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10-Yr-Old Prodigy’s Explosive Performance Wins 1st Place At Prestigious Violin Competition.

Stick to your music lessons long enough and look what happens! But, this kid’s literally a musical genius, so maybe having him set the bar is asking a little much.

After all, at just 10 years old, Australian violin prodigy Christian Li has become the youngest winner of the Junior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition!

christian li competing

The entire competition drew 317 entries representing 51 nationalities, and the junior division was open to musicians under the age of 22. For the first time in that division’s history, the judges named two first-prize winners: Christian and his older counterpart from Singapore, 11-year-old Chloe Chua.

chloe and christian

Both of these amazing youngsters received 10,000 Swiss francs, but Christian was the only one who was awarded the Audience Prize! This is the world’s toughest violin competition, so it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here…

christian li prize

He’s been playing the violin since he was five years old. So that’s given him a few years to come up with a list of musical heroes, and he reveled in the opportunity to mingle and get the chance to play in front of them.

“I would like to treat this as a fun, exciting learning experience, more than a competition,” he said.


These two young prodigies beat out the older competition, four youth between the ages of 12 and 13, and Christian was surprised but extremely grateful at the judges’ decision. But his reward didn’t just come in the form of Swiss francs – he and Chloe also received a one-year loan on an Italian violin by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, one of the world’s best makers, dealers, and restorers!

Christian spent the last five years working toward this moment, and we imagine, that even for someone as young as 10, this is a moment he will remember for the rest of his life.

Watch Christian’s winning performance in the video below, and share to spread his mind-blowing talent!

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