The Winners and Grinners – 2017 International Prize Winners [CONGRATS]

As the 2017 competition year winds to an end, we take a look back at the year's major international competition prize winners and bursary recipients

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As the 2017 competition year winds to an end, we take a look back at the year’s major international competition prize winners and bursary recipients – including VC Artists Kian Soltani, Sarah Christian, Zlatomir Fung, María Dueñas, Anna Luisa Kramb, Lara Boschkor, Sirena Huang, Paul Huang, Nathan Meltzer, Ioana Cristina Goicea, Luke Hsu, Rennosuke Fukuda, Nakyung Kang, Eunbin Lee, Eugene Kawai, Yo Kitamura and Ji Won Song – and the Calidore and Notos Quartets.

 

27 year old VC Young Artist Sarah Christian from Germany and 23 year old Andrea Obiso from Italy were awarded joint-2nd prize at the 2017 ARD International Violin Competition – in Munich, Germany. [PICTURED]

27 year old Kristine Balanas from Latvia was awarded 3rd prize. [PICTURED]

VC YOUNG ARTIST SARAH CHRISTIAN | PROKOFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 | 2017 ARD INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | JOINT-TOP PRIZE

 

ANDREA OBISO | PROKOFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 | 2017 ARD INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | JOINT-TOP PRIZE

 

26 year old Victor Julien-Laferrière from France was awarded 1st prize at the inaugural 2017 Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22 year old Yuya Okamoto from Japan and 21 year old Santiago Cañón-Valencia from Colombia.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to 22 year old VC Young Artist Aurélien Pascal from France, 24 year old VC Young Artist Ivan Karizna from Belarus and 22 year old Brannon Cho from the United States.

VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE | SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1 | 2017 QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

24 year old VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea from Romania was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, in Auckland, New Zealand.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 26 year old VC Young Artist Luke Hsu from the United States and 26 year old Benjamin Baker from New Zealand.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to 23 year old Olga Stroubkova from the Czech Republic, 20 year old Sumina Studer from Switzerland and 24 year old Kunwha Lee from South Korea.

VC YOUNG ARTIST IOANA CRISTINA GOICEA | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

25 year old VC Young Artist Ji Won Song from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 IsangYun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 24 year old Nancy Zhou from the United States and 27 year old Nigel Armstrong from the United States.

VC YOUNG ARTIST JI WON SONG | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 ISANGYUN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition in Boca Raton, USA.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19 year old Alina Ming Kobialka from the United States and 25 year old Hannah Tarley from the United States.

VC YOUNG ARTIST SIRENA HUANG | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 ELMAR OLIVEIRA INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

18 year old Emma Wernig from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition – at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in Birmingham, England.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21 year old Lara Albesano from Italy and 18 year old Sáo Soulez Larivière from France.

EMMA WERNIG & CAROLINE DOWDLE | REBECCA CLARKE VIOLA SONATA | 2017 CECIL ARONOWITZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLA COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 18 YEARS OLD

 

The Scottish-based Maxwell Quartet was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, in Trondheim, Norway.

2nd prize was awarded to the Omer Quartet.

Joint 3rd prize was awarded to the Esmé Quartet and the Simply Quartet.

MAXWELL QUARTET | HAYDN | STRING QUARTET IN B FLAT MAJOR | 2017 TRONDHEIM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

The Moscow-based fusion quartet ‘Russian Renaissance’ was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Music Competition – in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

The Argus Quartet was awarded the Senior Strings category prize.

The Astera String Quartet was awarded the top prize in the Junior Strings category.

RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE | 2017 M-PRIZE CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

17 year old Yiming Liu from China was awarded 1st prize in the Group C (17 to 23 Years Old) category at the 2017 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai, China.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19 year old Yiying Jiang from China and 23 year old Oleksandr Korniev from Ukraine.

YIMING LIU | MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.3 IN G MAJOR  | 2017 ZHUHAI INTERNATIONAL MOZART COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | GROUP C 1ST PRIZE

 

14 year old VC Rising Star María Dueñas from Spain was awarded 1st prize in the Group B (13 to 16 Years) category at the 2017 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai, China.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old Miyu Kitsuwa from Japan and 16 year old Chaowen Luo from China.

VC RISING STAR MARIA DUENAS | PAGANINI VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 | 1ST PRIZE | 2017 ZHUHAI INTERNATIONAL MOZART COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | GROUP B 1ST PRIZE

 

12 year old Shihan Wang from China was awarded 1st prize in the Group A (12 Years and Under) category at the 2017 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai, China.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 12 year old Clara Shen from Germany and 10 year old Chloe Chua from Singapore.

