News, videos and more from international competitions featuring violin, viola, cello or double bass
The 21-year-old receives €15,000 and will perform at an award ceremony in 2021
This year’s competition has deferred this year’s four categories to 2022.
Gabriel Martins takes $50,000 first prize in senior division while Esme Arias-Kim wins the junior section
The 18-year-old takes home €11,000 in prize money at the Salzburg-based contest
Twenty violinists will take place in the Quarter Final round in January 2020
Sara Dragan has been awarded 1st prize in the Senior Category at the 2019 Novosibirsk International Violin Competition
Violinist Alina Ibragimova and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras also nominated for awards
The competition has drawn entries from countries including Albania, Egypt, Macedonia, Thailand and the UAE
The 27-year-old Canadian violinist, 2nd prize winner at this year’s Sendai International Violin Competition, talks about ambition, motivation and her fear of wardrobe mishaps
Japanese ensemble will receive recital debuts and management
The first Stuttgart International Violin Competition takes place in February 2021, with a prize fund of €50,000
Phoenix Avalon from the US wins 1st prize in the senior category
The event’s 9th edition reaches the final stages across three age categories in Weimar, Germany
Elias David Moncado has won the €20,000 top prize at the International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition in Toruń, Poland. Moncado, 18, of German–Spanish and Malaysian descent, is a student of Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Second prize went to Robert Łaguniak, 22, from Poland and third prize went to ...
Ensemble based in Austria but with roots in Shanghai scoops top prize in Copenhagen
Event in Copenhagen ends this evening with three ensembles vying for €15,000 first prize and list of engagements
Event in Copenhagen puts five quartets through to second round taking place on Friday
Seven string quartets and eight wind quintets compete this week in the second edition of the competition
Event in Toruń, Poland, hands out €50,000 in cash prizes
Dutch cellist Anton Spronk takes the Turin event’s first prize, plust audience and orchestra awards
New York recital and management contract are part of package for winners of the Victor Elmaleh Competition
In the semi-final of the Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, which concludes tonight, the Paris-based Trio Hélios played Brahms’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101 No. 3.
The three ensembles will compete in Friday’s final for a top prize of €15,000 plus concert engagements
Five piano trios remain in competition for a top prize of €15,000 and concert engagements
Simon Zhu takes top prize in senior category of Chinese/Austrian event, winning $30,000
The German Musical Instrument Fund matched a new raft of junior musicians with high quality loan instruments
The Zhuhai International Mozart Competition has announced the violin category candidates progressing to its 2nd round
Japanese 21-year-old wins €10,000 cash prize plus a number of performance invitations
Three finalists named in Bavarian Radio competition which offers cash prizes and performance invitations
German group is new recipient of Paganini quartet from Nippon Foundation and award from Jürgen Ponto Foundation
Six semi-finalists named in Bavarian Radio competition which offers cash prizes and numerous performance opportunities
Ming Liu, 24, from Shanghai, has won the $50,000 first prize in the Chinese event’s second edition
In an unprecedented move, the Banff International Quartet Competition has awarded its first prize to two quartets
Starting next week, the triennial competition has turbocharged the careers of several past winners
The twelve violinists are competing for a top prize of CHF20,000 as part of the Sion Festival in Switzerland
‘Play With Ray’ competition culminates in Bach Double Concerto performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Jury including Maxim Vengerov announced for the $100k event taking place next year furing Stern’s centennial
Eric Charles Chen was named winner of the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition on Friday 26 July following a concerto final with the Cleveland Orchestra.
American violinist Eric Charles Chen, 18, scoops $20,000 top prize
Aged 14, 16 and 18, each will perform a concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra this Friday 26 July
The Bavarian Radio competition offers cash prizes and numerous performance opportunities
Having picked up prizes early in his career, and more recently served as a jury member, the cellist offers some advice for those preparing to join the competition circuit
The violinists, aged 14 to 18, are competing for a first prize of $20,000 in Cleveland, Ohio
Ten violinists aged 14 to 18 compete for the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition’s $20,000 top prize
Natsuho Murata, 11, from Japan, performs at the Concours musical international de Montréal’s ‘Mini Violini’ showcase in May this year.
