MinGwan Kim from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition – in Prague, Czech Republic.
A graduate of Berlin's Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler where she studied with Walter Küssner and current post graduate student of Harmut Rohde at the Berlin University of Arts, MinGwan is a former prize winner at the Jan Rakowski International Viola Competition.
He will receive 20,000 CZK, a viola bow by Luboš Odlas, a GEWA viola case, Finetune pegs by Wittner, a Pirastro KorfkerRest shoulder rest and 2 sets of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Yuri Yoon from South Korea - and Evgeny Shchegolev from Russia.
The 2019 jury comprised: Tim Frederiksen (Head), Stephanie Baer, Sheila Browne, Kristina Fialová, Jan Pěruška and Jensen Horn.