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Laurie Niles

Violin Society of America posts results of 20th International Competition Winners

November 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Results are in for the Violin Society of America's 20th International Competition. Members of the society have been meeting this week in Cleveland for their 40th annual convention. Complete results from the competition are all listed on the VSA site.

Here is a rundown for violin and viola:

VIOLIN

Gold Medal for Tone & Workmanship
Feng Jiang
Jeff Phillips
Benjamin Ruth

Silver Medal for Workmanship
Gonzalo Bayolo
Rainer Beilharz
Ryan Soltis
Stephan Von Baehr & Paul Belin

Silver Medal for Tone
Jing Chang
Zhong Qiu Chang

Certificate of Workmanship
Antoine Cauche
Jerome Doucet
Marcus Klimke
Antoine Nedelec
Collin Gallahue

Certificate of Merit for Tone
Svetozar Bogdanski
Andrew Carruthers & Chris Pederson
Shi Jin Chen & Shuide Mai
Collin Gallahue
Jeremy Koons & Mike Lochner
Huining Mao
Ray Melanson
Shiliang Pang
Nathaniel Rowan
Theodore Skreko
Yinzhong Song
Jason Viseltear
Zhen Nian Wang
George Yu
Kelin Zhang

VIOLA

Gold Medal
Antoine Nedelec
Jeff Phillips
Benjamin Ruth

Silver Medal for Workmanship
Feng Jiang
Marcus Klimke
Philippe Mahu
Stephan Von Baehr & Paul Belin

Silver Medal for Tone
Alkis Rappas
Christopher White & David Polstein

Certificate of Workmanship
Rainer Beilharz
Petio H Kostov
Stefan Lindholm
Ryan Soltis
Antoine Cauche

Certificate of Merit for Tone
Shi Jin Chen & Shuide Mai
Fuzhen Jiang
Stanley Kiernoziak
Zhen Hua Ling
Jason Viseltear
Kelvin Scott
Zai-Xing Sheng

...and in the bow department:

VIOLIN BOW

Gold Medal
Emmanuel Carlier
Gary Leahy

Certificate of Merit
Emmanuel Begin
Thomas Goering
D. William Halsey
David Hawthorne

VIOLA BOW

Gold Medal
Gary Leahy

Certificate of Merit
Emmanuel Begin
Emmanuel Carlier
Thomas Goering

..and for those who made a quartet of instruments:

QUARTET

Gold Medal
Stephan Von Baehr & Paul Belin

Silver Medal for Tone
Nicolas Gilles
Jason Viseltear

Certificate of Merit for Tone
Shi Jin Chen & Shuide Mai
Zhen Yu Liang & Zhi Ling Liang
Geoffrey Ovington
Yann Poulain


From Benedict Gomez
Posted on November 17, 2012 at 4:54 AM
Congratulation to all the winners, whose highly-rated, expertly-crafted instruments I'll never be able to afford!
From Sverker Lennartsson
Posted on November 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM
i am confused. is there some historical reason why the competition is only open to men?
From Sean Gillia
Posted on November 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM
Oh my. Someone should let Susan Lipkins know!

Sidenote, even though this is violinist.com, it was nice to see that Kelvin Scott also picked up a gold medal for his cello!

From David Burgess
Posted on November 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM
Susan Lipkins, who won a gold medal, looks very much like a female. ;-)

In our trade though, men vastly outnumber women, so one could expect that disparity to be reflected in competition results.
If there were more women who wanted to go into the trade, it would make our conventions a lot more fun! :-)


From Eric Won
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Does this elevate Kelvin Scott to Hors Concours and, to compete at VSA in the future, he'll have to begin bowmaking?
From Sean Gillia
Posted on November 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM
I don't know the rules and I'm too lazy to look them up. Kelvin Scott has three golds now (two for viola, now one for cello), 3 silvers, two bronzes, and assorted certificates of merit. Jeff Philips now has four golds, so he could be close, Ben Ruth has a mess of them, too, and I imagine Feng Jiang must be getting close with his double gold this year. Wow. P.S. I just read somewhere that Benjamin Ruth was declared hors concours after his spectacular showing this year.

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