SHUIHAN WANG | MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3 IN G MAJOR | 2017 ZHUHAI INTERNATIONAL MOZART COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | GROUP A 1ST PRIZE

 

13 year old NaKyung Kang from South Korea and 14 year old Eugene Kawai from Japan were awarded joint-1st prize in the Violin Division – at the 2017 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Joint 2nd prize was awarded to Anne Maria Wehrmeyer from Germany and Akbike Algi from Kazakhstan.

Joint 3rd prize was awarded to Rakhil Mussakhojayeva from Kazakhstan, Aleksei Stychkin from Russia and Zhenyi Jiang from China.

VC RISING STAR NAKYUNG KANG | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | VIOLIN JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

VC RISING STAR EUGENE KAWAI | TCHAIKVOSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | VIOLIN JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

12 year old VC Rising Star Yo Kitamura was awarded 1st prize in the Cello Division – at the 2017 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, in Astana, Kazakhstan.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Namisa Sun from China and Yeeun Kang from Korea.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to Sean Kanghyun Yu from the United States, Sara Čano from Slovenia and Mauro Paolo Monopoli from Italy.

VC RISING STAR YO KITAMURA | TCHAIKVOSKY ‘ROCOCO VARIATIONS’ | 2017 INTERNATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | CELLO 1ST PRIZE

 

20 year old French-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez-Larivière was awarded 1st prize at the inaugural 2017 Bartok World Competition & Festival International Violin Competition – in Budapest, Hungary.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21 year old Ririko Takagi from Japan and 25 year old Ágnes Langer from Hungary.

COSIMA SOULEZ LARIVIERE | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 BARTOK WORLD COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

16 year old VC Rising Star Nathan Meltzer from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Windsor Festival International String Competition, at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 24 year old Jonian Ilias Kadesha from Greece and 26 year old VC Young Artist Luke Hsu from the United States.

VC YOUNG ARTIST NATHAN MELTZER | BEETHOVEN VIOLIN SONATA NO. 7 | WAXMAN ‘CARMEN FANTASY’ | 2017 WINDSOR FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

 

12 year old Wan Ching Hannah Tam from China/Hong Kong was awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division (14 Years and Younger) at the 2017 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 12 year old Non Aoyama from Japan and 13 year old Mingxuan Su from China.

 

16 year old Simon Zhu from Germany was awarded 1st prize in the Intermediate Division (15 to 17 Years Old) at the 2017 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old Chaowen Luo and 17 year old Yiming Liu from China.

 

19 year old Federico Mechelli-Uhl from Germany/Italy was awarded 1st Prize in Senior Division (18 to 20 Years Old) at the 2017 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition.

2nd and 3rd Prizes were awarded to 19 year old Hans Christian Aavik from Estonia and 19 year old Angelina Gvozdareva from Russia.

 

31 year old Jung Yoon Yang from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 36th 2017 Premio Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, in Gorizia, Italy.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Vasyl Zatsikha from Ukraine – and Daichi Nakamura from Japan.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to Diana Pasko from Russia, David Ardukhanian from Russia and Laura Delgado Casado from Spain.

 

JUNG YOON YANG | BARTOK VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2 | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 PREMIO RODOLFO LIPIZER INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

17 year old German VC Young Artist Lara Boschkor was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Tonali Violin Competition – in Hamburg, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old Anne Maria Wehrmeyer from Germany and 18 year old Elene Meipariani from Germany.

VC YOUNG ARTIST LARA BOSCHKOR | PROKOFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 | 2017 TONALI VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

22 year year old Yurina Arai from Japan was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 17 year old Dmytro Udovychenko from Ukraine and 17 year old VC Young Artist Rennosuke Fukuda from Japan.

YURINA ARIA | SZYMANOWSKI | NOCTURNE AND TARANTELLA | 2017 JASCHA HEIFETZ INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

24 year old Stella Chen from the United States and 16 year old Saki Tozawa from Japan were awarded joint-2nd prize at the 2017 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais – in Sion, Valais, Switzerland.

No 1st prize was presented at this year’s competition.

3rd prize was awarded to 23 year old Julie Svecena from the Czech Republic.

 

17 year old American double bassist William McGregor was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 42nd Stulberg International String Competition – in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old violinist Qing Yu Chen and 17 year old violinist Karisa Chiu.

 

27 year old Daichi Nakamura from Japan was awarded 1st prize in the violin division at the 2017 Johannes Brahms International Music Competition – in Pörtschach, Austria.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 17 year old violinist Belle Ting from Canada and 20 year old violinist Eunche Kim from South Korea.

