2018 Winner – Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition
Women in Music Columbus (WMC) announced on Saturday, October 6, 2018, that Christina Nam, 16 (West Chester, OH) is the Winner of the 2018 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition.
The competition took place in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley. The Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition is an annual competition for violin students (ages 16-24). The winner received a $3,000 award, generously donated by the late Dr. Tom Lesher, in memory of his violin teacher, Mary Lane.
Judges for the competition were: Liz Fisher & David Niwa.
Christina Nam is a junior at Walnut Hills High School is from West Chester, OH. Since age 7, Christina studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus in the Starling Project and also studied with Amy J. Lee. At age 9, she made her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Robert Trevino, and at age 14 she won the 2nd prize at the Cooper International Competition performing Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra under Maestro Jahja Ling. Christina also was a semifinalist at the Spohr in Weimar, the Johansen in Washington DC, and was invited in the Menuhin Competition in Geneva. She appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” twice and in PBS/CET’s “Showcase with Barbara Kellar”.
Christina performed the following repertoire at the competition:
- Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major, I. Moderato nobile
- J.S. Bach: Partita No 2 in D minor, Allemande
- Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, III. Final Allegro Vivacissimo
Nam was invited to perform one of her winning pieces at WMC’s Sunday Recital Series on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. The recital included performances by members of Women in Music Columbus, as well as the winner of the Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition.
The recital was free and was open to the public. All donations are generously accepted.