US-violinist Karisa Chiu took first prize of KRW 30,000,000 (USD $25,347) with her performance of Brahms Violin Concerto


Karisa Chiu

Prizes have been awarded at South Korea’s IsangYun Violin Competition, the finals of which were held on Saturday 6 November.

First prize was awarded to US-violinist Karisa Chiu, who receives KRW 30,000,000 (approximately USD $25,437). She performed the Brahms Violin Concerto in the finals with the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra conducted by Dimitry Sitkovetsky.

Second prize was awarded to Jueun Jeong (South Korea), who received KRW 20,000,000 (approximately USD $16,900) as well as the UNESCO Creative City of Music audience prize of KRW 2,000,000 (approximately USD $1700). Nakyung Kang (South Korea) received third prize of KRW 10,000,000 (approximately USD $8450) as well as the Seong-Yawng Park Prize of KRW 2,000,000, given to a South Korean violinist of exceptional talent.

Special prizes were also awarded on the night. The Isang Yun Prize of KRW 10,000,000 was awarded to DongMin Lim (South Korea) for best interpretation of Violin Concerto no.3 by Korean composer Isang Yun. 

Born in 1999, Chiu is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and a laureate of several competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition and the YoungArts National Competition.

Held since 2003, the IsangYun Competition is held annually rotating between the disciplines of piano, cello and violin. The 2021 jury comprised Namyun Kim, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Choon Soo Chung, Boris Garlitsky, Lena Neudauer, Lucie Robert, David Schultheiss, Takashi Shimizu, and Tianwa Yang.

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