Beethoven Concours Nederland – Junior (8-15 years) – Violin

Beethoven Concours Nederland - Junior (8-15 years) - Violin

13. & 14. May 2023

The Beethoven Concours Nederland, organized by the Beethoven Conservatorium Venlo, is a new offer aimed at highly talented musicians. The online competition makes it possible to present one’s own skills to the public and a renown jury and to compare oneself with other young artists from all over the world.
The Beethoven Concours Nederland takes place in two rounds on the basis of video presentations. The juries include lecturers from the Beethoven Conservatorium Venlo and renowned guests.
The videos of all finalists will be documented on our website. The names and rankings of the winners will be announced on our social media channels to draw broad attention to the laureates.


Vassili Voronin

Vassili Voronin, born in St. Petersburg in 1980, graduated with distinction from the violin class of Prof. Antonina Kazarina at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory there. At the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, he completed his concert exam with Prof. Ariadne Daskalakis and then worked as an assistant in her class for two years. He studied chamber music and string quartet with Prof. Hatto Beyerle at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover and then completed his musical education with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Vassili Voronin has won prizes at international competitions. In 2006 he made his debut with his quartet at the Berlin Philharmonie and has since performed in numerous European countries, including the Stockholm Philharmonie and the Palau de la Musica in Valencia. Since 2011 he has been first violinist with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2012 he has been teaching violin and chamber music at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Yuri Bondarev

Yuri Bondarev, born in St. Petersburg, switched to the viola after studying violin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and was accepted into the class of Prof. Tatjana Masurenko at the Leipzig Academy of Music, where he also took his concert exam. Regular solo and chamber music performances have taken him to Austria, Italy, France, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Japan. He has played in various ensembles, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Milan Conservatory, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
He gained his first important orchestral experience with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Daniel Harding, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Christopher Hogwood, Herbert Blomstedt and others. Since 2009 he has played as deputy principal violist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2012 he has been teaching violin, viola and chamber music at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Xiang Yu

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu has won the First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2019, becoming the first Chinese to ever receive the award in 47 years of history. His performances have won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity.
In North America, Mr. Yu’s recently appeared as a soloist with a number of major orchestras including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte symphonies, as well as the Rochester and Calgary Philharmonic among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.
An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in a number of world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston. In 2018, he joined the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Mr. Yu is also a frequent guest at major summer music festivals including the Ravinia, Aspen, Grant Park, Chamber Music Northwest, as well as at the Verbier and Bergen Festivals in Europe. He also serves as artist faculty at Music @ Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Taos Music Festival.
Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as the prestigious Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant.
Mr. Yu joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory in 2015, and also served as a guest faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2020, he became the youngest member of the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Montclair State University. In the fall of 2020, he joined the Tianjin Juilliard School as resident faculty.
Mr. Yu currently performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

 Competition awards

  • 1st Prize
  • 2nd Prize
  • 3rd Prize


Lorena Elisa Delivicheva , Austria

2nd Prize

Shiyu Zhang , China

2nd Prize

Violinist Shiyu Zhang has been honing her craft since she was 5 years old and was inspired to start learning the violin after she saw Anne Sophie Mutters perform at the Grand Theatre in China. In 2018, Shiyu was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music’s Primary School in Beijing of china. She currently studies at the Central Conservatory of Music’s Middle School under the tutelage of professor Tang Weijan Central conservatory of Music.

 Participants - Final Round

  • Lillian Arnold Mages , USA
  • Lorena Elisa Delivicheva , Austria
  • William Fry , China
  • Greta Maietta , Italy
  • Shiyu Zhang , China

 Participants - I. Round

  • Lillian Arnold Mages , USA
  • Lorena Elisa Delivicheva , Austria
  • William Fry , China
  • Greta Maietta , Italy
  • Shiyu Zhang , China

 Conditions and FAQ

• The Beethoven Concours Nederland is organised online by the Beethoven Conservatorium Venlo.’
• Students and professional musicians of all nations can participate in these competitions with their videos, without any age limit (except for the junior competitions, which are open to children aged 8 to 12 and young people aged 12 to 15).

How do the competitions work?
•  There are two rounds: the first round and the final round.
• After the registration deadline, the names of the candidates who participated in the first round will be published on our website on the date specified in the tender.
•  The jury will decide on the admission of a maximum of 16 candidates to the final after the first round on the date specified in the tender.

What happens if I am in the final?
• All names and videos of the finalists will be published on our website on the dates specified in the tender.
• The candidates do not have to do anything else. They will be informed by email that they are in the final.
•  No new video is required for the final round – the jury’s decision will be based on the material submitted with the entry deadline.

What happens if I am not in the final?
• All candidates in the first round will receive a certificate of participation by email.

What are the prizes?
• The results of the final round will be announced by email to the winners on the date specified in the tender and published on our website and social media channels.
• All winners will receive a certificate documenting the competition prize by e-mail.
• All other finalists will receive a certificate by email stating that they have participated in the final round.

How can I register for the competition?
• To register, candidates need the following documents:
– Biography (in Word only)
– Photo
– Video links (YouTube only)
– Proof of payment of the participation fee (PayPal or bank transfer only).
• The participation fee is 100 € (Early Booking 75 € until the date published in the tender). The participation fee is to be paid exclusively via PayPal (here) or the following bank details:
Beethoven Conservatorium Stichting
IBAN: NL23 RABO 0361 3454 96
– When making the payment, it is essential to state the full name of the participant(s) and the desired competition.
• The participation fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

How should I make the recording?
• The programme can be chosen freely, with a duration of approximately 30 minutes.
Candidates may submit one or more YouTube video links.
• The YouTube video links should be submitted directly at the time of registration but may still be submitted by e-mail up to the registration deadline for the respective competition.
• No new videos will be accepted after the registration deadline.
• The videos will be used for judging in both rounds. Finalists do not have to submit new videos.

What are the legal conditions?
• With their registration, participants allow the organiser to freely dispose of the photo, sound and video recordings submitted to the competition for the purpose of documentation and public relations on its website and social media channels.
• The jury’s decision is final.
• All registration deadlines and dates can be found in the announcement of the respective competition on our website.
• With their registration, the candidates confirm their agreement with the competition conditions.


  • Schedules are being worked on and will be published soon.