Hearing ¿ and holding ¿ Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other. The great composer's violin and viola, which are only pulled out of storage in Salzburg about once a year, are in the United States for the very first time. And the magic they wield is undeniable.
The Puerto Rican-born composer draws from ambient music, found sound and visual art, as well as the classical-music tradition. Watch Negrón show off her vintage keyboards and music boxes in the latest edition of Q2 Music's video series Spaces.
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of Ukraine, takes home the $50,000 purse, plus three years of professional management. But, he says, the rankings don't mean that much. It's interesting for the audience, Kholodenko says, but in life it's "not so important."