16 year old Yebin Yoo from South Korea/Australia has been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition, in New Zealand.
A student of Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music, Yebin will receive $9,000 NZD (US $6,500) and a number of New Zealand performance opportunities.
The annual competition, open to solo orchestral instrumentalists aged 16-25, is regarded as one of the most significant development bursaries in the Australasian region.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old Oscar Han from Australia and 24 year old Natalia Harvey from Australia.
In addition, Yebin was awarded the $1000 prize for the ‘Best Performance of a Work by a New Zealand Composer’.
Oscar was awarded the $1500 prize for the ‘Most Promising’ candidate in the competition.
Natalia was awarded the $1000 prize for the ‘Best Performance of a Work by J.S. Bach’.
Previous 1st prize winners include 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition prize winner Amalia Hall, from New Zealand – and 2016 Lipizer International Violin Competition prize winner James Dong, from Australia.