SEMI-Final Round

Congratulations to the 6 violists who qualified for the semi-finals in a first live round at the very highest level.

You can download the program of the semifinal here.

The jury has selected the following 6 violists for the semi-finals:

Njord Kårason Fossnes (b. 2001) is a Norwegian violist currently studying Viola Performance at New England Conservatory with Professor Kim Kashkashian. He has formerly studied violin with Henning and Alf Richard Kraggerud, Bård Monsen and Anne-Berit Halvorsen and viola with Soon-Mi Chung Barratt-Due and Ida Bryhn at Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, Norway...

Njord Kårason Fossnes (20)

Alona Khlevna finished Secondary music school in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Then she continued studying in Gnesin Russian Academy of Music the class of professor Fedor Belugin, the artist of David Oistrakh String Quartet.
During the participation Alona have been finishing Master program the class of professor Olga Kozhurina...

Alona Khlevna (25)

Ionel Ungureanu was born 1995 into a family of musicians.
At the age of four he started playing the violin and soon the first performances should follow: In 2003 he won the second price at the „Concours International de Violon Alexander Glazunov“ being only eight years old...

Ionel Ungureanu (26)

Carla Usberti, born in 2001 in Landshut, is a german-french Violist. She began to play the piano at the age of 3 and the Violin at 5. In 2015, she switched to Viola.
She took part in several competitions at „Jugend musiziert“ in different categories and won in 2017 the first prize at the „Bundeswettbewerb“...

Carla Usberti (19)

Yuri Yoon was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1994.
In 2017, she completed her bachelor's degree in South Korea at Seoul National University, College of Music with Prof. Ensik Choi. From winter semester 2017 to summer 2019 she studied her master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Prof. Hariolf Schlichtig...

Yuri Yoon (27)

Japanese violist Emiko Yuasa is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich studying with Hariolf Schlichtig since 2018. She earned her Bachelors degree from the Toho-Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo where she studied violin with Yumino Toyoda and viola with Ryo Sasaki...

Emiko Yuasa (25)

The Hindemith International Viola Competition, in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, is offering a live stream for parts of the competition. We are pleased that Oda Cramer von Laue will be taking over the moderation of the livestream.

Here is the link to the live stream:


Sunday, October 17, 2021
• 1:30 – 6:45 pm = Semi-Final Round (Großer Konzertsaal)

Monday, October 18, 2021
• 3 – 5:15 pm = Semi-Final Round (Großer Konzertsaal)
• 6:00 – 6:15 pm = 3 Finalists announced (Großer Konzertsaal)


Tickets for the events (admission tickets free of charge or at a price of EUR 10, discounted EUR 7) are available from October 11th, 2021 via Munich Ticket.

Tickets to the competition rounds also entitle the holder to admission to the exhibitions.

Please note: The so-called '3G rule' (geimpft, genesen, getestet – vaccinated, recovered, tested) also applies to all event visitors at the university, as well as the obligation to wear a mask (medical mask), including at the seat.


The 6 competitors who advance to the Semi‐Final Round will be required to play a recital of 60 minutes.
This must include the Sonata 1939 by Paul Hindemith for viola and piano. Works with and without piano accompaniment are permitted in the Semi-Final Round.
Works from previous rounds (including the pre-screening round) and works with orchestra are not permitted in the Semi-Finals.