Russian violinist and teacher Pavel Berman talks to iClassical Academy’s Irma de Jong during Stradfest 2019 at the Royal Institution in London on 24 March 2019.
Edward Walton takes first prize at Il Piccolo Violino Magico, with 11-year-old Slovak prodigy Teo Gertler coming in second
The competition-winning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto by Joshua Brown in the finals of the Leopold Mozart Competition Augsburg.
Live stream from the first round (second day) at Il Piccolo Violino Magico competition in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy.
The Canadian violinist Shannon Lee has been awarded 2nd prize
Sergey Dogadin and Zlatomir Fung take the violin and cello crowns in Moscow and St Petersburg
The Tchaikovsky Competition has suspended a member of staff after the programme mix-up which left competitor bewildered
The Canadian violinist Shannon Lee is one of six musicians who will be competing in the final round of the Sendai International Violin Competition. Here she is in the semi-finals last Saturday, performing both as soloist and as concertmaster.
Twelve musicians in each category will give hour-long recitals before six are chosen for the concerto finals
The Japanese competition offers a $27,000 first prize plus a package of concerts and other benefits
Three violinists chosen from video submissions will travel to Los Angeles for a chance to perform with Ray Chen at the Hollywood Bowl
Gold Medals went to the Merz Trio in the Senior String Division and the Fervida Trio in the Junio String Division
The American violinist wins €20,000, a CD production package and performance invitations
The New Zealand competition has announced the three who proceed to its concerto final in Auckland
American takes first prize at the Concours musical international de Montréal with performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1
The triennial Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg, Germany, has named the three finalists of its 10th edition, taking place in the 300th year since Leopold Mozart’s birth.
They will compete for the six places available in the final for a chance of winning a first prize worth CA$100,000
Canadian event’s first round starts this evening with 24 candidates from around the world, with some new additions
Preceding the main competition, the showcase invited five young violinists aged 10-14, and awarded a $10,000 audience prize
In this video Stella Chen gives her winning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition.
The American violinist receives €25,000, a CD recording, a number of important international performance opportunities and the loan of a Stradivarius
Meruert Karmenova and Grace Sohn take first prizes over the weekend, joining viola winner Luosha Fang
South Korean cellist Yeong-Kwang Lee takes first place in all-Schumann final
Starting in two weeks, the New Zealand event with NZ$40,000 top prize has invited 16 violinists to its live rounds
The Chinese violist, who has trained in the US and Spain, takes home €22,000 in prize money
Three cellists will each play the Schumann concerto in the final for a share of €15,000 cash and other prizes
The selected violinists will compete for a top prize of CHF20,000 over three rounds taking place from 18 to 24 as part of the Sion Festival in Switzerland
Seven young cellists will compete for a place in the final, a share of €15,000 cash and other prizes
The competition takes place from 17-19 June in Moscow and St Petersburg
Total prize pool worth $300,000 includes a two-year paid residency for the winning quartet and cash award
Full jury announced, including competition alumni Ray Chen, Joji Hattori and Ning Feng
The American violist receives £7000, a new bow and a London recital at Wigmore Hall
The Japanese competition offers $27,000 first prize plus a package of concerts and other benefits
Midori, Vadim Repin, Jaime Laredo and Arabella Steinbacher among jurors for €25,000 top prize event in Brussels
The violinist wins a cash award of €12,000, a CD recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra on Orchid Records, and performance opportunities
Follow the violin finals live with our live stream from the Carl Nielsen International Competition courtesy of Medici.tv.
Jamal Aliyev, Jonathan Swensen and Mathilde Milwidsky will perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle
Two-part final on Friday and Sunday will see all three play the Nielsen concerto plus another 19th- or 20th-century concerto of their choice
In this video, president and former winner of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, talks us through the ways in which he is trying to bring something special to the contest.