 

14 year old VC Rising Star Eunbin Lee from South Korea was awarded 1st prize in the viola division at the 2017 Johannes Brahms International Music Competition – in Pörtschach, Austria.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 20 year old violist VC Young Artist Ziyu Shen from China – and 18 year old violist Sao Soulez Lariviere from France.

 

41 year old Ariel Barnes from Canada was awarded 1st prize in the cello division at the 2017 Johannes Brahms International Music Competition – in Pörtschach, Austria.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 18 year old cellist Erica Piccotti from Italy and 25 year old cellist Jordan Costard from France.

 

30 year old Belgian double bassist Wies de Boeve was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Bottesini International Double Bass Competition, in Crema, Italy.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Lorraine Campet from France and Dominik Wagner from Austria.

 

28 year old Russian cellist Rustem Khamidullin was awarded 1st prize at the 2nd 2017 Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition – in Fethiye, Turkey.

No 2nd prize was awarded at this year’s competition.

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to cellists Ülker Tümer from Turkey and Cansın Kara from Turkey.

 

Double bassist Aaron Olguin from the United States was awarded 1st Prize in the solo division of the 2017 International Society of Bassists Competition, in Ithaca, New York.

The 1st prize in the jazz division was awarded to bassist Luca Alemanno.

The 1st prize in the orchestral division was awarded to bassist Adam Attard.

In this year’s bass makers’ division, the ‘Audience Favourite’ prize was awarded to instrument and bow maker Arnold Schnitzer.

 

The New York-based Aizuri String Quartet was awarded 1st prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, in Japan.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to the Ulysses Quartet from the United States and the Viano String Quartet from the United States.

 

The Montreal-based Milton String Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal at the 2017 44th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition – at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, USA.

2nd and 3rd prizes in the Senior Division were awarded to VC Artists Notos Quartet and the Ivani Quartet.

1st Prize in the Junior Division was awarded to Quartet Bellezza.

 

21 year old American violinist Annelle K. Gregory was awarded the Senior 1st Prize at the 2017 20th Annual Sphinx Competition, in Detroit, USA.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21 year old cellist Santiago Canon-Valencia and 18 year old cellist Gabriel Martins.

In the Junior Division, 1st prize was awarded to cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing.

ANNELLE K. GREGORY | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2017 SPHINX COMPETITION | SENIOR 1ST PRIZE

 

24 year old Czech violinist Olga Sroubkova was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Prague Spring International Violin Competition – in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

20 year old Dominik Wagner from Austria was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition – in Denton, Texas, United States.

2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes was awarded to Szymon Marciniak from Poland, Marek Romanowski from Poland and Mikyung Sung from South Korea.

 

30 year old Hiroko Ninagawa from Japan was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 VII Yampolsky International Violin Competition, in Moscow, Russia.

2nd prize was awarded to 17 year old Agafiya Grigoreva from Russia.

Joint 3rd prizes were awarded to 25 year old Emily Sun from Australia, 25 year old Hayato Ishibashi from the United States, 24 year old Jia Yi Chen and 22 year old Anna Savkina from Russia.

1st prize in the 10-15 year old Junior Competition was awarded to 12 year old Pui Ying Wong from China.

 

23 year old Lorenz Chen from Taiwan-Germany was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Henri Marteau International Violin Competition, in Hof, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21 year old Yukino Nakamura from Japan and 24 year old Stephan Starikov from Russia.

 

27 year old Canadian violinist Yolanda Bruno was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition, in Ontario, Canada.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to violinists Katya Poplyansky and Lucy Wang.

 

25 year old Australian violinist Emily Sun was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Bromsgrove International Music Competition, in Bromsgrove, United Kingdom.

 

26 year old Korean-American violinist Elly Suh was awarded 1st prize at the 17th 2017 Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra International Music Competition, in Casablanca, Morocco.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 16 year old David Elias Moncado from Germany and 21 year old Mohamed Hiber from France.

 

10 year old Fiona Khuong-Huu from Japan was awarded 1st prize in the 10 years and under category at the 2017 Grumiaux International Violin Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 10 year old Laçin Akyol from Turkey, 10 year old Theodor Kaskiv from France and 9 year old Alexander Kulitskiy from Germany.

 

11 year old Ryota Nakamura from Japan and 10 year old Yunci Kaelyn Soh from Singapore were awarded joint-1st prize in the 13 years and under category at the 2017 Grumiaux International Violin Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 13 year old Sabina Dazhaeva from Russia, 11 year old Jana Jakovljević from Serbia, 12 year old Hina Khuong-Huu from Japan and 12 year old Theodore Kim from Belgium.

