Chinese teenager wins Menuhin violin prize

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Chinese teenage violinist He Ziyu has won the prestigious Menuhin prize in London.

The file photo shows He Ziyu in a contest. [Photo:]

As the only male finalist, the 16-year-old received the first prize of 10,000 pounds and a one-year loan of the Stradivarius Schneiderhan violin, which dates from 1715.

The prize for the junior group went to 12-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee from the US.

Both winners will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra at a concert on Sunday.

He Ziyu began studying the violin in China when he was just five.

He then entered the University Mozarteum and Leopord Mozart Institute in Austria and won the Eurovision Young Musician contest.

The young player will now embark on a hectic round of appearances at major music festivals over the coming year, such as the Menuhin Homage in Berlin.

The biennial Menuhin Competition is an international contest for young players under 22. It was founded by virtuoso violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1983. This year marked the 100th anniversary of Menuhin's birth.

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