Winner will Perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ray Chen
The young violinists taking part in this year’s Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense, Denmark, are today arriving and registering for what could be a career changing event.
49 women and 22 men compete for the grand prize of 2019
The Brussels based competition has announced the finalists in its under-10 and under-21 categories
The fund has chosen 23 new recipients and renewed 31 loans for promising young musicians
Twenty-nine young violinists will compete for a €20,000 first prize and a number of engagements
Charlotte Gardner checks recent Joseph Joachim Competition rumours against reality and cautions against letting young musicians get caught in the crossfire
Chinese violist Diyang Mei recently clinched first place in the viola section of the ARD Music Competition in Munich.
Canadian competition offers top prize worth over CA$100k, combining cash, career development grant, instrument and engagements
The viola and piano trio category winners of the Munich event demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity and insight, writes Chloe Cutts
Former winner Antje Weithaas and Oliver Wille will take on joint artist directorship of Hanover-based competition for eleventh edition in 2021
In its second edition, the $100,000 competition was decided by a tiny margin, and showcased many impressive performances along the way. Strad editor Charlotte Smith attended the finals
Berlin-based event runs parallel sections for the two instruments, with 17 violinists and 17 violists invited to the live rounds
University of Michigan School of Music chamber music competition fails to survive departure of dean who championed it
Two young cellists share €24,000 prize pot in competition held in El Vendrell, Catalonia, chaired by Marta Casals Istomin
Publishing the jurors’ scores in their entirety is the latest move for music competitions to prove their transparency – but is it a trend that’s likely to catch on, asks Peter Somerford
The cellist receives the prize in a ceremony later this month
Colombian cellist, 23, picks up $35,000 cash prize from the Starker Foundation
Violin Society of America convention in Cleveland reveals winners in violin, viola, cello, bass, quartet and bow categories
For Ray Chen, the 2008 Menuhin Competition which turbo boosted his career started here, with Paganini’s Caprice no.5.
Both winners receive $27,000 and important debut opportunities
The Danish violinist Christine Bernsted wins $5000
The 24-year-old performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the final round
In this video from the final of the Paulo Cello Competition in Finland, American cellist and first prizewinner Brannon Cho perfoms the Allemande from Bach’s Cello Suite no.6 as an encore after the concerto final
US cellist Brannon Cho takes first place in Helsinki final with performance of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante
Six violinists will appear in the two final rounds, in which they will lead a string quintet and perform a concerto with orchestra
Quinquennial event taking place across three Finnish cities promotes nine young cellists for semi-finals
A number of familiar competition circuit names make it through to Hannover based event’s next phase, and chance of €50,000 first prize
Competition jury member Karine Georgian notes Harbin’s long musical tradition and hails a competition with a healthy process – as well as worthy winners
Violinist and violist tie for second place
The preliminary rounds of the 10th edition of the triennial Joseph Joachim Violin Competition start on Saturday 13 October at 10am (German time). Bookmark this page to watch the live stream of the entire event.
33 musicians will compete for a total monetary fund of €140,000
Polish violinist Sławomira Wilga won first place in the violin category, with the Eliot Quartet taking quartet prize
Performing as a soloist with an orchestra can be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly for competition finalists who have very little rehearsal time. Pauline Harding talks to jury members, conductors and soloists about how to prepare
Second prize goes to 18-year-old Italian violinist Vikram Sedona
In this video, Richard Lin, 1st prize winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, performs Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in the final round conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Three finalists compete for the first prize of €15,000
Instruments by the winners will be bought by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and loaned to the laureates of the 2018 contest
The 27-year-old violinist takes home the Gold Medal and the top prize of $30,000
The 23-year-old cellist wins €15,000 and an invitation to perform at the Enescu Festival
As part of the first round of this year’s George Enescu International Violin Competition, the Ukrainian violinist Oleksandr Pushkarenko, who is studying for a a Masters at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory of Genoa in Italy, performs the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 5 in A Major, K.219.
