Yuliia Van and Roman Kholmatov each receive €5,000, plus a number of important performance opportunities
Following a final round in which applicants performed a major concerto, the 2018 Mirecourt International Violin Competition has awarded two 1st prizes this year: to 22-year-old Yuliia Van and 24-year-old Roman Kholmatov, both from Ukraine.
They each receive €5,000, plus a number of important performance opportunities.
3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to 17-year-old Claire Wells from the United States and to 17-year-old Iris Scialom from France, who receive €1000 and €500 respectively.
Van, who studied with this year’s competition jury president Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hannover Hochschule of Musik, Van is a former prize winner at the Louis Spohr and Tibor Varga International Violin Competitions.
Kholmatov, who studied with Sergey Shott at the Ukraine Tchaikovsky National Music Academy, has won prizes at the Eugene Ysaye, Oleh Krysa and Jean Ter-Merguerian International Violin Competitions.
Taking place biennially in Mirecourt France, the competition, which was founded in 2010, is open to international violinists 26 years and under.
This year’s jury comprised Krzystof Wegrzyn (Chairman), Silvia Marcovici, Harald Herzl, Alissa Margulis, Petru Munteanu, Marianne Piketty and Ulf Wallin.