The 18th edition of the International Music Competition of Montreal was dedicated to the violin and ended with American violinist Hao Zhou, 22, winning First Prize. Second Prize went to Johanna Pichlmair, 29, from Austria, Third Prize to Fumika Mohri, 25 (Japan/Germany).

Violinist Hao Zhou is a member of the Viano String Quartet which received three prizes at the prestigious 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, including third prize overall, the Haydn Prize for best performance of Haydn, and the Sidney Griller Award for best performance of Adès’s The Four Quarters. Individually Zhou won a number of awards too.

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