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Mio Imai's Prizewinning Performance at 2023 “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” Competition

This year's competition will be held from July 1–7, 2024, in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy


Open to violinists up to age 13 of any nationality, the first prize winner of the “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” International Competition for Young Violinists will receive a scholarship worth €5,000, and a violin made by contemporary Italian luthier Fabio Piagentini, valued at €9,000.

12-year-old Mio Imai from Japan won first prize at the 2023 competition. A current student of Kimberly Fisher in Philadelphia, Mio is a former prize winner at the Leonid Kogan and Chicago International Violin Competitions.

Watch her final round performance below:


The application deadline for the upcoming competition is April 15, 2024. For more information and to apply, click here.

The preselection jury, coordinated by Pavel Vernikov and Domenico Mason, will evaluate candidates’ videos by April 30, 2024. A maximum of 20 candidates will be admitted to the competition.

For the first two rounds, the competitors will be accompanied by the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni ensemble. Final round competitors will perform with the FVG Orchestra.

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