Six violinists have made it through to compete for performance opportunities and $30,000 top prize
The tenth edition of the quadrennial competition has named the last 16 vying for $30,000 top prize and numerous performance opportunities
Judges’ scores released today reveal that just 1 point of a possible 1,300 gave US violinist Nancy Zhou the event’s $100,000 first prize last week
The US violinist triumphed in the all-female final to take home the $100,000 first prize
David Stern, joint chair of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition – currently in its final round – tells The Strad about protecting his father’s legacy and enforcing ‘radical clarity’ on the jury
American violinist Nancy Zhou, 25, no stranger to the competition circuit, here plays Fritz Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice op.6 as part of the semi-final round of the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition.
The Iranian violinist shares the accolade with the Xiaoshuijing Miao Farmers Choir
Six young violinists remain in contention for the biggest prize pot available in any competition, following three-part semi-final round
Twelve young violinists remain in contention for the biggest prize pot available in any competition, whittled down from the 36 invited to the live rounds
Biennial classical competition held this year in Edinburgh with 18 contestants, of which ten play bowed strings
Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s chamber music competition aims to popularise the form for students, teachers and listeners alike, as Nancy Pellegrini discovers
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Polish-Mexican virtuoso’s birth, Henryk Szeryng’s widow Waltraud shares her memories of a man who dedicated all aspects of his life to exactitude. Interview by Julian Haylock
Lorenz Chen and Zlatomir Fung win top honours at the event in Harbin, China
New York based group nets $20,000 first prize in Chinese competition
Emily Sun adds Australia’s ABC Classic FM competition to an already impressive list of recent successes
Competition based in Harbin, China, reaches final stage of its live rounds, with ten musicians from eight countries
26-year-old Polish violinist takes the top prize in the violin/Baroque violin category
Emily Sun hoping to add Australia’s ABC Classic FM competition to an already impressive list of recent successes
Violin and Baroque violin finalists competing for €10,000 top prize and concert engagements
Triennial event in Hanover, Germany, offers €50,000 top prize plus Naxos album release, loan of Guadagnini and performance invitations
Formed in 2016 and based in the Berlin, the group wins at total of AUD52,500. Goldmund Quartet tops string quartet category.
Three quartets and three trios through to Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition finals vying for share of $110,000 prize pot
Launched in 1952, the competition focuses each year on different instrumental categories, selected from 21 disciplines
Five string quartets and five piano trios advance to next round after five days of heats at the quadrennial event
The 21-year-old took home the first prize and audience prize in Hamburg competition with performance of Schumann concerto
Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition opening heats feature eight quartets and eight piano trios each playing twice over five days
Competition based in Harbin, China, reveals names of violinists, cellists and chamber groups that have been invited to live rounds
Gidon Kremer named as returning jury member in seventh edition of Japanese event taking place in June 2019
Event dispenses total of $40,000 to young string players, with three joint winners on violin, viola and cello
Curtis Institute trained musician takes $15,000 prize and place alongside former winners Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit and Jennifer Stumm
Los Angeles competition which counts Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit and Jennifer Stumm among previous winners, enters final
Danish cellist takes first place with $15,000 prize at event in Yerevan, Armenia
Los Angeles competition which counts Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit and Jennifer Stumm among previous winners, enters final stretch
Event in Yerevan, Armenia, is down to last four competing for $15,000 first prize and place alongside successful former winners
Japanese violinist, co-concertmaster of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, wins top prize in Flesch’s home town
Hungarian event reveals last four going through to Saturday final
Event begins in Yerevan, Armenia, with 14 young cellists competing for $15,000 first prize and place alongside successful former winners
Pool of 49 competitors reduced to eleven for semi-final rounds in Hungarian event
The tenth edition of the quadrennial competition publishes list of 40 young players vying for $30,000 top prize and numerous opportunities
Thirteenth edition of competition kicks off with 49 young violinists in Hungarian virtuoso and teacher’s home town
Cleveland Institute of Music student ensemble wins $13,500 gold medal plus a number of engagements
Václav Petr, a concertmaster cellist with the Czech Philharmonic, is awarded second prize
American born 16-year-old Royal Birmingham Conservatoire student impressed judges with performance of Prokofiev Concerto no.2
Competition chooses twelve cellists to proceed to semi-final round at Academy of Performing Arts in Czech capital
New York based Aizuri Quartet takes grand prize at University of Michigan School of Music competition
Spanish teenager wins first prize and 1890 violin by Eugenio Degani at Omsk-based competition
In this video, filmed at the Menuhin Competition closing gala concert on 22 April, 11-year-old Chloe Chua, who shared the first prize of the Menuhin Competition Junior Division with 10-year-old Christian Li, performs Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
In this video Christian Li, who shared the first prize of the Menuhin Competition Junior Division with 11-year-old Chloe Chua, performs Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Diana Adamyan, who has been named the winner of the Menuhin Competition 2018 Senior Division, here performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1 in the competition’s final.
