The 21-year-old musician receives a substantial cash prize and performance opportunities


Cellist Ella van Poucke has won the 2015 Isangyun Competition in Tongyeong, South Korea. The Dutch musician receives KRW 30,000,000 (US $26,000), a CD recording and concert opportunities.

Second prize, worth KRW 20,000,000 ($17,000) goes to Mon-Puo Lee from Spain, while third prize, worth KRW 10,000,000 ($9,000) is awarded to James Jeonghwan Kim from Korea.

Launched by the Tongyeong International Music Foundation in 2003, the international competition is named after Korean composer Isang Yun and held annually, alternating between Piano, Violin and Cello disciplines.

Sitting on this year’s jury were: Raimund Trenkler, Young-Chang Cho, David Geber, Laszlo Bela Fenyo, Dai Miyata, Jerome Pernoo, Torleif Thedeen, Sung-Won Yang and Hillel Zori.

21-year-old van Poucke is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam and currently studies with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy Masters in Germany. A multiple prize winner, the cellist was named Dutch Young Musician of the Year in 2012.

Photo: Simon van Boxtel

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