1st prize winner Maya Wichert | Photo: Maik Schuck
The jury has decided: The nine Prize Winners of the 9th International LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists have been decided
The jury has cast their vote: The 9th international LOUIS SPOHR COMPETITION for young violinists at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar has nine prize winners. The 1st prize in the youngest category (14 and under) was won by 13-year-old Maya Wichert. The 2nd prize was won by Swiss musician Raphael Nussbaumer, also 13. The winner of the third prize, Fiona Khuong-Huu, comes from the USA.
In category II (15-17), 15-year-old South Korean violinist Haewon Lim prevailed against the competition. She won 1st prize, ahead of 15-year-old Belgian violinist Pauline van der Rest (2nd prize). 16-year-old Swiss musician Anatol Toth played for 3rd prize.
Phoenix Avalon enjoyed success in category III (18 to 20): The 18-year-old American won 1st prize ahead of 17-year-old Tassilo Probst (2nd prize) from Munich. The 3rd prize went to 20-year-old Japanese violinist Taichi Miyamoto. The 10-person international jury chaired by Weimar violin professor Dr. Friedemann Eichhorn also awarded a series of special prizes.
The prize winners performed again at the celebratory prize-winners concert on Saturday the 2nd of November at the Weimar Congress Centre, playing violin concertos by Mozart, Bruch, and Mendelssohn with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Prof. Nicolás Pasquet.
A total of 71 participants from 18 countries around the world travelled to Weimar for the 9th international LOUIS SEUROS SPOHR competition. Since the 23rd of October, they have played at the highest level in three rounds for prizes with a total value of more than 17000 Euros.
Further information: www.hfm-weimar.de/spohr
Special awards at the 9th International LOUIS SPOHR Competition for Young Violinists:
- Winners of first prize each received a voucher with a total value of 250 Euros for sheet music (200 Euros) and the app “Henle Library” (50 Euros), sponsored by G. Henle Publishers
Maya Wichert (category I)
- Special prize of 500 Euros for the best interpretation of a violin concerto from the 3rd round, sponsored by the New Liszt Foundation
Lorenz Karls (category III)
- Special prize of 500 Euros for the best interpretation of Beethoven or Mozart (cat. II or III), sponsored by the New Liszt Foundation
Fiona Khuong-Huu (category I)
- Theodor Hlouschek prize of 500 Euros from the New Liszt Foundation for the best interpretation of the virtuosic piece from the second round
Haewon Lim (category II)
- Theodor Hlouschek prize of 500 Euros from the New Liszt Foundation for the best interpretation of a piece composed for solo violin after 1950
Lorenz Karls (category III)
- Theodor Hlouschek prize of 500 Euros from the New Liszt Foundation for special achievement (may be shared)
Louisa Staples (category III)
- The Special Prize of Villa Musica (category III): Scholarship starting in the 2020/21 season
Tassilo Probst (category III)
- Scholarship to participate in the Weimar Master Class Series (category III)
Phoenix Avalon (category III)