The 19-year-old Armenian violinist receives $10,000 for her first prize win

Diana Adamyan

Diana Adamyan

Diana Adamyan has been awarded first prize at the 2020 Khachaturian International Competition, this year dedicated to the violin and held online from 6 to 15 June due to the coronavirus pandemic. She receives $10,000.

The 19-year-old Armenian violinist, who in 2018 won first prize in the Senior Division of the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, is a student of Ana Chumachenco at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.

Although the competition is usually held in Yerevan, Armenia, this year’s edition saw the 6 finalists performing Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto over the internet from their homes – accompanied by the Armenian State Symphony, conducted by Sergey Smbatyan.

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Second prize of $5000 was awarded to Michael Germer from Denmark. Joint third prize of $1500 was awarded to Lorenz Karls from Sweden and Belle Ting from Taiwan.

The 2020 jury comprised Eduard Tadevosyan (Chair), Péter Csaba, Bob Lord, Gianluca Marciano, Dora Schwarzberg, Zohrab Tadevosyan and Vera Tsu Weiling.