15-year-old violinist Elli Choi wins World Monaco Music Masters Competition 2016

September 20, 2016

US violinist Elli Choi has been named the winner of the 2016 World Monaco Music Masters Competition and receives the Prince Rainier III Prize, worth €30,000.

Held annually in Monte Carlo since 1989, the contest is open exclusively to finalists of international competitions, and each year is dedicated to one of three disciplines – violin, piano and voice.

Winner of the 2015 Wieniawski Lipinski International Competition and the 11th Young Virtuoso Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, Choi is a student of Ida Kavafian on The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, and has been managed by the Zakhar Bron Akademie, Switzerland since 2013. She was also a semi-finalist at the 2016 Menuhin Competition in London.

This year’s Monaco Competition jury comprised president Maxim Vengerov, Rene Croesi, Patrice Fontanarosa, Zakhar Bron, Jean-Marie Fournier and Boris Brott.

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