The competition, held every four years, was won by South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho


Following Saturday’s announcement of the main prize winners at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis – with the Gold Medal going to South Korean artist Jinjoo Cho – winners of the Special Awards have also been named as follows:

Best performance of a Bach work: Jinjoo Cho

Best performances of the Paganini Caprices: 1st Nancy Zhou; 2nd Ayana Tsuji; 3rd Jinjoo Cho

Best performance of an encore work: Suyeon Kang

Best performance of a Mozart sonata: Ji Young Lim

Best performance of a Beethoven sonata: Dami Kim

Best performance of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Fantasy for Solo Violin: Tessa Lark (pictured)

Best performance of an Ysaÿe sonata: Tessa Lark

Best performance of a violin-piano sonata other than Beethoven from the Semi-Finals: Yoo Jin Jang

Best performance of a Classical Finals concerto: Dami Kim

Best Performance of a Finals Romantic or Post-Romantic concerto: Jinjoo Cho

Jinjoo Cho took the competition’s first place, worth $30,000, following her performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in the final. The 26-year-old student of Jaime Laredo also receives career management for the next four years as well as the four-year loan of the 1683 ‘Gingold’ Stradivarius. Second prize and $15,000 went to US violinist Tessa Lark, 25, while third prize went to 19-year-old South Korean Ji Young Lim.

For full details read The Strad’s competition report.

Photo: Denis Ryan Kelly

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