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Laureates
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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Ji Young Lim studies at the Korea National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim. Third laureate of the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition in 2011, she won both the Ishikawa Music Award in Japan and the Great Mountains Concerto Competition in Korea in 2012. In 2013, she won First Prize at the Euroasia International Competition in Japan and the MIMC Prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition. The following year, she was a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, winning the Mozart special prize. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Germany, and Switzerland, under conductors such as Maxim Vengerov and Joel Smirnoff. In April 2015, Ji Young Lim made her debut with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Indianapolis. During the season 2015-16, she will make recital and concerto tours in Europe, the United States and Asia, including a recital at the 2016 Hong Kong Arts Festival.
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Second Prize
After training in his homeland, Oleksii Semenenko went on to further studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne under Zakhar Bron and Harald Schoneweg. Third Laureate of the Paganini Moscow International Competition in 2010, he went on to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2012 and the International Boris Goldstein Competition in Berne in 2015. Oleksii Semenenko has performed at Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center Hall (Washington), and the Gardner Museum (Boston) and will soon make his debut at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has played as a soloist with a number of ensembles, including the Moscow Virtuosi, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. As a chamber musician, he founded the Stolyarsky Quartet, which has given concerts in Russia, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, and Malta. Instrument : Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi (1770), loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben
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Third Prize
Currently a student at Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles under Robert Lipsett, William Hagen has also studied under Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2014, he won Second Prize at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. He has played under conductors such as Placido Domingo, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Johannes Wildner, with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Louis Symphony, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has played chamber music with, among others, the pianists Menham Pressler, Robert Spano, Orli Shaham, and Steven Osborne and the violinists Alex Kerr and David Halen. He has performed at the Aspen Festival and in the Colburn Chamber Music Society Series. This summer, William Hagen will take part in the Academy at the Verbier Festival. Instrument : Andrea Guarneri (1675)
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Fourth Prize
Trained at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg since the age of eight, Tobias Feldmann entered Antje Weithaas’s class at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin in 2010. A laureate of numerous national and international competitions, he won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Henri Marteau International Competition in 2011. The following year, he was a laureate of the Joseph Joachim International Competition in Hanover and was awarded the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation Prize. He has performed, at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut, in Thailand, Vietnam, and Tunisia and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has played with a number of orchestras, including the Utah Symphony, the Münchener Kammerorchester, and the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Hanover). He released his first CD in 2014 on Genuin. Instrument : Antonio Stradivari (1703), loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben
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Fifth Prize
Stephen Waarts, who initially studied both piano and violin, went on study at the San Francisco Conservatory under Lin Li and in New York under Itzhak Perlman. He currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he is taught by Aaron Rosand. He won the International Louis Spohr Competition in 2011; in 2013, he was Second Laureate of the Montreal International Musical Competition and won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He won First Prize in the Menuhin Competition in Texas in 2014. He has worked with a number of orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Redwood Symphony, the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center (Washington), Merkin Hall (New York), and the Louvre (Paris). He is also an eminent mathematician and has won national awards in that discipline. Instrument : Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, loaned by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins
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Sixth Prize
After graduating as a soloist last year from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Fumika Mohri is currently pursuing further studies under Harada Koichiro and Mizuno Sachika and at Keio University. She won the Seoul International Competition in 2012 and was Second Laureate at the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa in 2015. Mohri Fumika has worked with orchestras such as the Osaka Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Kanagawa Philharmonic. She has performed at the Miyazaki and Takefu international music festivals and on a recital tour of Korea in 2013. She has taken part in master classes at the Ishikawa Music Academy (Japan), the Great Mountains Music Festival (Korea), the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades (France), and elsewhere. Instrument : Poggi (ca 1950)
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Unranked laureate
Trained at the National University of Arts in Seoul, Bomsori Kim is currently studying at the Juilliard School under Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. In 2010, she was a laureate of the International Jean Sibelius Competition and of the Sendai International Music Competition, where she was also awarded the Audience Prize. The following year, she won the China International Violin Competition; in 2012, she was a laureate of the Joseph Joachim International Competition in Hanover. In 2013, she won 2nd Prize in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, as well as a number of special prizes. Bomsori Kim has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Hanover), the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Chamber Orchestra, and the Münchener Kammerorchester. She made her debut with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Instrument : Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1774)
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Unranked laureate
Born into a family of musicians, Ji Yoon Lee studied at the Korea National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before moving to the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she is currently studying for a master’s under Kolja Blacher. Second laureate of the Pablo Sarasate International Competition in 2011, she won the Moscow International David Oistrakh Competition in 2013. She has taken part in master classes with, among others, Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron, and Pinchas Zukerman, and has participated in the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she received the Hahnloser Prize. Ji Yoon Lee has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and with ECCO. In 2015, she won the Windsor Festival International String Competition, which will lead to her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the conductor Jac van Steen. Instrument : Pietro Guarneri (1730), loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben
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Unranked laureate
After training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Harald Herzl, Thomas Reif is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, in Tanja Becker-Bender’s class. He won the Ruggiero Ricci competition in Salzburg (2009), the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria) (2010), and the Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg (2012). In 2013, he was Third Laureate of the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg. Thomas Reif has taken part in master classes with Midori, Vadim Gluzman, Igor Ozim, and Rudens Turku. A regular guest of the Münchener Kammerorchester and of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, he has also performed with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. He made his debut at the Mozart Festival in Salzburg, with Douglas Boyd as conductor, in 2012, the same year in which he received the Ian Stoutzker Prize, awarded in memory of Yehudi Menuhin. Instrument : Tomaso Balestrieri (ca 1760)
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Unranked laureate
After being taught by Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, Kenneth Renshaw is now a student at the Juilliard School in New York under Itzhak Perlman and Lin Li. He won the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition in 2009; the following year, he won the International Louis Spohr Competition, at which he also received the prize for the best performance of a Mozart concerto. In 2012, he was awarded First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. He has already performed with many orchestras, including the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ushuaia Festival Orchestra, and the California Symphony. A member of the Soleil piano trio from 2008 to 2010, he has also worked with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Matt Heimovitz, and James Galway. He has performed at a number of festivals, including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Kronberg Academy. Instrument : Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1765), loaned by the Juilliard School
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