Clarissa Bevilacqua is the winner of the 2020 International Mozart Competition Salzburg - First Prize, Audience Award and Special Award for the best interpretation of a piece by Mozart. The eighteen year old was also awarded the Grand Prize at the 2020 Cape Symphony International Violin Competition.

“Clarissa’s playing is absolutely sublime. The depth of her musicality allied to her world-class technical skill result in performances that dazzle and inspire! I was completely energized by Clarissa and her playing.”

Augusta Read Thomas, composer

“Clarissa is not only a wonderful violinist, but also a wonderful person. We received application from around the world and the quality was extraordinarily high, but her exceptional talent stuck out above the rest.”

Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor of the Cape Symphony

“We were fortunate to attend a concert played on that violin by a prodigy, Clarissa Bevilacqua.... It is an electrifying experience to hear the precision and richness of the sound of the ‘Vesuvius’ coming from the hands of such a young performer. The old and the young intersected in one magic moment.”

The Washington Post

Clarissa Bevilacqua is the winner of the 2020 International Mozart Competition Salzburg - First Prize, Audience Award and Special Award for the best interpretation of a piece by Mozart. The eighteen year old was also awarded the Grand Prize at the 2020 Cape Symphony International Violin Competition.

Praised for enchanting the audience with her musical interpretation and style, Clarissa started playing the violin at age five, and debuted at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago in front of ten thousand people when she was nine years old.
Since then, she has performed solo recitals and concerts at venues throughout North America and Europe. At age fourteen, she was selected as the youngest violinist to perform regularly at the Auditorium Arvedi in Cremona with the precious Stradivari collection of the Violin Museum. She has been nominated a Young ArtistTM by the New York based Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, a group of established international artists who have made a significant impact on the music world.

Clarissa is the youngest student in Italy to earn a Bachelor of Music degree. At age sixteen, she graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza. She now studies with Pierre Amoyal in the Master Program at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She participated in masterclasses at the Cremona Musica with Maxim Vengerov and Ivry Gitlis, at the Accademia Chigiana with Boris Belkin and at the Venice Music Master with Pavel Vernikov. Other mentors include Daniele Gay and Olga Kaler. She performs on a violin made by G.B. Ceruti, Cremona 1815, courtesy of the Fondazione Pro Canale of Milan.

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