French-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez-Lariviere won the first Bartók World Competition and Festival held in Budapest at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. The prizes were announced at a gala on Sunday.
Hungarian violinist Ágnes Langer won third prize while Japanese violinist Takagi Ririko won second prize.
Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo headed the international jury.
Andrea Vígh, the rector of the Academy of Music, said they had succeeded in setting up a competition which was worthy of the spirit and name of Béla Bartók.
Altogether 44 violinists entered the comppetition which was organised by the academy. The gala was broadcast on the websites of public broadcaster Bartók Radio and the Academy.