The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2014, College/University & High School Divisions.
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The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2014—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:
The American Prize winner:
HYUNKI YOON Kansas City MO
Schumann, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Bach
He is currently pursuing a Doctor or Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studies with Dr. Robert Weirich and receives full support for his entire doctoral program.
Among judges' comments: "...marvelous mood and spirit..."
GABRIELLE CHOU Pembroke Pines FL
Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven
Gabrielle was the silver medal winner at the 6th Yamaha USASU International Senior Piano Competition, whose jury included legendary pianist Martha Argerich. She also received top prizes at the Young Composers’ Challenge, 10th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, NFMC National Composition Competition, 2nd Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition, and 21st Concorso Internazionale per Pianoforte e Orchestra Citta Di Cantu. Past festivals include the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she was a piano student and later a two-year violin fellow.
Among judges' comments: "...a wonderfully fluid technique and relaxed physical approach to the piano..."
INHYUN LEE Brookline MA
Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Bartok (Sonata)
Among judges' comments: "Excellent and well-prepared fugue with clear voicing throughout."
The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2014—HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
The American Prize winner:
WILLIAM HUME Carlisle PA
Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Lutolawski
Among judges' comments: "...exquisite dialogue and or voicing between the hands..."
BENJAMIN GITTENS Mason OH
Liszt, Scriabin, Beethoven, Rochberg
Among judges' comments: "...excellent performance with clearly articulated fugue subject and artistically shaped musical phrases..."
CHRISTOPHER SON RICHARDSON Lake Forest Park WA
Haydn, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven
|Christopher Son Richardson|
Christopher is a student of Duane Hulbert. He has appeared on NPR's "From the Top", KRCB 91.1 and KCTS 9 as a featured performer. Performing at the Finney Chapel in the Cooper International Festival's Artist Recital Series, his performance was broadcast live on WCLV 104.9. Selected as one of 2013 scholarship winners at the National Chopin Foundation, and a finalist at Curtis Institute 2012, he has performed in prestigious venues, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the 2000 seat Music Tent (Opening Sarah Chang concert), McCallum Theater. He was a prizewinner at the 2013 International e-piano and played with the Minnesota Orchestra, second prizewinner at 2011 Virginia Waring Concerto, Tureck International Bach, 2012 LA Liszt International. He won first prize 2011 Seattle International Piano, at the International Russian Competitions (2012,2013), Ross McKee, Berkeley Etude Club, Pacific Musical Society. He won third prize at the 2012 Lennox International Young Artists Concerto.
Among judges' comments: "...a spirited Bach tempo full of life and joy!"
Congratulations to all!