Youjin Lee, 17, won the gold medal and $5,000 at the Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US. The South Korean-born violinist is a student of Danielle Belen and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles. Earlier this year she was a prizewinner at the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan.
Violinist Ariel Horowitz, 16, from Bloomington, Indiana, won the silver medal. The bronze medal went to another violinist, 18-year-old Laura Park, from Hanover Park, Illinois.
photo: (left to right), juror Soovin Kim, silver medallist Ariel Horowitz, bronze medallist Laura Park, gold medallist Youjin Lee, juror Victoria Chiang, juror Richard Aaron