25 year old South Korean violinist Ji Won Song has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 IsangYun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea.
A graduate of the the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory, Ji Won is a former prize winner at the Menuhin Competition - and former 1st prize winner at the Schoenfeld, China and Leopold Mozart International Violin Competitions.
A current Artist Diploma student of Ida Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein at The Juilliard School, Ji Won will to receive KRW 30,000,000 (USD $26,130).
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 24 year old Nancy Zhou from the United States and 27 year old Nigel Armstrong from the United States.
JI WON SONG | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 ISANGYUN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | CHRISTOPH POPPEN & TONGYEONG FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | 1ST PRIZE
NANCY ZHOU | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 ISANGYUN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | CHRISTOPH POPPEN & TONGYEONG FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | 2ND PRIZE
NIGEL ARMSTRONG | BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 ISANGYUN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | CHRISTOPH POPPEN & TONGYEONG FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | 3RD PRIZE
This year's 'IsangYun Special Prize' was awarded to Nigel Armstrong - and this year's 'Seong-Yawng Park Special Prize' to Ji Won Song.
The 2017 jury comprised: Michael Haefliger (Chairman), Pierre Amoyal, Ju-young Baek, Pavel Berman, Ida Kavafian, Boris Kuschnir, Kyoko Takezawa, Gerhard Schulz and Vera Tsu Wei-Ling.
Previous 1st prize winners include VC Young Artists Luke Hsu & Yu-Chien Benny Tseng.