Violinists Benjamin Beilman (21, United States), Hyeyoon Park (20, South Korea) and Alexandra Soumm (pictured, 22, France) have been named London Music Masters (LMM) award holders for 2012-2015.
The international violin awards, which are given every three years to three outstanding violinists between the ages of 16 and 25, are career development programmes designed to assist winners in furthering international careers while serving as positive role models, reaching new audiences and enriching their communities.
The awards were set up to complement LMM’s music education programme, the Bridge Project. Each winner regularly attends the three primary schools in Lambeth and Pimlico taking part in the initiative, to mentor schoolchildren between 4 and 8 years.
The winners each receive an award package tailored to their career needs, including a financial award of £10,000 to enhance musical development, recitals, concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, concerts at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the US and the opportunity to premiere new works by contemporary composers commissioned by LMM.
The winners of the first round of LMM awards (2009-2012) were Jennifer Pike, Agata Szymczewska and Elena Urioste.
Beilman, Park and Soumm will each be presented in recitals at Wigmore Hall, London, in October.
Photo (Alexandra Soumm) © Dan Carabas