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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Yayoi Toda began with violin lessons at the age of four and quickly showed her talents as she took first place in the primary school division of the 33rd Japan Music Competition for Students in 1979. Her competitive successes continued and in 1985, she won first place in the 54th Japan Music Competition. She studied at Tokyo's Toho Gakuen High School and went to Europe for further studies at Amsterdam's Sweelinck Music Academy. She has worked with Toshiya Eto, Herman Krebbers, Charles-André Linale and Dorothy Delay and is a recipient of the prestigious Idemitsu Music Award. In 1993 she came to the attention of the classical music world when she won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. To date, her busy performance schedule has included engagements with London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Bonn Beethovenhalle Orchestra, The Hague Residentie Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra (Holland), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Noord-Nederlands Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as many of Japan's own major orchestras. She has performed with artists including Seiji Ozawa, Yuri Simonov, Jean Fournet, Gary Bertini, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Martha Argerich, Stanislav Bunin, Peter Eötvös, Shlomo Mintz, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Frank Braley, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Alexander Schneider. In 1996, Yayoi Toda received the Delay Scholarship to study for one year at the Juilliard School, and a year later made her New York debut. The same year saw her performance at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam of the violin concerto dedicated to her by Dutch composer Tristan Keuris, Violin Concerto No 2. She has been invited yearly to the Fukushima International Music Festival. Yayoi Toda has made recordings such as “Enesco, J.S. Bach” and “The Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach” for the Ongaku-no-Tomo record label, “Six Sonatas for Violin Solo of Ysaye” in 2004, the precious favorite violin pieces “Reve d'enfant” in 2006 for EXTON. She performs on the “Pietro Guarneri (1740)” generously provided by Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.
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Second Prize
Born in Craiova, Romania, Liviu Prunaru studied at the Menuhin Academy of Gstaad, Switzerland and completed his professional studies at The Juilliard School where he was an assistant to Dorothy DeLay and actively participated in master classes with Itzhak Perlman. Currently a professor at and artistic director of the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, he performs on a 1676 Guarneri violin graciously loaned to him by Professor M. Muller. Liviu Prunaru has performed recitals in many of the world's major cultural centres and has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Belgium National Orchestra, Bucharest Radio-Symphony, and the Puchon Philharmonic in Korea, among others. His work has also been in demand at renowned festivals including the Menuhin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Evian, Athens, and Salzburg festivals. Liviu Prunaru can be heard on CD with Camerata Lysy, as well as his own debut CD released by Pavane Records. He recently released a disc on the Swiss label Claves which includes the three violin concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, directed by Lawrence Foster. Violinist Liviu Prunaru gained international recognition through his participation at several prestigious violin competitions winning Gold Medals at the Dong-A competition in Korea, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Italy, and the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland, in addition to a Silver Medal at the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels and at the 1998 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. After capturing First Grand Prizes at the E. Nakamichi Wieniawski Violin Competition and the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition, Liviu Prunaru made his New York City debut in 1999 with the Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall. He is konzertmeister of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest since 2006.
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Third Prize
A native of Taiwan, Keng-Yuen Tseng began studying the violin at the age of five and made his performing debut at the age of seven. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1980, Mr. Tseng was awarded a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Erick Friedman and Glenn Dicterow. Keng-Yuen Tseng has won numerous top prizes at national and international competitions, both in the United States and abroad. In 1990, he received the award for best interpretation of a new composition at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, and three years later, he won Second Prize at the 1993 Queen Elisabeth Competition. He has received prizes at the North Carolina and New Jersey Symphony Artist Competitions and the Washington International String Competition, among others. Keng-Yuen Tseng has performed in recital and as a concerto soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and the Far East. Orchestras with which he has appeared as soloist include the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Simon Bolivar Orquesta Sinfonica, the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, the Taiwan Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, among others. He has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Belgium, and the Theatre Des Champs-Elysées in Paris. His 1995 performance in Beijing was televised throughout China. A dedicated teacher, Keng-Yuen Tseng is currently teaching and serving as Chair in Strings at Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, as well as Chair in Strings, Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory, NUS, at the Peabody Institute. He travels to Taiwan several times each year, where he conducts masterclasses, seminars, and mentors a growing list of prizewinning students. In addition, Keng-Yuen Tseng serves as the Artistic Director of Shuan Yin International Music Festival and is a recording artist under Dynamic and SYArts labels.
