Timothy Chooi
November 2, 2018
Timothy Chooi wins Stiftung Niedersachsen’s Joseph Joachim Violin Competition
Timothy Chooi with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze, Final round 2 | October 25, 2018
Timothy Chooi with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Manze, Final round 2 | October 25, 2018
Helge Krückeberg

24-year-old Canadian violinist is the first prize winner of the 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hanover

In the anniversary edition of the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition, the first prize in the amount of € 50,000 goes to Timothy Chooi. The award includes the loan of a valuable Guadagnini violin, courtesy of Fritz Behrens Foundation, as well as international debut performance opportunities and the worldwide distribution of a CD.

The second prize in the amount of € 30,000 will be awarded to Dmytro Udovychenko. The third prize, worth € 20,000, goes to Cosima Soulez Larivière. Three additional violinists, finalists Rennosuke Fukuda, Leonard Fu and Youjin Lee will each receive a monetary award of € 8,000.

NDR’s Großer Sendesaal was the venue of the finalists’ last great challenge: the performance of a grand violin concerto of their choice with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the direction of chief conductor Andrew Manze. Afterward, jury members Salvatore Accardo, Andrej Bielow, Tanja Dorn, Masafumi Hori, Matthias Ilkenhans, Kyung Sun Lee, Silvia Marcovici, Qian Zhou, Ulf Schneider, Vilmos Szabadi, and Pavel Vernikov took one hour to come to a final decision.

Lavinia Francke, General Secretary of Stiftung Niedersachsen, congratulated the awardees, stressing once again the great significance of this achievement: “Since 1991, the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition has grown to become one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world. It fills us with pride and joy to be able to accompany these exceptional young violinists for a short while on their path to success.”



1st prize: Timothy Chooi
2nd prize: Dmytro Udovychenko
3rd prize: Cosima Soulez Larivière
4th prize: Rennosuke Fukuda
5th prize: Leonard Fu
6th prize: Youjin Lee


Competition facts:

Since 1991, Stiftung Niedersachsen has been presenting the ‘Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover’ with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn as artistic director. The competition was named after the exceptional musician Joseph Joachim, who was concert master in Hanover, the starting point of his international career. In keeping with this tradition, the competition marks a starting point for the international careers of the violinists who come to Hanover to compete. Those who have been able to prevail in five competition rounds with their special talent, virtuosity, and artistic personality will be amply rewarded with generous monetary prizes, a three-year loan of a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, debut performance opportunities, and the worldwide distribution of a CD recording.


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