Hina Khuong-Huu Wins the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

January 29, 2023, 6:22 PM · Violinist Hina Khuong-Huu has been named the First Prize Winner in the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC). Here are all of the prizewinners:

Hina Khuong-Huu
Violinist Hina Khuong-Huu. Photo courtesy the EOIVC.

EOIVC Finalists
Laureates of the 2023 EOIVC: L-R: Zachary Brandon, Laurel Gagnon, Gabrielle Despres, and Hina Khuong-Huu. Photo by Amy Pasquantonio.

The Oliveira competition started on Jan. 15 at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Fla. Over the last two days, all four finalists have performed live with the Lynn Philharmonia, conducted by Guillermo Figueroa. Watch Hina's award-winning performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto below (the video is cued up to start with her performance at 1:39:13):

You can catch Laurel Gagnon's performance of the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 on the same video, at 32:39.

A native of New York, Hina Khuong-Huu has been playing the violin since age three. In recent years she has been performing around the world appearing as a soloist and as a duo with her sister Fiona. Hina studies at the Juilliard School with Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman, and Columbia University through their double degree program. She has performed as a soloist with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Mittel Europa Orchestra, and the Musica Mundi Orchestra. She has collaborated with artists such as Grammy award winner Jennifer Koh in her "Alone Together" series and shared a stage with Maxim Vengerov at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. She has performed on the NPR radio show “From the Top” and was recently a recipient of the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant. During the summer, she has studied chamber music with the renowned faculty of the Perlman Music Program, with Shlomo Mintz at Crans Montana Classics, and her mentors include of Vadim Gluzman, Jennifer Koh, and Menahem Pressler. She also was a prizewinner at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva.

Besides the first-prize cash award (provided by the David and Amy Fulton Foundation), Hina also will received a new violin made by Christopher Germain, a Silver-mounted Bow inspired by Elmar Oliveira’s Dominique Peccatte crafted by Rodney Mohr, a Musafia case donated by Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violins, coaching session with The Creatives Leadership Academy, a copy of the recently published The Fulton Collection A Guided Tour as well as more than 40 guaranteed national and international engagements with orchestras, music festivals and concert series over the next three years, including a New York recital sponsored by Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows and a performance in Cremona, Italy sponsored by Amorim Fine Violins. She will also receive three-year of artist management and PR support.

If you didn't catch Day 1 of the finals, you can see it below: It's cued up to start with Gabrielle Després's performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto; and Zachary Brandon's performance of the same concerto begins at 1:30:07.

The 2023 Oliveira competition jury included violinist Andrés Cárdenes (Chairman), Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Irina Muresanu, Barry Shiffman, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky. David Cerone, who served as EOIVC 2020 Chairman of the Jury, will act as an alternate judge.

Past winners of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition include Julian Rhee (2020) and Sirena Huang (2017 - the competition's inaugural year).

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