Four violinists between the ages of 17 and 20 remain in the race for the $15,000 first prize plus raft of benefits and opportunities
This is an archived live stream from the Menuhin Competition in Geneva. In this session of the junior seminals, the programme was:
Six finalists in junior section range from ages 10 to 13
This is an archived live stream from the Menuhin Competition in Geneva. In this session of the junior seminals you can hear:
Nine senior category and ten junior category violinists have progressed to the semi-finals
All-female Korean quartet based in Germany scoops £10,000 cash prize plus package of concerts and residencies
Seventeen-year-old American violinist, a former junior winner at the Menuhin Competition, takes €20,000 first prize
This is the archived live stream from the 2nd part of the senior first round of the Menuhin Competition 2018 which took place on 17 April.
Competition finals now streaming live from the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.
Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina performs the prelude from Bach’s sixth cello suite. Kobekina is a Moscow Conservatory and Kronberg Academy graduate and currently studies with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts.
All-male final six, including three Americans, competing for €20,000 first prize and opportunity to perform on Paganini’s favourite violin
Starting on 10 August this year, the 36 young violinists will be competing for the biggest prize pot available in any competition
Event in its 55th edition offers a €20,000 first prize and opportunity to perform on Paganini’s favourite violin
This video is Maxim Calver’s performance from the strings category final of BBC Young Musician 2018, featuring works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.
Eighteen-year-old Menuhin School student gains place in semi-final playing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky
In the May 2018 issue of The Strad, Ray Chen talks about his feats, failures and the digital revolution that has turned him into a violinist of a new generation. ’I didn’t want to wait until I had an established career,’ he says. ‘I wanted to start inspiring the next ...
South Korean 18-year-old picks up $50,000 first prize and package of performance opportunities
South Korean candidates dominate in competition with $50,000 first prize
Xavier Foley, Francisco Fullana and the Calidore String Quartet take three of the four 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grants worth $25,000
American violinist Elli Choi, 16, who has recently been chosen to take on two performances of the Sibelius concerto from the indisposed David Garrett, in this video performs Paganini’s Caprice no.4.
Professional development award headed by Alban Berg Quartet cellist Valentin Erben, is based on secret observation of elligible quartets
Competition taking place in Los Angeles in June 2018 counts Lawrence Power, Antoine Tamestit and Jennifer Stumm among previous winners
Twenty-six competitors have been accepted for event taking place in October across three Finnish cities
The Quatuor Tchalik comprises the Tchalik siblings Gabriel, Louise (violin), Sarah (viola) and Marc (cello).
Japanese cellist Haruma Sato has won the eleventh Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.
Now in its eleventh edition, the young cellists’ showcase in Poland will announce its winner this evening
The 29-year-old Russian violinist wins $50,000 top prize, performance opportunities and the loan of a fine instrument
The grand final will take place on 8 February with each finalist performing a concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players
The 23-year-old Russian cellist has just won the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad’s invitation-only competition, the prize of which includes a recording with orchestra. She talks to Charlotte Gardner
Event returns for second edition with $100,000 total prize fund, of which $50,000 goes to the winner
American violinist Nancy Zhou, who recently won first prize at the inaugural International Music Competition Harbin, China, here performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the winners’ gala concert.
