She receives a 1912 Riccardo Antoniazzi fine violin

Maria Duenas

Maria Dueñas

Following a final round in the Bashkortostan National Concert Hall, the 1st Prize at the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa, Russia has been awarded to Maria Dueñas. 

The 15-year-old Spanish violinist receives a 1912 Riccardo Antoniazzi fine violin, valued at US $140,000.

Dueñas, who is studying at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with jury member Boris Kuschnir, is a former first prize winner at the Leonid Kogan, Georg Philipp Telemann, Zhuhai and Yankelevich International Violin Competitions.

2nd prize was awarded to 25-year-old Fyodor Beznosikov from Russia, who receives an 1848 violin by Jules Grandjon. The 3rd prize - a 2017 Igor Ulitsky violin - was awarded to 22-year-old Issei Kurihara from Japan.

The 2018 jury comprised: Mikhail Kopelman (jury chair), Vladimir Spivakov, Qian Zhou, Takashi Shimizu, Boris Kuschnir and Sergei Dogadin.