Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier, the Slipped Disc favourite, and Dami Kim, the public front-runner, shared first prize at the eighth Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover. Each of them takes home 50,000 Euros, which will buy a lot more in Moldova than it will in South Korea.
The German Tobias Feldmann came third, with a 20,000 prize, to which he added 5,000 for the critics prize and 5,000 for the audience prize – which is unsurprising since almost all the attending critics and public were German.
The winners will also receive a three-year loan of a pedigree violin and a CD release on Naxos.
We wish them well.
Here’s the press release:
|Two First Prize Winners at the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹
|The names of all the Prize Winners of the 8th ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹ have been determined, and were announced at the Award Ceremony during the Prize Winners’ Gala Concert on October 13, 2012. For the first time in the history of the Competition, the First Prize, amounting to €50,000, was awarded to two competitors, Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier from Moldova and Dami Kim from South Korea. Both of these young violinists will receive the full amount of the prize money. The Third Prize, worth €20,000, went to Tobias Feldmann of Germany. The other three Finalists are well rewarded too: In Mo Yang (Fourth Prize) and Bomsori Kim and Airi Suzuki (joint Fifth Prizes) each receive €8,000 in prize money.
|The Jury of Music Critics also awarded the Music Critics’ Prize at the NDR Landesfunkhaus (State Broadcasting House) on Saturday evening; this prize of €5,000 was awarded to Tobias Feldmann. And members of the audience were allowed to have their say as well: Anyone who attended both the Finals was able to vote on who should be awarded the Audience Prize. This prize too is worth €5,000, and also went to Tobias Feldmann.
Furthermore, the six Semifinalists who did not reach the Finals will also receive support from the Competition in the form of scholarships worth €1,000 each to help finance their further studies. This is an important component of the comprehensive funding provided to the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹ by the Stiftung Niedersachsen.
|The First Prize at the 8th ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹, the most highly endowed violin competition in the world, is not limited to the €50,000 cash prize; there are a number of additional rewards attached to it as well. The First Prize Winners will each have the use, for a period of three years, of a violin by the Italian violin maker Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, one on loan from the Fritz Behrens Foundation and the other, for the first time, from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. In addition, arrangements will be made for each of them to make a CD on the Naxos label and to give debut recitals and concerts with orchestras and ensembles of international standing.
|The Jury’s decision had been preceded by a Competition lasting for two thrilling weeks and played out over five rounds. These consisted of: the two Preliminary Rounds, the program of which including among other things solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach; the two Semifinal Rounds, including the first performance of the new work ›unentrinnbar‹ (›no way out‹) by Peter Francesco Marino and a Mozart violin concerto with the Munich Chamber Orchestra; and to conclude, the Final with one of the great solo concertos of the violin repertoire and the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Hannu Lintu.
|1st Prize: Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier and Dami Kim|
|3rd Prize: Tobias Feldmann|
|4th Prize: In Mo Yang|
|5th Prize: Bomsori Kim and Airi Suzuki|
|Music Critics’ Prize: Tobias Feldmann|
|Audience Prize: Tobias Feldmann|