Italian-Japanese violinist Yuki Serino scooped the top prize of €40,000



Violinist Yuki Serino with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Sergej Krylov

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The first edition of the Città di Cremona Competition was held from 3 to 9 June 2024. Taking place at the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona’s Museo del Violino, a smaller stage compared with larger halls typically seen in competitions, the repertoire focus was on chamber ensemble-sized violin concertos for the final round.

The Giovanni Arvedi first prize of €40,000 went to Yuki Serino of Italy and Japan. She also won a violin-shaped commemorative tray. Second prize of €20,000 went to Chinese violinist Shaoheng Zhong, who also won a gold-mounted bow gifted by Atelier Slaviero. 

Both Serino and Zhong won a special prize which entitles the finalists deemed outstanding by the jury to perform at STRADIVARIfestival 2024. Zhong also won the ‘Note di Talento’ special prize of €10,000, awarded to the best performer of the piece Inside composed for the competition by Stefano Delle Donne.

Third prize of €10,000 went to Nurie Chung from South Korea, who also won a bronze medal from the Museo del Violino, made by sculptor Gianfranco Paulli.

The jury president was Sergej Krylov. The jury comprised Pierre Amoyal, Ksenia Milas, Alessandro Quarta, Massimo Quarta, Oleksandr Semchuk,  Kyoko Takezawa,  Anna Tifu and  Kirill Troussov.

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