Canadian outsider wins Joachim contestmain
The Canadian Timothy Chooi has won the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition, worth €50,000 and the loan of a Guadagnini.
Chooi, 24, is a Juilliard student. He is not connected to any of the judges, or to the competition’s founder and artistic director Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn.
Dmytro Udovychenko won the €30,000 second prize.
Third was Cosima Soulez Larivière, Wegrzyn’s hotly tipped student.
Chooi will not need the Guadagnini. He plays a 1717 Windsor Stradivarius on loan from Canada Council for the Arts.