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Junior 1st Prize Winner 2012 - Kevin Zhu with Menuhin's grandson Lin Menuhin and President Wang Cizhao of the Central Conservatory

Cash Prizes and Concert Opportunities

Senior Section

1st prize              $10,000 USD
and a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin by Christophe Landon Rare Violins

2nd prize             $7,000 USD
donated by Christophe Landon Rare Violins

3rd prize              $5,000 USD

4th prize              $3,000 USD
donated in honor of Dr. Morris Beachy

Bach Prize           $1,500 USD
for the best Bach performance
donated by Robert Masters

Chamber Music Prize $1,000 USD
for the best performance of Haydn string quartet
donated by Joy and Glenn Chandler

Composer's Prize $1,000 USD
for the best performance of the new American work
donated by Toyoko Hattori

EMCY Prize for exceptional performance
awarded by the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)

Junior Section

1st prize              $7,000 USD
and a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins

2nd prize             $5,000 USD
donated by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins

3rd prize              $3,500 USD
donated in honor of BAI, LLC Consultants in Acoustics

4th prize              $2,000 USD
donated by Houston Methodist

5th prize              $1,500 USD
donated by the Tocker Foundation

Composer's Prize $1,000 USD
for the best performance of the new American work
donated by Toyoko Hattori

All unplaced Junior finalists will receive $500

Concert and Masterclass opportunities for winners

Prize winners will be offered concert opportunities and courses including:

  • A concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London
  • Concerts at the Musikfestival Mecklenburg Vorpommern in Germany
  • Recitals at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad/Switzerland
  • A concert with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Konzerthaus Vienna
  • A recital or concert at the Rheingau Festival/Germany
  • Concerto performance or solo recital organised by the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
  • Four prize winners will be offered participation in the Kronberg Violin Masterclasses 2015
  • The 2014 Morningside Music Bridge Young Artist Award, a scholarship to attend the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary in July 2014, will be given to a competitor aged 18 years or younger
  • Both first prize winners will have an opportunity to perform at the Harpa IMA Festival in Iceland
  • The winner of the EMCY Prize and four other prize winners will be offered online profiles and promotion by EMCY for a two-year period after the competition

Special Prizes may be awarded at the Jury’s discretion

*Further opportunities may be added as planning continues

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