18-year-old American violinist Daniel Rafimayeri from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition – in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.
A student of Paul Biss at the New England Conservatory, Daniel will receive US $6,500 - plus solo performance engagements with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19-year-old cellist Nathan Le - and 19-year-old violinist Sory Park.
Daniel was also awarded this year's prize for the best performance of a work by J.S. Bach.
The 2019 jury comprised: Paul Coletti, Emilio Colón and Jennifer Frautschi.
Founded in 1976, former prize winners include Joshua Bell, Soovin Kim, Rachel Barton Pine and Jennifer Koh – and VC Artists Zlatomir Fung, Brannon Cho, Matthew Lipman, Ji-Won Song and Benjamin Beilman.