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Yesong Sophie Lee wins Menuhin Competition 2016 Junior Division

This year’s contest, celebrating the centenary of its famous namesake, takes place in London

April 15, 2016

Yesong Sophie Lee has been named the winner of the Menuhin Competition 2016 Junior Division, following a Final held at London’s Royal Academy of Music this evening.

Five Finalists, whittled down from 22 violinists aged between 11 and 15 over two previous live rounds, led the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra as soloist in one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and also performed the world premiere of the new commission for solo violin Shpigl by Òscar Colomina i Bosch.

12-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee from the USA receives a first prize of £5,000, plus the one-year loan of a Guarneri del Gesù c.1740 violin by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

Second prize. worth £4,000, goes to 13-year-old Kevin Miura from USA/Japan, while third prize, worth £3,000 goes to 15-year-old Johan Dalene from Sweden.

12-year-old NaKyung Kang from South Korea receives fourth prize worth £2,000 and 15-year-old Anne Luisa Kramb from Germany receives fifth prize of £1,000.

The Senior Final takes place tomorrow evening, during which four finalists, aged between 16 and 20 will perform a concerto in the Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green

The biennial Menuhin Competition, this year marking Menuhin’s 100th anniversary, is taking place from 7-17 April in London. The 2016 jury comprises former laureates Julia Fischer, Ray Chen, Tasmin Little, Ning Feng and Joji Hattori, in addition to pianist Jeremy Menuhin, Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang, director of the Verbier Festival Martin Engstroem and jury chair Pamela Frank.

The 2014 Menuhin Competition Senior Division was won by Stephen Waarts, while Rennosuke Fukuda triumphed in the Junior Division.

Visit the Menuhin Competition website for full details.

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