Saturday, May 28, 2011

WINNERS in Piano Performance—CONCERTO of The American Prize, 2011

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance (Concerto).

In the professional division, the winner is Sarah S. Chan of Rochester, NY, for her performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25.

Pianist Sarah Chan has concertized internationally, including engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), and Seattle Chamber Music Festival. As soloist with orchestra, she has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic of Romania, Romanian State Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Chan was featured as “Carnegie Emerging Artist” and “Rising Artist” by New York Concert Artists and Associates in 2011 and 2010. She trained at the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A), Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M.), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and University of Michigan.
May Phang of Greencastle, IN was the first runner-up, playing the Rachmaninoff Second Concerto.  

Catharine Quillen Dornin, of Concord, NH was the second runner-up, performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4.

In the college/university division, the winner is George Hemcher of Frazer, PA, for his performance of the MacDowell Piano Concerto No. 2.

George J. Hemcher is a Senior at Hofstra University pursuing a degree in Music Merchandising. He studies privately with Professor Blanche Abram. He is an active collaborative pianist with Hofstra Opera Theatre under the dramatic direction of Isabel Milenski, and the musical direction Dr. David Ramael. In main stage theatre he was the collaborative pianist for L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Die Fledermaus. Mr. Hemcher will be playing for Don Giovanni in January 2010. 
Sora Park of Macomb, IL placed second playing the Tchaikovsky First Concerto.

Stephanie Ng of Marietta, GA placed third playing the Chopin E minor Concerto.

Congratulations! Winners of the solo piano competition will be announced once all acceptances are received. 

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