2015 Competition Summary

The 2015 edition of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition took place from 19 to 26 August. The 24 candidates, who were selected in April 2015 by a pre-selection jury composed of Messrs. Enzo Restagno (President of the Jury and Artistic Director of the MITO Festival), Pavel Vernikov (violinist and renowned pedagogue) and Gyula Stuller (Laureate of the Tibor Varga Competition in 1986 and 1st violin of the OCL), competed in Sion over three elimination rounds (24 candidates for the 1st round, 12 for the 2nd round, 6 for the chamber music round) at the église des Jésuites. Following these rounds, three finalists were selected to perform with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in the final which was held at the Ferme Asile de Sion.


A renowned international jury

The Jury, chaired by Mr Enzo Restagno (Italy), was comprised of Raimund Trenkler (Germany), Dong-Suk Kang (Korea), Tsugio Tokunaga (Japan), Hugues Dufourt (France), Pavel Vernikov (Isr/Aut) and Milan Vitek (USA). All are professors at renowned conservatories who also enjoy international careers as musicians.


… and unanimous agreement

After three elimination rounds at the église des Jésuites, including a chamber music trio round, the three finalists, accompanied by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gilbert Varga, performed a compulsory piece commissioned from the French composer Hugues Dufourt before presenting a concerto of their choice to a large audience who came to listen to them during the final at the Ferme Asile de Sion. The final concert ended with a short deliberation by the jury unanimously awarding each of the prizes.


  • 1st Prize – City of Sion Prize to Dmitry Smirnov (Russia)
  • 2nd Prize – Valère Clinic Prize to Ji Won Song (Korea)
  • 3rd Prize – Prix des Forces Motrices Valaisannes (FMV) to Yuliia Van (Germany)
  • Audience Award – Dmitry Smirnov


The Board of the Sion Violin Music Foundation is extremely pleased with the success of this year’s festival. The quality of the candidates was outstanding and the audience enjoyed being able to watch all stages of the competition both at église des Jésuites and during the final at the Ferme-Asile. Finally, the competition received positive press coverage in many notably newspapers and magazines, including press the famous English newspaper The Strad and the Spanish magazine Mùsica y Educación. RTS also recorded and broadcast the final on its airwaves on Espace 2.


Next edition

The next edition will take place from 22 to 29 August 2017