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Winners Applauded In International String Competition Held In Westport

Finalists from left: Xinou Wei - Honorable Mention, Rachell Wong - Second Place, Chensi Tang - Third Place, Xiao Wang - First Place, Christina Bouey - Honorable Mention, You Kyung Kim (sitting w/cello) - Honorable Mention
Finalists from left: Xinou Wei - Honorable Mention, Rachell Wong - Second Place, Chensi Tang - Third Place, Xiao Wang - First Place, Christina Bouey - Honorable Mention, You Kyung Kim (sitting w/cello) - Honorable Mention Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The winners have been announced for the 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition that was held at the Westport Arts Center last month.

Now celebrating its 43rd year, the annual competition is named for the late Heida Hermanns, an acclaimed concert pianist who lived in Westport with her husband Artur for more than 40 years.

As the competition winner, Xiao Wang, a violinist from China, was awarded a $5,000 cash prize. Wang began playing the violin at age of 5. At age 10, he was accepted to study at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, later studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was First Prize winner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition. Wang is currently a full scholarship student at Manhattan School of Music.

Second place went to Rachell Wong, a violinist from the United States, who was the recipient of a $2,500 cash prize. She is a master’s student at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University.

In third place was Chensi Tang, violist of China, who earned a $1,500 cash prize. She is a student at Manhattan School of Music, and a graduate of the Middle School of the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Honorable mentions, at $500 each, were awarded Christina Bouey, a violinist from Canada and graduate of Manhattan School of Music; You Kyung Kim, a cellist from Korea who attended Juilliard and Yale and currently attends Longy School of Music at Bard College; and Xinou Wei, a violinist from China who holds a master’s of music degree from Mannes College of Music and this year was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a doctorate of musical arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.

The competition was presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music.

For more information, visit camusic.org/cam-programs/heida-hermanns-international- competition or call the Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070.

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