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Fourth Prize
The Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was a member of the Tokyo String Quartet from 2002 to 2012. In addition, his career as a soloist has taken him to every corner of the world, with, among others, the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, under conductors such as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Gilbert Varga, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In chamber music, he has appeared alongside Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer, and Yefim Bronfman. Martin Beaver studied under Claude Letourneau, Carlisle Wilson, Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng. A laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1993, he has also won prizes at the Indianapolis and Montreal international competitions and has made a number of recordings for René Gailly, Naim Audio, Naxos, Biddulph, Toccata Classics, SM 5000, and Harmonia Mundi. He has served on the juries of a number of competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Montreal, Osaka, and Melbourne competitions. Martin Beaver has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and New York University, among other institutions, and has been an artist in residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Sanford Medal. He currently teaches at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
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Fifth Prize
Natalia Prischepenko was born into a family of musicians in Siberia. At the age of seven, she began to learn the violin, taught by her mother, who is still her closest adviser. In 1989, she moved to the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, where she finished her studies under David Geringas. She won the Paganini Competition in 1990 and the Tokyo Violin Competition in 1992. The following year, she was a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Encounters with artists such as W. Levin, A. Brendel, and the members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartett, and the Emerson Quartet introduced Natalia Prischepenko to the world of chamber music. From 1994 to 2012, she was a member of the renowned Artemis Quartet, with which she won the ARD and Paolo Borciani competitions and made recordings of the Beethoven quartets that won the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros. She has also had fruitful contact with composers such as G. Kurtág, J. Widmann, L. Nono, and G. Ligeti and with artists such as S. Meyer, E. Leonskaja, J. Banse, L.O. Andsnes, T. Mørk, T. Kakuska, and V. Erben. A professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, she regularly gives masterclasses. She has made many recordings for Virgin Classics/EMI, for which she has received awards such as the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, and the ECHO Klassik.
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Sixth Prize
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Seventh Prize
Bin Huang endeared herself to the musical world when at age fourteen she won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland, sharing First Prize with Maxim Vengerov. She has maintained international prominence, winning both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy in 1994, and the Munich (ARD) International Music Competition in 1999. Besides, she is also a laureate in other world’s most prestigious competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Prague Spring, Indianapolis, Tchaikovsky, Marguerite-Long Thibaud and Hanover International Violin Competitions. Bin Huang’s concert career has taken her throughout the world, performing with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, French National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra; Orchestras in South Africa, Egypt Japan, etc and appearing at important concert venues such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Opera City in Tokyo, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and the People’s Great Hall and National Grand Theater in Beijing. In the 2008-2009 season Bin Huang gave the world premiere of Robert Gauldin Violin Concerto, which is dedicated to her, with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra in Canada. She was also invited by the China National Grand Theater to perform in the Ten Most Celebrated Violinists series. As an active chamber musician, Bin Huang has played in the Marlboro Music Festival, where she performed with members of the Beaux-Arts Trio and the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartet. She is a member of Fideo Trio which has performed in the United States, Italy, and Canada. Bin Huang has given master classes in Louisiana State University, Biola University, the universities of Dayton, Nebraska, and Southern Utah, and the Shanghai, Xinghai, Tianjin, Sichuan conservatories in China. Bin Huang’s live recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Paganini’s own violin, the “Cannon,” is the only existing live recording captured with that legendary instrument. Her CD Baroque Violin Favorite on the Naxos Label was given the editor’s choice in the American Record Guide (2003). Bin Huang began her violin studies at age four in China, and entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at age nine. After graduating from its high school, she went to the United States to continue her music study. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (BMA and Artist Diploma) and the Eastman School of Music (MMA and DMA) where her principal teachers were Berl Senofsky and Zvi Zeitlin. Her other major teachers include Shumin Guo, Zhilong Wang, Igor Ozim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Gennady Kleyman. She has been a jury member in the 12th International Violin Making Competition in Cremona and a jury member in the 53rd Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy in 2010.
