Ukrainian Dmytro Udovychenko wins Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin

Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko has won the 2024 Queen Elisabeth Competition, jury president Gilles Ledure announced on Saturday evening. Americans Joshua Brown and Elli Choi came second and third respectively.

The finalists of the prestigious competition performed the unpublished work Variations litaniques by French composer Thierry Escaich and a concerto of their choice, accompanied by the Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus.

There were 290 candidates for this edition of the competition. Udovychenko was joined in the final by six Americans, three Koreans, one Japanese and one Kazakh. The jury selected the 25-year-old as the best violinist after midnight on Saturday.

Udovychenko will receive a cash prize of 25,000 euros. He was congratulated by Queen Mathilde, honorary president of the competition, and her youngest daughter, Princess Eléonore.

The international music competition, considered the toughest classical music competition in the world, was established in 1937 and its focus rotates between violin, voice, cello and piano. Last year, Korean baritone Taehan Kim won the singing competition.



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