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Hina Khuong-Huu Wins 1st Prize 

At The 3rd Triennial

Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

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Hina Khuong-Huu (18, France / Japan / United States)has been named the First Prize Winner of the 3rd Triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition.


As first prize winner, Hina Khuong-Huu (18, France / Japan / United States) received a $30,000 cash prize provided by the David and Amy Fulton Foundation, a new violin made by Christopher Germain, a Silver-mounted Bow inspired by Elmar Oliveira’s Dominique Peccatte crafted by Rodney Mohr, a Musafia case donated by Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violins, coaching session with The Creatives Leadership Academy, The Fulton Collection A Guided Tour as well as more than 40 guaranteed national and international engagements with orchestras, music festivals and concert series over the next three years, including a New York recital sponsored by Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows and a performance in Cremona, Italy sponsored by Amorim Fine Violins. They will also receive three year of artist management and PR support.


Second prize winner, Gabrielle Després (22, Canada / United States), received a cash prize of a $15,000 provided by Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows and a Bamboo NuBow made by Rodney Mohr. Third Prize Winner, Laurel Gagnon (28, United States), received a cash prize of $10,000 provided by Price Wealth Management; and  Zachary Brandon (24, United States), received Honorable Mention, with a cash prize of $5,000 provided by the family of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter and The Goldberg Foundation in loving memory of Gerald and Barbara Arbetter.

About Us

The EOIVC is deeply committed to its mission of providing talented violinists, ages 16-32, who are at the start of their careers, with networking, management, public relations, community engagement and concert opportunities in addition to a monetary prize. These long-term career development tools reach well beyond financial support, actively demonstrating the strong dedication of the EOIVC to cultivating and nurturing developing musicians as well as encouraging them to engage with the communities they serve. The EOIVC is the flagship program of the Elevar Foundation. 

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Meet Hina Khuong-Huu
EOIVC 2023
First Prize Winner

Violin Channel “Rising Star” and First Prize winner of the 2023 EOIVC, Hina Khuong-Huu has been performing around the world appearing as a soloist and as a duo with her sister Fiona. Hina is a native of New York, where she studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Professors Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman, and Columbia University through their double degree program. She has performed as a soloist with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Mittel Europa Orchestra, and the Musica Mundi Orchestra. She has collaborated with artists such as Grammy award winner Jennifer Koh in her “Alone Together” series and shared a stage with Maxim Vengerov at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. She has performed on the NPR radio show “From the Top” and was recently a recipient of the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant. During the summer, she has studied chamber music with the renowned faculty of the Perlman Music Program, with Shlomo Mintz at Crans Montana Classics, and her mentors include the likes of Vadim Gluzman, Jennifer Koh, and Menahem Pressler.

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EOIVC in the Community

The EOIVC, a flagship program of the Elevar Foundation, is deeply commitment to engaging with the communities it serves. The EOIVC recognizes the vital importance of encouraging and inspiring young musicians to think beyond themselves, using their skills to better the world around them and striving to become citizen artists.  The EOIVC provides a wide-range of community engagement activities that not only involve its Laureates, but also its international judges and its Founder & Artistic Director, Elmar Oliveira and Executive Director, Jill Arbetter.

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The Elevar Foundation, home to the EOIVC, offers individuals, companies and foundations a unique opportunity to make a lasting investment in the world of the arts and humanities.  Join Team Elevar by pledging your support today! 

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