The Senior First Prize Winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition is 18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia.
Adamyan competed against three other violinists in the Final to win the title at the ‘Olympics of the Violin’, this year in Geneva, broadcast live on ARTE concert. Nathan Mierdl (20, France/Germany) won second prize, with Hyunjae Lim (20, South Korea) third and Tianyou Ma (17, China) fourth. The audience watching live on ARTE concert were encouraged to vote for their favourite Senior participant to be awarded the ARTE concert online prize which went to Nathan Mierdl, and the Audience prize went to Diana Adamyan. Diana performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor tonight in the Final which took place in Victoria Hall, Geneva.
Diana Adamyan will perform alongside the joint First Junior Competition winners Christian Li (10, Australia) and Chloe Chua (11, Singapore) at the Closing Gala Concert tomorrow (Sunday 22 April) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Rachlin at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Christian Li is theyoungest ever winner of the Competition and this is the first time in the Competition’s history that there have been joint winners.
Diana Adamyan wins a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin from Christophe Landon Rare Violins, in addition to 15,000 Swiss Francs (CHF). All of the Senior prizewinners will be offered concert opportunities and courses, including performances at the Gstaad New Year Music Festival 2018, a concerto with The Doctors’ Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, a concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a coffee concert at Wigmore Hall and a concert at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Prizegiving will take place at Victoria Hall on Sunday 22 April in a closed ceremony.