French-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez-Larivière won the first Bartók World Competition and Festival held in Budapest at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.
The prizes were announced at a gala on Sunday. Hungarian violinist Ágnes Langer won third prize while Japanese violinist Takagi Ririko won second prize. Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo headed the international jury. Andrea Vigh, the rector of the Academy of Music, said they had succeeded in setting up a competition which was worthy of the spirit and name of Béla Bartók.
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 as second and played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, while after the intermission, the Japanese Takagi Ririko interpreted 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 EUR, 14 000 EUR and 8 000 EUR respectively.
Altogether 44 violinists entered the competition which was organised by the academy. The gala was broadcast on the websites of public broadcaster Bartók Radio and the Academy.
via: english.mti.hu; bartokworldcompetition.hu