Chinese cellist Bonian Tian has won first prize at the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, Romania. The 25-year-old, who studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, received €15,000. Second prize in the cello division went to Valentin Radutiu, 25, from Romania. Michael Korman, also 25, from Israel.

There was no first prize awarded in the violin section of the competition. Armenian-born Haik Kazazyan, 29, and Alexandra Conunova, 23, from Moldova, shared second prize, each receiving €10,000. Third prize went to Antal Szalai, 30, from Hungary.