The Eighth Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players took place March 14–17, 2018, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. To learn more about the 2018 competition, and to see what repertoire was performed during semifinal and final rounds, take a look at the 2018 JIC semifinals program and finals program. To see a list of the nine winners with their ID numbers, click here.

First-Place Winners

Julian Rhee

Beatrice Chen

Krzysztof Michalski
Cello (tied)

Michał Balas
Cello (tied)

Prize Winners


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Julian Rhee, age 17; student of Almita Vamos; from United States
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Charlotte Marckx, age 16; student of Simon James; from United States
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Phoenix Avalon, age 17; student of Jaime Laredo; from United States


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Beatrice Chen, age 14; student of Matthew Lipman (JIC 2009 first-prize winner); from United States
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Yixiu Lin, age 16; student of Li Sheng; from China
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Samuel Rosenthal, age 17; student of Jeffrey Irvine; from United States


  • First Prize (tied) – $8,500 – Krzysztof Michalski, age 15; student of Henryk Zarzycki; from Poland
  • First Prize (tied) – $8,500 – Michał Balas, age 16; student of Stanislaw Firlej; from Poland
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Isaiah Kim, age 16; student of Clara Kim; from United States

Best Performance of Commissioned Work, Johansen, by Joel Phillip Friedman – $1,000 – Michał Balas, age 16; student of Stanislaw Firlej; from Poland

Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners will appear as soloists with the Capital City Symphony, FMMC Avanti Orchestra, and Prince Georges Philharmonic. Other opportunities to be announced.

Collaborative Pianists