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Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition



The international Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition is a competition for violinists up to age 30 that takes place every five years in Poznań, Poland, in honor of the virtuoso and composer Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880). The first competition took place in 1935 in Warsaw, 100 years after the birth of its patron, and consisted of two stages. The second, after a gap of 17 years in 1952, and subsequent events were held in Poznań in three stages. In 2001 it was decided that the competition would henceforth be held in four stages.

Candidates shall be qualified for the competition subject to preliminary selection auditions run by Maxim Vengerov and another member of the jury.

The following three statutory prizes shall be awarded in the competition:
  • First prize: 30,000 Euro and gold medal;
  • Second prize: 20,000 Euro and silver medal;
  • Third prize: 12,000 Euro and bronze medal.

    Additional prizes include three honorary distinctions of 5,000 Euro and the special extra-statutory prize funded by Maxim Vengerov: 12 individual lessons for one of the competition participants. The first edition of the competition took place in 1935 in Warsaw and drew 160 contestants from 23 countries. The inaugural winner of the competition was France's Ginette Neveu. One of the participants was also Grażyna Bacewicz who received an honorary diploma and was to become a future juror of the competition. The two first prizes were funded by renowned Polish luthier Tomasz Panufnik.

    Prizewinners



    1935

  • I. Ginette Neveu – France
  • II. David Oistrakh – USSR
  • III. Henri Temianka – Great Britain
  • IV. Boris Goldstein – USSR
  • V. Ljerko Spiller – Yugoslavia
  • VI. Mary Luisa Sardo – Italy
  • VII. Ida Haendel – Poland
  • VIII. Hubert Anton – Estonia
  • IX. Bronislav Gimpel – Poland

    1952

  • I. Igor Oistrakh – USSR
  • II. Julian Sitkovetsky – USSR, Wanda Wiłkomirska – Poland
  • III. Blanche Tarjus – France, Marina Jaszwili – USSR, Olga Parchomlenko – USSR
  • IV. Emil Kamilarov – Bulgaria, Edward Statkiewicz – Poland, Igor Iwanow – Poland, Henryk Palulis – Poland
  • V. Csaba Bokay – Hungary

    1957

  • I. Roza Fajn – USSR
  • II. Sidney Harth – USA
  • III. Mark Komissarow – USSR
  • IV. Augustin Leon-Ara – Spain
  • V. Ayla Erduran – Turkey
  • VI. Władimir Malinin – USSR

    1962

  • I. Charles Treger – USA
  • II. Oleh Krysa – USSR
  • III. Krzysztof Jakowicz – Poland
  • IV. Izabella Petrosjan – USSR
  • V. Mirosław Rusin – USSR, and Henryk Jarzynski – Poland, Priscilla A. Ambrose – USA
  • VI. Tomasz Michalak – Poland

    1967

  • I. Piotr Janowski – Poland
  • II. Michał Bezwierchnyj – USSR
  • III. Kaja Danczowska – Poland
  • IV. Eduard Tatewosjan – USSR
  • V. Anatolij Mielnkow – USSR
  • VI. Michał Grabarczyk – Poland, Mincho Minchev – Bulgaria

    1972

  • I. Tatiana Grindienko – USSR
  • II. Shizuka Ishikawa – Japan
  • III. Barbara Górzyńska – Poland
  • V. Tadeusz Gadzina – Poland, Graczija Arutunian – USSR
  • VI. Stefan Czermak – Poland
  • VII. Edward Z. Zienkowski – Poland

    1977

  • I. Vadim Brodsky – USSR
  • II. Piotr Milewski – Poland, Michał Wajman – USSR
  • III. Zachar Bron – USSR, Peter A. Zazofsky – USA
  • IV. Charles A. Linale – France
  • V. Hiro Kurosaki – Austria, Anna A. Wódka – Poland
  • VI. Kazuhiko Sawa – Japan
  • Awards: Asa Konishi – Japan, Keiko Mizuno – Japan

    1981

  • I. Keiko Urushihara – Japan
  • II. Elisa Kawaguti – Japan
  • III. Aureli Błaszczok – Poland
  • IV. Seiji Kageyama – Japan
  • V. Iwao Furusawa – Japan
  • VI. Megumi Shimane – Japan

    1986

  • I. Ewgenij Buszkow – USSR
  • III. Nobu Wakabayashi – Japan, Robert Kabara – Poland
  • IV. Wiktor Kuzniecow – USSR
  • V. Alexander Romanul – USA
  • VI. Hiroko Suzuki – Japan

    1991

  • I. Bartłomiej Nizioł – Poland, Piotr Pławner – Poland
  • II. Chie Abiko – Japan
  • III. Reiko Shiraishi – Japan
  • IV. Monika Jarecka – Poland
  • V. Tomoko Yoshimura – Japan

    1996

  • I. –
  • II. Reiko Otani – Japan
  • III. Akkiko Tanaka – Japan
  • IV. Łukasz Błaszczyk – Poland, Asuka Sezaki – Japan
  • V. Anna Reszniak – Poland
  • VI. Maria M. Nowak – Poland

    2001

  • I. Alena Baeva – Russia
  • II. Soojin Han – S.Korea, Roman Simowic – Yugoslavia
  • III.Gaik Kazazian – Armenia, Bracha Malkin – USA, Hiroko Takahashi – Japan
  • IV. Mayuko Kamio – Japan
  • V. Jaroslaw Nadrzycki – Poland
  • VI. Alexandra Wood – Great Britain

    2006

  • I. Agata Szymczewska – Poland
  • II. Airi Suzuki – Japan
  • III. Anna Maria Staśkiewicz – Poland
  • IV. Lev Solodovnikow – Russia
  • V. Maria Machowska – Poland
  • V. Jarosław Nadrzycki – Poland
  • VI. Wojciech Pławner – Poland
  • Distinction. Simeon Klimashevskiy – Russia

    2011

  • I. Soyoung Yoon – South Korea
  • II. Miki Kobayashi – Japan
  • III. Stefan Tarara – Germany
  • Distinction. Erzhan Kulibaev – Kazakhstan, Aylen Pritchin – Russia, Arata Yumi – Japan

    2016

    15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
  • I. Veriko Tchumburidze – Georgia / Turkey
  • II. Bomsori Kim (김봄소리) – South Korea, and Seiji Okamoto – Japan
  • III. Not awarded
  • IV. Luke Hsu – United States
  • V. Richard Lin – Taiwan / United States
  • VI. Maria Włoszczowska – Poland
  • VII. Ryosuke Suho – Japan

    Laureates by country