Chinese violinist wins Hermanns strings competition
Published 2:53 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Xiao Wang, a violinist from China, captured first prize in the Heida Hermanns International String Competition held Nov. 22 and 23 in the town hall auditorium.
Wang was awarded the $5,000 first place prize, topping a field of 20 emerging musicians who were invited to Westport to compete in the 43rd annual contest, the sponsors announced.
All 20 performed in the Nov. 22 semifinals, and six advanced to the finals on Nov. 23.
The competition is presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music and is named in honor of Hermanns, the late concert pianist who lived in Westport for more than 40 years.
Currently a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Wang is no stranger to international competition, according to the sponsors. He won first prizes in the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition.
The 20 semifinalists who came to Westport were selected from audition CDs submitted by university and conservatory music students and alumni around the world, sponsors said.