Twenty-one-year-old French-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez-Larivière has won first prize at the Bartók World Competition in the violin category, at the Grand Final held on the evening of 16 September 2017.
The competition's Grand Final took place two days after the final round, where finalists were accompanied by chamber orchestra. From forty-four registered contestants, three were shortlisted for the Grand Final: French-Dutch Cosima Soulez-Larivière, Japanese Takagi Ririko and Hungarian Ágnes Langer.
The young musicians were judged in all rounds by the international jury headed by globally acclaimed violinist, Salvatore Accardo. The other jurors were Vilmos Szabadi and Barnabás Kelemen from Hungary, Qian Zhou from China, Takashi Shimizu from Japan, Joel Smirnoff from the USA, Krzysztof Wegrzyn from Germany and Ivan Ženatý from the USA, as well as the Hungarian musicologist and Bartók expert, Tibor Tallián.
The first contestant to take to the stage was the Hungarian Ágnes Langer, who performed Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto No 2. The victorious Cosima Soulez-Larivière came before the audience second and played Beethoven's Violin Concerto, while after the intermission, the audience heard Takagi Ririko's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. The spectators at the Liszt Academy rewarded each one of them with exceedingly enthusiastic applause. The jury came to a final decision only at night: the first prize of the Competition went to Cosima Soulez-Larivière, the second prize was won by Takagi Ririko, while Ágnes Langer came third. The prize money amounted to 22,000 euros, 14,000 euros and 8,000 euros respectively.
Various special prizes were also awarded: Cosima Soulez-Larivière was invited to the 2018 Budapest Spring Festival, to the Cziffra Festival, to the Singapore Violin Festival and to the Festival Academy Budapest as well as to collaborate with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Takagi Ririko was offered a concert opportunity by Müpa, the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra and the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra. Ágnes Langer was given the possibility to be featured at the Auer Festival in Veszprém and take to the stage in the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, collaborate with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, the Music Ensembles of the Hungarian Radio and with the Zugló Philharmonic Orchestra and was given a highly valuable package thanks to Papageno Consulting.
Contestants from former rounds were also rewarded: finalist Kitagawa Chisa was invited to collaborate with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, the Liszt Academy and the juror Vilmos Szabadi, and Kim Yoerae received a concert possibility from the Festival Academy Budapest. From the Preliminary round, Ishigami Mayuko and Dmitry Smirnov were awarded special prizes.
Posted: 20 September 2017
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