BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Stuttgart International Violin Competition
24-year-old Eva Rabchevska from Ukraine has been awarded first prize at the 2021 Stuttgart International Violin Competition, in Stuttgart, Germany
A graduate of the Bratislava State Conservatory, in Slovakia, and current student of Zakhar Bron at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, in Madrid, Eva is a former major prize winner at the Carl Flesch and Karol Lipinski International Violin Competitions. She was also recently one of twelve finalists at the prestigious 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition.
Hosted by the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts and the Guadagnini Foundation, Eva will receive €25,000, plus a number of important orchestral debut solo performances, including concerto engagements with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Symphoniker Hamburg, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Orchestra of the Symphoniker Nürnberg, the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie Chemnitz, the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin and the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra.
She will also be offered the three year use of a 1746 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini fine violin — on generous loan from the Guadagnini Foundation collection.
EVA RABCHEVSKA | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | NABIL SHEHATA & STUTTGART PHILHARMONIC | 2021 STUTTGART INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | 1ST PRIZE
Second and third prizes were awarded to 18-year-old Hana Chang from United States and 25-year-old Anna Agafia Egholm from Denmark. They will receive €15,000 and €10,000, respectively.
Fourth prize was awarded to 27-year-old Gyehee Kim from South Korea.
Hana Chang was also awarded the special prize of €3,000 for the best performance of the newly-commissioned set work “APOPLEX”’, by Israeli composer Ohad Ben-Ari, in the semi-final round of the competition.
“I am so very proud of how, this our first competition, was organized, conducted, implemented and received by the public,” Markus Klein, President from the Guadagnini Foundation and event organizer told The Violin Channel.
“My hearty congratulations goes out to our inaugural winner Eva and also to our other three exceptional finalists this week, Hana, Anna and Gyehee. All four young ladies presented themselves to Stuttgart and to the world, via our online partnership, to be outstanding and original solo violinists and I feel very confident each are already on their way to very promising career paths.”
“All of us at the Guadagnini Foundation are now looking forward to working closely with Eva as she embarks on her winner’s schedule, with concerto engagements with a number of important European orchestras, including the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Hamburg and Nuremberg Symphonies. I know she will represent the competition and the foundation proudly, and my team and I will be here with her to support her development and ascension,” he said.
This year's international jury was made up of Ingolf Turban (President), Harald Eggebrecht, Rudolf Koelman, Natalia Prishepenko, Josef Rissin, Christian Sikorski, and VC Artist Tobias Feldmann.
The four finalists were selected, via two live recital rounds, from an initial 21 in-person first round candidates — which were invited to Stuttgart from 266 international applicants from 43 different countries.
The opening and semi-final rounds of the competition have already been viewed by over 150,000 viewers on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, from more than 51 countries, and with online coverage having to date already reached upwards of 600,000 people.