The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto
Lara Boschkor was named the winner of the Tonali Violin Competition in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto with the North German Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the final, held in Hamburg's brand new Elbphilharmonie.
'For me the past Tonali week was extraordinary,' said Boschkor. 'It was so different from all the competitions I have previously attended. There was the feeling of being able to make music - in the circle of people you know and love. Tonali touched me in a way that made me human and a musician. I am so grateful!'
Winner of the 2013 Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition in Mexico, and of the 2015 Johansen International Competition in Washington DC, Boschkor is also winner of the 2013 Carl Flesch Violin Competition in Hungary and a laureate of the 2016 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China.
The Tonali second prize, worth €5,000, went to Anne Maria Wehrmeyer, who also received the audience prize of €3,000, while third prize, of €3,000, went to Elene Meipariani.
This year's jury featured Tanja Becker-Bender, Natalia Gabunia, Sabine Frank, Noé Inui, Natalia Prischepenko, Erik Schumann and Ingolf Turban.
Held annually, the Tonali competition concentrates each year on one of three instruments - violin, cello and piano. Open to musicians residing in Germany between the ages of 16 and 21, the contest includes community performance elements, matching each of its 12 finalists with a different local school.