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2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Every four years the violin world focuses on the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, considered to be the Western Hemisphere's "Olympics of the Violin."
Launched in 1982, "The Indianapolis" emphasizes the non-competetive aspects of music contests, giving all entrants the opportunity to perform before large audiences, to measure their musical progress against the standards of a distinguished jury and the artistry of other talented players, and to participate in career seminars.

Below you can listen to performances from this year's IVCI 2002 Competition. The field started with 43 violinists, and only six of them made it to the finals. For more information on the Sixth Quadrennial Violin Competition of Indianapolis, go to

The Winners
Violinist Barnabas Kelemen
Barnabas Kelemen: First Place Laureate
The Josef Gingold 24K Gold Medal, $30,000, Mr. and Mrs. Randall L. Tobias Award, 4-year loan of the 1683 "ex-Gingold" Stradivari violin and Tourte bow

Kelemen, a regular performer at major concert venues and festvials in Europe, Japan, and South Africa, has been recognized with top prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Kuhmo, Mozart and Szigeti international competitions. In addition, he has participated in master classes given by Isaac Stern, Denis Zsigmondy, and Igor Ozim among others. He presently studies at the Franz Liszt Academy.

Listen to Kelemen play Paganini's Caprice No. 24

Violinist Sergey Khachatryan
Sergey Khachatryan: Second Place Laureate
Silver Medal, $15,000, Roberg H. Mohlman Memorial Award

Both of Khachatryan's parents and his sister are concert pianists. He has won top prizes at the Sibelius, Spohr, Kreisler and Sarasate violin competitions and performs an extensive repertoire as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist and appears frequently with the Cannes Symphony Orchestra. He recently recorded a debut recital disc on the EMI label.

Listen to Khachatryan perform Sarasate's Playera with his father, pianist Vladimir Khachatryan

Violinist Soovin Kim
Soovin Kim: Third Place Laureate
Bronze Medal, $10,000, NiSource, Inc. Award

Kim captured first prize at the 1996 Paganini International Violin Competition and was awarded the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1997. He has also received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has appeared in recent seasons with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others. His ambitious performance project of the 24 Paganini Caprices garnered critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Europe, and this season he will perform the six solo Bach Sonatas and Partitas. He also received critical praise on his first CD, performing duo works by Schubert, Bartók, and Strauss with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Listen to Kim perform Waxman's Carmen Fantasy with pianist Anna Polonsky

Violinist Frank Huang
Frank Huang: Fourth Place Laureate
$7,000, Mrs. Wilbur Edwin Ford Memorial Award

Huang started to play the violin at the age of seven, and gave his debut concert with the Houston Youth Symphony as a result of winning their concerto competition. He has had continued success on the competition circuit winning top prizes at the Hannover, D'Angelo, Klein, Paganini and Ima Hogg competitions. At age eleven, he performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as part of a nationally broadcast concert. Since then he has performed with orchestras around the world. He is an active chamber musician, attending the Ravinia, Caramoor, and Marlboro festivals during the summers. He has collaborated with such world renowned artists as Paul Neubauer, Ida Kavafian, and members of the Tokyo and Cleveland string quartets.

Listen to Huang perform the finale movement of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 3, with pianist Rohan De Silva

Violinist Susie Park
Susie Park: Fifth Place Laureate
$6,000, Ice Miller Award

Park has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphonies in Australia, as well as the Lille National Orchestra under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin in France, the KBS Orchestra in Seoul, Korea, and toured New Zealand with the Wellington Sinfonia. She has also performed in recital in Australia and Korea. Ms. Park was the first prize winner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 1998. Last year she served as concertmaster of the Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra and will be a participant in the Marlboro Festival in 2003. She has received additional professional training at the Sydney Conservatory.

Listen to to Park perform Paganini's Caprice No. 5

Violinist Alina Pogotskin
Alina Pogostkin: Sixth Place Laureate
$5,000, Barnes & Thornburg Award

Pogostkin was born into a family of professional violinists and began her study at age four with her father. She gave her first public performance at age five. Since that time she has appeared in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cannes, Stuttgart, Bonn, Amsterdam, Paris, Baden-Baden, Peking, Brussels, and Luxembourg both as soloist and in recital. She has also participated in the Mozart Festivals in Schwetzingen and Wurzburg, the Aspen Music Festival, Festival Mecklenburg, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, and Ludwigsburger Festspiele, among others. Ms. Pogostkin has demonstrated success on the international competition level winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Jacques Thibaud, Tibor Varga and Spohr competitions.

Listen to to Pogostkin perform Tchaikovsky's Melodie in E-flat Major from "Souvenir d'un lieu cher" Op. 42, No. 3, with pianist Nelson Padgett

Finalist Should-Have-Been?

An example of one of the many talented players who didn't make it to the finals.

Violinist Francois Sochard
François Sochard (semi-finalist)

Sochard was born in Bourges in 1979. While at the Maurice Ravel International Academy of Music, he met violinist Gérard Poulet in 1994. Sochard then entered Poulet's class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In 1999, he received the CNSM Premier Prix honorable mention in chamber music with pianist Jonas Vitaud. He also received the 15th anniversary "Promotion Musique Musiciens Français" Prize. In the summer of 1999, he appeared at the 7th annual "Musique à l'Emperi" Chamber Music Festival at the Salon de Provence where he performed alongside Tedi Papavrami, Eric Le Sage, Rapheël Oleg, Paul Meyer and Emmanuel Pahud. Sochard is the 2001 Lauréat of the Lavoisier grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also received a grant from the "Culture pour vivre" Association upon completing a perfect course of study at the Lausanne Conservatory in the class of Pierre Amoyal.

Listen to Sochard perform Paganini's Caprice No. 17