Christel Lee from USA has won the 11. International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. The II prize went to Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Austria, the third to Friederike Starkloff, Germany.

Also the following special prizes were awarded: The Foundation of Helsinki Conservatory of Music awarded a special prize of 3000€ to Emmanuel Tjeknavorian for the best interpretation of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. City of Järvenpää awarded a special prize of 2000 € to Friederike Starkloff for the best interpretation of commissioned piece in second round. The commissioned piece was one of the award-winning pieces from Jean Sibelius Composition Competition 2015. The best Finnish contestant Pekko Pulakka got the special prize from the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yleisradio; invitation to make a recording for Yle.

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