Biennial Jürgen Ponto Foundation award also includes concerts at its four partner festivals
American violinist, 25, adds the Chinese accolade to a number of recent competition successes
Four young violinists from China, South Korea, Russia and the US compete for $50,000 first place in first edition of Chinese competition
Over 90% of participants began playing the violin before the age of five and average age across junior and senior categories has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and oldest 21
Emma Wernig from Los Angeles wins Birmingham Conservatoire based competition in second edition
Birmingham Conservatoire based competition in second edition names five young violists competing in Friday’s final
Event taking place in Geneva in April 2018 receives 317 applications across junior and senior categories
Event returns for second edition with $100,000 total prize fund, of which half goes to the winner
New York recital and CAG management contract are part of package of benefits for winners
39 instruments and 41 bows now loaned to children aged 8 to 13 through second Con-takt Junior competition organised by Klanggestalten group
The Maxwell Quartet’s winning performance at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition - see news story here
The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet
German violinist taking on Augsburg violin competition in time for tenth edition and 300th anniversary of Leopold Mozart’s birth
Taking place from 12 to 22 April 2018 the competition features 44 international entries as well as a festival of concerts and masterclasses
Russian wins competition in Fethiye, Turkey, named in honour of brilliant Turkish cellist who died aged 28 in 2011
Young musician competition has announced winners for two of three age groups
Twenty-year-old, educated at Menuhin School in England, takes first prize in all-female final
Munich event has many precedents of leaving the top spot empty, including at its last edition in 2013
Mone Hattori performs Wieniawski's Legende, Kreisler's La Gitana and Grieg's Third Violin Sonata in the second round of the International Wieniawski Violin Competition 2016.
'Teachers should never sit on juries if their students have entered those competitions,' says Aaron Rosand
String playing competitions are more popular than ever, but do they represent the best platform for launching careers? Charlotte Smith asks jurors, winners and organisers for their views
Yoojin Jang gives her winning performances of Mendelssohn and Stravinsky violin concertos in the final of the 2016 Sendai International Violin Competition with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Junichi Hirokami.
18-year-old Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji gives her winning performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto at the 2016 Montreal International Music Competition with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
The American virtuoso covers technical issues including accuracy, rhythm, intonation and vibrato, and also discusses musical authenticity and practice
13-year-old violinist Eduard Kollert, who yesterday won the Junior first prize at the 2016 Novosibirsk International Violin Competition in Russia, performs Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen at the International ‘Nutcracker’ Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow in 2015.
2016 BBC Young Musician finalist, cellist Sheku-Kanneh Mason performs with his siblings on Britain's Got Talent in 2015.
It wasn’t just the first prize that was split at the Nielsen Competition in Odense on Friday, writes Andrew Mellor, it was also the jury – but isn’t that the point?
This year’s Menuhin Competition promoted a ‘non-competitive atmosphere of learning and exchange’, but how true was this for the performers, asks Charlotte Smith
12-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee gives her winning performance in the 2016 Menuhin Competition Junior Finals at London's Royal Academy of Music.
20-year-old violinist Yu-Ting Chen performs in the 2016 Menuhin Competition Senior Semi-Finals.
12-year-old violinist Yesong Sophie Lee performs in the 2016 Menuhin Competition Junior Semi-Finals.
12-year-old violinist Yeyeong Jin performs in the 2016 Menuhin Competition Junior Semi-Finals.
11-year-old Samuel Tan, youngest competitor in the 2016 Menuhin Competition, performs in the first round of the Junior Division.
There was drama at the inaugural Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition this week, in everything but the string result, writes Andrew Mellor
Sergei Dogadin gives his winning performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto at the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover.
New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall, one of six finalists currently taking part in the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, performs Mozart's Fifth Concerto in the semi final.
Diana Tishchenko, one of 12 remaining candidates currently taking part in the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, performs Mozart's First Concerto in the semi final.
