Veriko Tchumburidze, a Georgian living in Turkey, won the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan last last night.
Joint second were Bomsori Kim (South Korea) and Seiji Okamoto (Japan).
Fourth and fifth were Luke Hsu (USA) and Richard Lin (Taiwan/USA).
The final stage was marred by an ill-tempered outburst on Polish Radio by the controversial jury member Zakhar Bron, denouncing the elimination of his pupil Mone Hattori and saying some of the finalists had given ‘disastrous’ performances in the semis.
‘I am sorry, but yesterday’s concertos – Brahms and Shostakovich were a disaster. I don’t know what jury will say, but that is my opinion. Usually I wouldn’t be so rigorous and assertive in my judgement but I don’t know how much time I have in this world. That is why I wanted to clarify, that many decisions made by the jury this year was wrong”
You can listen to his comments here.
Polish media are suggesting that the result marks a severe blow for Bron’s influence in the competition industry.
Veriko Tchumburidze, who is 20, has received support from the Güher-Süher Pekinels Young Musicians on World Stages project. She plays a 1756 violin made by Giambattista Guadagnini, on loan from a German foundation.