Japanese violinist Yuki Hirano wins the first prize of €20,000 and advances to the Classic Violin Olympus Competition in Dubai in 2025

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Vienna Classic Violin Competition winners, left to right: Mariusz Patyra, Yuki Hirano, Ruifeng Lin | classicviolinolympus.com

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The finals of the Vienna Classic Violin Competition took place on 5 April at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. Japanese violinist Yuki Hirano, 19, won the first prize of €20,000. Second prize of €10,000 was awarded to Polish violinist Mariusz Patyra, 46, and the third prize of €5,000 to Chinese violinist Ruifeng Lin, 24.

Hirano graduated last year from the Toho Gakeun College of Drama and Music in Tokyo, Japan, and is currently a student at MUK.

The competition forms part of the overarching ‘Six ways to Classic Violin Olympus’ initiative, and as the top two competitors Hirano and Patyra will advance to the invite-only Classic Violin Olympus competition in Dubai in April 2025. Winners have already been announced for the Tokyo Classic Violin Competition in March, with four more competitions to take place across the globe throughout the year.

This year’s jury comprised Ingolf Turban, Vera Tsu-Weiling, Miguel Da Silva, Christian Altenburger, and was chaired by Pavel Vernikov.

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