South Korean violinist Dami Kim won first prize at the Munetsugu
Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan. The 22-year-old, a
student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory in Boston,
won ¥500,000 (£3,800) and the loan of the 1697 'Rainville'
Stradivari violin for two years.
Hikaru Matsukawa from Japan took second prize – ¥300,000 and the loan of a Bergonzi. Third prize – ¥200,000 and the loan of a Pressenda – went to another Japanese violinist, Honoka Kishimoto.
The competition went ahead despite the earthquake and tsunami that caused devastation in the north-east of the country. Several competitors were unable to travel to Nagoya for the first round, and the opening gala concert on 14 March was presented as a memorial charity event.