Carl Nielsen

The juries of the Carl Nielsen International Competition for violin, flute and clarinet have announced the participants who will succeed to this week’s semi-finals:
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Hans Christian Aavik
Ava Bahari
Sarah Jégou-Sageman
Lorenz Karls
Eun Che Kim
Bohdan Luts

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­photo credit: Morten Kjærgaard­

Alberto Álvarez García
Panagiotis Giannakas
Hyensoo Kim
Ann Lepage
Gerbrich Meijer

Oleg Shebeta-Dragan­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­photo credit: Morten Kjærgaard

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Alberto Acuna Almela
Violeta Gil Garcia
Seohyeon Kim
Alberto Navarra
Nikolai Song
Yuan Yu
photo credit: Morten Kjærgaard

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Audiences internationally can follow the semi-finals and finals ONLINE via the COMPETITION WEBSITE, as well as on the various platforms of our media and streaming partners: Violin Channel,, Idagio, Gramophone and The Strad.

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The first Carl Nielsen International Competition was held in 1980 in Odense, birthplace of the Danish composer. After over four decades, the violin, clarinet and flute competitions have established themselves as some of the most demanding and rewarding in the world, each offering winners the chance to launch a significant international career.
Hosted by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, which accompanies the participants during the competition, particular emphasis is made on supporting young musicians in the same way that Carl Nielsen himself was supported as a young man. Born the seventh of twelve children to a poor family in 1865, Nielsen learned the violin from an early age and wrote his first compositions aged 8, but was destined to life as an army musician until his talent was noticed by members of the Odense community. It was thanks to their encouragement and generosity that he applied and won a place at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, launching his career as one of the most important composer’s of the early 20th century.
­Both the music and spirit of Carl Nielsen are present at every level in this year’s competition. Always curious and individual, it was Nielsen who famously said “Give us something else; give us something new … so long as we feel we are alive and active and not just passive admirers of tradition”.
­The 2022 Competition participants have taken up Nielsen’s challenge with alacrity and are proving themselves to be major new talents of which the composer would have been proud of.­