Ji-Won Song has been awarded first prize, worth US $50,000, at the fourth China International Violin Competition, held in Qingdao. The 21-year-old South Korean violinist currently studies with Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute and has won prizes at the Schadt, Yehudi Menuhin and Stulberg International Competitions. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the final held earlier this week.
Second prize, worth $30,000 was awarded to Naoka Aoki from Japan, while third prize, worth $20,000, went to Fédor Rudine from France, who this year also won the fifth International Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Lichtenberg, Germany.
This year’s China Violin Competition was open to international applicants aged between 16 and 36. Headed by multiple prize-winning Chinese violinist Hu Kun, the jury also included French violinist Philippe Graffin and Ukrainian violinist Felix Andrievsky.