Competitions, Awards and Appointments: April 2022

[1] Bryan © Nikolaj Lund 1

This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests


Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng, 24, won first prize in the Unisa International Strings Competition’s classical category, held at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. He took home R230,000 (£11,000) and also received prizes for the best performance of a Baroque work and of a South African work, both worth £700. South Korean cellist YeongKwang Lee, 26, took the £6,000 second prize while French violinist Clara Saitkoulov, 22, received the £4,700 third prize.

Two violinists received prizes at the Gstaad Musical Summits in Switzerland. The Thierry Scherz prize for best interpretation, which comes with a recording opportunity, went to Danish violinist Anna Agafia, 25, a graduate of the Lausanne University of Music in Switzerland. The André Hoffmann prize for best interpretation of the summit’s commissioned work went to 25-year-old Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, who received CHF5,000 (£4,000)…

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