15-year-old Jaemin Han has been awarded 1st prize at the George Enescu International Cello Competition in Bucharest, Romania.
A student of Kangho Lee and jury member Myung-Wha Chung at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, Jaemin is a former top prize winner at the Dotzauer, David Popper, and Osaka International Cello Competitions. He will receive €15,000.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 25-year-old Sebastian Fritsch from Germany and 27-year-old Stefan Cazacu from Romania.
The opening two rounds of the competition were hosted online in 2020, due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the final round held in person this week with conductor Nicolas Altstaed and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.
This year's cello jury comprised David Geringas, Myung-Wha Chung, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexandra Guţu, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Jérôme Pernoo, Meehae Ryo, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Raphael Wallfisch.