In the recent edition of the Long-Thibaud International Competition, which focused on the violin, the young Ukrainian violinist and VC Artist Bohdan Luts emerged as the First Prize winner, receiving €35,000. The competition, held triennially in Paris and featuring a total prize pool exceeding €80,000, alternates its emphasis between the violin and the piano.
Bohdan Luts not only secured the First Prize of €35,000 but also clinched the Audience Prize, Orchestra Prize, and Press Award. Consequently, he is slated to perform with the Orchestre de la Garde républicaine at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées the day following the competition's conclusion.
The Second Prize of €20,000 was awarded to the Korean violinist Dayoon You, while the Third Prize (€12,000) went to the Japanese violinist Koshiro Takeuchi. Fourth Prize of €8,000 was granted to the Italian Vikram Francesco Sedona, and the Fifth Prize of €6,000 was bestowed upon the Japanese violinist Miyu Kitsuwa.
Born in Lviv in 2004, Bohdan Luts previously won the Carl Nielsen International Competition in 2022. His musical education includes studies at the Krushelnytska Music School in Lviv, the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, and the International Menuhin Music Academy. His mentors include Oleg Kaskiv, Renaud Capuçon, Olga Korinets, Yaroslava Kataryna, and Maria Futorska.
The Long-Thibaud jury for 2023 comprised Sarah Nemtanu, Silvia Marcovici, Akiko Suwanai, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Sergey Khachatryan, Boris Kuschnir, Marc Laforêt, and Jean-Claude Casadesus. The full recording of the final round can be heard below.