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Shanghai Competition $100,000 First Prize Awarded to Nancy Zhou of the U.S.

September 1, 2018, 10:22 AM · Updated with the contestants' scores; please see Editor's note at the bottom of the story.

SHANGHAI -- Nancy Zhou has won first prize in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

Nancy Zhou
Nancy Zhou accepts First Prize in Shanghai. Photo by

Congratulations to all the laureates! They are:

Click here for a detailed account of the judges scores.

Shanghai Laureates 2018
L-R: SISIVC laureates Jia Yi Chen, Chang Yuan Ting, Yun Tang, Diana Tishchenko, Olga Šroubková and Nancy Zhou. Photo by

Nancy Zhou, a graduate of Harvard University, studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.

On Tuesday, Iranian kamancheh player and composer Kayhan Kalhor and the Xiaoshuijing Miao Farmers Choir from Yunnan Province were named recipients of the $10,000 Isaac Stern Prize, which was awarded to them on Saturday.

Winners were narrowed down from 174 applicants from 33 countries and regions. The jury for the SISIVC 2018 is co-chaired by conductor David Stern, son of Isaac Stern, and Vera Tsu Weiling, who is a professor of violin at both Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories. Other members of the jury include violinists Maxim Vengerov and Augustin Dumay; violin pedagogues Zakhar Bron, Dora Schwarzberg and Daniel Heifetz; leaders in China's violin scene Lina Yu and Siqing Lu; Shanghai Quartet violinist Weigang Li; Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer; former NY Phil concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; Munich Philharmonic concertmaster Sreten Krstic; artist manager Martin Campbell-White and Philharmonie de Paris programming director Emmanuel Hondré.

UPDATE (9/4): The following are the contestants' Final Round scores, with their average score out of 100 from each juror as well as their cumulative points based on a maximum of 1,300 points, drawn from the jurors scores that were posted by the competition on Monday:

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September 1, 2018 at 04:17 PM · Congrats! Nancy, from San Antonio, TX, is one of our own!

September 1, 2018 at 04:27 PM · Congratulations to all but Olga Sroubkova especially! Why did she seemed disappointed after the performance of the chinese work?! Well done!

September 1, 2018 at 04:47 PM · She was the only one who memorized it, as well, that was really impressive. Review to come tomorrow...

September 1, 2018 at 05:54 PM · Congratulations Nancy Zhou for winning, but also to all the other winners and other contestants for trying, you are all winners.

September 2, 2018 at 01:30 AM · Congrats to all 6 finalists!! Really impressive. Thought Yun Tang should have been ranked higher though

September 2, 2018 at 01:35 PM · Thanks Laurie, can't wait to read your review. P

September 2, 2018 at 03:38 PM · Absolutely brilliant, way to go Nancy. Representing San Antonio, TX and the USA! Growing up in the Youth Orchatras of San Antonio together we sat stand partners once, and even as a child she was a beast. One year she won the YOSA Concerto Competition doing the last movement of Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Violin Concerto, Nancy about 10 years old then, and what a powerhouse performance she gave! I’m very proud of her, brava!

September 5, 2018 at 09:17 PM · Exactly why I do not like competition in music. Really, one point difference in music? Is that really the point? Why not share the prize money. Music is not about competition...or at least in my world.

September 6, 2018 at 08:12 AM · It is so much pressure and in my opinion a little misguided when the focus is on the money. How about the repertoire played on the cover instead of the money? If someone wants to know that first they would find it out in AP or the ordinary press.

September 7, 2018 at 06:35 PM · After watching all the videos (thanks for posting), I agree with the jury. Nancy was really one step above the others! Well done!

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