COLOGNE, GERMANY – Austrian representative Ziyu He has been crowned the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2014! Ziyu was chosen by the five-member professional jury as the winner, after his performance with the violin. Second place was awarded to Slovenian pianist Urban Stanič, whilst Hungary’s cellist Gergely Devich came third. The show was watched by several thousand people gathered in front of the Cologne Cathedral in the centre of the city. The open-air concert saw 14 participants from all over Europe perform.
GET TO KNOW ZIYU HE
Ziyu He was born in 1999 in Qingdao, China and began studying the violin at the age of 5 under the guidance of Professor Xiangrong Zhang. In 2010, Ziyu was presented in Beijing as a part of the Austrian-Chinese Music Academy to Professor Paul Roczek of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg. Professor Roczek immediately recognized the immense musical potential and artistic talent of young Ziyu and recommended him as a participant in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy. Since October 2011, Ziyu lives and studies in Salzburg at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum University. Ziyu has already demonstrated astonishing talent in many concerts. Of especial distinction were two concerts opening the Salzburg Festival in 2010 and 2012, and another in the Leopold Mozart Center in the University of Augsburg, Germany. As the youngest participant of the Meissen Music Academy in the summer of 2012, he was chosen amongst all age groups for the Szymon Goldberg Award. Recently he was also named prize winner of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, and as a result he performed at the Salzburg Festival the Chaconne in d minor of J.S. Bach. In 2013 he won a special prize as well as the third prize at the International Competition for Violin, Kloster Schöntal and a third prize at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists. Ziyu made his debut with orchestra in November 2012 with the Qingdao Symphony, playing Saint-Saëns´ Rondo Capriccioso. In September 2014 he will perform a recital in the Robert Schumann House, Zwickau, Germany.