First prize of $5,000 was awarded to violinist Emmanuel Coppey, along with five paid performance engagements


Violinist Emmanuel Coppey |

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The winners of the 2023 Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition were announced at the conclusion of the final round on Friday, 20 October at the Staller Center Recital Hall, New York, US. The grand prize of of $5,000 and five paid performance engagements were awarded to French violinist Emmanuel Coppey. Second prize of $1,000 was awarded to South Korean violinist Youjin Lee.

Both Coppey and Lee will have the opportunity to perform at a joint concert with the Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS), with Coppey having further performance engagements with the Washington Bach Consort, Amor Artis, and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Coppey was born in Paris in 1999, and is a member of the London Contemporary Soloists, Frankfurt Ensemble Modern Academy, a City Music Foundation artist, and is an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He studied with Philippe Graffin and Svetlin Roussev at the Paris Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music, and currently plays on a 1754 Deconet violin from the Guttman Collection.

The Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach String Competition is dedicated to the performance of Bach’s unaccompanied string works – specifically his suites, partitas, and sonatas – and is open to performers between the ages of 16 and 30.

This year’s jury comprised violinists Cynthia Roberts, Daniel Stepner, Ani Kavafian, cellist Colin Carr, and harpsichordist Arthur Haas.

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