The Korean violinist receives a top prize of €20,000


Elly Suh has been named the winner of the Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition and receives €20,000.

The competition, which took place from 20-31 October in Lviv, Ukraine, was open to international violinists between the ages of 15 and 29 who competed in three live rounds, culminating in a concerto final with the Lviv Philharmonia.

Second prize, worth €10,000, went to Japanese violinist Eimi Wakui, while third prize, worth €8,000, was awarded to Meruert Karmenova from Kazakhstan.

This year's jury was chaired by Oleh Krysa and included Krzysztof Jakowicz, Sachika Mizuno, Volodymyr Zaransky, Yuri Mazurkevich, Päivyt Meller and Edward Zienkowski.

South Korean violinist Suh is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where her teachers included Robert Mann and Joel Smirnoff.  The 27-year-old is currently a postgraduate student at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, studying with Pierre Amoyal, and has won prizes at the Paganini, Michael Hill, David Oistrakh and Naumburg international violin competitions.

Photo: Lydia Bittner Baird