The triennial event, held in Washington DC, is open to young violinists, violists and cellists


The 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington DC has named the winners of its violin, viola and cello categories.

15-year-old German Lara Boschkor, former winner of the Henryk Szeryng and Carl Flesch International Violin Competitions, took first prize in the violin category. Winner of the viola class was 15-year-old South Korean Hae Sue Lee, a student of Roberto Diaz at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, while 15-year-old Zlatomir Fung from the US (pictured), last year’s winner of the Klein Competition in San Francisco, topped the cello category. Each winner receives $10,000.

The seventh edition of the triennial competition was open to students of violin, viola, or cello aged between 13 and 17 years.

‘We were surprised by the level of talent, especially since the ages range from 13 to 17,’ said judge Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. ‘I’m very encouraged for the future of music if these are the talents we have.’

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