4th World Violin E-Competition 2023


Open to young violinists of any nationality 
One round through video link and free program

The “Napolinova World Violin E-Competition” 2023 is created with the goal of providing young violinists with an opportunity to show their creativity. The Violin E-Competition is born in the 2020, during period pandemic, that has forced all of us to stay at home, and to cancel our concerts, festivals and live competitions. Young artists have continued 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. 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 01/01/2013 and younger. Video duration max 5 minutes
B) violinists born from 01/01/2009 and younger. Video duration max 8 minutes

C) violinists born from 01/01/2005 and younger. Video duration max 12 minutes
D) violinists no age limit. 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)
Sachika Mizuno (Japan - Senzoku Gakuen College of Music)
Siyeon Ryu (Korea - SookMyung Women’s University)
Tomasz Tomaszewski ( Berlin – 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, prize and repertoire. 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: € 60 - Cat. C: € 80 - Cat. D: € 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.



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.


Sachika Mizuno is one of the leading violinists in Japan. Her versatile performance skills provide an extensive and momentous influence upon the music world. Mizuno is a specially appointed professor at Musashino Academia Musicae, a visiting professor of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, the representative of string orchestra “Virtuosos of Yokohama”, the chairperson of Yokohama Music Culture Society and the nonprofit organization of Pure Music (just intonation music) Institute. Mizuno has been performing actively with major orchestras, both domestically and overseas, and appears in excellent music performance programs on both television and radio. She has won numerous prizes and awards from her days studying at Tokyo University of the Arts to the present including:

- 1st prize and Leucadia Award at the 44the Music Competition of Japan

- Matsushita Award at the Competition for Overseas Dispatching

- Prize winner at 7th International Wieniawski Violin Competition

- Yokohama Cultural Awards Arts and Cultural Awards of Aichi Prefecture

Mizuno is not only a virtuoso in classical music, she is also familiar with modern and contemporary music, performs the music of Japanese composers enthusiastically and participates in many recordings along side a wide variety of other famous musicians. She has supervised several scores including “Masterpieces for Violin Duo”. Mizuno has a wide ranging repertoire, a fabulous sense of music, and outstanding technique. Her performance reputation is continuing to build and grow. In addition to continuing performance as an excellent solo violinist, Sachika Mizuno passionately keeps in touch with ensemble and education; holding open seminars and participating as an adjudicator for juries at many music competitions. She works to cultivate and support upcoming generations. Her students have successfully joined internationally acclaimed orchestras including Orchestre de Paris and Munchner Philharmoniker. Her recitals and master classes have received favorable reputation, leading to invitations to participate in music festivals in the United States, France, China, Taiwan and Germany.


Tomasz Tomaszewski began his musical education in the Music School in Opole where he studied with Danuta Sujata. He graduated with distinction in 1969 Then he started working with Tadeusz Wronski and Stanislaw Kawalla at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. He received his Master Diploma in 1976 Between 1974 and 1979 Tomaszewski took part in many masterclasses working with such eminent professors as O. Krysa, B. Druzynin, W. Marschner, J. Fournier or H. Szeryng. In 1979, thanks to the scholarship he received from the Polish Ministry of Culture, Tomasz Tomaszewski went to Leningrad to study with Boris Gutnikov and Tamara Fidler during this one-year- long Postgraduate Programme. Between 1980 and 1982, he studied once again with Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg. In 1970, during his studies in Warsaw, Tomaszewski became a member of the Chamber Orchestra ‘Con moto ma cantabile’, then (between 1971 and 1976) the Chamber Orchestra of Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Karol Teutsch. He performed with them - also as a soloist - in many European countries, the United States and Japan. From 1975 to 1979, he was a member and then concertmaster of the Jerzy Maksymiuk’s Polish Chamber Orchestra, with which he performed also as a soloist. Between 1974 and 1979 he was the second violinist of the Polish Quartet. The ensemble received many prizes e.g. I prize at the International Competition in Belgrad (1975) and III prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (1976). Since 1980 Tomasz Tomaszewski has been living in Germany. At the beginning he was the concertmaster of the Orchestra in Baden-Baden, then he was a member of the National Theater Orchestra in Mannheim. From 1982 to 2017 he was the first concertmaster of Deutsche Oper Orchestra in Berlin. He worked with such famous conductors as Barenboim, Sinopoli, Stein, Rattle, Tielemann, Viotti, Frübeck de Burgos, Bertini, Barszaj, Mariner, Hoogwod, Abbado, Gergiev among others. Since October 1983 he has been working at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He received the Professorship of UdK in 2002 Tomasz Tomaszewski performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Since the beginning of his music career 35 years ago he has worked in various chamber groups: - as a long-term member and soloist of chamber orchestra ‘Philharmonische Streicher Solisten’, ‘Arte Quartett Berlin’, ‘d’Al solo al tutti’, ‘Debussy Ensemble Berlin’, ‘Stradivari Sextett Habisreutinger’, ‘European Fine Arts Trio’ - as the founder and first violinist of ‘Polish String Quartet Berlin’ - as the founder and artistic director of the chamber orchestra ‘Kammersolisten der Deutschen Oper Berlin’ - as the founder and first violinist of ‘Salon Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin’ - as the concertmaster and artistic advisor of ‘Baltic Neopolis Orchestra’. Tomasz Tomaszewski is the initiator and Artistic Director of the festival ‘Silesian Musical Summer’, created in 2002 He is also the chairman of the board of the Internationale Beethoven Gesellschaft e.V., founded in 2000 in Berlin and the founder and chairman of the Europäisches Forum Polnische Musik e.V. (European Forum of Polish Music). Tomaszewski is also the Director and Chairman of the Jury of the International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition which was taking place in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Luslawice. Tomasz Tomaszewski is being regularly invited to be a member of jury of national and international competitions such as Internationale Wettbewerb für die Jugend in Oldenburg, International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin Competition in Poznan, National Groblicz Family Violin Competition in Cracow, ‘Violin for the best’ Competition in Szczecin, International Chamber Music Tournament in Bydgoszcz, International Witold Rowicki in memoriam Violin Competition in Zywiec or International Violin Making Competition in Cremona. Tomasz Tomaszewski is a two-time winner of the Polish National Record Prize ‘Fryderyk’ - for the recordings of Chopin and Debussy’s Piano Trios with ‘European Fine Arts Trio’ and the recordings of music by Pawel Lukaszewski and Mikolaj Gorecki with ‘Baltic Neopolis Orchestra’ where he performed as a conductor and soloist. Recently, he has received an extremely prestigious award - PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATEN KRITIK - for the CD ‘Poland Abroad’ recorded with ‘Polish String Quartet Berlin’, considered the best production of 2019 in the Chamber Music genre. In 1998 Tomasz Tomaszewski received the Golden Cross of Merit from the President of Poland for his outstanding artistic achievements and promotion of Polish culture abroad. In the same year he received the title of Kammervirtuose from the Senator of Culture in Berlin. Tomasz Tomaszewski is the Honorary Citizen of Opole (Poland)and Tortorici (Sicily).

4th World Violin E-Competition 2023