22-year-old Hao Zhou from the USA has simply minutes in the past been awarded 1st prize on the 2019 Concours Musical Worldwide de Montréal – Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
A graduate of the Colburn College, the place he studied with Martin Beaver, Hao is the previous 1st prize winner on the American String Academics Affiliation Nationwide Solo Competitors – and former main prize winner, as a member of the Viano String Quartet, on the 2018 Wigmore Corridor Worldwide String Quartet Competitors.
HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | ALEXANDER SHELLEY & ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE
2nd and third prizes had been awarded to 29-year-old Johanna Pichlmair from Austria – and 25-year-old Fumika Mohri from Japan/Germany.
Open to violinists of any nationality aged 29 years or youthful, Hao will obtain $30,000 CAD, a $50,000 CAD profession improvement grant, a contemporary instrument crafted by a variety of Quebec’s most interesting violin and bow makers – plus a residency on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
The 2019 jury comprised: Zarin Mehta (President), Pierre Amoyal, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Kuschnir, Cho-Liang Lin, Mihaela Martin, Barry Shiffman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Pavel Vernikov.
Held triennially, earlier Montreal Worldwide Violin Competitors main prize winners embody VC Artists Ayana Tsuji, Bomsori Kim, Minami Yoshida, Benjamin Beilman, Nikita Borioso-Glebsky, Stephen Waarts, Marc Bouchkov and Fedor Rudin.
JOHANNA PICHLMAIR & FRANCIS PERRON | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | SEMI-FINAL | 2ND PRIZE
FUMIKA MOHRI & ANGELA PARK | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | SEMI-FINAL | 3RD PRIZE