2017 VIMC Winners Announced

On October 8, 2017, history was made at the gala concert for the inaugural 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition (VIMC) with the conclusion of the first large-scale international music competition in Vancouver and the province of British Columbia. Organized by Canada International Arts & Music Society (CIAMS) in part to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, the competition featured three age groups and categories for piano, stringed instruments, and voice. The competition accepted almost three hundred applications representing competitors from around the world.

The gala concert for the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition featured an awards ceremony and performances of the talented winners of the competition. The gala concert also had special guest performers including pianist and member of the jury for the VIMC, Sasha Starcevich, and a piano trio featuring the President of the University of British Columbia, Dr. Santa Ono, alongside violinist Jenny Lum and pianist Eric Wong.

The international jury members of the VIMC included musicians representing each category with Sasha Starcevich, Mark George, Corey Hamm, and Keiko Alexander judging for the piano category. The strings jury was comprised of Andrew Dawes, Lynne Turner, and Sean Bickerton. Jury members for voice category included Rui Shi Zhuo, Nancy Hermiston, and Oswaldo Iraheta.

Platinum Cash Prize Winners:

Łukasz Mikołajczyk Piano – Artists Category Poland
Takumi Taguchi Strings – Young Artists Category (Violin) USA/Japan
Geoffrey Schellenberg Voice – Artists Category (Baritone) Canada


1st Place Cash Prize Winners:

Charlotte Wong Piano – Young Artists Category USA
Tiffany Yeung Strings – Young Artists Category (Violin) Canada
Yeeun Lee Voice – Artists Category (Mezzo-Soprano) South Korea


2nd Place Cash Prize Winners:

Stephen Nguyen Piano – Artists Category Canada
Robert Choi Strings – Young Artists Category (Cello) Canada
Amy Moodie Voice – Artists Category (Soprano) Canada

In addition to these cash prizes, two performers were awarded cash prizes for their performances of Canadian Repertoire by the jury. These winning performances included:

Best Overall Performance of a Canadian Composition ($150):

Amy Moodie Voice – Artists Category (Soprano) Canada

Outstanding Performance of a Canadian Composition ($100):

Rafael Brisebois Strings – Junior Talent Category (Violin) Canada

The VIMC also recognized other talented performers with Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes.  Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes were awarded as follows:

Gold Prizes:

Eunhwa Lee Piano – Artists Category South Korea
Marin Chiba Piano – Young Artists Category Japan
Felipe Jiang Piano – Junior Talent Category Argentina
Jacob Clewell Strings – Artists Category USA
Griffin Linklater Strings – Young Artists Category Canada
Rafael Brisebois Strings – Junior Talent Category Canada
Brianna DeSantis Voice – Artists Category Canada
Meiling Ji Voice – Junior Talent Category China

Silver Prizes:

Jui-Sheng Li Piano – Artists Category Taiwan
Nicole Linaksita Piano – Artists Category Canada
Hyejin Pak Piano – Artists Category South Korea
William Lin Piano – Young Artists Category China
Sue Wang Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Michelle Jia Yun Xu Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Matthieu Foresi Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Paul Wang Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Sarah Yang Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Luis Angel Medina Strings – Artists Category Canada
Sophie Baird-Daniel Strings – Artists Category USA
James Butler Strings – Young Artists Category USA
Davin Mar Strings – Junior Talent Category Canada
Victoria Wong Strings – Junior Talent Category Canada
Tamra Jones Voice – Artists Category USA
Jason Klippenstein Voice – Artists Category Canada
Stanford Guo Voice – Young Artists Category Canada
Anjulie Djearam Voice – Junior Talent Category Canada

Bronze Prizes:

Vivian Chen Piano – Artists Category Canada
Renon Chiba Piano – Artists Category Japan
Benjamin Hopkins Piano – Artists Category USA
Xin Zhang Piano – Artists Category China
Yuan Zhuang Piano – Artists Category China
Angela Hu Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Jiwei Ruan Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Towa Stewart Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Ranfei Wang Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Yilang Zhou Piano – Young Artists Category Canada
Edward Duan Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Brian Li Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Austin Ng Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Joshua Tromans Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Nina Wang Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Honoka Shoji Strings – Young Artists Category Canada
Renee Hui Strings – Junior Talent Category Hong Kong
Eric Tang Strings – Junior Talent Category Canada
Diana Agasian Voice – Artists Category Canada
Shutong Zhang Voice – Artists Category China
Meilin (Mary) Guo Voice – Junior Talent Category China

Certificates of Merit for Best Performance of a Canadian Composition:

Nicole Linaksita Piano – Artists Category Canada
Annie Cao Piano – Young Artists Category China
Paul Wang Piano – Junior Talent Category Canada
Jacob Clewell Strings – Artists Category USA
Robert Choi Strings – Young Artists Category Canada
Davin Mar Strings – Junior Talent Category Canada
Stanford Guo Voice – Young Artists Category Canada
Meiling Ji Voice – Junior Talent Category China


Teachers of Cash Prize Winners:

Lee Kum Sing, Simon James, Peter Barcza, Corey McVicar, Conrad Chow, Dale Throness, Sara Laimon, Joseph Elworthy, Lorna MacDonald, and Antje Neumann

Teachers of Gold Medalists:

Antje Neumann, Sakai Ciharu, Steven Dann, Sophie Roland, Jerrica Santos, Ingrid Henderson, James Tocco, and Hanh Nguyen

Teachers of Silver Medalists:

Awadagin Pratt, Bradley Williams, Daniel Bolshoy, Debra DaVaughn, Donna Fishwick, Corey Hamm, Eugene Skovorodnikov, Jeremy Attanaseo, Joanne Hounsell, Rachel Haisell, Judy Loman, and Manti Poon, Nicholas Rada, Peter Barcza, Kyoko Hashimoto, Rada Bukhman, Ronald Morgan, Tanya Shevtsov, Victor Shevtsov, and Yuri Zaidenberg

Teachers of Bronze Medalists:

Bernard Duerksen, Corey Hamm, Craig Sheppard, David Vandereyk, Diane King, Donna Fishwick, Edith Pun, Guang Yang, Irina Voro, Jerri Lee Mercer, Jessica Zhang, Kenneth Broadway, Kikuchi Reiko, Libby Yu, Lydia Wong, Miya Otake, Sergei Saratovsly, Shelley Roberts, Vicky Chen, and Vladimir Viardo

Supporters and Sponsors

The VIMC would like to thank Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BC Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, Member of Legislative Assembly Teresa Wat, Member of Parliament Alice Wong, CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Jeff Alexander, Music Director of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Bramwell Tovey and BC director of the CMC Sean Bickerton for sending greeting letters for the event. The 2017 VIMC is supported by the Canadian Music Centre and graciously acknowledges sponsors including UBC School of Music, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Tom Lee Music, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Shiyun Financial group, Wesley Arts Academy, Vancouver Chinese Culture & Arts Foundation, VSO School of Music, Vancouver Central School of Music, Cool-Do, H+ Technology, We Do Wedding, Eyexpo, and other private sponsors. Media sponsors include Fairchild TV, Fairchild Radio, Phoenix TV, Zhidao Media, Vancouver Shinpo, Westca, Lahoo, VanPeople, BLMS and VISM.

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