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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Stella Chen studied at the Juilliard School under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho and at the New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. She also studied psychology at Harvard. She has won prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition and the Tibor Varga Competition and was awarded the Robert Levin Prize. Stella Chen has played at the Ravinia Steans Institute, in the Mozarteum Salzburg Academy, in the Music@ Menlo International Program, and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Lübeck. She has worked with, among others, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Levin, Donald Weilerstein, Catherine Cho, Miriam Fried, Hsin‑Yun Huang, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Federico Cortese, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Matthew Lipman, Roger Tapping, Paul Biss, and Paul Katz. Stella Chen has performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Bach Society Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony.
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Second Prize
Timothy Chooi studied under Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, and Patinka Kopec and is currently pursuing a master’s at the Juilliard School under Catherine Cho. He has won first prize in the Joseph Joachim competition in Hanover and the Schadt competition in the United States, after previously impressing at the Michael Hill and Montreal competitions. He has performed with, among others, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Timothy Chooi has contributed to events promoting peace by, for example, playing at the Asian Heritage Day Gala, in collaboration with the Canadian government. Together with his brother Nikki, who is also a violinist and is a laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition, he founded the Chooi Brothers ensemble, which takes classical music to remote regions of the world.
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Third Prize
Stephen Kim trained at the Curtis Institute of Music under Shmuel Ashkenasi, Aaron Rosand, and Joseph Silverstein and was awarded the Curtis Institute’s Milka Violin Artist Prize in 2018. He is currently studying at the Juilliard School under Hyo Kang. He has won prizes at a number of competitions : the Yehudi Menuhin, the Sendai, and, more recently, the Premio Paganini. He has worked with, among others, the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony, the Terre Haute Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the Suwon Philharmonic, the Sendai Philharmonic, and the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice. He recently performed in the recital series of the Stradivari Society and the Verbier Festival Academy. Stephen Kim is the only person to have won three of the competitions organised by the Aspen Music Festival : the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2014, the Dorothy DeLay Memorial Fellowship in 2013, and the AACA Mozart Violin Concerto Competition in 2011.
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Fourth Prize
Shannon Lee is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where she studied under Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt before going on to study information science at Columbia University. She has followed masterclasses given by, among others, Miriam Fried, Boris Kushnir, and Rainer Schmidt and has begun to study for a master’s at the Cleveland Institute under Jaime Laredo. She has impressed at the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Indianapolis, and Naumburg competitions. Shannon Lee has played with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Lewisville Lake Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Phoenix Symphony. She is a founder member of the Bicycle String Trio, which has played at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.
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Fifth Prize
Júlia Pusker studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Gyorgy Pauk. As a soloist, she has performed frequently with various orchestras, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, under János Rolla. In 2016, she was awarded Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award. A keen chamber musician, she is a founding member of Ensemble Mirage. In 2013, she recorded a chamber music version of Bruckner’s Second Symphony with the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, conducted by Trevor Pinnock. She recently received the Junior Prima Primissima award for the best young Hungarian musicians. Júlia Pusker has been an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel since 2015, under the direction of Augustin Dumay.
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Sixth Prize
Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians. She trained in Leipzig under Mariana Sirbu and in Rostock under Petru Munteanu and is currently studying under Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hanover. She has won the Michael Hill Competition, the German Music Competition and the Johannes Brahms Competition and is a laureate of the Fritz Kreisler and Indianapolis competitions. As a soloist, she has performed with, among others, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Orchestra, and the Philharmonie Baden‑Baden. As a chamber musician, Ioana Cristina Goicea has taken part in the Chamber Music Academy of the Heidelberger Fruhling festival and in the Verbier Festival Academy, where she was able to benefit from the advice of musicians such as Gábor Takács-Nagy, Mihaela Martin, Pinchas Zukerman, Michel Béroff, and Andraș Keller.
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Unranked laureate
Luke Hsu trained at the Shepherd School of Music under Cho-Liang Lin, at the New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein, and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Rodney Friend. He is currently studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Pierre Amoyal. He has won a number of prizes at international competitions such as the Indianapolis, the Premio Paganini, the Wieniawski, the Michael Hill, the Isang Yun, and the Montreal. Luke Hsu has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including those of Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Auckland, Odense, and Poznań and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, under eminent conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Hugh Wolff. He is a member of the Beacon Street Trio, founded at the New England Conservatory, and has composed pieces for string quartet, harp, flute and viola trio, and mezzo-soprano and electronic instruments.
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Unranked laureate
In 2004, Sylvia Huang was a laureate of the Breughel Competition before going on to take first prize in the Belfius Classics Competition. In 2008, she won first prize in the Lions European Music Competition. She played in the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2009 to 2010 and joined the Belgian National Orchestra in 2012. Since 2014, she has been first violinist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. A keen chamber musician, she joined forces with three of her colleagues in September 2014 to found the GoYa Quartet Amsterdam, with which she performs regularly both in the Netherlands and abroad. She has taken part in a number of international festivals, including the B-Classic Festival van Vlaanderen and the Echappees Musicales du Medoc. She is currently pursuing further studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Liviu Prunaru.
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Unranked laureate
A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, Seiji Okamoto studied under Kimiko Nakazawa, Gerard Poulet, and Kazuki Sawa. He currently lives in Berlin, where he is studying under Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler. In 2014, he won first prize and the audience prize at the Bach Competition Leipzig, becoming the first Asian winner of the violin category. In 2016, he won sixth prize and the audience prize at the Sendai competition ; later that year, he took second prize at the Wieniawski Competition in Poznań, which was followed by an extensive tour of Europe, including St Petersburg. He frequently performs as a guest soloist with orchestras, in recital, and in chamber music in Japan, Europe, and the United States and has appeared at various festivals, including the Bachfest in Leipzig and La Folle Journee in Japan.
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Unranked laureate
Eva Rabchevska began her musical studies under Maria Futorska in Lviv, her home town. She went on to train at the Special Music School in Kiev under Yaroslava Rivnyak and later at the Bratislava Conservatory under Jozef Kopelman. She is currently engaged in further studies at the Reina Sofía College of Music under Zakhar Bron. She has won prizes at a number of competitions : the David Oistrakh in Moscow in 2010, the Carl Flesch in Hungary, the Lipinski-Wieniawski in Lublin (Poland), and the Young Virtuosos in Sofia. Eva Rabchevska is a member of the BP Mendelssohn Quartet. She has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Olomouc Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
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