The first prize of €30,000 was awarded to 25-year-old South Korean violinist Anna Im, along with the loan of a 1746 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin for three years and concert engagements


First prize-winner violinist Do Gyung (Anna) Im © Oliver Roeckle

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The 2nd Stuttgart International Violin Competition held its award ceremony on Sunday 25 February at the Liederhalle Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. The first prize was awarded to 25-year-old South Korean violinist Do Gyung (Anna) Im, receiving €30,000 and the loan of a 1746 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin for three years. Im also receives concert engagements with numerous orchestras, including the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Erfurt Philharmonic, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, and further recitals.

Second prize of €15,000 was awarded to 25-year-old violinist Ruslan Talas from Kazakhstan, third prize of €10,000 went to 23-year-old US violinist Matthew Hakkarainen, while fourth prize of €5,000 was awarded to 16-year-old Chinese violinist Xiaozhuo Wang. The special prize of €3,000 for the most convincing interpretation of the commissioned composition was won by 19-year-old German violinist Jakow Pavlenko. The prizewinners will receive additional support, including three years of artist management.

Im completed her bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Aaron Rosand, where she was awarded the Curtis/Milka Violin Artist Prize upon graduation. She also received both an advanced diploma and master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with So-Ock Kim. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Salzburger Solisten, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and been invited to festivals such as the Kronberg Academy and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music festivals. She also won the first prize of the 10th Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand in 2019.

The Stuttgart International Violin Competition was established by the Guadagnini Foundation and held its inaugural competition in July 2021. It is open to violinists of all nationalities under the age of 28. This year’s jury comprised Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ulf Wallin, Hagai Shaham, Suyoen Kim, Rudolf Koelman, Harald Eggebrecht, Josef Rissin, Stefan Fehlandt, and was chaired by Ingolf Turban.

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