How do the jury evaluations work

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The competitors are the most important aspect of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover. For this reason, the competition is structured to optimize performance conditions for the competitors. All violinists who were invited to Hannover will be given two opportunities to present themselves in front of an audience before the jury will take a first vote.

During the course of the competition, there will only be two more jury decisions, namely the nomination of the finalists and the announcement of the prize winners. Despite the small number of formal decisions, the jury’s work is a significant factor in the overall success of the competition. In order to make jury decisions as transparent as possible, a brief introduction to the evaluation process will be presented in the following. In the ‘Joseph Joachim Violin Competition’, jury votes are not only based on average numbers. Instead, each juror has to decide if the evaluated candidate should advance into the next round or – in case of the final round – receive a prize.

When nominating the semifinalists, each juror has 12 ‘yes-votes’ (7-9 points); for the remaining competitors, he or she will vote ‘perhaps’ (4-6 points), or ‘no’ (1-3 points). The competitors with the highest number of ‘yes-votes’ will advance into the next round. The points given will only be taken into consideration if several competitors end up with the same number of ‘yes-votes’, in which case the points would be used to break the tie. The same procedure will be used for the nomination of the finalists.

When the prize winners are selected in a final jury session, there will be an individual vote taken for each prize, starting with the first. The vote is deemed successful if the absolute majority of all votes cast is given to one finalist.

 

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Jury 2018

 

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Jury 2015

  • Salvatore Accardo (Rome)
  • Rudolf Koelman (Winterthur)
  • Boris Kuschnir (Vienna)
  • Silvia Marcovici (Strasbourg)
  • Lucie Robert (New York)

 

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  • Kaija Saarikettu (Helsinki)
  • Takashi Shimizu (Tokyo)
  • Weidong Tong (Beijing)
  • Ingolf Turban (Munich)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)

 

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Jury 2012

  • Agnieszka Duczmal (Poznań)
  • Koichiro Harada (Tokyo)
  • Matthias Ilkenhans2 (Hanover)
  • Hyo Kang (New York)
  • Boris Kuschnir (Graz, Vienna)
  • Francesco Manara (Milan)

 

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  • Mihaela Martin (Cologne, Geneva)
  • Gyorgy Pauk (London)
  • Cornelia Schmid2 (Hanover)
  • Ulf Schneider (Hanover)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)
  • Lina Yu (Shanghai)

 

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Jury 2009

  • Maurice Hasson (London)
  • Ulf Hoelscher (Karlsruhe)
  • Richard Jakoby2 (Hanover)
  • Lewis Kaplan (New York)
  • Nam Yun Kim (Seoul)
  • Silvia Marcovici (Graz)

 

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  • Itzhak Rashkovsky (London)
  • Marco Rizzi (Mannheim, Madrid)
  • Cornelia Schmid2 (Hanover)
  • Takashi Shimizu (Tokyo)
  • Josef Suk (Vienna, Prague)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)

 

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Jury 2006

  • Thomas Brandis (Lübeck, London)
  • Edward Grach (Moscow)
  • Matthias Ilkenhans2 (Hanover)
  • Nam Yun Kim (Seoul)
  • Silvia Marcovici (Graz)
  • Sylvia Rosenberg (New York, London)

 

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  • Tomotada Soh (London, Tokyo, Osaka)
  • Pavel Vernikov (Fiesole)
  • Donald Weilerstein (Boston, New York)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)
  • Hans-Christian Wille (Brunswick)

 

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Jury 2003

  • Salvatore Accardo (Cremona)
  • Olivier Charlier (Paris)
  • Tatjana Grindenko (Moscow)
  • Tuomas Haapanen (Helsinki)
  • Nam Yun Kim (Seoul)

 

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  • Takako Nishizaki (Howick/New Zealand)
  • Edith Peinemann (Frankfurt)
  • Kurt Sassmannshaus (Cincinnati)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)
  • Antje Weithaas (Berlin)

 

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Jury 2000

  • Richard Jakoby1 (Hanover)
  • Dorothy DeLay3 (New York)
  • Rosa Fain (Düsseldorf)
  • Michael Frischenschlager (Vienna)
  • Tatjana Gridenko (Moscow)
  • Koichiro Harada (Tokyo)

 

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  • Ulf Hoelscher (Karlsruhe)
  • Nam Yun Kim (Seoul)
  • Herman Krebbers (Amsterdam)
  • Kurt Sassmannshaus (Cincinnati)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Hanover)
  • Wanda Wilkomirska (Heidelberg-Mannheim)

 

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Jury 1997

  • Igor Bezrodny (Helsinki)
  • Dorothy DeLay (New York)
  • Jens Ellermann (Hanover)
  • Koichiro Harada (Tokyo)
  • Richard Jakoby (Hanover)
  • Nam Yun Kim (Seoul)

 

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  • Herman Krebbers (Amsterdam)
  • Igor Ozim (Cologne, Bern)
  • Gyorgy Pauk (London)
  • Gérard Poulet (Paris)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)
  • Wanda Wilkomirska (Heidelberg, Mannheim)

 

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Jury 1994

  • Salvatore Accardo (Rome)
  • Dorothy DeLay (New York)
  • Jens Ellermann (Hanover)
  • Michael Frischenschlager (Vienna)
  • Ryutaro Iwabuchi (Kyoto)
  • Richard Jakoby (Hanover)

 

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  • Yfrah Neaman (London)
  • Igor Ozim (Cologne, Bern)
  • Gérard Poulet (Paris)
  • Henry Roth (Los Angeles)
  • Victor Tretjakow (Munich)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)

 

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Jury 1991

  • Salvatore Accardo (Rome)
  • Pierre Amoyal (Lausanne)
  • Dorothy DeLay (New York)
  • Richard Jakoby (Hanover)
  • Wolfgang Marschner (Freiburg)

 

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  • Yfrah Neaman (London)
  • Ruggiero Ricci (Salzburg)
  • Leon Spierer (Berlin)
  • Victor Tretjakow (Munich)
  • Krzysztof Wegrzyn1 (Hanover)

 

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1 Chairman, non-voting
2 only final round
3 Honorary chairman