The Swedish wunderkind Daniel Lozakovich, 15, has won first prize at the international Spivakov competition in Ufa.
Joint second were Agnes Langer, 23, from Hungary and Mai Suzu, 26, from Japan.
The jury was chaired by the competition’s founder Vladimir Spivakov, who spotted Daniel when he was a child and gave him a debut with the Moscow Soloists at the age of nine. As soon as Daniel’s name appeared among the entrants, it was clear that this was intended to be his coming-of-age. Spivakov had originally announced Mikhail Kopelman as jury chair, but decided to take the seat himself to make sure all went smoothly.
Daniel, who wins a pedigree 19th century violin, is unquestionably a considerable talent, He has a UK-based agent and is being lined up for a major-label deal. He did not need this lopsided competition.
Nor did the other contestants.