MinGwan Kim from South Korea has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition – in Prague, Czech Republic.

A graduate of the Robert Schumann Hochschule, and current student of Walter Küssner at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Oskar is a former prize winner at the Jan Rakowski International Viola Competition.

He will receive 20,000 CZK, a viola bow by Luboš Odlas, a GEWA viola case, Finetune pegs by Wittner, a Pirastro KorfkerRest shoulder rest and 2 sets of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings.

2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Yuri Yoon from South Korea – and Evgeny Shchegolev from Russia.

The 2019 jury comprised: Tim Frederiksen (Head), Stephanie Baer, Sheila Browne, Kristina Fialová, Jan Pěruška and Jensen Horn.