The Winners and Grinners – 2019 International Prize Winners [CONGRATS]

As the 2019 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 2019 year winds to an end, we take a look back at the year’s major international competition prize winners and bursary recipients – including VC Young Artists Timothy Chooi, Brannon Cho, Zlatomir Fung, Santiago Cañón-Valencia, Stella Chen, Angelo Xiang Yu, Stephen Kim, Johan Dalene, Tessa Lark, Fedor Rudin, Timothy Ridout and the Verona and Marmen String Quartets.

 

26-year old VC Young Artist Stella Chen [PICTURED] from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition – in Brussels, Belgium.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to: 25-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi from Canada - and 23-year-old VC Young Artist Stephen Kim from the United States. 

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to: 26-year-old VC Young Artist Shannon Lee from Canada/United States, 27-year-old Julia Pusker from Hungary - and 26-year-old VC Young Artist Ioana Cristina Goicea from Romania.

VC YOUNG ARTIST STELLA CHEN | 2019 QUEEN ELISABETH INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | HUGH WOLFF & BELGIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA | 1ST PRIZE

 

20-year-old VC Young Artist Zlatomir Fung from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition – in Moscow, Russia.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to VC Young Artist Santiago Cañón-Valencia from Colombia – and Anastasia Kobekina from Russia.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to Taeguk Mun from South Korea, Yibai Chen from China – and Senja Elina Rummukainen from Finland.

VC YOUNG ARTIST ZLATOMIR FUNG | TCHAIKOVSKY | ROCOCO VARIATIONS | 2019 TCHAIKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 20-YEARS-OLD

 

30-year-old Sergey Dogadin from Russia was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition – in Moscow, Russia.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Marc Bouchkov from Belgium – and Donghyun Kim from South Korea.

Joint 4th was awarded to Aylen Pritchin from Russia and Mayumi Kanagawa from the United States.

6th prize was awarded to Milan Al-Ashhab from the Czech Republic.

SERGEY DOGADIN | TCHAIKOVSKY | VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR | 2019 TCHAIKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 20-YEARS-OLD

 

21-year-old Do Gyung Anna Im from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – in Auckland, New Zealand.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Eric Tsai from United States – and 23-year-old Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis from Latvia.

4th, 5th and 6th prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Angela Sin Ying Chan from Hong Kong, 24-year-old Hannah Cho from the United States – and 20-year-old Victoria Wong from Australia.

DO GYUNG ANNA IM | SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | GIORDANO BELLINCAMPI & AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA  | 2019 MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

22-year-old Hao Zhou from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Concours Musical International de Montréal – in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 29-year-old Johanna Pichlmair from Austria – and 25-year-old Fumika Mohri from Japan/Germany.

HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | ALEXANDER SHELLEY AND THE ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTREAL | CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTREAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

The London-based VC Artist Marmen Quartet and the Los Angeles-based Viano String Quartet were awarded joint-1st prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition – in Banff, Canada.

2nd prize was awarded to the Houston-based Callisto Quartet.

VIANO STRING QUARTET | BEETHOVEN | STRING QUARTET NO. 9 IN C MAJOR. OP. 59 NO. 3 | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION | JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

VC ARTIST MARMEN STRING QUARTET | BEETHOVEN | STRING QUARTET NO. 14 IN C# MINOR OP. 131 | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION | JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

21-year-old Haruma Sato from Japan was awarded 1st Prize at the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition – in Munich, Germany. 

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Friedrich Thiele from Germany – and 26-year-old Sihao He from China.

HARUMA SATO | SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO NO. 2 IN G MAJOR | EUN SUN KIM & BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY | 2019 ARD INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE 

 

18-year-old VC Young Artist Johan Dalene from Sweden was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition – in Odense, Denmark.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 21-year-old Marie-Astrid Hulot from France - and 22-year-old Anna Agafia Egholm from Denmark.

https://youtu.be/5t42Yd1orNQ?t=38

VC YOUNG ARTIST JOHAN DALENE | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | YARON TRAUB & ODENSE SYMPHONY | 2019 CARL NIELSEN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 18-YEARS-OLD

 

19-year-old violinist Joshua Brown from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition – in Augsburg, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19-year-old Karisa Chiu from the United States – and 24-year-old Kaoru Oe from Japan.

