Prizes Awarded at Ysaÿe Worldwide Music Competitors 2022


The senior division of the Ysaÿe Worldwide Music Competitors (YIMC) happened in Liège, Belgium, from July 4–9, 2022, and was open to pianists and violinists beneath age 33 and to chamber musicians of all ages.

Within the solo part, first prize went to Jaewon Wee, who at age 11, made her debut recital at South Korea’s Kumho Artwork Heart and her solo debut with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra. A Juilliard College graduate, she is at the moment finding out with Donald Weilerstein at Boston’s New England Conservatory.

The €1000 second prize and the €4000 Ysaÿe Prize was awarded to 27-year-old South Korean violinist Anna Lee from the U.S, which can present her the chance to document professionally on Belgium’s AZUR Classical music label. The third prize, valued at €500, was awarded to 22-year-old violinist Raika Yamakage from Japan. 

Whereas no first prize winner was introduced for the competitors’s chamber music division, second place and €1000 was given to Italy’s Rigamonti Trio and the €500 third prize was awarded to Bulgaria’s Soleri Trio.

Chaired by Daniel Weissmann, the senior division jury comprised Ashot Khachatourian, Kirill Troussov, Justus Grimm, Marc Bouchkov, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Tatiana Samouil, Philippe Koch, Johan Schmidt, George Tudorache, Alberto Menchen, Luc Baiwir, Aleksey Semenenko, and Philippe Lehaen.

Created in reminiscence of the nice violinist Eugene Ysaÿe, YIMC was based in 2018 by Elena Lavrenov and Ashot Khachatourian as a platform for younger musicians to compete on the highest ranges. Moreover, the occasion hosts a junior division which is additionally open to cellists.

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