Violinist Joshua Brown Wins Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition

June 8, 2019, 5:31 PM · Congratulations to the winners in the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg, Germany! They are:

  • First Prize/Mozart Prize (€ 20.000): Joshua Brown, 19 of the United States
  • Second Prize (€ 12.000): Karisa Chiu, 19 of the United States
  • Third Prize (€ 9.000): Kaoru Oe, 24 of Japan
2019 Leopold Mozart Violin Competition winners
L-R: competition director Simon Pickel, competitors Joshua Brown, Karisa Chiu and Kaoru Oe, and competition artistic director Linus Roth.

Joshua Brown currently studies with Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory of Music, having previously studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy. He has won numerous competitions, awards and distinctions, including being named a 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artist; National YoungArts Winner in both 2016 and 2017. He won Second Prize and Audience Award in the Cooper International Violin Competition, and as a member of the Kairos String Quartet he won Gold Medals in both the Junior Division of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and the Junior String Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. Brown plays on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri, on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Below is the video of the livestream of the Prizewinner’s Orchestra Concert, in which laureates performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra. (37:17 – Kaoru Oe of Japan plays Mozart; 1:01:40 – Karisa Chiu of the United States plays Mozart; 2:07:05 – Joshua Brown of the United States plays Tchaikovsky)


  • Critic’s Prize: Simon Wiener of Switzerland
  • Commissioned Piece Prize (€ 1.500): Kaoru Oe of Japan
    (for the best interpretation of the commissioned work “SOLEOS” by Elzbieta Sikora)
  • Kronberg Academy Prize: Joshua Brown of the United States
    (scholarship for the active participation in a masterclass at the Kronberg Academy)
  • Jury Chairman Prize: Joshua Brown of the United States
    (International Chamber Music Festival Kempten 2019, recital with piano, at the personal invitation by Benjamin Schmid, Artistic Director)
  • Audience Prize: Joshua Brown of the United States

Youth Development Prizes (€ 500 each)

  • Hyojin Kan of South Korea
  • Naoko Nakajima of the United States/Japan
  • Hsin-Yu Shih of Taiwan
  • Sara Zeneli of Italy

Founded in 1987, the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition takes place every three years in cooperation with the city of Augsburg and the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg. The competition honors Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father, Leopold Mozart, a leading violin pedagogue of his time who trained his son and also wrote the important Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing. It is open to violinists between the ages of 15 and 30. Previous winners include Isabelle Faust, Ji Won Song, Maia Cabeza and others.

Jury members for the 2019 competition included Chairman Benjamin Schmid, Friedemann Eichhorn, Liza Ferschtman, Remy Franck, Sabine Frank, John Gilhooly, Ulf Hoelscher, Danjulo Ishizaka, Jens F. Laurson, Nils Mönkemeyer, Anna Picard, Christian Poltéra, Marco Rizzi and Erik Schumann.

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