecc.) riscuotendo ovunque consensi di critica e pubblico. Eminenti musicisti del nostro tempo quali William Walton, Bruno Bettinelli (che peraltro gli ha dedicato il suo concerto per violino e orchestra) e Carlo Galante gli hanno espresso grande considerazione. Svolge intensa attività di musica da camera. La sua incisione dell’Ottetto e del Trio di Mendelssohn è stata recensita dalla rivista americana ‘Fanfare’ come una delle migliori. Ha effettuato registrazioni per Erato, RCA e la Dynamic. Ha inciso il concerto per violino e orchestra di Galante e quello di Bettinelli. Tiene master e corsi ed è invitato in giuria ai più importanti concorsi, è stato per oltre vent’anni titolare di cattedra principale presso il Conservatorio ‘G. Verdi’ di Milano.Tra i suoi allievi spalle delle più importanti orchestre Italiane e non solo e premiati nei più importanti concorsi.


Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,” for her "tonal mastery" (BBC Music Magazine) and as New York Times “New Yorker of the Year.” She has appeared as co-soloist in Carnegie Hall with Glenn Dicterow and conductor Leonard Slatkin, in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall, at Lincoln Center and with the Symphonies of Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, Oakland, recitals in Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, and festivals of Tanglewood, Ravinia, Santa Fe, France, Germany and Italy. She was “Fiddler”/Violin Soloist of the Grammy/Tony-nominated Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Inspired by her experience, she commissioned and developed the first ever Fiddler solo disc of all new arrangements, “The Fiddler Expanding Tradition,” which is featured in the new documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” on the 55-year history of the musical. As founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists in over 100 concerts coast to coast in homeless shelters from New York to Los Angeles and in internationally in Paris, France. Music Kitchen will present the World Premiere of the Forgotten Voices Song Cycle in Association with and coming soon to Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a newly appointed faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music.


Mark Messenger is recognised globally as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and educationalist. As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician (member of the Bochmann and Bingham Quartets since 1984), has worked internationally with - amongst others - Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Ivy Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalie Clein, Raphael Wallfisch, Thomas Carroll, Yonty Solomon, Howard Shelley, John Lill, Dame Thea King, Michael Collins, David Campbell, Chris Garrick and Sir John Dankworth. He is in demand as a teacher, international judge, external examiner, to give masterclasses and as a lecturer. In 2004 he was appointed artistic director of London String Quartet Week and was on the board of the London String Quartet Foundation. He has also undertaken work for Oxford University Press, New Holland Publishing and the Associated Board, for whom he has just finished editing the complete works for violin and piano by Elgar. Students travel from across the world to study with Mark Messenger, and currently his class includes musicians from the UK, Japan, the USA, Russia, China, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Australia and Azerbaijan. His students have an enviable track record of competition success and international acclaim. This year sees concert and masterclass appearances in the Middle East, China, Australia, Russia and throughout Europe. As well as Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, Mark is consultant for the Norwegian Academy in Oslo.


With a wide background ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, Siyeon Ryu draws her musical inspirations from both the classical and folk music traditions of the world. The epitome of her musical presence is her annual ‘Siyeon Ryu's Theme Concert’ which started 2002, where the traditional boundaries of musical fusion of tango, folk, and baroque were explored under a new light of expressions. Her vivid interpretations of Piazzolla tango is captured in the album ‘Pasion, Amor & Piazzolla’ released under the Sony Label. Her recent musical interest lies in re-visitation and re-interpretation of traditional Korean folk music through her unique touch of violin, acquired through years’ of her persistent learning of Haegeum, Korea’s traditional string instrument. Her creative experiment has enchanted the audiences not only in her country but also in Germany and U.K. Dr. Ryu completed the recital debut in 1995 at the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Her professional experience began by touring the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Germany, and Poland. In 2008, 2009 and 2014, she successfully participated in recitals of the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal under the auspices of the Greenpeace International. Moreover, she frequently attends Cambridge International String Academy every summer as a professor and performer. As for her educational background, her undergraduate studies started at Seoul National University and completed at the Curtis Institute of Music. She received her Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and Master’s degree from Yale University, then she completed her education with doctorate degree at the State University of New York. She found early success as a grand prize winner in the series of national competitions such as Korea Times Concours, the Ewha & Kyunghyang Concours. At the age of 17, she won the very renowned Dong-A Daily News Music Competition, and was awarded the ‘Young Musician Honor’ by the Governor of Seoul Metropolitan City. In 1995, she was also a leader of Yale’s Resident String Quartet. Dr. Ryu has been a professor at SookMyung Women’s University since 2000 and without a doubt, an outstanding concert violinist and an enthusiastic pioneer of violin repertoire through out her musical life.


Born in Kyoto, Natsumi Tamai won the first prize in the violin category at the Prague Spring International Music Competition while she was a student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. She studied under Yuji Togi, Hideki Oguni, Ryodaku Kubota, Azusa Tatsuta, and Takayoshi Wanami. After graduating, she studied under Herman Krebbers at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Ana Chumachenco at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. During this time, she won many awards, including prizes at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition and at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. She has also received The New Artist Prize from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs Performing Arts Festival, the Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, the Shiga Prefecture Culture Prize, and many more. Tamai has performed with many Japanese and overseas orchestras such as the Russia National Orchestra, the Belgium Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. She has also held many recitals in Japan and Europe and is a highly regarded chamber music violinist. She serves as concertmaster of Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, belongs to the Tokyo Kreis Ensemble, is a solo violinist of the Ensemble of Tokyo, and coordinates the Biwako Music Harvest, a chamber music academy for children. Currently, she is an a professor of Tokyo University of the Arts. Her instrument is Stardivarius “Ex-Park” (1717) owned by Tokyo University of the Arts.

2nd World Violin E-Competition 2021


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