The Ukrainian violinist scooped first prize of €25,000, concert engagements and loan of a Stradivari violin, in a final round full of performances from many familiar faces in today’s violin competition circuit


Violinist Dmytro Udovychenko © Queen Elisabeth Competition - Thomas Léonard

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The final round performances of the 2024 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition were held between 27 May and 1 June at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts.

From the twelve finalists, Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko was named the recipient of the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – Queen Mathilde Prize. His prize package comprises €25,000, numerous concert engagements in Belgium and abroad, plus loan of the 1708 ‘Huggins’ Stradivari violin, courtesy of the Nippon Music Foundation.

Victory at the Queen Elisabeth Competition is the latest in a string of competition successes for Udovychenko, who won first prize at the 2023 Montreal International Violin Competition, third prize at the 2022 Sibelius International Violin Competition and first prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition in the same year. He has also won prizes in previous years at events including the Odesa, Andrea Postacchini, Joseph Joachim and Jascha Heifetz International Violin competitions.

The Belgian Federal Government second prize went to US violinist Joshua Brown, who won €20,000, while the Count de Launoit third prize went to US violinist Elli Choi. The violinists won first and second prize respectively at the 2023 Global Music Education League Competition in Beijing. Brown also received the Musiq3 Prize and the VRT CANVAS/Klara Prize, each worth €2,500 and awarded by audience members.

Fourth prize of €12,500 went to US violinist Kevin Zhu, while fellow US violinist Julian Rhee received fifth prize of €10,000. Sixth prize of €8,000 went to Japanese violinist Minami Yoshida.

The unranked finalists, comprising Hana Chang, SongHa Choi, Anna Im, Karen Su, Ruslan Talas and Dayoon You were named laureates of the 2024 competition and each received €4,000.

The jury was chaired by Gilles Ledure and comprised Augustin Dumay, Miriam Fried, Lorenzo Gatto, Philippe Graffin, Koichiro Harada, Dong-Suk Kang, Victor Kissine, Kyung Sun Lee, Midori, Vadim Repin, Tatiana Samouil, Vineta Sareika, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Isabelle van Keulen.

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