 

15 year old Georgii Moroz from Ukraine and 14 year old Pal Laszlo Szomora from Hungary were awarded joint-1st prize in the 17 years and younger category at the 2017 Grumiaux International Violin Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 16 year old Nilufer Sude Guclu from Turkey and 16 year old Gaia Trionfera from Italy.

 

17 year old Arthur Decaris from France and 20 year old Judyta Kluza from Poland were awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes in the 21 years and under category at the 2017 Grumiaux International Violin Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.

No 1st prize was awarded in this year’s 21 years and under category.

 

20 year old Luka Ljubas from Croatia was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 11th Vaclav Huml International Violin Competition, in Zagreb, Croatia.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Leonid Zhelezny from Russia and Anne Marie Wehrmeyer from Germany.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to Katarina Kutnar from Croatia, Una Stanić from Croatia and Eimi Wakui from Japan.

 

25 year old Persian-Austrian cellist VC Artist Kian Soltani was awarded the highly coveted 2017 ‘Credit Suisse Young Artist Award‘, in Vienna, Austria.

 

VC Young Artist cellist Zlatomir Fung, pianist Do-Hyun Kim, accordionist Hanzhi Wang, and the Omer String Quartet were each awarded a 1st prize at the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in New York City.

 

VC Rising Star cellist Zlatomir Fung, cellist Thomas Mesa, harpist Rachel Lee Hall, flutist Beomjae Kim, trombonist Brittany Lasch and pianist Ronaldo Rolim were each awarded a 1st prize at the 2017 Astral Artists National Auditions, in Philadelphia.

 

The Argus Quartet and pianist Dominic Cheli was awarded joint-1st prize at the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, in New York.

 

17 year old VC Young Artist Anne Luisa Kramb, from Germany, was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition, in New York.

 

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions in New York City.

 

VC Artists, violinist Paul Huang and the Calidore String Quartet were announced as two of twelve recipients of the prestigious 2017 Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists.

 

The British Broadcasting Corporation announced 7 new additions to the ‘BBC New Generation Artists’ roster – including Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko, the French-based Quatuor Arod and jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado.

 

59 year old Danish composer Bent Sørensen has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition – for his violin, cello and piano triple concerto, ‘L’isola della Città’.

 

Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Society announced Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons as their annual Gold Medal recipient.

 

32 year old Russian-born Dutch violinist Maria Milstein was awarded the 2018 Dutch Music Prize – the highest honour offered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to a classical musician.

 

German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter was announced as one of three recipients of an annual Bavarian State Foundation cultural award – honoring outstanding artistic and philanthropic activity.

 

British violinist Daniel Hope was awarded a ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – for his work as a cultural ambassador for the country.

 

25 year old British conductor Kerem Hasan was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Competition, in Salzburg, Austria.

 

Canadian violinist Marc Djokic was awarded Canada’s 2nd biennial Prix Goyer classical music prize.

 

17 year old Australian violinist Yebin Yoo was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Australian National Youth Concerto Competition – in Brisbane, Australia.

 

22 year old Australian-violinist Riley Skevington was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Australian Kendall National Violin Competitionin Kendall, Australia.

 

Violinists Alexandra Lomeiko, Yume Fujise and Maria Kouznetsova, violist Alexander MacFarlane and cellist Jamal Aliyev were each awarded 2017 Hattori Foundation for Music and the Arts Senior Award bursaries.

 

The Sarasota Orchestra, in Florida, USA was awarded a US $10,000 grant from the American National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

 

Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows announced 5 recipients of 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants

  • Jocelyn Zhu and Mariella Haubs to be used for their project ‘Concerts for Compassion’ – a new concert series dedicated to the music of artists who have faced adversity in their lives.
  • Francisco Vila to be used for his ‘International Music Festival of Esmeralda’ project – a new festival that will allow 32 young South American artists the opportunity to work with members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
  • Apoorva Krishna and his ‘Bahudari Composition’ project – the commissioning of a new original instrumental composition by violinist Apoorva Krishna and Indian classical percussionists Vinod Shyamon and Sunaad Anoor.
  • The Argus Quartet for their ‘Visual Album of New Works’ project – a visual album of six newly-composed works all of which specifically focus on the bow.
  • The Omer Quartet for their ‘Music for Food’ Concert Series in Washington D.C. to aid  local hunger relief.

 

American musicologist Richard Taruskin, author of the acclaimed ‘Oxford History of Western Music’, was awarded the prestigious 2017 ¥50 Million (US $450,000) Japanese ‘Kyoto Prize’.

