Held from 17 to 21 January 2024, prizes were awarded to professional luthiers and up-and-coming student violin makers

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Photo: Rayan Ghazinouri

Jean-Philippe Échard, curator of bowed and plucked stringed instruments at the Museum of Music in Paris, and first prizewinner of the Talents of Tomorrow category Eva Schulz of the Swiss Violin Making School of Brienz 

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The second edition of the Paris International Violin Making Competition was held from 17 to 21 January 2024 at the Philharmonie de Paris. The competition was organised by the Philharmonie de Paris Museum of Music and the Talents & Violon’celles endowment fund.

The competition comprised two main categories: Talents of Today, open to professionals and Talents of Tomorrow, open to violin making schools.

In the Talents of Today category, joint first prize was awarded to Piotr Pielaszek (Poland) and Viateur Roy (France). Roy also received the special prize from the luthiers’ jury.

Second prize went to Florian Zinkhahn (Germany), who also received special prizes from both the musicians’ jury and the violinists of the Paris Orchestra. The special audience award went to Nicolas Gilles (France).

In the Talents of Tomorrow Category, competitors focused on the 1724 Antonio Stradivari ‘Sarasate’ violin for inspiration. The Swiss Violin Making School of Brienz, represented by Eva Schulz, took first prize and the luthiers’ jury special prize. Schulz is in her third year of her apprenticeship and her winning instrument will be displayed in the Museum of Music in Paris, alongside the winning cello from the 2022 edition.

Second prize went to the National Lutherie School in Mirecourt, represented by Eglantine Minvielle, while third prize went to the Cremona International School of Violin Making, represented by Changhun Lee.

The jury was chaired by Raphaël Pidoux and comprised violinists Tanja Becker-Bender, Roland Daugareil and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, as well as luthiers Andrea Frandsen, Silvio Levaggi and Julie Reed-Yeboah. Violinists from the Paris Orchestra played instruments through blind audition throughout the semi-finals and final rounds to award its special prize.

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