Australian violinist Christian Lihas made history at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in Geneva as the youngest ever winner of the Junior First Prize, taking out equal first with 11-year-old Chloe Chua from Singapore. This is the first time in the Competition’s history that a joint first prize has been awarded. Li and Chua were the youngest of the finalists, competing against Clara Shen (12), Hina Khuong-Huu (13), Guido Sant’Anna (12) and Ruibing Liu (13).

Christian Li and Chloe Chua at the Menuhin Competition. Photo © Olivier Miche Photography

Li, who performed Summerfrom Vivaldi’s Four Seasonsalongside Jaehyuck Choi’s newly commissioned work Self in Mind in the final round with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, also took out the Audience Prize. “I feel very surprised and excited! And thankful to my teacher,” Li told  Limelight. “It was an honour to play with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra in Victoria Hall.”

In addition to 10,000 Swiss Francs worth of prize money, Li and Chua will each be granted a one year loan of an Italian violin by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Both violinists performed alongside the Senior Competition winner, 18-year-old Armenian violinist Diana Adamyan, in the...