Second prize was jointly awarded to Nathan Mierdl and Jian Ren


No first prize was awarded at the Third Mirecourt International Violin Competition in France yesterday. Instead the international jury, headed by violinist Pavel Vernikov, gave second prize jointly to 16-year-old Nathan Mierdl (pictured) of France/Germany and to 22-year-old Jian Ren from China, who also received the audience prize. Both Mierdl and Ren were awarded €3,000.

Third prize worth €1,000, plus a modern bow from Yannick Le Canu valued at €4,000 for the ‘most impressive personality’, went to 15-year-old Elena Cotrone of France/Taiwan. Fourth prize went to 19-year-old Leon Keuffer of Brazil.

Each of the four finalists performed a Romantic concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy conducted by Rani Calderon in the Thaon-les-Vosges.

Nathan Mierdl was a first prize winner at last year’s Louis Spohr Violin Competition, held at The Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany, while Jian Ren, a former Chetham’s School of Music pupil, is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London.

Photo: Maik Schuck / Louis Spohr Violin Competition

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