Gramophone: Nancy Zhou Wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

Martin Cullingford

The winner of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition – which carries the highest monetary prize of any music competition of its type – has been won by American violinist Nancy Zhou.

Zhou, aged 25, receives US$100,000, as well as performance opportunities with a number of orchestras.

Second prize, and $50,000, went to Olga Šroubková from the Czech Republic, and third (worth $25,000) to Ukrainian Diana Tishchenko. Šroubková also won the prize for best performance of a Chinese work, Qigang Chen’s La joie de la souffrance. The jury included both performers and executives, including violinists Maxim Vengerov and Augustin Dumay, and artist manager Martin Campbell-White.

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Nancy Zhou’s Final Round Performance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Stern