16 year old Chinese violinist, Ziyu He has today been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 12th International Mozart Competition, in Salzburg, Austria.
A student of Professor Paul Roczek at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Ziyu will receive €10,000 (US $11,500).
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 24 year old Thomas Reif, from Germany - and 27 year old, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore from the United States/Netherlands.
Ziyu is a former major prize winner at the Szymon Goldberg, Louis Spohr and Kloster Schontal International Violin Competitions - and was awarded the coveted 2014 ‘Eurovision Young Musician of the Year’ accolade.
This year’s jury comprised Benjamin Schmid (Chairperson), Hans Graf, Esther Hoppe, Priya Mitchell, Gerhard Schulz, Matthias Schulz and Sergiu Schwartz.