JOSHUA BROWN | MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3 IN G MAJOR | DOMONKOS HÉJA & MUNICH RADIO ORCHESTRA | 2019 LEOPOLD MOZART INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

 

18-year-old Simon Zhu from Germany was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians – in Zhuhai, China.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 18-year-old Elli Choi from the United States - and 21-year-old Yiying Jiang from China.

12-year-old Jinan Woo from South Korea was awarded 1st prize in the 12 Years and Under Category. 

1st prize in the 13 to 16 Year Old Age Category was awarded to 14-year-old Lina Nakano from Japan. 

SIMON ZHU | MOZART VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 5 IN A MAJOR | 1ST MVT | SALZBURG CHAMBER SOLOISTS | 2019 ZHUHAI INTERNATIONAL MOZART COMPETITION FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS | 1ST PRIZE WINNER

 

The Simply Quartet from Austria was awarded 1st prize in the String Quartet Category at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition  in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to the Balourdet String Quartet from the United States - and the Quatuor Elmire from France.

SIMPLY QUARTET | 2019 CARL NIELSEN INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION | FINAL ROUND

 

19-year-old cellist Sterling Elliott from the United States was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition – in Detroit, United States.

2nd prize in the Senior Division was awarded to 21-year-old violinist Adé Williams.

3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to 26-year-old violist Caleb Georges - and 24-year-old cellist Laura Andrade.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/315004309361386/

STERLING ELLIOTT | SCHUMANN CELLO CONCERTO IN A MINOR | 3RD MVT | MICHAEL MORGAN & SPHINX SYMPHONY | 2019 SPHINX COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE | 19-YEARS-OLD

 

Phoenix Avalon from the United States was awarded 1st prize in the Senior 18-to-20-years-old category at the 2019 Spohr International Violin Competition – in Weimar, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes in the Senior Category were awarded to Tassilo Probst from Germany – and Taichi Miyamoto from Japan.

Haewon Lim from South Korea was awarded 1st prize in the Intermediate 15-to-17-years-old age category.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Pauline van der Rest from Belgium – and Anatol Toth from Switzerland.

Maya Wichert from Germany was awarded 1st prize in the 14-Years-and-Younger Junior category.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Raphael Nussbaumer from Switzerland – and Fiona Khuong-Huu from the United States.

PHOENIX AVALON | MENDELSSOHN | VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR | NICOLÁS PASQUET & UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC FRANZ LISZT WEIMAR ORCHESTRA | 2019 SPOHR INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

 

27-year-old VC Young Artist Shannon Lee from Canada was awarded 2nd prize at the 2019 Sendai International Violin Competition  in Sendai, Japan.

No 1st prize was awarded at the competition.

3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to 23-year-old Mayu Tomotaki from Japan – and 22-year-old Chihiro Kitada from Japan.

5th prize was awarded to 18-year-old Elias David Moncado from Germany.

Joint 6th prize was awarded to 20-year-old Rio Arai from Japan – and 22-year-old Donghwi Ko from Korea.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/652429751941457/?t=10

VC YOUNG ARTIST SHANNON LEE | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | KEN TAKASEKI & SENDAI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | 2019 SENDAI INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 2ND PRIZE

 

Gang Hyeon Park from South Korea and Ruslan Turuntayev from Kazakhstan were awarded the joint-Grand Prix at the 2019 inaugural Vietnam International Violin Competition – in Hanoi, Vietnam.

1st and 2nd prizes were awarded to Zhenyi Jiang from China and Hyeon Hong from South Korea.

Joint 3rd prizes were awarded to Hoàng Hồ Khánh Vân from Vietnam – and Petr Fedotov from Russia.

 

American violist Jordan Bak, Turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev, German recorder player Tabea Debus and the New England Conservatory-based Merz Piano Trio were awarded 1st prizes at the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York City. 

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/2496098274004798/

JORDAN BAK & JIYUNG LEE | WINKLER | VIOLA SONATA IN C MINOR | 1ST MVT | 2019 CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VICTOR ELMALEH COMPETITION

 

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/413069949406781/

JAMAL ALIYEV & NARGIZ ALIYAROVA | BLOCH | FROM JEWISH LIFE | PRAYER | 2019 CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VICTOR ELMALEH COMPETITION

 

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/512359649564095/

MERZ PIANO TRIO | 2019 CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VICTOR ELMALEH COMPETITION

 

23-year-old pianist Martin James Bartlett from England, the Quartet Amabile from Japan, 22-year-old pianist Albert Cano Smit from Spain and 26-year-old saxophonist Steven Banks from the United States were awarded 1st prizes at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions – in New York City.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/1154048511651996/

QUARTET AMABILE | MENDELSSOHN | STRING QUARTET NO. 2 IN A MINOR OP. 13 | 1ST MVT | 2019 YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS

 

Cellist Alexander Hersh, pianists Christopher Goodpasture and Saetbyeol Kim, oboist Mitchell Kuhn, soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and domrist/mandolinist Ekaterina Skliar were awarded 1st prizes at the 2019 Astral Artists National Auditions – in Philadelphia, United States

 

25-year-old violinist Mayumi Kanagawa from Japan/United States, 23-year-old cellist Maciej Kuɫakowski from Poland, 21-year-old hornist Ben Goldscheider from England, 18-year-old pianist George Harliono from England, 26-year-old mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska from Macedonia, 25-year-old bassoonist Theo Plath from Germany and 27-year-old accordionist Samuele Telari from Italy were awarded 1st prizes at the 2019 Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Competition - in London.

 

VC Artist Angelo Xiang Yu, the JACK Quartet, piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton and pianist, Henry Kramer were awarded 2019 Avery Fisher Career Development Grants.

 

Violinists, VC Young Artist Stella Chen and VC Artist Tessa Lark were announced as recipients of 2020 Lincoln Center Awards for Emerging Artists – in New York City.

 

13-year-old Edward Walton from Australia was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition – in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 11-year-old Teo Gertler from Slovakia – and 12-year-old Flavia Napolitano from Italy.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/364546494248397/

EDWARD WALTON | MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR | 1ST MVT | GIANCARLO GUARINO & ORCHESTRA MITTELEUROPA | 2019 IL PICCOLO VIOLINO MAGICO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

10-year-old Riisa Nakahara from Japan was awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division (14 Years and Younger) at the 2019 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition. 

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 13-year-old Dragos Rusanu from Romania – and 13-year-old Haymon Haffner from Germany.

15-year-old Daniil Bulayev from Latvia was awarded 1st prize in the Intermediate Division (15 to 17 Years Old). 

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 15-year-old Haewon Lim from South Korea – and 17-year-old Katharina Auer from Austria.

18-year-old Maxim Tzekov from Austria was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division (18 to 20 Years Old).

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19-year-old Lisa Yasuda from Japan – and 19-year-old Robert Einenkel from Germany.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/2742587402482234/

DANIIL BULAYEV | WIENIAWSKI | FANTASIA ON THEMES FROM GOUNOD'S FAUST | 2019 LEONID KOGAN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS | 14 TO 17 YEAR OLD CATEGORY | 1ST PRIZE

 

 

26-year-old John-Henry Crawford from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition – in Morelia, Mexico.

2nd prize was awarded to cellist Katherine Audas from the United States.

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to Edward Luengo from the United States – and Mingyao Zhao from China

 

The New England Conservatory-based Merz Trio was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Strings Division at the 46th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition – in South Bend, Indiana, United States.

2nd and 3rd prizes in the Senior Strings Division were awarded to the Abeo Quartet and Dior Quartet.

1st prize in the Junior Strings Division was awarded to the Fervida Trio.

 

22-year-old Anna Agafia Egholm from Denmark was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition – in Sion, Switzerland. 

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19-year-old Adam Koch Christensen from Denmark – and 24-year-old Roksana Kwaśnikowska from Poland.

 

20-year-old Hayoung Choi from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition – in Kraków, Poland.

2nd prize was awarded to Francesco Stefanelli from San Marino.

3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to Yang Kang from China - and Bence Bankovi from Hungary.

 

19-year-old American cellist Sterling Elliott was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition – in Davis, California, United States.

2nd prize was awarded to 19-year-old American cellist James Hettinga.

 

The UK-based VC Artist Marmen Quartet and the Vienna-based Simply Quartet were awarded joint top prize at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition – in Bordeaux, France.

 

The Mithras Trio from Moldova/United Kingdom was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition – in Trondheim, Norway.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Trio Hèlios from France – and the Trio Opal from Japan/Germany/Taiwan.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/2676895418989238/

MITHRAS TRIO | BRAHMS | PIANO TRIO NO. 3 IN C MINOR | 4TH MVT | 2019 TRONDHEIM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION

 

21-year-old Australian cellist Rachel Siu was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 5th ‘Getting to Carnegie’ Competition – at Carnegie Hall, in New York City.

 

The National Federation of Music Clubs announced cellist Alexander Hersh, pianist Susan Yang, soprano Lily Arbissser and tenor Paul Wolf as 1st prize winners of the 2019 Young Artist Competition – in Greenwood, Indiana, United States.

 

22-year-old German cellist Sebastian Fritsch was awarded 1st prize in the cello division of the 2019 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Music Competition – in Berlin.

2nd and 3rd prizes in this year’s cello competition were awarded to Sul Yoon from South Korea and Petar Pejčić from Serbia.

 

18-year-old American violinist Daniel Rafimayeri from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition – in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 19-year-old cellist Nathan Le – and 19-year-old violinist Sory Park.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/1343564632448632/

DANIEL RAFIMAYERI | ELGAR VIOLIN CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | 2019 STULBERG INTERNATIONAL STRING COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE

 

25-year-old harpist Rachel Lee Hall was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition – in Houston, Texas, United States.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 25-year-old cellist Coleman Itzkoff - and 23-year-old harpist Chloe Tula.

 

17-year-old American cellist James Baik was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 34th Irving M. Klein International String Competition – in San Francisco.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 23-year-old cellist Dakota Cotugno and 22-year-old violinist Julia Mirzoev.

4th and 5th prizes were awarded to 20-year-old bassist Gabriel Polinsky and 19-year-old cellist James Hettinga.

 

18-year-old Eric Charles Chen from the United State was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition – in Oberlin, Ohio, United States.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 14-year-old Shihan Wang from China – and 16-year-old Isabella Brown from the United States.

ERIC CHARLES CHEN & AKIKO CHIBA | 2019 COOPER INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITON | RECITAL FINAL ROUND | 1ST-PRIZE | 18-YEARS-OLD

 

Rachel Siu from Australia and Hayoung Lee from South Korea were awarded joint 1st prize in the 21-to-23-Year-Old Senior Age Category at the 2019 David Popper International Cello Competition – in Várpalota, Hungary.

2nd prize was awarded to Alexandra Kahrer from Austria.

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to Riku Hagiwara from Japan, Jaewoo Jeong from South Korea and Lena Marie Schulz from Germany.

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/538419050045029/

RACHEL SIU & ZSUZSA HOMOR | POPPER | HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY | INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION 'DAVID POPPER' FOR YOUNG CELLISTS

 

https://www.facebook.com/theviolinchannel/videos/994652024230733/

HAYOUNG LEE | POPPER | DANCE OF THE ELVES | 2019 INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION 'DAVID POPPER' FOR YOUNG CELLISTS

 

Seungyeon Baik from South Korea and Stefano Bruno from Italy were awarded joint 1st prize in the 18-to-20-Year-Old Age Category.

Danbin Lee from South Korea and Nella Balog from Hungary were awarded joint 1st prize in the 15-to-17-Year-Old Age Category.

Danah Han from South Korea and Ling Yang from China were awarded joint 1st prize in the 12-to-14-Year-Old Age Category.

Jeri Lee from South Korea, Nicholas Wong from the United States and Austin Kwan Shek Lam from Hong Kong were awarded joint 1st prize in the 10-to-11-Year-Old Junior Age Category.

 

21-year-old harpist Grace Roepke from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Competition – in Minneapolis.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to cellist Alexander Hersh and violinist Eva Aronian.

 

22-year-old cellist, Jonathan Swensen from Denmark was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 7th Windsor Festival International String Competition – in Windsor, England.

 

13-year-old Leonard Toschev from Germany and 15-year-old Wojciech Niedziółka from Poland were awarded joint 1st prize at the 2019 Telemann International Violin Competition – in Poznań, Poland.

2nd prize was awarded to Wiktoria Białostock from Poland.

Joint 3rd prizes were awarded to Katharina Auer from Austria - and Alicja Pustuła from Poland.

 

Kornii Sheldunov from Ukraine was awarded 1st Prize in the 9 years and younger category at the 2019 Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists – in Brussels, Belgium.

Joint 2nd Prize was awarded to Patriks Kļaviņš from Latvia – and Luísa Sousa Margalho from Portugal.

Joint 3rd Prize was awarded to Cecilia Arnau Torán from Spain – and Leander Hennes Resch from Germany.

The 1st prize in the 10 to 13 year old category was awarded to Sieun Moon from South Korea.

Joint 2nd Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Gekova from Bulgaria – and Marie Veronica Helling from Poland/Germany.

Joint 3rd prize was awarded to Roman Červinka from the Czech Republic, Paride Losacco from Italy, Hana Shah from Great Britain – and Alberto Friman from Finland.

1st Prize in the 14 to 17 year old category was awarded to Daniil Bulayev from Latvia.

3rd Prize was awarded to Alberto Sanz Rivera from Spain.

Joint 1st Prize in the 18 to 23 year old category was awarded to Seira Horiuchi from Japan and Yoko Ishikura from Japan.

2nd prize was awarded to Ayane Okabe from Japan. 3rd prize was awarded to Annastella Gibboni from Italy.

 

28-year-old American violist Paul Laraia was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition – in Port Erin, on the Isle of Man.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Yuchen Lu from China – and Paul Adrien Zientara from France.

 

17-year-old American cellist James Baik was awarded the Senior 1st Prize and Grand Prize at the 2018 22nd Annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition – in Ravinia, Illinois, United States.

13-year-old pianist Kimiko Darcy was awarded 1st prize in the 2018 Junior Division.

JAMES BAIK | SCHUMANN CELLO CONCERTO IN A MINOR | 1ST MVT | 2018 WALGREENS NATIONAL CONCERTO COMPETITION | GRAND PRIZE AND SENIOR 1ST PRIZE

 

Violinists Daniel Cho from South Korea/United States, Kyumin Park from South Korea and Johanna Pichlmair from Austria were awarded joint 2nd prize at this 2019 Max Rostal International Violin Competition – in Berlin.

4th prize was awarded to Alexander Won-Ho Kim from South Korea.

 

24-year-old German violist Tobias Reifland was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Max Rostal International Viola Competition – in Berlin.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 20-year-old Sào Soulez Larivière from France/Holland – and 29-year-old Sangyoon Lee from South Korea.

4th place was awarded to 19-year-old Nicholas Algot Swensen from Denmark.

 

30-year-old violist Luosha Fang from China was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Vienna Classic Strings International Viola Competition – in Vienna.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 26-year-old James Dong from Australia – and 24-year-old Aleksandr Tatarinov from Russia.

 

24-year-old Portuguese cellist Goncalo Lélis was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Agustin Aponte International String Competition – in Tenerife, Spain.

Second prize was awarded to violinist Michael Nodel.

Joint third prize was awarded to violist Daichi Yoshimura, cellist Yejin Kim and violinist Mio Sasaki.

 

12-year-old Australian cellist Ho-Se Kim was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Competition – in Brisbane, Australia.

 

7-year-old Japanese violinist Himari Yoshimura was awarded the Grand Prize in the Junior 10 years and under category of the 2019 Grumiaux International Competition for Young Violinists – in Brussels, Belgium.

Joint-1st prize in the Grumiaux Competition Junior category was awarded to 8-year-old Kai Gergov from Bulgaria/Japan and 10-year-old Nguyen Le Nguyen from Vietnam. 

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 10-year-old Anton Carus from the United States, 10-year-old SuMin Kim from South Korea and 10-year-old Riisa Nakahara from Japan. 

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to 9-year-old Anisiya Artemova from Russia, 10-year-old Khanui Erdenebat from Mongolia, 9-year-old Defne Güngör from Turkey and 10-year-old Nil Ipek Sabi from Turkey.

HIMARI YOSHIMURA | PAGANINI VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN D MAJOR | 1ST MVT | 2019 GRUMIAUX INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR YOUNG VIOLINISTS | CATEGORY A GRAND PRIZE | 7-YEARS-OLD

 

23-year-old YeongKwang Lee from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Markneukirchen International Cello Competition – in Markneukirchen, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Friedrich Thiele and 21-year-old Daniel Thorell.

 

18-year-old Finnish violinist Laura Kukkonen was announced as the winner of the 2019 Play With Ray‘ initiative – granting her the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, with superstar Australian violinist, VC Artist Ray Chen and the LA Philharmonic.

 

21-year-old Ayaka Uchio from Japan was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Category of the 2019 Grumiaux International Competition for Young Violinists – in Brussels, Belgium.

2nd prize was awarded to 18-year-old Rika Tanimoto from Japan – and 3rd prize to 19-year-old Taishin Yamamoto from Japan.

15-year-old Kyota Kakiuchi from Japan was awarded 1st prize in the 14 to 17 year old age category.

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to 17-year-old Leonid Anikin from Russia, 16-year-old Juseon Kim from South Korea and 17-year-old Miquel Muñiz-Galdon, from Spain.

13-year-old Bianca Ciubancan from United States/Romania and 12-year-old Naz Irem Turkmen from Turkey were awarded 1st prize in the 11 to 13 year old age category. 

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 12-year-old Hyunjung Cha from South Korea, 11-year-old Tao-Yuan Hsiao from Taiwan and 12-year-old Emiri Kakiuchi from Japan. 

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to 11-year-old Seoyul Kim, 13-year-old Zofia Olesik from Poland and 13-year-old Milena Pioruńska from Poland.

Joint-1st prize was awarded to 8-year-old Kai Gergov from Bulgaria/Japan and 10-year-old Nguyen Le Nguyen from Vietnam. 

Joint-2nd prize was awarded to 10-year-old Anton Carus from the United States, 10-year-old SuMin Kim from South Korea and 10-year-old Riisa Nakahara from Japan. 

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to 9-year-old Anisiya Artemova from Russia, 10-year-old Khanui Erdenebat from Mongolia, 9-year-old Defne Güngör from Turkey and 10-year-old Nil Ipek Sabi from Turkey.

 

25-year-old Simon Wiener from Switzerland was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Brahms International Violin Competition – in Pörtschach, Austria.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Tikhon Lukyanenko from Russia – and Hwapyung Yoo from South Korea.

 

Violinist Samuel Vargas, flutist  Alejandro Lombo, oboist Bhavani Kotha, clarinetist Freya Spence, saxophonist Eric Zheng, trumpeter Cade Gotthardt, jazz trombonist Dave Mosko, classical trombonist Connor Rowe, percussionist Austin Keck, classical pianist Xinzhu Ma and jazz pianist Will Kjeer were announced as the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artist winners.

 

The Soma Saxophone Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2019 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, United States.

 

18-year-old violinist Elias David Moncado from Germany was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition – in Toruń, Poland.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Robert Łaguniak from Poland – and 23-year-old Yumiko Yumiba from Japan.

 

27-year-old Finnish bassist Maria Krykov and 22-year-old Portuguese bassist José Trigo were awarded joint-2nd prize at the 2019 Bottesini International Double Bass Competition – in Crema, Italy.

17-year-old Hwang Junbin from South Korea was awarded 3rd prize.

 

12-year-old violinist Kento Hong from the United States was awarded 1st prize in the Junior Division of the 2019 Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition – in Chappaqua, New York.

