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Menuhin Competition Junior Laureates Announced

Laurie Niles

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Published: March 1, 2014 at 3:48 AM [UTC]

AUSTIN, Texas — The Junior Division Laureates for the Menuhin Competition were announced Friday night in Austin after an afternoon of semi-final rounds, followed by an evening concert that featured each finalist playing a showpiece with the University of Texas Orchestra at Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School in Austin.

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Front row, left to right: Alex Zhou, Daniel Lozakovitj, Rennosuke Fukuda, Jaewon Wee and Ludvig Gudim

The Junior Division Laureates are:

First Prize: Rennosuke Fukuda, 14, (Japanese) - Studies with Machie Oguri
Second Prize: Daniel Lozakovitj, 12, (Swedish) - Studies with Dora Schwarzberg at Music and Arts Academy in Vienna and Josef Rissin at Karlsruhe University of Music
Third Prize: Ludvig Gudim, 14, (Norwegian) - Studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo
Fourth Prize: Alex Zhou, 12, (American) - Studies with Zhao Wei at San Francisco Conservatory Prep
Fifth Prize: Jaewon Wee, 14, (South Korean) - Studies at Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts

Juror Pamela Frank told the finalists, "I think this week was one of the most thrilling weeks of my life; I'm reminded how lucky we are to be musicians. You spoiled us rotten, you violinists! I was listening to you on the highest level; then I was reminded how beautiful it is to play with such abandon and innocence, and I would urge you to keep that. Keep doing what you're doing."

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