22 year old cellist Christoph Croise, from France and 29 year old pianist Oxana Schevehenko, from Kazhakstan have been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition, in Verona, Italy.
2nd prize was awarded to the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet – comprising saxophonists: Simone Muller, Dineke Nauta, Johannes Pfeuffer and Paulina Kulesza.
Joint-3rd prize was awarded to Duo Sciolto, comprising saxophonist Alexandre Gallego and pianist Gabriel Lopez Rodriguez – and Duo Sonoro, comprising violinist Andrew Pavlov and pianist Valeriia Shulga.
Christoph and Oxana will receive €5000 (US $5600) each and a number of important European performance opportunieis.
A student Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts, Christoph is a former 1st prize winner at the Brahms International Cello Competition and the International Manhattan Music Competition – and was just last month awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Cello Competition, in Harbin, China.
A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where she studied with Elena Kuznetsova and Sergey Kuznetsov, Oxana is a former 1st prize winner at the Scottish and Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions.