18 year old Emma Wernig, from the United States, has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition – at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in Birmingham, England.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21 year old Lara Albesano from Italy - and 18 year old Sáo Soulez Larivière from France.
A student of Paul Coletti at the Colburn School of Music, in Los Angeles, Emma will receive £5,000 - and a recording contract with the Champs Hill label.
EMMA WERNIG & CAROLINE DOWDLE | REBECCA CLARK VIOLA SONATA | 2017 CECIL ARONOWITZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 18 YEARS OLD
LARA ALBESANO & SOPHIA RAHMAN | VIEUXTEMPS VIOLA SONATA | 2017 CECIL ARONOWITZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION | 2ND PRIZE | 21 YEARS OLD
SAO SOULEZ LARIVIERE & SOPHIA RAHMAN | BRAHMS VIOLA SONATA NO. 1 IN F MINOR | 2017 CECIL ARONOWITZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION | 3RD PRIZE | 18 YEARS OLD
The £200 prize for the best performance of a Solo Bach work in the 2nd Round, was awarded to 3rd prize winner: Sào Soulez Larivière.
The £250 prize for the best performance of a Fritz Kreisler work in the 2nd Round, was awarded to Semi-Finalist: Lisa Sung.
The 'Paul Ayres Prize', a silver mounted Brazilian pernambuco viola bow, presented to the most promising candidate in the competition 18 years or younger, was awarded to Semi-Finalist: Yizilin Liang.
The 'Bishop Instruments and Bows Prize', a silver mounted Pierre Guillaume viola bow, presented for the most outstanding performance of a Sonata in the 3rd Round, was awarded to Finalist: Yue Yu.
2017 CECIL ARONOWITZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION FINALISTS: SILAS ZSCHOCKE, SAO SOULEZ LARIVIERE, EMMA WERNIG, LARA ALBESANO & YUE YU (IMAGE CREDIT: CANDIAN LI)
The 2017 jury comprised: Nicola Aronowitz, Ettore Causa, Thomas Selditz, Robin Ireland, Florian Leonhard and Thomas Riebl.
Previous 1st prize winners include VC Young Artist, violist Timothy Ridout.