BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Birmingham's 2021 Aronowitz International Viola Competition
22-year-old Edgar Francis from Wales was today awarded first prize at the 2021 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, in Birmingham, England
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Juan-Miguel Hernandez and Hélène Clement, Edgar is a former recipient of the Wilfrid Parry Prize, Regency Award, Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize, and the Olwen Doreen Leyshon Prize.
He will receive £5000, an album recording with Champs Hill Records, a fine viola bow made by Robert Shallock, courtesy of Bishop Instruments & Bows, plus a set of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola Strings and Rosin and a Pirastro Viola KorfkerRest.
The second and third prizes were awarded to 20-year-old Noga Shaham from Israel and 20-year-old Haneul Park from South Korea.
The 2021 jury comprised Thomas Riebl, Matthew Jones, and Garth Knox.
Previous first prize winners include VC Artist Timothy Ridout.