2nd and 3rd prizes in this year’s Junior Division were awarded to 14-year-old pianist Christopher Zandieh and 17-year-old violinist Elli Choi.

21-year-old flutist Jaein Kim from South Korea was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division.

 

The British-based Barbican Quartet was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition – in Weimar, Germany.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to the VC Artist Marmen Quartet from Great Britain – and the Cosmos Quartet from Spain.

 

22-year-old violinist Ashley Park from the United States was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition – in Poughkeepsie, New York.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 25-year-old violist Ao Peng from South Korea – and 24-year-old violinist Chener Yuan from China.

 

The Hattori Foundation for Music and the Arts in London announced violinist Callum Smart, cellist Margarita Balanas, pianists Andrei Iliushkin, Ariel Lanyi, Arisa Onoda, and Wouter Valvekens, clarinetist Ivan Rogachev and oboist Rees Webster as the 8 recipients of the 2019 Senior Hattori Foundations Awards.

 

18-year-old Chien Chin from China was awarded 1st prize in the Senior 16-18 year old age category at the 2019 Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition – in Budapest, Hungary.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 18-year-old Doga Altınok from Turkey- and 16-year-old Sára Kovács from Hungary.

1st prize in the Junior 9-12 year old age category was awarded to 11-year-old Yume Tomita from Japan/United Kingdom.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 11-year-old Gáspár Kelemen from Hungary – and 10-year-old Defne Güngör from Turkey.

 

25-year-old Dutch cellist Anton Spronk was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Benedetto Mazzacurati International Cello Competition – in Turin, Italy.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to cellists Minji Kang and Zuzana Sosnowska.

 

American violist Brian Bires was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Texas Music Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition – in Houston, Texas, United States.

2nd prize at this year’s competition was awarded to clarinetist Evan Schnurr and violinist Yue Yang.

 

The Comme Toi Piano Duo and the Ulysses Quartet & Trung were awarded the joint-Grand Prix at the 2019 inaugural Vietnam International Chamber Music Competition – in Hanoi, Vietnam.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to the Vietnam-based Amici Quartet and the L’Espoir Trio.

 

16-year-old Natalie Kendy from Australia was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Australian National Youth Concerto Competition – in Brisbane, Australia.

 

24-year-old Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis, from Latvia, was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition – in Lviv, Ukraine.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 20-year-old Kostiantyn Lukyniuk from Ukraine – and 20-year-old VC Young Artist Dmytro Udovychenko from Ukraine.

 

24-year-old Ming Liu from China was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Harbin International Violin Competition – in Harbin, China.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 22-year-old Angela Sin Ying Chan from China/Hong Kong – and 21-year-old Haram Kim from South Korea.

 

23-year-old Issei Kurihara from Japan was awarded 2nd prize at the 2019 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition – in Gorizia, Italy.

No 1st prize was awarded.

3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to Chaofan Wang from China – and Tianren Xie from China. 

5th, 6th and 7th prizes were awarded to Namhyun Kim from South Korea, Mariia Lundina from Russia – and Irené Fiorito from Italy.

 

MinGwan Kim from South Korea was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition – in Prague, Czech Republic.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Yuri Yoon from South Korea – and Evgeny Shchegolev from Russia.

 

The six prize winners of the 2019 4th Progressive Classical Music Award were presented to composers Piotr Szewczyk, Jürgen Christ, Edmund Jolliffe, Rainer BartschViktor Molnár and Daniel Berg.

 

20-year-old Martin Zayranov from Bulgaria was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Grazyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition – in Łódź, Poland.

2nd prize was awarded to Aleksandra Kuls from Poland. Joint 3rd prize was awarded to Woo Hyung Kim from South Korea – and Marta Gidaszewska from Poland.

 

Violin duo, Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak were awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Rubinstein International Chamber Music Competition – in Dusseldorf, Germany.

2nd prize was awarded to the Yugen Trio.

Joint 3rd prize was awarded to Quatuor Arlequin and the Stuttgarter Kammerduo.

