28-year-old Johanna Pichlmair, from Austria, has been awarded 1st prize at the inaugural 2018 Ysaye International Violin Competition – in Liège, Belgium.
2nd prize was awarded to 22-year-old Anna Agafia Egholm from Denmark.
Joint 3rd prizes were awarded to 24-year-old Roman Kholmatov from Ukraine and 18-year-old Rong Xingzhou from China.
A graduate of the Hanns Eisler University of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts, where she studied with Antje Weithaas, Feng Ning and Nora Chastain, Johanna is a former prize winner at the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition and has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2017.
She will receive €2000.
In the 17 years and under category, 1st prize was awarded to 17-year-old Qingzhu Weng from China.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 14-year-old Li Yui Ching Enoch from Hong Kong and 17-year-old Miquel Muñiz Galdon from Spain.
In the 12 years and under category, 1st prize was awarded to 11-year-old Marcel Sutedja from Indonesia.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 12-year-old Alberto Friman from Finland and 10-year-old Zhuochen Zou from China.
The 2018 violin jury comprised: George Tudorache, Yi Zhong, Yuri Zhislin, Yi Wang, Philippe Koch, Hrachya Avanesyan, Philippe Lehaen, Hui Ming Wen and VC Young Artist Fedor Rudin.
In this year’s chamber music division, 1st prize was awarded to the Auner Quartet.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to the Duo Ebano and the Opalio Quintette.