South Korean Kang wins Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Posted on: September 28, 2010

In Monday’s (9/27) Indianapolis Star, Jay Harvey writes, “Clara-Jumi Kang, a 23-year-old German-born South Korean, received the gold medal of the eighth quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as the 17-day contest ended Sunday. She also swept up about half the special prizes for best performances of pieces played in the course of the competition, adding $10,500 to her first-place cash award of $30,000. Kang also was presented with a Tourte-Voirin model Berg bow, valued at $8,000, as part of her first-place finish. A Carnegie Hall recital debut and a Naxos recording contract also are part of the award. … Kang came into the IVCI with first-place successes in the 2009 Hannover (Germany) and 2010 Sendai (Japan) international violin competitions. She said the victory here has special value in her career because it provides more opportunities to perform in the U.S. … Her Beethoven certainly went over well here: Among her special prizes was $1,000 for best performance of a Beethoven sonata, capped by $5,000 for best performance of a romantic or post-romantic concerto. … The IVCI presents participants with a wider array of repertoire demands than most, she said.”

Posted September 28, 2010