The first final of this year’s ARD competition was a washout.
All three finalists played Prokofiev’s first violin concerto with Michael Francis conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The jury chaired by Mauricio Fuks of Canada decided to withhold the first prize. Sarah Christian and Andrea Obsio shared second. Kristine Balanas (pictured) came third. Sarah Christian won the audience prize. Obiso won a prize for best interpretation of the commissioned work. No-one went home happy.