Winners Announced in 2018 Johansen International Competition

March 29, 2018, 9:52 AM · Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, announced March 17 in in Washington, D.C.

The competition drew 190 applicants from around the world, with 31 semi-finalists chosen: 12 violinists, eight violists, and 11 cellists. Here are this year's laureates in each category:


Violinists 2018 Johansen
Violinists, L to R: Julian Rhee; jury member Chee-Yun Kim; Phoenix Avalon and Charlotte Marckx.



Best Performance of Commissioned Work, "Johansen," composed by Joel Phillip Friedman: Michal Balas

Jury members included Chee-Yun, Timothy Deighton and Peter Stumpf. First prize in each category was $10,000; second prize $7,000, and third prize $5,000.

The competition was established in 1997 by the Friday Morning Music Club. First-prize winners in 2015 were violinist Lara Boschkor; violist Hae Sue Lee and cellist Zlatomir Fung; here is a complete list of past winners.

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