Guide to the 2017 ARD International Music Competition Munich

Andrea Obiso and Sarah Christian, Winners of the 2nd prize, Violin

Big emotions: The 2017 ARD Music Competition

Competitions entail deep feelings, but on top you will get raw fear, greed, wrath, pride, and heartfelt relief. Benedikt Zacher watched the Violin Finals and met the two winners of the 2nd prize: Sarah Christian and Andrea Obiso.
About the competition

The 66th ARD International Music Competition will take place from August 28 to September 10, 2017 (including the prize winners’ concerts) in the categories Guitar, piano, oboe and violin. All auditions and concerts are open to the public. In addition, all three prize winners' concerts will be broadcasted live on BR-KLASSIK radio.

One of the purposes of these events is to give these young musicians the opportunity to meet other artists and thus to establish personal and artistic relationships which are helpful to further their careers.

Since 2001 the ARD International Music Competition Munich has been organizing a number of annual Chamber Music Festivals to which prize-winners and other outstanding participants from previous years are invited.

In 2016, concerts took place at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Schwarzwald Musikfestival, Gauting, Landshut, Burghausen, Tegernsee and Munich.

For many artists renowned today, a prize at this international competition acted as a springboard for a later career. Previous winners include: Jessye Norman, Francisco Araiza, Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Heinz Holliger, Peter Sadlo and Maurice André.

For full information, please visit the 66th ARD International Music Competition website.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners


1st Prize: not awarded

2nd Prize: Sarah Christian (27), Germany + Audience Award

2nd Prize: Andrea Obiso (23), Italy

3rd Prize: Kristine Balanas (27), Latvia


1st Prize: JeungBeum Sohn (26), South Korea

2nd Prize: Fabian Müller (26), Germany + Audience Award

3rd Prize: Wataru Hisasue (23), Japan


1st Prize: not awarded

2nd Prize: Junhong Kuang (17), China + Audience Award

2nd Prize: Davide Giovanni Tomasi (25), Italy

3rd Prize: Andrey Lebedev (26), Australia


1st Prize: not awarded

2nd Prize: Juliana Koch (29), Germany + Audience Award

2nd Prize: Thomas Hutchinson (24), New Zealand

2nd Prize: Kyeong Ham (24), South Korea

3rd Prize: not awarded

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