American Stella Chen Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition, Canadian Timothy Chooi Takes Second

American violinist Stella Chen has won the 2019 Violin Competition! The International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – Queen Mathilde Prize receives € 25,000 and numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad. She will also have the honour to play the ‘Huggins’ 1708 Stradivarius for four years, presented by the Nippon Music Foundation.
Canadians Timothy Chooi and Shannon Lee took second and fourth place respectively. American Stephen Kim, whom La Scena had predicted would be in the top 3 of the CMIM, took third prize; Kim had withdrew from the CMIM once he made the finals of the Queen Elisabeth.

The prizewinners
First Prize : Stella Chen (USA, 26)
Second Prize : Timothy Chooi (Canada, 25)
Third Prize : Stephen Kim (USA, 23)
Fourth Prize : Shannon Lee (Canada – USA, 26)
Fifth Prize : Júlia Pusker (Hungary, 27)
Sixth Prize : Ioana Cristina Goicea (Romania – Germany, 26)

The six unranked laureates, in alphabetical order :
Luke Hsu (USA, 28)
Sylvia Huang (Belgium, 25)
Seiji Okamoto (Japan, 24)
Eva Rabchevska (Ukraine, 22)
Ji Won Song (Korea, 26)
Yukiko Uno (Japan, 23)

Audience awards
Sylvia Huang wins both the Musiq’3 Prize and the Canvas-Klara Prize, both worth € 2500.

You can also watch and listen to their performances on the competition’s website.

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