South Korean violinist Hyunsuk Ryu receives a €5,000 scholarship and a violin made by Fabio Piagentini

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2024 Piccolo Violino Magico winner Hyunsuk Ryu

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The eighth Piccolo Violino Magico competition concluded on 7 July at the Auditorium Comunale in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy. It was open to violinists of all nationalities up to the age of 13.

First place was won by South Korean violinist Hyunsuk Ryu (b. 2013), receiving a scholarship worth €5,000 and a violin made by Fabio Piagentini. The second place scholarship of €3,000 was awarded to Chinese violinist Tao Baiyi (b. 2010), while the third prize was jointly won by Ukrainian violinist Margarita Pochebut (b. 2010) and Chinese violinist Li Yunduo (b. 2010), each receiving a scholarship worth €1,500.

Amongst the special prizes awarded, a €1,000 prize for the best performance of a Baroque concerto was awarded to US violinist Jayden King (b. 2014). Further prizes of €500 each were awarded to Chinese violinist Li Chunxi (b. 2013) for the best solo virtuoso piece, to South Korean violinist Jane Park (b. 2012) for the best performance of a Mozart concerto, to Antonio Sarič (b. 2010) from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the best performance of Franz Ries’s Perpetuum Mobile, and to Italian violinist Brando Maria Medici (b. 2010) and Singaporean violinist Valerie Libby Kojongian (b. 2013).

Candidates were accompanied by the Orchestra dell’Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni throughout the competition, with support in the final round from the FVG Orchestra from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Both orchestras were conducted by Giancarlo Guarino.

The competition was organised by the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni of San Vito al Tagliamento. This year’s jury comprised Sophie Besançon, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Nazzareno Carusi, Maja Jokanovic, Sunny Lee, Yuan Tian, and was led by artistic director Pavel Vernikov as president of the jury.

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