Monday, November 14, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. (This is a new contest offered in 2016 for the first time.) Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right hand column to find specific results.

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The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Adelya Shagidullina, viola
Philadelphia, PA
Adelya Shagidullina
Adelya Shagidullina is a prizewinning Russian-American  violist; she is an active chamber, solo, and orchestra musician. Ms. Shagidullina performed in such venues as Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow, among others. As a soloist and a chamber musician Ms. Shagidullina was honored to appear in the New York Benefactors Series at the residence of Charles Avery Fisher.

Ms. Shagidullina collaborated with such prominent musicians as Dmitry Berlinsky, Branford Marsalis, Julius Berger, Svetlana Smolina, Timothy Fain, Luiza Borac.

 Ms. Shagidullina studied in the international studio of a world-renowned violin professor Eduard Schmieder, as well as with Daniel Avshalomov, the violist of American Quartet.

2nd PLACE:
Kumiko Shimizu, collaborative piano
Cleveland, MS
Kumiko Shimizu
Kumiko Shimizu is Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University. As a collaborative pianist, she has played for competitions (including National Opera Association, District Metropolitan) and has been invited to perform at conferences (including the College Music Society International Conferences in Korea and Finland). She received further training in vocal collaborative piano and vocal coaching from Graham Johnson and Martin Katz at the SongFest summer program and from Malcolm Martineau at the Malcolm Martineau Masterclass in Scotland.

Her recording of Sy Brandon’s “Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs” has been released on the Emeritus Recordings label and available at CDBaby. She is the co-editor of “Japanese Art Song Anthology Volume 1” published by Classical Vocal Reprints.

She received the James Ronald Brothers Distinguished Achievement in Collaborative Piano Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region and the Favorite Professor Award from the Mu Phi Epsilon-Gamma Zeta Chapter.

3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
Leonard Garrison, flute
Moscow, ID
Leonard Garrison
Flutist Leonard Garrison’s basic sound is extraordinary—uncommonly rich, pure, and true,” wrote Fanfare Magazine. Garrison is Associate Professor of Flute and Associate Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at The University of Idaho, flutist in the Scott/Garrison Duo, principal flutist in the Walla Walla Symphony, and former President of the National Flute Association. He teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana. Winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, he has performed in the Chicago Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles. He has released eight CDs on major labels to critical acclaim.

3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
Christopher Nichols, clarinet
Newark, DE
Christopher Nichols
Christopher Nichols, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Delaware, is a versatile clarinetist with international performances as a solo and ensemble musician. He regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Christiana Winds and New Music Delaware and regularly collaborates with established chamber ensembles such as the Serafin String Quartet and the Taggart-Grycky Duo.

Dr. Nichols has appeared as a featured soloist at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association and College Music Society. Live performances have been selected for the Audio Performance Archive of College Music Symposium and broadcast on Kansas and Michigan Public Radio. In 2015, he received an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. As an endorsing artist clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds and Buffet clarinets. More information is available at his professional website

The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
Laura McIntyre, bassoon
Austin, TX
Laura McIntyre
Described as possessing “an amazing technical virtuosity, a lovely musical approach, and a wonderful sense of confidence,” Laura McIntyre performed as soloist with the Mid Texas Symphony as winner of their 2015 concerto competition, received second prize at the 2013 T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition, and has been a finalist in both the Tucson Symphony Concerto Competition and the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition. She enjoys teaching a private studio of young bassoonists in the Austin area and is a new recipient of a University of Texas Continuing Fellowship--a competitive award granted by The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts--to pursue extensive research on beginning bassoon instruction. Laura's major teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Albie Micklich.

2nd PLACE:
Joe Broom, euphonium
McLean, VA
Joe Broom
Joe Broom is a euphonium player with a number of unique accomplishments. He was both a 2015 U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow, the first euphonium player to earn either honor.

He performed as soloist with the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Air Force Band and as a guest member of the United States Army Orchestra and the United States Navy Band. He was also a featured soloist on NPR’s From the Top. Joe has performed in many venues including the United Kingdom’s Royal Northern College of Music; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Terrace Theater, and Millennium Stage; and the United States Air Force Memorial.

Joe is a Buffet Crampon Wind Instrument performing artist, and a member of the acclaimed University of Michigan Symphony Band.

3rd PLACE:
Sean Mix, saxophone
Allston, MA
Sean Mix
Sean Mix has performed at the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, France), the 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (Bangkok, Thailand), and venues throughout North America. Recent highlights include recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Goethe-Institut, The Stone and Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City, and conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He has also appeared as soloist with the New England Conservatory Bach Ensemble, performing J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.

He has performed and recorded as saxophonist for many of New England’s orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Monadnock Music, Atlantic Symphony, and Glens Falls Symphony.

Sean holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (MM, GD) and the University of Southern California (BM). He is completing doctoral coursework at the Boston University.

Sean is a Conn-Selmer Artist. He performs on Selmer Paris saxophones.

The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
Joshua Brown, violin
Gurnee, IL
Joshua Brown
Joshua Brown studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy as the 2015/2016 Alexandra and John Nichols Laureate Fellow.  Joshua has won First Place in many competitions, including the MIC Young Artist Competition, the Luminarts Competition, the Sejong Competition, the Asian American International Competition, the Alexander and Buono International Competition, the Confucius Competition, the DePaul Concerto Festival, the Stanger Young Artist Competition, and the Rockville Competition.  He won many awards, including the Audience Award, at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Russia, was named a 2016 YoungArts Winner, was featured on NPR's "From the Top,"  and was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition.  Joshua has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Orchestra, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  He plays on a 1910 Vincenzo Postiglione violin generously on loan to him by the Virtu Foundation.

2nd PLACE:
Daniel Rafimayeri, violin
New York, NY
Daniel Rafimayeri
Daniel Rafimayeri is currently a student of Patinka Kopec at The Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Division where he won Alternate in the School Concerto Competition, was selected to perform the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins, participated in a master class with Deborah Buck and has risen to the Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Manhattan School of Music, Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, Lighthouse Chamber Players, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Center of New York and The Senior Orchestral Society of New York.  Additionally, Daniel is an active performer with Concerts-in-Motion, a volunteer organization which brings music to the homebound.

Daniel is a sophomore at Hunter College High School in New York City where he sits Concertmaster of the school orchestra and plays in a piano trio, winners of the 2016 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians competition.

3rd PLACE:
John Skiera, cello
Armonk, NY
John Skiera
John Skiera is 16 years old and is currently a Sophomore at Byram Hills High School. He has been a dedicated Cello player since age 7.  At age 11, he earned the best String Technique Award at the Forte International Music Competition.  At age 13, he won the 2nd prize at the New York International Music Competition ,  and another 2nd prize at the YWCA Music Competition. At age 14,  John won the 1st prize at the Korea Radio Broadcasting Competition.   He has attended master classes with such renowned Cellist  as Pam Davenport in 2009, Tony Stuart in 2012, Amit Peled in 2013, and Alisa Weilerstein in 2014. John has been receiving scholarships to attend the Manhattan School of Music Pre- college Program since 2013. He has been selected as a recipient of the scholarship award by named scholarship fund by the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship Committee.


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