Violinist Bohdan Luts wins the 2023 Concours Long-Thibaud

Joining musical legends such as Christian Ferras, Ivry Gitlis, Jean-Jacques Kantorow or Vladimir Spivakov, Bohdan Luts has won the first prize at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, France. The 18-year-old violinist received the €35,000 First Grand Prize, as well as the audience prize, the press jury prize and the Prize of the French Republican Guard Orchestra. Second prize and €20,000 went to Dayoon You (22) and third prize, worth €12,000, was taken by Koshiro Takeuchi (18)

Bohdan Luts came to international attention in the spring of 2022 as winner of the violin category in the Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense where he was also the youngest competitor and winner of the Junior Jury prize. He was praised as much for his musical insight and maturity as for his intensely characterful, individual playing. 

Born in Lviv, Bohdan Luts began playing the violin at the age of six and studied at the Krushelnytska Music School in Lviv, at the Lysenko Music School in Kiev and at the International Menuhin Music Academy. His teachers have included Oleg Kaskiv, Renaud Capuçon, Olga Korinets, Yaroslava Kataryna and Maria Futorska and he has participated in master-classes with violinists including Pinchas Zuckerman and Gábor Takács-Nagy. He has played with the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra and the INSO Orchestra and has participated in the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and the Bellerive Music Festival as well as giving recitals in Ukraine, Switzerland and Italy. Forthcoming projects include a solo recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra for Orchid Classics and solo appearances with top Nordic orchestras.


1st Prize: Bohdan Luts (18), Lviv

2nd Prize: Dayoon You (22), Berlin

3rd prize: Koshiro Takeuchi (18), Tokyo



Sarah Nemtanu, Silvia Marcovici, Akiko Suwanai, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Marc Laforet, Sergey Khachatryan, Boris Kuschnir, Jean-Claude Casadesus



French Republican Guard Orchestra / François Boulanger (Conductor)

One of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in classical music, the biennial International Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition has launched the careers of generations of young artists since its 1943 founding by French virtuosos pianist Marguerite Long and violinist Jacques Thibaud. The competition has evolved over the years, expanding to include voice alongside violin and piano (and honoring that change with the inclusion of the great French singer Regine Crespin in its name) and becoming a biennial competition in the 1980s. From 2022, the Long-Thibaud has been restructured and is once again held alternating between violin and piano. President of the Long-Thibaud Foundation is Gérard Bekerman.

Bohdan Luts, 1st prize

Dayoon You, 2nd prize

Koshiro Takeuchi, 3rd prize

competition website

Photos: ©Corentin Schimel - Fondation Long-Thibaud
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