52 nd edition
They were 94 violinists during the initial selection process. The second evening of the final marked the winners of the 2019 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition. Anna Agafia Egholm and Adam Koch Christensen, both Danish, won first and second prizes respectively. Poland’s Roksana Kwasnikowska, won the third. For one week, the finalists offered the audience four performances: solo during the first round, recitals with piano in the second round, then chamber music recitals and a conterto with orchestra for the finale. As a reminder, no first prize was awarded in 2017.
Two major changes were made: the choice of works was limited, highlighting the contemporary repertoire, including the compulsory piece “Ri-Tratto”, taken from the 4 Homages pour violin solo by Heinz Holliger who celebrated his 80th birthday on May 21, 2019. The finale was held at the Ferme-Asile in the form of two public concerts: the first evening, August 23, presented chamber music with Antonio Meneses, cello, and Juan Carlos Garvayo, piano; the second evening, August 24, offered the big concerti with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy. The new president Georges Starobinski applauded the high level of all candidates and the demanding requirements of the Competition.
• 1st prize, Grand Prix of the City of Sion Anna Agafia EGHOLM (22 years, Denmark)
• 2nd prize, Loterie Romande Prize Adam Koch CHRISTENSEN (19 years old, Denmark)
• 3rd prize, Valais State Prize Roksana KWASNIKOWSKA (24 years old, Poland)
• Tibor Varga Prize, for the best interpretation of “Ri-tratto” from Heinz Holliger’s 4 Homages pour violin solo Anna Agafia EGHOLM (22 years, Denmark)
• Young Jury Prize Adam Koch CHRISTENSEN (19 years old, Denmark)
• Audience Prize Adam Koch CHRISTENSEN (19 years old, Denmark)
The final of the Tibor Junior International Violin Competition took place last night and the results are in! A huge congratulations to our four finalists who each produced outstanding performances last night at Théâtre de Valère in front of our international Jury consisting of Ana Chumachenco (Germany/Argentina), Yuzuko Horigome(Japan), Myroslava Kotorovych (Ukraine), Gidon Kremer (Latvia), Kyung Sun Lee (South Korea), Svetlin Roussev (Bulgaria) and Pavel Vernikov(Israel/Switzerland).
The results are as follows:
We also awarded four additional prizes:
We would like to thank all of our Jury members for their time, mentoring and expertise, and our candidates for their hard work and communal spirit over the past week. A special thanks as well to our orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica and HEMU Orchestra, for performing with and supporting our candidates. Finally, we hope that everyone involved in the inaugural Tibor Junior International Violin Competition has had as much fun as we have over the past week! We wish all of our 2018 candidates the best with their future music careers and look forward to welcoming them back in Sion in the future!