A 13-year-old violinist from Chicago and a 21-year-old cellist from Linz, Austria, were the top winners in the 1985 Debut Competition of the Young Musicians Foundation, Sunday night in Royce Hall at UCLA.
Jasmine Lin, a native of Ohio who now commutes weekly from her home outside Chicago to study with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, was first-prize winner in violin. Joanna Picker, who has been studying with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC for the past four years, won in the cello division. Both young women were awarded prizes of $5,000; in addition, Lin took an additional $5,000 as winner of the Lynn and Stanley Beyer Award, a bonus prize given at the discretion of the judges.
Lin and Picker won in a finals field of four violinists and three cellists, whose names were announced only when they got to the finals; until then, all contestants were identified only by number.
Six judges made the choice of winners. They were conductor Maurice Abravanel, violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Stuart Canin and cellists Zara Nelsova, Peter Rejto and Nathaniel Rosen.