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Laureates
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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Victor Julien-Laferrière first started to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, and continued his cello studies with Heinrich Schiff at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and later at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Clemens Hagen. In 2012, he won First Prize and two special prizes at the Prague Spring Competition. With Adam Laloum and Mi-Sa Yang, he founded the Trio Les Esprits, now in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, which released its first CD on Mirare in 2014. A disc with sonatas, recorded with Adam Laloum for the same label, was awarded a Diapason d’Or in 2016. Victor Julien-Laferrière has performed with ensembles such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, and with artists such as Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, David Grimal, and Antoine Tamestit. Instrument : unknown maker (Milan, 1720)
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Second Prize
Born in Tokyo in 1994, Yuya Okamoto had his first cello lessons at the age of six. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Diploma of Merit’ at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Tokyo. He studied at the Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) under Nobuko Yamazaki and later at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under Wen-Sinn Yang. He has taken part in masterclasses given by, among others, Wolfgang Boettcher, Natalia Gutman, and Jens Peter Maintz. He won First Prize in the Music Competition of Japan in 2011 and received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in 2015. He has performed as a soloist with many Japanese ensembles, including the Ensemble of Tokyo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Instrument : Paolo Antonio Testore (1746)
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Third Prize
Santiago Cañón-Valencia trained under Henryk Zarzycki in Colombia, James Tennant in New Zealand, and Andrés Díaz in the United States. He is currently pursuing a master’s at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. He has won prizes in a number of competitions, including the Beijing International Competition, the Johansen International Competition, the Cassado Competition, the Pablo Casals Competition, and, more recently, the Prieto Competition in Mexico. Santiago Cañón-Valencia has performed with Yuri Bashmet and has shared the stage with Maxim Vengerov, Li-Wei Qin, and Philippe Muller. As a soloist, he has played with the Moscow Soloists and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among many other orchestras. He has recorded several discs for the New Zealand-based Atoll label and has appeared as a guest artist at the Cartagena International Music Festival and the Verbier Festival Academy. Instrument : Wayne Burak
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Fourth Prize
Aurélien Pascal graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where he was taught by Philippe Muller, and went on to further studies under Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman at the Kronberg Academy and Gautier Capuçon at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. He won Second Prize at the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013 and both the First Prize and the audience prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin the following year. Aurélien Pascal has appeared at a number of prestigious festivals, including the Verbier Festival, the Flâneries de Reims, the Roque d’Anthéron, the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. His chamber music partners have included Christian Tetzlaff, Augustin Dumay, András Schiff, Eric Lesage, and Emmanuel Pahud. He is a laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire and the Colas Foundation. Instrument : Charles-Adolphe Gand (1850)
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Fifth Prize
Born into a family of musicians, Ivan Karizna is a graduate of Jérôme Pernoo’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. At just 19 years of age, he won the Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He won the first prizes in two other international competitions, the Umanitaria in Milan in 2015 and the Luis Sigall in Chile in 2016. He has appeared as a soloist with several famous orchestras, including the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Ivan Karizna has taken part in many festivals, including the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival and the Festival International de Colmar. Since 2016, he has been studying at the Kronberg Academy, under Frans Helmerson. Instrument : Gand & Bernardel Frères
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Sixth Prize
Brannon Cho studied under Hans Jensen, Frans Helmerson, Clive Greensmith, Wei Yu, and Ralph Kirshbaum at such prestigious institutions and events as the Heifetz Institute of Music, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad Academy, the Verbier Festival Academy, and Chamber Music Connects the World at the Kronberg Academy. He has made a big impression at a number of competitions, winning Second Prize in the Naumburg International Competition in 2015, Third Prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in 2013, the Grand Prize at the ASTA National Solo Competition 2012, and First Prize at the Johansen International Cello Competition in the same year. He has collaborated with musicians such as Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff. Brannon Cho made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2015 and has performed in public in New York, Miami, Washington, Chicago, London, and Tokyo. Instrument : Antonio Casini (Modena, 1668)
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Unranked laureate
Sihao He trained under Hans Jensen and Julie Albers at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon in the United States. He is currently completing a master’s at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, still under Hans Jensen. He has made his mark as a soloist in a number of competitions, winning First Prize at the Antonio Janigro Competition in Croatia in 2006, Fourth Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Cellists in South Korea in 2009 and First Prize in the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Japan in 2013. He has performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. In chamber music, Sihao He was a member of the Simply Quartet, which came first in the 2009 Shanghai Chamber Music Competition. Instrument : Carl Becker
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Seungmin Kang studied with Myungwha Chung and Hyungwon Chang at the Korea National University of Arts, and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she was taught by David Geringas and Troles Svane. She has won prestigious competitions in Korea and won Second Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Cellists in China in 2002. She came first in the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Tokyo in 2006 and won a special prize in the Rostropovich Competition in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded Fifth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has already worked with prestigious orchestras such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Chamber Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Instrument : Vincenzo Trusiano Panormo (1811)
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Unranked laureate
Maciej Kulakowski started playing the cello at the age of six with Jadwiga Ewald in Gdansk. He is currently studying at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin under Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and at the Music Academy of Gdansk with Marcin Zdunig. In 2015, he won Second Prize at the TONALi Competition and First Prize and a special prize at the International Witold Lutosławski Competition. In 2011, he performed in the inaugural concert at the European Centre for Music in Lusławice, with Krzysztof Penderecki conducting. He has taken part in masterclasses given by renowned musicians such as Mischa Maisky, Franz Helmerson, Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller, Jens Peter Maintz, and Ivan Monighetti. With the Clarinet Trio, Maciej Kułakowski won First Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition in 2015 in Gdansk. Instrument : Charles Gaillard (1867), loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben
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Unranked laureate
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and of the Juilliard School, Jeonghyoun (Christine) Lee was taught by Peter Wiley, Carter Brey and Joel Krosnick. She is currently studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under Gary Hoffman and Jeroen Reuling. She was a finalist in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and won First Prize at the Liszt-Garrison Festival and Competition and Second Prize at the Luis Sigall International Competition. She has appeared with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Houston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Bergen Philharmonic, at prestigious venues such as the Auditorium du Louvre, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. Her passion for chamber music has taken her to festivals such as Music@Menlo, the Seiji Ozawa Academy, and Music from Angelfire. Instrument : Lorenzo Storioni
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