They receive €750 each and the chance to borrow a master violin made by East German luthiers


Paula Borggrefe

The three-day-long Rust Prize Violin Sponsorship Competition in Dessau, East-Central Germany, ended on Sunday with two winners: 18-year-old Paula Borggrefe from Halle and 13-year-old Leonard Toschev from Leipzig, who will receive €750 each. 3rd prize goes to 16-year-old Diana Kostadinova, also from Leipzig, who receives €250.

In addition, the winners each receive one of 15 violins, made by East German violin makers and owned by the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung foundation, which they can keep for at least two years.

Held biennially in the Old Theatre of Dessau, the competition is open to violinists between the ages of 12 and 21 from Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. It is named after the 18th century violinist and composer Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, who led the town’s court orchestra, and laid the foundations for a flourishing musical scene in Dessau.  

The next Rust Prize will be held from 13 to 15 November 2020.