1997 Johansen International Competition

Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation

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The First Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players took place on March 15–16, 1997, at the Sumner School Museum and at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, in Washington, DC.

Prize Winners

Violins

  • First Prize – $7,000 – Mikhail Ovrutsky, violin, age 16; student of Yumi Ninomiya-Scott; from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Second Prize – $5,000 – Julie Albers, cello, age 16; student of Richard Aaron; from Longmont, Colorado.
  • Third Prize – $3,000 – Denise Djokic, cello, age 16; student of Richard Aaron; from Halifax, Nova Scotia/Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Judges’ Prize – $500 – Hayley Wolfe, violin, age 16; student of Donald Weilerstein; from Westerville, Ohio.
  • Judges’ Prize – $500 – Mandy Dennis, cello, age 16; student of Hans Jorgen Jensen; from Evanston, Illinois.
  • Judges’ Prize – $500 – Nelson Lee, violin, age 17; student of Roland and Almita Vamos; from Okemos, Michigan.
  • Judges’ Prize – $500 – Yue Deng, violin, age 17; student of Taras Gabora; from Oberlin, Ohio.
  • Judges’ Prize – $500 – Chrissy Kim, cello, age 16; student of Hans Jorgen Jensen; from LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners performed at the Sumner School Museum and the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC.

Judges

George Neikrug, Peter Oundjian, and Sylvia Rosenberg

Collaborative Pianist

Rohan De Silva

Composer

Helmut Braunlich