Sirena Huang wins prestigious global
Indianapolis International Violin Competition. This competition is held every four years.
The prize is worth more than $350,000 and includes $75,000 in cash, a recital debut at Carnegie Hall, a recording contract, and the
development and maintenance of a website for four years. All together, it helps the winner's career in the violin soloist field, which is very competitive.
Huang showed a wide range of emotions when she played Antonn Dvoák's Violin Concerto in A Minor at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Saturday.
This was especially clear in the way she used her bow. She played with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with the utmost ease, using
passionate long strokes, sharp staccatos, and expressions in between. Julian Rhee came in second, and Minami Yoshida came in third. Claire
Wells is in fourth, SooBeen Lee is in fifth, and Joshua Brown is in sixth. On Saturday night, after the last concert at Hilbert Circle Theatre, it was
announced where the six laureates would go. The winners can also use one of the competition's four fine instruments:
a 1683 Stradivari that belonged to the competition's founder, Josef Gingold; a violin made by Sam Zygmuntowicz,
who is known for making instruments for famous musicians like Joshua Bell; a violin made by Philip Ihle of London;
and a violin made by Paul Crowley of Charlottesville, Virginia. There are these great violins in Indy: Violins in a global competition give a new