A Hong Kong girl has won the top prize in the junior category at a prestigious international violin competition, adding to her reputation as a musical prodigy.
Wong Pui-ying, 12, was named first place winner in the 10-15 age group at the 2017 VII Yampolsky International Violin Competition that concluded in Moscow over the weekend.
Receiving the highest score from a nine-member jury made up of some of the world’s best professional violinists, Wong beat 19 other competitors from China, Russia, the US, Japan and South Korea.
It marked the first time a Hongkonger bagged a No. 1 prize in the Russian competition.
Wong, who has been practicing violin since she was three years old, won the contest after playing the 20-minute long Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5.
She was awarded a cash prize of 100,000 Russian rubles (US$1,715).
Following the victory, Hong Kong’s Under Secretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai congratulated Wong for her achievement, calling the young girl “the pride of Hong Kong”, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Wong had in fact won awards in several competitions before, including the top prize of 2011 Wuzhou competition in Beijing and a similar one in the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Festival in 2015.
Due to her amazing violin playing skills, she had been invited to perform at multiple events in Hong Kong as well as overseas.
[Go to video - Wong Pui Ying Plays the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5 at 4:51:00]
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