Christel Lee Wins the 11. International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

Christel Lee Wins the 11. International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

Posted on 3 Dec 2015

Christel Lee has won the 11. International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. The prize winners are:

I prize 25 000 € Christel Lee, USA
II prize 18 000 € Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Austria
III prize 12 000 € Friederike Starkloff, Germany

Three other finalists, Mayumi Kanagawa (USA), Minami Yoshida (Japan) and Nancy Zhou (USA), received a prize of 2000 € each. Also the following special prizes were awarded:

The Foundation of Helsinki Conservatory of Music awarded a special prize of 3000€ to Emmanuel Tjeknavorian for the best interpretation of Sibelius Violin Concerto

City of Järvenpää awarded a special prize of 2000 € to Friederike Starkloff for the best interpretation of commissioned piece in second round. The commissioned piece was one of the award-winning pieces from Jean Sibelius Composition Competition 2015.

The best Finnish contestant Pekko Pulakka got the special prize from Yleisradio; invitation to make a recording for Yle.

The winner will perform at the following concerts in December:

Soloist of The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Hannu Lintu at Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert in Hämeenlinna on 8th December.

Soloist of The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor John Storgårds on 10th December in Birmingham and 12th December in Dublin.