Local Italian Violinist Receives 1st Prize in 2021 Paganini Competition
The second prize was awarded to a 16-year-old Nurie Chung from South Korea and joint third prizes were awarded to a 22-year-old Lara Boschkor from Germany and 25 years Ava Bahari from Sweden.
This year’s endgame was streamed live here on The Violin Channel and is available to playback now.
A graduate of the Martucci Conservatory in Salerno, Italy, and a former student of Salvatore Accardo and Pavel Berman, Giuseppe Gibboni currently studying with Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University, he has already received important prizes at the international violin competitions Kogan, Postacchini, Enescu and Valsesia.
He will receive €30,000 “Premio Paganini” (Paganini Prize), two years of representation by the Utopia Media agency, in Shanghai, as well as over 15 performance opportunities, including solo engagements with the Carlo Felice Theater Foundation, Orchestra of Tuscany, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Cremonese, Stradivari Foundation, Festival Paganini Genova and Festival Carro Paganiniano.
He will also receive the very distinguished and rare honor of giving a performance on the 1743 “Il Cannone” Guarneri del Gesù violin – once the prized violin of Nicolo Paganini, himself.
Open to violinists of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and 31, the competition was founded in 1954 with the aim of creating an international competition that would bring great prestige to the city of Genoa – as well as a place for the discovery of new, young exceptionally talented violinists.
Considered among the most important violin honors in the world, past winners of the “Premio Paganini” include Gyorgy Pauk, Salvatore Accardo, Gidon Kremer, Ilya Grubert, Leonidas Kavakos, Ilya Gringolts, Sayaka Shoji, Ning Feng and VC Young Artists. Inmo Yang and Kevin Zhu.
The 2021 jury is composed Sergei Krylov (President), Pietro Borgonovo, Pierangelo Conte, Francesca Dego, Stephanie Gonley, Aiman Musakhajayeva, Christopher Poppen, Jacobs Solberg, and Pavel Vernikov.
Any member of the jury who has taught a candidate, in private or in public during the two years preceding the start of the competition, will be required to withdraw from all discussions concerning the candidate and will refrain from submitting votes for this candidate. .