The International Violin Making Competition announces winners in categories for violin, viola, cello and double bass

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Visitors examine the medal-winning instruments

The 15th Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria Antonio Stradivari, based at the Museo del Violino, Cremona, has announced its winners in categories for violin, viola, cello and double bass, drawn from the submissions of 248 luthiers.

The gold medal instruments are bought by the Fondazione Stradivari and placed on permanent display in the Museo del Violino.

The winners are:


  • Gold medal – Nicolas Bonet (France)
  • Silver medal – Yukiko Chin (Japan)
  • Bronze medal – Jihwan Park (South Korea)


  • Silver medal – Ulrich Hinsberger (Germany)
  • Bronze medal – Viateur Roy (Canada)


  • Gold medal – Gawang Jung (South Korea)
  • Silver medal – Jihwan Park (South Korea)
  • Bronze medal – Alessandro Peiretti (Italy)

Double bass

  • Bronze medal – Guido Mariotto (Italy)

There were also honourable mentions for Davide Somenzi, Feng Jiang, Fabienne Gauchet, Krzysztof Krupa (violin), Minsung Kim, Noemie Viaud, Roland Belleguic, Emanuele Francioli (viola), Hayato Nagaishi, Dong-Pil Im (cello), and Patrick Charton, Gabriel Pralea (double bass).

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Violin gold medallist Nicolas Bonet

Special prizes went to: Nicolas Bonet (Premio Cremona Mondomusica); Gawang Jung (cello, Premio Simone Ferdinando Sacconi, Premio Cremona Mondomusica, Premio Fondazione Cologni Dei Mestieri D’arte); Ulrich Hinsberger (viola, Premio Walter Stauffer); Emanuele Francioli (viola, Premio A.L.I.);  Jihwan Park (cello, Premio Pierangelo Balzarini, Premio Giorgio Ce’); Yukiko Chin (violin, Premio Zwiazek Polskich Artystow Lutnikow - Polish Union Of Artist Violin Makers).

The competition is judged by a panel of luthiers as well as a panel of musicians, and the scores are combined to recognise instruments which satisfy both.

This year’s jury, comprised luthiers Alberto Giordano, 

Marco Nolli, Jan Strick, Guy Rabut, and Zheng Quan, and musicians Glauco Bertagnin (violin), Enrico Fagone (double bass), Jana Kuss (violin), Michel Michalakakos (viola) and David Pia (cello).