Menuhin Competition Senior Division, announced Saturday. Ziyu was the only male competitor among 22 violinists in the Senior Division for 2016.Congratulations to Ziyu He, 16, of China, who won first prize in the 2016
Congratulations to all the participants!
Here are all the Laureates in the Senior Division (ages 16-21):
The first-prize winner also will receive the one-year loan of the 1715 "Schneiderhan" Strad from Beare’s International Violin Society.
Ziyu He was born in Qingdao, China and began the violin at age five with Xiangrong Zhang. Since 2011 he has studied at the University Mozarteum and Leopord Mozart Institute, with Paul Roczek for violin, and since 2014, with Thomas Riebl for viola. He has won a number of competitions, including 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians, Instrumental Wettbewerb Markneukirchen and the 2015 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians.
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On Friday, the Junior Division Laureates were announced, with Yesong Sophie Lee of U.S. winning First Prize.
Here are all the Laureates in the Junior Division (under age 16):
Click here to hear their performances. Senior Division finals were not live-streamed.
This is not the first time Yesong Sophie Lee has been in the Menuhin Competition; she was the youngest competitor in the 2014 Menuhin Competition in Austin. After making her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony at age 8, she has gone on to perform with many orchestras and will play again with Seattle Symphony in 2016. An enthusiastic orchestral and chamber musician, she has been concertmaster in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and plays in a string quartet. She studies with Simon James and piano collaborator Hiro David in Seattle and has played for Augustin Hadelich, Paul Kantor and Brian Lewis. She also won the 2015 MTNA National Junior Strings Competition.
Special awards will be announced later.
Jury members for the 2016 competition are Pamela Frank (chair), Joji Hattori, Ray Chen, Martin Engstroem, Ning Feng, Don-Suk Kang, Tasmin Little, Julia Fischer and Jeremy Menuhin.
The next Menuhin Competition will be April 12-22 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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