On May 15, 22-year-old Belgian violinist Marc Bouchkov was awarded the first grand prize at the 2013 Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) following his performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of guest conductor Maxim Vengerov.
Click on the play button to hear the performance that earned Bouchkov a cash prize of $30,000 and a career development program valued at $20,000. The gallery at the top of this post contains photos chronicling Bouchkov's time at the competition.
(embed audio) Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
I. Allegro moderato, II. Canzonetta: Andante, III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
The $15,000 second prize was awarded to 16-year-old Stephen Waarts (U.S.A.) and the $10,000 third prize went to 16-year-old Zeyu Victor Li (China). Further prizes will be handed out Friday evening at the competition's gala concert, to be held at La Maison symphonique in Montreal.
The prize winners were chosen by a jury comprised of Rodney Friend (Great Britain), Michael Frischenschlager (Austria), Yuzuko Horigome (Japan), Mark Kaplan (United States), Vladimir Landsman (Canada), Régis Pasquier (France) and Barry Shiffman (Canada).
Past winners of the MIMC include sopranos Measha Brueggergosman (2002), Marianne Fiset (2007) and Angela Meade (2009), baritone Philippe Sly (2012), pianist Beatrice Rana (2011) and violinist Yossif Ivanov (2003).
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