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The American Prize in Conducting—College/University Orchestra Division
The American Prize winner:
Called “one of the most interesting and creatively productive conductors working in St. Petersburg” by Sergei Slonimsky, his work with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic has been noted for its breadth and innovation. In 2010, he led the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in its United States debut with three performances at Symphony Space’s 2010 “Wall-to-Wall” Festival in New York City which the New York Times called “impressive”, “powerful”, “splendid”, and “blazing.”
Among judges' comments: Excellence in all areas. Exciting, persuasive performances and an admirably clean, expressive technique."
Taeyoung Lee Mannes Orchestra New York, NY
Taeyoung Lee won the First Prize of the Composition Award in the National Music Competition from the University of Seoul, The Best Player Award of The National Contemporary Music Festival of Taegu Music Association, the Best Conductor Award in the Chamber Music Society of the Korean Contemporary Music, the Third Place in the Orchestral Conducting Award at The American Prize in 2011, and The First Honor Diploma Award in the 31st Master Players International Music Competition in Lugano, Switzerland. He was an assistant conductor of HanYang University Orchestra & Opera, Seoul Metropolitan Opera, Mannes Opera. He is working with Buffalo Philharmonic as a Student Conductor-in-Residence with Maestra JoAnn Falletta. He has conducted the Mannes Orchestra, Lunatics at Large, You N Philharmonic, New York Academic Festival Orchestra, Mannes Repertoire Orchestra in New York, and ChungNam Philharmonic, JeonJu Symphony, JeJu Philharmonic, Halla Orchestra in Korea. Taeyoung is currently studying with David Hayes. He received a Master's degrees and he is a candidate for a Professional Studies Diploma as an orchestra conducting major at Mannes, where he is winner of the Alma Akin Scholarship and Milani Conducting Fellowship.
Among judges comments: "Good command, clear stick, plenty of energy and abundant musicality."
3rd Place: (There was a tie.)
Carlos Espinosa University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra Lawrence, KS
Among judges' comments: "Clear beat, clear intentions, good posture, musical. Youthful with lots of excellent potential."
3rd Place: (There was a tie.)
Vlad Vizireanu Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra Tempe, AZ
Described as “a seasoned conductor with refined phrasing and sweeping, expressive gestures,” Vlad Vizireanu made his debut at the Athenaeum in Bucharest with the George Enescu Philharmonic in 2012. He was then invited to the 2012 Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition where he was a semifinalist with honorable mention. He was the first-prize winner of the 2010 St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Competition and has attended masterclass throughout the United States and Europe with Marin Alsop, Franz Welser-Möst, Gustav Meier, James Depriest, and Horia Andreescu. He earned his Master’s degree with David Effron and Arthur Fagen at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently finishing his D.M.A at Arizona State University with Timothy Russell, where he serves as assistant conductor to ASU orchestras and recently directed a production of Die Fledermaus with the ASU Lyric Opera Theater. This year marks Mr. Vizireanu's second year as assistant conductor of the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble.
Among judges comments: "La Forza most persuasive, the passion and emotion keenly presented, the conducting pitfalls negotiated with aplomb."