Japanese cellist Haruma Sato has been awarded the top prize in an international music competition in the German city of Munich.
The 21-year-old Sato became the first Japanese to win in the cello category in the ARD International Music Competition on Friday.
The competition, launched in 1952, is seen as a gateway to success for young artists.
Categories in the contest change from year to year. It was the 15th cello competition this year with 166 entries.
Sato, who is now studying at Berlin University of the Arts, has received awards in different competitions in Japan and abroad.
He is scheduled to hold concerts in Tokyo and his hometown of Nagoya in December.