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International Competition for Young String Players

The results are in.  Over 180 students submitted tapes to participate in this prestigious competition held in Washington DC.  Only 30 students were accepted for the semi-finals.  The competition was held from March 19-21st.  

The 2015 Johansen International Competition (JIC) took place March 19-21, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) Foundation, Inc., the competition is open to students of violin, viola, or cello ages 13 through 17 years. The $67,000 in prize money comes from the Johansen Trust, which was established by Mrs. Anna Johansen in 1997.

Thirty gifted young string players representing nine countries came to Washington to compete in person during the Semi-Finals on Thursday and Friday. Twelve teenagers were selected by the judges to move forward to the Saturday Finals. Nine winners were chosen and awarded with prizes, certificates, scholarships to the Brevard Summer Music Program, a five-year membership in the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC), and a variety of concert opportunities. In addition, the first prize viola winner was awarded a scholarship to the Morningside Music Bridge summer program at the Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The judges for the 2015 JIC were Glenn Dicterow, Victoria Chiang and Marcy Rosen. The official competition pianists were Eri Kang and Akira Eguchi, who between them prepared over 90 works to perform over a period of three days. (For more information about these musicians, see the 2015 Johansen International Competition program on our website at www.fmmc.org.)

“We were surprised by the level of talent, especially since the ages range from 13 to 17,” remarked Judge Glenn Dicterow, who was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 34 years, and is now on the faculty of Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, CA. “I’m very encouraged for the future of music if these are the talents we have.”

“I think the level of playing and commitment has been inspiring, and I’ve learned from both the players and my fellow judges, said Judge Victoria Chiang, violist in the Aspen String Trio and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. “I am really honored to be part of this process. I think the future of music is incredibly bright.”

“I was thrilled with the level and commitment of every one of the semi-finalists and feel so satisfied and happy with the outcome of today's finals,” commented Judge Marcy Rosen, Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and faculty member at the Mannes School of Music. “It was a privilege to hear these talented young musicians and the legacy that Mrs. Johansen has endowed is truly a worthy and necessary endeavor to carry forward our intimate art.”

The Johansen International Competition is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation and was established in 1997. The JIC is made possible through the generosity of a Charitable Trust established by the late Anna Storch Johansen of Falls Church, Virginia. Mrs. Johansen was a violinist and a Life Member of the FMMC. She wanted to encourage young musicians with significant prize awards at a time when they need it most and when they must make decisions about whether to continue with their dedication to music.

The corporate sponsor for this competition was The Potter Violin Company.  


1st Prize of $10,000:.  Lara Boschkor, 15 years old from Germany. She also won the $1,000 prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work, “Shades of Red,” by David Froom. A student of Liviu Prunaru, Ms. Boschkor won first prize at both the Henryk Szeryng and Carl Flesch International Violin Competitions when she was 13.


2nd Prize of $7,000: Alice Lee, 14 years old from the United States.  Studies with Victor Danchenko.


3rd Prize of $5,000: Maya Buchanan, 15 years old from the United States.  Studies with Almita Vamos.



1st Prize of $10,000: Hae Sue Lee, 15 years old from the United States.  Studies with Roberto Diaz.


2nd Prize of $7,000:  Soyoung Cho, 16 years old from the Republic of Korea.  Studies with Soonwha Oh.


3rd Prize of $5,000: Yuchen Lu, 16 years old from China. Studies with LiSheng.




1st Prize of $10,000:  Zlatomir Fung, 15 years old from the United States.  Studies with Richard Aaron.


2nd Prize of $7,000: Ila Shon, 17 years old from the United States.  Studies with Eric Sung.


3rd Prize of 5,000: Esther Yu, 14 years old from the United States.  Studies with Minhye Kim.


Photos courtesy of ZeeFree Photography

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