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Eighth Prize
A prizewinner at three of the most prestigious international violin competitions - the Tchaikovsky in Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth, and the Indianapolis - Marco Rizzi was early recognised as one of the most outstanding young violinists of his generation and was awarded the Europäischer Musikförderpreis on the recommendation of Claudio Abbado. Marco Rizzi is regarded as one of Italy’s finest musicians. He regularly appears in leading concert halls throughout Europe, working with renowned orchestras and eminent conductors. Due to his interest in unusual repertoire, he has frequently performed unknown masterpieces, as well as several 20th-century Italian sonatas and concertos that have been greatly appreciated by music-lovers and critics. Since 1999, Marco Rizzi has dedicated himself more and more intensively to teaching ; he leads an international class at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. In October 2008, he was appointed to the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim and since September 2007 he has also been a professor at the celebrated Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. His students have been prizewinners in major international competitions. He also regularly serves as a juror in some of the most prestigious violin competitions, such as the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover and the Paganini Violin Competition (Genoa). Marco Rizzi plays the ‘Baron Knoop’ 1743 violin by Pietro Guarneri, owned by the foundation ‘Il Canale’ ONLUS.
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Ninth Prize
Born to Croatian-Japanese parents in Germany, violinist Latica Honda-Rosenberg came to international attention after winning the silver medal at the 1998 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She started her development as a violinist at an early age and soon began studying with the great Hungarian violin virtuoso Tibor Varga. Starting in 1991, she spent three years studying with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and received her concert degree with special mention. In demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Latica Honda-Rosenberg has performed with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Radio Orchestras Leipzig, Cologne and Hanover, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, the Prague and the Zurich Chamber Orchestras, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic in Prague, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR-Radio-Orchestra-Cologne, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and others. She has been invited to the festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Gstaad, Salzburg and Kuhmo. In 2011 she founded the Joachim Quartett Berlin with Viviane Hagner, Hartmut Rohde and Jens Peter Maintz. Latica Honda-Rosenberg has made numerous radio and TV appearances throughout Europe, the USA and Israel. She records for the Oehms Classics label and is a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
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Tenth Prize
Violinist Kyung Sun Lee captured sixth prize in the 1994 Tchaikowsky Competition, first prizes of the Washington and D'Angelo International Competitions and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes. Subsequent to winning these awards she has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity as a performer. For years a highly sought after teacher in Seoul, Kyung Sun Lee became Assistant Professor of Violin at the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall of 2001, and then Associate Professor of Violin at University of Houston (Moores School of Music) in the fall of 2006. She has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also been involved with the Seattle and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festivals, the Euroart Chamber Music Festival in Leipzig, as well as numerous festivals in Korea. She is a former member of the acclaimed KumHo/Asiana String Quartet of Korea, with whom she performed worldwide. In addition to her busy international performing career, in recent years she has been in some demand as a judge of violin competitions. Kyung Sun Lee has recorded two CDs with pianist/husband Brian Suits, "Salut d'Amour" with pianist HaeSun Paik on EMI, several recordings with KumHo/Asiana String Quartet, and "Spanish Heart" with German pianist Peter Schindler and guitarist Sung-Ho Chang on Good International. An album with cellist Tilmann Wick was released in 2004 on Audite Records. Kyung Sun Lee studied at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang.
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