SHANGHAI, CHINA - 29 year old Mayu Kishima, from Japan has just minutes been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, in Shanghai, China.
2nd prize was awarded to Sergei Dogadin, from Russia.
3rd prize was awarded to Sirena Huang, from the United States.
4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to Stefan Tarara from Germany, VC Young Artist Richard Lin from Taiwan/United States and Ming Liu from China.
Mayu will receive an unprecedented US $100,000.
A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, where she studied with Zakhar Bron, Mayu is a former major prize winner at the Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists and the Cologne International Music Competition.
Zakhar Bron served as a jury member of this year's competition.
Ji Won Song, from South Korea was awarded the US $10,000 prize for the best performance of ‘The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto - in the Semi-Final stage.
US $10,000 bursaries were also awarded to the Chinese Einstein Orchestra and the Afghani Negin Khpalwak "deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of humanity through the medium of music.”
The 2016 jury comprised: David Stern (Co-Chairperson), Vera Tsu Weiling (Co-Chairperson), Boris Kuschnir, David Cerone, Daniel Heifetz, Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov, Martin Engstroem, Emmanuel Hondré, Elmar Oliveira, Jian Wang, Zhenshan Wang and Lina Yu.