Praised for enchanting the audience with her musical interpretation and style, Clarissa Bevilacqua is the winner of the 2020 International Mozart Competition Salzburg. The eighteen year old was awarded the First Prize, the Audience Award and the Special Award for the best interpretation of a piece by Mozart. Clarissa started playing the violin at age five, and debuted at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago in front of ten thousand people when she was nine years old. Since then, she has performed solo recitals and concerts at venues throughout North America and Europe. At age fourteen, she was selected as the youngest violinist to perform regularly at the Auditorium Arvedi in Cremona with the precious Stradivari collection of the Violin Museum. She has been nominated a Young Artist™ by the New York based Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, a group of established international artists who have made a significant impact on the music world. Clarissa is the youngest student in Italy to earn a Bachelor of Music degree. At age sixteen, she graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza. She now studies with Pierre Amoyal in the Master Program at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She participated in masterclasses at the Cremona Musica with Maxim Vengerov and Ivry Gitlis, at the Accademia Chigiana with Boris Belkin and at the Venice Music Master with Pavel Vernikov. Other mentors include Daniele Gay and Olga Kaler. She performs on a violin made by G.B. Ceruti, Cremona 1815, courtesy of the Fondazione Pro Canale of Milan.