US violinist Mio Imai took first prize in the final round on 9 July 2023


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Italy’s Il Piccolo Violino Magico competition was held in San Vito Tagliamento from 4 to 9 July 2023. Held annually since 2016, the competition is open to international violinists up to the age of 13.

12-year-old US violinist Mio Imai won first prize of €5,000, as well as a contemporary violin made by Italian maker Fabio Piagentini, courtesy of the Risonanze Festival 

Mio Imai studies violin with Kimberly Fisher, the principal second violin of The Philadelphia Orchestra. She won the third prize in US MTNA National Competition (2022), the second prize in Leonid Kogan International Competition (2021) and the third prize in Chicago Violin International Competition (2021). She plays chamber and orchestral music in Center for Gifted Young Musicians Program, Temple University.

Yeonah Kim (9, South Korea) took second prize. Joint third prize went to Jayda Lu (11, Australia/UK) and Elizabeth Song (13, US). 

The jury was chaired by Pavel Vernikov and comprised Koh Gabriel Kameda, Janne Malmivaara, Henja Semmler, George Tudorache, Robin Wilson and Yamei Yu.

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