Nagao Haruka, 29, from Japan has been declared winner of the much-diminished Carl Flesch Violin Competition in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary.
Second prize went jointly to Feng Eryu (23, China) and Louisa Staples, 18, from the UK.
The competition is supposedly open to artists based in Europe. Neither Haruka nor Eryu is resident in Europe.
The judges were Eszter Perényi (chair), Márta Ábrahám, Jurgis Dvarionas, Frantisek Novotny and Michael Vaiman.
UPDATE: We have now ascertained that six out of 11 semifinalists were students of jury members. The winner Nagao Haruka studied with the jury president Eszter Perenyi.
Just another stretch of competition credibility.