Elena Tarosyan won first prize in the senior division of the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition in Germany. The 20-year-old Russian (pictured), who studies at the Moscow Conservatoire with Edward Grach, received 3,000 euros. Second prize went to Olga Sroubkova from the Czech Republic. Japanese violinist Reina Shibutani took third prize.
In the intermediate division, for players aged 15 to 18, 15-year-old Yi Yang Jiang from China took first prize. Russian violinist Naina Kobzareva took second prize, and third prize went to Hui Hua, from China.
Rennosuke Fukuda, 13, from Japan, won first prize in the junior division, and also received an award of 5,000 euros to help fund his further studies. Second prize went to Jaewon Wee from South Korea, and Ziyu He, from China, took third prize.
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