Violinist Maria Ioudenitch, 25 of the U.S was named the winner Sunday of the 2021 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany.
Ioudenitch will receive €30,000, plus she and all of the other laureates - Chiara Sannicandro of Germany, Javier Comesaña of Spain and Minami Yoshida of Japan will receive €10,000.
Ioudenitch also won the Best Interpretation of Commissioned Work (€ 5,000); the Chamber Music Award (€ 3,000); the Warner Classics Award (International marketing and distribution of the debut album); and the Henle Urtext Award (Music voucher and cash-prize worth € 2,000). Chiara Sannicandro won the Audience Award (€ 2,000); and Javier Comesaña won the three-year loan of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini Violin (1765) from Fritz Behrens Stiftung.
Ioudenitch was born in Balashov, Russia and grew up in Kansas City, where she studied with Ben Sayevich. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Pamela Frank, and the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried. She has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Israel Camerata, the Kansas City Symphony, and Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra.
This year's jury consists of five violinists and four other representatives of the classical music world: violinists Carolin Widmann (chair), Ana Chumachenco, Suyoen Kim, Zohrab Tadevosyan, Ulf Wallin and Donald Weilerstein; and singer Christine Schäfer, pianist Robert Levin, music journalist Eleonore Büning and conductor Andrew Manze.
The Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, sponsored by Stiftung Niedersachsen, was founded in 1991 by Krzysztof Wegrzyn and takes place every three years. In 2019 Antje Weithaas and Oliver Wille took over the artistic directorship.
You can find videos of performances from the competition on the competition's website.
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