 

British cellist Steven Isserlis was awarded the 14th annual Glashütte Original Music Festival Award – in recognition of his ‘achievements in classical music education and support for young artists’.

 

91 year old Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag and his wife, pianist Márta Kurtág were announced as the recipients of the 2017 £30,000 (US $37,500) Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizes – in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music. 

 

Scottish violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti was awarded the 2017 Queens Medal for Music – presented to an outstanding British musician or group of musicians who have had ‘major influence on the musical life of the nation’.

 

Moldovian-born Austrian violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja was one of 15 recipients of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prix Music Prizes – in recognition for her contributions in all musical genres.

 

The Sphinx Organization, a US non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young American Black and Latin classical musicians, announced 15 recipients of 2017 MPower Artist Career Grants.

  • Matthew David Adams – $1,000 – to attend the Aspen Music Festival.
  • Steven Baloue – $9,500 – to purchase a viola by Michael Becker.
  • Jonathan Colbert – $38,650 – to purchase a double bass made by Trevor Davis.
  • Annalise Cole – $1,870 – to take private violin lessons with a master-level teacher at the Arts and Community Network.
  • Megan Delatour – $1,200 – to purchase a viola bow from Judd Violins.
  • Anita Dumar – $1,100 – to assist with sending the Ivalas Quartet to participate in the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival.
  • Angelica Durrell – $14,500 – to present a large-scale Cultural Crossover Concert featuring Afro-Caribbean music and an Integrated Orchestra.
  • David France – $4,930 – to support the Dare to Aspire Conference dedicated to equipping string teachers to bring about social change.
  • Celia Hatton – $2,300 – to participate in the Sarasota Music Festival.
  • Chi-chi Nwanoku – $24,500 – to produce Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra performances at Royal Festival Hall, London.
  • Aaron Olguin – $16,500 – to embark on a five-venue chamber music tour with the Bassinova Quartet.
  • Maurice Todd – $30,000 – to create the Cincinnati Double Bass Institute.
  • Hannah White – $14,500 – to support costs associated with college preparation, including lessons, recordings, auditions, and competitions
  • Elena Urioste & Melissa White – $24,500 – to fund the launch of a new program celebrating the symbiosis between music and yoga.

 

London Symphony Orchestra Sub-Leader Lennox Mackenzie was announced as the Royal Philharmonic Society/Association of British Orchestras’ 2017 ‘Salomon Prize’ recipient.

 

British cellist Steven Isserlis was awarded the 2017 Wigmore Medal – in recognition of his long-standing relationship with London’s Wigmore Hall.

 

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons was announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Leonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize.

 

26 year old Swiss-born violist Hana Hobiger was announced as 1 of 3 recipients of the 2017 Fritz Gerber Contemporary Music Prizes.

 

23 year old Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Company Prince’s Prize Competition – hosted by the Guildhall School of Music, in London.

 

British cellist Steven Isserlis was awarded the €25,000 2017 ‘Glashütte Original Music Festival Award’.

 

Chinese violin maker Yu Hiudong was awarded a gold medal in the violin category at the 2017 Malta International Violin Making Competition – at the Central Academy of Arts, in Valletta, Malta.

Silver medals were presented to instrument makers Paolo Trazzi from Italy and Chen Xiang Wei from China.

In the viola category, a gold medal was awarded to Italian instrument maker Marco Osio.

Silver medals were presented to Han Zhaosheng of China and Seung Jin Lee from South Korea.

 

87 year old Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink was appointed a ‘Commander of the Order of the Netherlands’ –  the country’s oldest and most distinguished civil order.

 

German violinist David Garrett was awarded the annual 2017 €15,000 Frankfurt Music Prize.

 

Celebrated Russian contemporary music composer Sofia Gubaidulina was awarded one of six 2017 ’BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge’ Prizes in Madrid, Spain.

 

German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter was awarded a 2017 ‘Crystal Award’ by the World Economic Forum – for her services to ‘music education’ and ‘young artists’ – and for having ‘shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world’.

 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center announced Welsh-born composer and pianist Huw Watkins as the recipient of the 2017 $25,000 Elise L. Stoeger Prize.

 

24 year old VC cellist VC Artist Kian Soltani was awarded the prestigious 2017 ‘Leonard Bernstein’ prize for ‘outstanding musical artistry’.

 

London Symphony Orchestra sub-leader, violinist Lennox Mackenzie was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) – for his services to music.

 

German violinist and pianist Julia Fischer was awarded a ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – for her work as a cultural ambassador for the country.

 

We acknowledge the outstanding achievements of this year’s prize winners.

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