BREAKING | Hao Zhou Awarded 1st Prize at 2019 Concours Musical Worldwide de Montréal

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 TsujiBomsori KimMinami YoshidaBenjamin BeilmanNikita Borioso-GlebskyStephen WaartsMarc 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

 

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