28 August 2023

The prestigious Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition International Prosecco DOC Prize goes to Eva Ter-Sarkisova from Latvia

The Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition "City of Vittorio Veneto" International Prosecco DOC Prize concluded with the final concert at the Lorenzo Da Ponte Theater on Sunday, August 27th.

It was held in the presence of the orchestra formed by "Gli Archi della Scala" and musicians from the RAI Symphony Orchestra, conducted for this special occasion by maestro David Coleman from London. The event was attended in person and streamed live on Facebook and Youtube, where it is also possible to rewatch the competition stages.

The nineteen-year-old Latvian Eva Ter-Sarkisova is the winner of this 33rd edition and  won the first prize of €8,000 offered by the Prosecco DOC Consortium.

The scholarships awarded:
The Latvian Eva Ter-Sarkisova was also awarded the €750 scholarship offered by Vittorio Eventi for the best interpretation of Augusta Read Thomas's "Incantation" in the second round.
The Italian Francesco Papa was awarded the €750 scholarship offered by Ascom Servizi Vittorio Veneto srl for the youngest semifinalist, the €750 scholarship offered by Confartigianato Vittorio Veneto for the best interpretation of a Sonata in the second round, and the €750 "Mario Benvenuti" scholarship offered by the Benvenuti Family – in memory of Maestro Mario Benvenuti, the founder of the national violin competition in Vittorio Veneto and related national events for bowed instruments – for the youngest finalist contestant.
The valuable bow worth €3,000, specially crafted for this edition of the competition by master bow maker Nicola Galliena from Milan, was awarded by the jury to Magdalena Sypniewski from France for the best interpretation of Mozart in the first round.

The German Annika Starc received the €750 scholarship offered by the Municipality of Vittorio Veneto for the best interpretation of J.S. Bach in the first round.

The winner also secures the prize concerts offered by the following Foundations, Institutions, and Associations:

  • Foundation of Teatro alla Scala in Milan
  • "Mario Del Monaco" Municipal Theater in Treviso
  • Camerata Vallese – Sion String Orchestra (CH)
  • New Chamber Orchestra "Ferruccio Busoni" of Trieste (concert with the orchestra)
  • Instrumental Chamber Orchestra "City of Prato"
  • Steffani Music Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
  • Cultural Circle of Belluno
  • Beethoven Society ACAM of Crotone

Furthermore, the "Ad libitum" Association of Conegliano, in collaboration with the "G. Marconi" Music High School of Conegliano, offers the 1st prize winner the opportunity to conduct a workshop aimed at young violinists.

Ter-Sarkisova comments on her victory, "I am very excited because I didn't expect it. I am very happy and grateful; it has been a great experience. It's a very stressful competition as it is among the most important competitions in Europe, and the pressure is felt. I would recommend this competition to all young violinists because it has excellent organization, Vittorio Veneto is beautiful, and the jury is of the highest level."

The second prize of €5,000 offered by Banca Prealpi San Biagio was awarded to Magdalena Sypniewski (27 years old, France) while the third prize of €2,000 offered by Rotary Club Vittorio Veneto went to Francesco Papa (17 years old, Italy).

The jury was chaired by Ernesto SCHIAVI, artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra of RAI. The other members were the artistic director of the Competition Francesco DE ANGELIS, violin soloist and Konzertmeister of Teatro alla Scala and Filarmonica della Scala; Stefan MILENKOVICH, violinist; Virginie ROBILLIARD, violinist; Matthias WOLLONG, violinist; Stefano DA ROS, composer and head of the jury's secretariat and artistic coordination of the Competition.

The recordings of the live broadcasts are available online at:

33rd Violin Competition “Città di Vittorio Veneto”
Prosecco DOC International Prize
22nd – 27th August 2023
Vittorio Veneto (TV), Italia

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