22-year-old South Korean violinist Youjin Lee, 25-year-old American violist Muriel Garnet Razavi and 28-year-old American cellist Tony Rymer have been awarded 1st prizes at the 2018 Washington International String Competition – in Washington D.C., United States.
Each will receive US $10,000.
2nd prizes were awarded to 18-year-old American violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan - and 20-year-old Chinese violist Zhanbo Zheng.
3rd prizes were awarded to 20 year old German violinist Felicitas Schiffner - and 22-year-old Chinese cellist Zhihao Wu.
Youjin is a former prize winner at the Seoul International Violin Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.
Muriel is a former prize winner at the Michael Spisak and Città di Cremona International Viola Competitions.
Tony is a former prize winner at the Enescu International Cello Competition - and recently gave solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The 2018 jury comprises: Dmitri Berlinsky, Rita Porfiris and Paul Katz.
Founded in 1950, previous 1st prize winners include: violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violists Cynthia Phelps, Roberto Diaz, Carol Rodland and VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman – and cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.