Chinese violinist Ziling Guo took first prize of €10,000, a violin and future concert engagements


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The finals of the 2023 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition were held on 15 and 16 September in Gorizia, Italy. Six finalists performed a concerto with the ’M. Lysenko’ Symphony Orchestra of Lviv, Ukraine directed by Yuriy Bervetskyi. A gala concert and awards ceremony was held on 17 September.

The prize winners are as follows:

Ziling Guo, China - First prize, best sonata performance. She wins €10,000 and the chance to play a violin offered by the International School of Violin Making in Cremona, plus numerous concert engagements.

Emiri Kakiuchi, Japan - Second prize of €5,000, best interpretation of Variations sopra un Gloria for solo violin by Daniele Zanettovich, best interpretation of a 19th-century sonata

Elena Luisa Schwalbe, Germany - Third prize of €3,000, best interpretation of a Paganini Caprice

Sofiia Plakhtsinska, Ukraine - Fourth prize of €1,500

Giulio Greci, Italy - Fifth prize of €1,000

Reika Sato, Japan - Sixth prize of €500, best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata

Semi-finalist Veronika Mona Bogić (Serbia) won a special prize for artistry.

The jury was chaired by the composer Giovanni Albini (Italy) and comprised Florin Croitoru (Romania), Laura Grandi (Italy), Gunars Larsens (Australia) and Ihor Pylatiuk (Ukraine).

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