Christel Lee from USA 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 the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yleisradio; invitation to make a recording for Yle.


Christel Lee 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 and 12th December in Dublin

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