Result: An American outsider wins the Sibelius

December 3, 2015 by norman lebrecht


The results are in:

I prize €25 000                   Christel Lee, USA

II prize €18 000                  Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Austria

III prize €12 000                Friederike Starkloff, Germany


Three other finalists, Mayumi Kanagawa (USA), Minami Yoshida (Japan) and Nancy Zhou (USA) received a prize of €2000 each.

The finalists placed second and third started the last round as joint favourites.

Christel Lee, 25, studied with Kyung Wha Chung at Julliard, graduating four years ago. Of South Korean origin, she was born in the US and raised in Canada.

Fototermin in der Musikakademie München ARD Musikwettbewerb 2013 Violine Christel Lee Fotos: Dorothee Falke

picture: Dorothee Falke

Other prizes:
The Foundation of Helsinki Conservatory of Music awarded a special prize of  €3000 to Emmanuel Tjeknavorian for the best interpretation of Sibelius Violin Concerto
City of Järvenpää awarded a special prize of €2000 to Friederike Starkloff for the best interpretation of commissioned piece in second round.  The commissioned piece was one of the award-winning pieces from Jean Sibelius Composition Competition 2015.
The best Finnish contestant Pekko Pulakka got the special prize from the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yleisradio; invitation to make a recording for Yle.



Comments (6)

  1. Alex says:

    Unfancied? She may not be a huge name but she also won the ARD competition two years ago. This is no fluke.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      Agreed. Here’s a link to Ms. Lee performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the ARD competition with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Antonio Méndez

      1. Alex says:

        Her sibelius was stronger at ARD she seemed exhausted today, but the Bartok concerto was quite a marvel.

        1. Max Grimm says:

          I haven’t seen the her Bartok yet but after your comment I am looking forward to it.
          (For others who might wish to view:

  2. Anahid says:


    1. Holger H. says:

      Stop the nationalistic BS please.

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