Raimund Trenkler stresses that this prize money is not a reward for outstanding performances, but instead is intended to help exceptionally talented musicians develop. A central feature of the calendar since 2009, the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts provide the ideal platform for discovering and supporting such individuals.
Owing to the restrictions of the pandemic, this year’s event was held with a limited number of participants and restricted audience numbers. Selected from some 60 participants, the eight prize winners of the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts 2021 are:
Prince of Hesse Prize (shared)
Geneva Lewis (23, New Zealand, USA)
Javier Comesaña (22, Spain)
Endowed with 5000 euros, the Prince of Hesse Prize was donated for the 8th time by Floria Landgravine of Hesse.
The promotional prize is conferred on a young violinist who has stood out during the Masterclasses on account of his or her “special musical ability, special perceptive insight, talent and hard work, and hence recognisably great artistic potential”.
Ana Chumachenco Award (shared)
Kaori Furusawa (22, Japan)
Vassily Chmykov (21, France)
The Ana Chumachenco Award was presented for the 4th time as part of the Violin Masterclasses & Concerts. Carrying prize money of 5000 euros, it is financed by Marianne and Dr Klaus-Jürgen Kraatz and was created at the request of the great violinist and teacher Ana Chumachenco.
Manfred Grommek Prize (shared)
Carla Marrero Martínez (26, Spain)
Anna Agafia Egholm (25, Denmark)
The Manfred Grommek Prize for young string players, which includes prize money of 5000 euros, is financed by the Bad Sodener Musikstiftung Jürgen Frei and presented to an active participant selected by the tutors. Awarded for the 8th time, this year the prize was given to two “young people at the start of their musical careers with recognisably great potential.”
In addition, Maya Wichert (15, Germany) and Carolin Grün (20, Deutschland) were each awarded a scholarship to take part in a further masterclass at Kronberg Academy. The next Violin Masterclasses & Concerts will take place in two years’ time, in June 2023.