The Spanish violinist, 22, receives the €10,000 first prize
Spanish violinist Javier Comesaña has won Lithuania’s International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists. The 22-year-old received the €10,000 prize from jury chair Gidon Kremer. He played Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in the final round.
Second prize and €5,000 went to Ukrainian Eva Rabchevska, 24, while Manon Galy of France, also 24, received the €2,000 third prize.
Along with Kremer, this year’s jury comprised Isabelle Van Keulen (Netherlands), Goran Končar (Croatia), Sergej Krylov (Italy), Rūta Lipinaitytė (Lithuania), Svetlana Makarova (Switzerland) and Rusnė Mataitytė (Lithuania).
Comesaña, born in 1999 in Alcalá de Guadaira near Seville, studied with Marco Rizzi at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid. He has also studied with Yuri Managadze and Sergey Teslya. He has had masterclasses with Graf Mourja, Nicolas Dautricourt, and Ilya Kaler and, at Reina Sofía, with Christoph Poppen, Miriam Fried, Alexander Lonquich, Ingolf Turban and Silvia Marcovici. In 2010 he won the first prize at the national Marcos Pedro Moreno Jiménez violin competition.