Seventeen-year-old American-Dutch violinist Stephen Waarts won first prize in the 2014 Menuhin Violing Competition Saturday night, competition officials announced shortly after the four finalists played a concert with the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center.
Waarts will receive $10,000 and a year’s loan of rare violin from Christope Landon Rare Violins.
Second prize went to In Mo Yang, 18 (Korean); receiving third prize was Christine Seohyun Lim, 19 (American-Korean) and the fourth prize was Stephen Kim, 18 (American).
Waarts studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philiadephia and has played more than 60 concerts in seven countries including more than 40 in the United States. Saturday night he played Prokofiev Violin Concerto, No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63.
This the first time in its storied 30-year-history, the Menuhin International Violin Competition has this year landed in North America and it lands in Austin courtesy of the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music has played host to the 10-days of concerts, events and competition recitals that started Feb. 21.
Waarts will play tonight with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra in the Menuhin’s final gala concert at the Long Center. Also featured is 14-year-old Rennosuke Fukuda who won the Menuhin’s Junior Competition.
Tonight’s concert will be live-streamed here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/menuhincompetition2014