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Friday, Oct. 24, 2003

OF NOTE

Violinist takes second at Hannover

Saeka Matsuyama of Japan won second prize at the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition, which ended Oct. 17.

The 30,000 euros first prize went to Nemanja Radulovic from the former Yugoslavia, after he emerged victorious in the final two days of competition with Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61. He celebrated his 18th birthday the next day.

The 22-year-old Matsuyama, who played Brahms's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, in the final round, received 20,000 euros for second place; 22-year-old Feng Ning of China took home 10,000 euros for third place.

Matsuyama was born on Dec. 10, 1980, and has been studying at the Juilliard School in New York since 1990.

She won second prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in 1995, second prize at the National Competition in Texas in 1998, second prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 1999, and the grand prize at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Competition in 2000.



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