Top 5 Violinists To Watch Out For In 2022

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Let’s meet the top 5 violinists selected by Amorim Fine Violins

With talent bursting at the seams in many countries, amazing artists are coming up, and some of them are very young. Getting to know who is in the music scene right now is a great topic, so we decided to bring you the top 5 violinists of the momentIf you are a music enthusiast, or even if you are not, but you enjoy some “culture” once a while, you will probably want to be aware of these musicians! Some of them you may already know but it is still worth taking a look at them.

Christian Li

Starting with this very young and amazing musician! Born in Melbourne in 2007, Christian first picked up a violin aged five. He first came to international attention in 2018 when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Menuhin Competition at just ten years old, winning joint Junior First Prize in Geneva. 

He performed a movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a professional orchestra, play-conducting from the violinHe had recently joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a guest soloist for three years. During this time, he will perform with the orchestra in chamber music and recitals, as well as take part in masterclasses. This season he will also debut with Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, performing Ravel Tzigane and Saint-Saën Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. 

Christian Li is currently playing on the 1737 ex-Paulsen Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from a generous benefactor, and uses a bow by François Peccatte. Besides studying with Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, Christian also enjoys reading, swimming, and bike riding.

Johan Dalene

With his refreshingly honest approach to the violin, 20-year-old Swedish sensation Johan Dalene has already been called “the next big thing” on the international music scene. His refreshingly honest musicality, combined with an ability to engage with musicians and audiences alike, has won him many admirers, most recently as the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize.

He has, also, received scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Håkan Mogren Foundation Prize, Sixten Gemzéus stora musikstipendium, the G.T.Bäckmans Kulturstipendium, Norrköping Kommuns Kulturstipendium, Rolf Wirténs Kulturpris, Broocmanpriset and Equinor Classical Music Award of 2020.

Johan plays a Stradivarius violin from 1736, generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.

Stars Aligned Siblings String Quartet

Not exactly an artist, but artists! Yes, we present you with an incredible Quartet: the Stars Aligned.

Stars Aligned Siblings is an all-sibling string quartet ages 9, 12, 14, and 15-years-old. The group Stars Aligned has played festivals in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. Its members are former top prize winners at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Kreutzer International Music Competition, Chicago International Music Competition, U.S. International Music Competition, and Piero Farulli International Competition.

The Heifetz tradition of chamber playing is in evidence in the beautiful work of Stars Aligned Siblings. Additionally, all four siblings attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-College Division.

María Dueñas

The winner of the 2021 Menuhin Competition and the Audience Prize, the Spanish violinist María Dueñas has been in demand worldwide! At the age of 18, María Dueñas established herself as a young musician to watch with her impressive musical expressiveness and technical perfection.

The violinist has already performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and many others.

Dueñas performs on the Niccolò Gagliano violin, kindly on loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and on the Guarneri del Gesù “Muntz” 1736, on generous loan from Nippon Music Foundation. 

Jonian Ilias Kadesha

Jonian Ilias Kadesha is a musician with roots in Albania and Greece. He lives in Berlin, not only speaking German, English, Greek and Albanian but also with a keen interest in philosophy and rhetoric. His playing of early to contemporary works is characterized by stylistic accuracy, as he articulates his notes precisely. With boundless imagination, he’s always on the lookout for something new to sound off.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha, who has already appeared at major venues across Europe and opened the Young Euro Classic Festival during the summer in Berlin, after months of Covid-19-related concert silence in the German capital.

Kadesha studies with Antje Weithaas, who has taken instruction from Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin, and Ulf Wallin. Hatto Beyerle coached him in chamber music, and he learned from Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz. The Young Classical Artists Trust of the United Kingdom is sponsoring him through his early career.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1749), on private loan.