Astrig Siranossian Nicolaj Lund

French–Armenian cellist Astrig Siranossian has won the first prize at the second International Krzysztof Penderecki Cello Competition. The 25-year-old (pictured) received PLN40,000 (£8,000) and performance opportunities with a number of Polish orchestras. She was also awarded two special prizes, including one for the best performance of Penderecki’s Cello Concerto. South Korean Eun-sun Hong took the second prize, and fellow Korean Woong-whee Moon came third.

Siranossian studied cello with Yvan Chiffoleau at the Conservatoire de Lyon before obtaining a masters in performance from the Hochschule für Musik Basel, where she was taught by Ivan Monighetti. As a soloist, she has performed with several French orchestras as well as the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. She plays a 1676 Francesco Rugeri cello.

The competition, which ran from 15–22 December, is organised by the Krakow Academy of Music’s Institute for Cello and Double Bass. Its first edition took place in 2008, when Finnish cellist Peltonen Samuli took the first prize.

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Photo: Nicolaj Lund