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1st Alberto Lysy International
Violin Competition

Gstaad (Switzerland), 25-27 September 2020


Competition Winners


First Prize ex-aequo

Maxim Tzekov - First Place

Maxim Tzekov

Chaofan Wang - First Place

Chaofan Wang


Second Prize ex-aequo


Lorenz Chen

Maya Wichert


The competition winners


First Place winners Maxim Tzekov and Chaofan Wang

The winners will not have to share the prize - each of them will have use of a fine instrument.


Competition Video


Chaofan Wang - Jean Sibelius violin concerto, third movement: Allegro, ma non tanto


Lorenz Chen - Eugène Ysaÿe, Caprice d'après l'Étude en forme de valse de C. Saint-Saëns


Maya Wichert, Beethoven violin sonata n°2


Maxim Tzekov, Ysaÿe sonata n°5


The first Alberto Lysy International Violin Competition was created with the intention of promoting young violinists from all over the world, as well as cherishing the great violinist Alberto Lysy and his legacy.

A jury of internationally renowned musicians has granted each winner the loan of a fine violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

The Jury

  • Adelina Oprean ‐ Violin professor at the Music Academy Basel
  • Igor Keller ‐ Concertmaster of the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra
  • Silvia Simionescu ‐ Viola professor at the Music Academy Basel, member of Gringolts Quartet
  • Pablo de Naveran ‐ Head cello professor at the International Menuhin Academy