The 17-year-old receives a cash prize and performance opportunities


The 30th Klein International String Competition in San Francisco has been won by cellist Oliver Herbert, a student of Clive Greensmith at Colburn Music Academy. The 17-year-old San Francisco native, who also won the award for Best Performance of Solo Bach, receives a cash prize of $5,000, and concerto and recital performances.

This year’s second prize went to 15-year-old violinist Isabella Perron, who studies with William van der Sloot at Mount-Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, and third prize to 16-year-old Emily Shehi from Kansas.

Held annually in San Francisco, the event is open to violinists, violists, cellists and bassists between the ages of 15 and 23. The competition has launched the careers of a number of top ranking players including Alyssa Park, Jennifer Koh, Vadim Gluzman , Alban Gerhardt, Frank Huang, Tessa Lark and last year’s winner, cellist Zlatomir Fung.

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