Julian Rhee Wins the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

January 27, 2020, 12:33 PM · Congratulations to violinist Julian Rhee, who won first prize, as well as the $2,500 Community Engagement Award, in the second triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla.

violinist Julian Rhee
Violinist Julian Rhee.

Here is the placement of all the winners:

Jurors for the 2020 EOIVC included chairman David Cerone, Andrés Cárdenes, Ilya Kaler, Sung-Ju Lee, Silvia Marcovici, Gerardo Ribeiro, Barry Shiffman and Kathleen Winkler. (Jury member Mihaela Martin was forced to withdraw at the last minute for health reasons and was not replaced.)

First Prize winner Rhee studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. He won first prize in the Johansen International Competition,, and he also won the Solo Bach, Commissioned Work and the Elaine H. Klein Prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. In January 2018, he was named a Finalist of the National Young Arts Foundation, and performed at the New World Center in Miami. Subsequently, Rhee appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and received his medal at the White House. Rhee has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the Milwaukee, San Diego Pittsburgh, Eugene Symphonies as well as the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Madison Symphony.

On Saturday and Sunday, the four Finalists performed with the Lynn Philharmonia conducted by Jon Robertson. Watch their performances below, Igor Khukhua and Julian Rhee:

Vikram Francesco Sedona and Jung Min Choi:

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January 27, 2020 at 09:19 PM · USA! USA! USA!

January 28, 2020 at 01:26 AM · Yeah, One of our own. Congratulations, Julian!

January 28, 2020 at 07:07 AM · Always thought this was an international forum ;)

January 28, 2020 at 08:14 PM · Julian is a recent alum from my kid's program. Everybody here is so proud of him...his Mozart was amazing.

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