Violinist James Dong has won first prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. The 19-year-old, who studies with Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, received NZ$8,000. Second prize went to New Zealand trumpeter Thomas Eves. Cellist Minjin Lee, from Singapore, took third prize.

Dong came second in the competition last year. He also won top prize in the Kendall National Violin Competition in Australia in September.