On the evening of October 20, after 6 intense, highly interesting, exciting and top-class days of competition, the jury announced the following result after the chamber music and orchestra rounds of the finals:

The first prize goes to Emiko Yuasa

The second prize goes to Njord Kårason Fossnes

The third prize goes to Carla Usberti

The Walter Witte special prize of € 1,000 goes to Alona Khlevna

The audience award of € 500 goes to Emiko Yuasa

A highly exciting semi-final with many exciting interpretations has produced 3 finalists who will now play the final on October 20 in a chamber music round and an orchestra round:

Njord Kårason Fossnes
Carla Usberti
Emiko Yuasa


After two intense, entertaining, highly interesting days and 17 candidates, who finally competed at the 1st International Hindemith Viola Competition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich out of 102 applications and an anonymous video pre-selection, the jury could agree on the following six candidates for the semifinals:

Njord Kårason Fossnes, Alona Khlevna, Ionel Ungureanu, Carla Usberti, Yuri Yoon and Emiko Yuasa!!! Congratulations to these great young musicians for this success!

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The semifinals will be broadcast in full length via livestream:

Co-presented for the first time in its history by the Viola Foundation Walter Witte and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, we are proud to present the 1st Hindemith International Viola Competition from October 14th through 20th, 2021. All live rounds will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Germany. 

Applications could be submitted exclusively online via starting Nov 1st 2020. The registration deadline was April 30th, 2021. 

We are happy to announce that we have received 102 registrations from candidates of 29 different nationalities!

All registered applicant received a notification stating whether they are admitted to the live rounds of the competition by May 28, 2021.
The preliminary jury decided to admit 20 participants to the live rounds in Munich.

The 20 participants qualified for the live rounds have confirmed their participation and are presented here individually.

We are very happy that the Hindemith International Viola Competition can offer a live stream for certain parts of the competition. More details will follow.