Narek Hakhnazaryan from Armenia won the first prize and gold medal in the cello division of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. The 22-year-old, who most recently studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Laurence Lesser, received €20,000. Second prize went to Edgar Moreau, 17, from France. Belarussian Ivan Karizna, 18, won third prize.
No gold medal was awarded in the violin division. Russian violinist Sergey Dogadin, 22, and 25-year-old Itamar Zorman, from Israel, each won second prizes worth €15,000.