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VC Rising Star María Dueñas Awarded 1st Prize at Russia's Yankelevich Competition

15-year-old VC Rising Star María Dueñas has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Yankelevich International Violin Competition – in Omsk, Russia

15-year-old VC Rising Star María Dueñas from Spain has today been awarded 1st prize in the senior division of the 2018 Yankelevich International Violin Competition in Omsk, Russia.

2nd prize was awarded to 24 year old Fedor Beznosikov from Russia.

Joint 3rd prizes were awarded to: 25-year-old Eimi Wakui from Japan and 25-year-old Yun Tang from China.

A student of this year’s jury member Boris Kuschnir, María is a former 1st and Grand Prix winner at the Leonid Kogan and Georg Philipp Telemann International Violin Competitions – and in September of last year was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians, in China.

She will receive a fine violin by Italian instrument maker Eugenio Degani – valued at 2,485,000 rubles (US $39,000).

Joint 1st prizes in the junior division were awarded to: 13-year-old Varvara Agayeva from Russia and 13-year-old Wong Pui Ying from China.

Joint 2nd prizes in the junior division were awarded to: 10-year-old Sofia Koltakova from Russia and 10-year-old Stefania Pospekhina from Russia.

Joint 3rd prizes in the junior division were awarded to: 15-year-old Elizaveta Novikova from Russia and 13-year-old Daria Manza from Russia.

This year's jury comprised: Vladimir Spivakov, Pierre Amoyal, Elisabetta Garetti, Sergei Dogadin, Boris Kuschnir and Aleksandr Mualev.

Previous 1st prize winners include VC Young Artists Sergei Dogadin and Fedor Rudin.

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