 

20-year-old Sara Dragan from Poland was awarded 1st prize in the Senior Category at the 2019 Novosibirsk International Violin Competition – in Novosibirsk, Russia.

2nd prize was awarded to Laura Handler.

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in this year’s Junior Category were awarded to Teo GertlerLaura KosterIvan Kerbiou.

 

21-year-old cellist Miles Mullin-Chivers from Australia was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Gisborne International Music Competition – in Gisborne, New Zealand.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 23-year-old cellist Sam Lucas from Australia – and 21-year-old violinist Katherine Woo.

 

Superstar German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was announced as 1 of 3 recipients of the prestigious 2019 Polar Music Prize – in Sweden.

 

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation, in Chicago, announced 18-year-old American violinist Joshua Brown as a recipient of 1 of 5 2019 Luminarts Fellowship grants.

 

The Kulturstiftung Dortmund announced 28-year-old violinist Marc Bouchkov as the recipient of the 2019 €5,000 Young Artist Music Prize.

 

Double bassist Joesph Conyers, soprano Raquel Gonzalez and baritone Will Liverman were awarded the Sphinx Organization 2019 Medals of Excellence.

 

The Meadowmount School of Music, in Upstate New York, announced 24-year-old cello virtuoso, VC Young Artist Brannon Cho as the recipient of the 2019 Ivan Galamian Prize.

 

The Festival Le Printemps du Violon, in Paris, announced 27-year-old violin virtuoso, VC Artist Fedor Rudin as the recipient of the 2019 Ivry Gitlis Prize.

 

The Manitoba Advisory Council, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, awarded Canadian-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes with a 2019 Order of Manitoba honor.

 

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was presented a CBE Order of the British Empire honour – at a private ceremony with Prince Charles at London’s Buckingham Palace.

 

23-year-old British violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout was awarded the 2019 Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival‘s Thierry Scherz Prize.

 

38-year-old Israeli conductor Yaniv Dinur was announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

 

American composer and conductor John Adams was awarded the prestigious 2019 €150,000 Dutch Erasmus Prize – in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Europe.

 

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development, an nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of extraordinary young American talent, announced 17-year-old American violinist Charlotte Marckx as a recipient of a US $50,000 2019 Davidson Fellowship.

 

The Bavarian Ministry of Art announced 28-year-old Munch-based cellist Raphaela Gromes as one of three recipients of the 2019 Freistat Art Prize.

 

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons was announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize – in recognition of exceptional global artistic achievement.

 

VC Artist Verona Quartet was awarded the 2020 Chamber Music America ‘Cleveland Quartet’ Award.

 

The Isang Yun Peace Foundation, in Seoul, announced Swiss composer Heinz Holliger and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho as joint-recipients of the 2019 Isang Yun International Composition Prize.

 

The Japan Art Association announced the recipients of the annual Praemium Imperiale Awards – including German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter.

 

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington DC, announced the selection of five honorees to receive 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievement – including American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

 

Italian-based Quartetto di Cremona was awarded the 2019 Franco Buitoni Prize.

 

Inti Figgis-vizueta from the United States, Niloufar Nourbakhsh from Iran and Bergrun Snaebjornsdottir from Iceland were announced as winners of the 2nd Hildegard Competition, in New York – in recognition of rising female and non-binary genderqueer composers.

 

The League of American Orchestras awarded acclaimed American Grammy Award-winning composer Joan Tower as the recipient of its 2019 Gold Baton Award – in recognition of distinguished service to American orchestras.

 

The Dresden Music Festival, in Dresden, Germany announced American violinist Joshua Bell as the recipient of its 2019 Glashütte Original Music Festival Prize – in recognition of his significant commitment to the development of young artists.

 

British violinist Tasmin Little was awarded BBC Music Magazine’s 2019 Personality of the Year accolade – in recognition of her significant contribution to classical music over the course of her career.

 

The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music announced 27-year-old Japanese composer, Aya Yoshida as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Zemlinsky Compositional Prize.

 

36-year-old American composer Ellen Reid was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music – for her thought-provoking new opera: p r i s m, based on a woman’s psychological trauma from sexual assault.

 

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