Richard Lin, one of 12 semi-finalists currently taking part in the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, performs Ysaÿe's Sonata, op. 27 no. 4, Bach's Partita no. 2 and Joachim's Romance, op. 2 no. 1 in the competition's preliminary round.
British violinist Leia Zhu has won the International Russian Rotary Music Competition in Moscow, open to children aged between 8 and 12, in string, wind, piano and harp disciplines. Zhu is the youngest prize winner in the competition's 13-year history, receiving a prize of $3000. In the final she performed ...
The violinist won the competition in Brussels in May 2015, receiving €25,000, concert performances and the loan of the ‘Huggins’ Stradivarius for four years.
Ji Young Lim performs Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels - where she took home the €25,000 first prize.
Listening to recordings is a valuable part of practice, the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition finalist tells Pauline Harding
For those witnessing the violin finals, the results of the 2015 competition were an anti-climax. But, writes Charlotte Smith, perhaps they were inevitable.
Cellist Pablo Ferrández-Castro, Onyx recording artist and 2015 winner of the Rheingau Music Festival award, performs the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite no.3 at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is currently underway. Ferrández-Castro is one of six cello finalists competing for the top prize this week.
Violinist Alexandra Conunova, winner of the 2012 International Josef Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover, performs Kreisler's Gypsy capriccio at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is currently underway. Conunova is one of six violin finalists competing for the top prize this week.
Violinist Yu-Chien 'Benny' Tseng, winner of this year's inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition, performs Tchaikovsky's Valse-Scherzo at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is currently underway. The names of those violin and cello candidates progressing to the final will be revealed this evening.
Ji Young Lim performs the first movement of Brahms's Violin Concerto in the finals of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in which she came third.
Violinist Ray Chen performs Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata no.6 at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2009 - which he later won.
27-year-old Suliman Tekalli performs Bartók's Violin Concerto no.2 with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in the final of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition. Tekalli shared second prize with 17-year-old Ayana Tsuji; no first prize was awarded.
British violinist Leia Zhu, aged 8, has been named the youngest ever winner of the International Competition ‘Young Virtuosos’ in Sophia, Bulgaria. The competition's 2015 edition included violin, viola, cello and percussion categories, each divided into four age groups.
The three Grand Finalists of the Singapore International Violin Competition have now been announced: Sirena Huang, USA; Richad Lin, Taiwan; and Yu-Chien Tseng, Taiwan.
Alexandra Conunova performs Beethoven's Violin Sonata no.8, Poulenc's Violin Sonata, Koh's kilo and Wieniawski's Faust Fantasy at the Singapore International Violin Competition 2015 Semi-Finals.
The recent Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in the German capital was a fitting tribute to the man it was named after, writes Rebecca Schmid
The Singapore International Violin Competition jury member gives an insight into his decision-making process
South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho won first prize, worth $30,000, at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) on Saturday, following her performance of Korngold's Violin Concerto.
Jinjoo Cho, winner of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, performs Saint-Saëns's Introduction et rondo capriccioso, op.28 in 2010.
An eight-year-old Samuel Tan from Singapore performs Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro. The violinist has just won the top prize at the 21st International Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy at the age of nine – competing against musicians ...
Fédor Roudine, who has recently won the Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Germany, performs Waxman's Carmen Fantasie with pianist Paula Peluso at the Second International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires.
Xavier Foley, winner of the $50,000 Sphinx Competition 2014, performs Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto no.2 in the Senior Division final. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase ...
Seasoned competition goer Heather Kurzbauer considers the place of competitions today, and violin laureates discuss how their wins have helped their careers
For the first time in its history, women alone made the solo instrument finals at the International ARD Music Competition – and there was only one first prizewinner. Heather Kurzbauer reports
With an array of experts in attendance, Beijing's international violin and bow making competition was an engrossing affair. Nancy Pellegrini hears a range of views on the industry, and China's growing position within it
A day trip to Switzerland yielded some provocative conversations about the future of string music contests for Ariane Todes
Violin laureates share their stories with The Strad