Friday, November 18, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Piano (concerto)—The Lorin Hollander Award


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, and runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

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The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor. For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit http://lorinhollander.com/

The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
THOMAS YEE
Honolulu HI
Tchaikovsky: Concerto in B minor
THOMAS YEE
Thomas Yee has won First Prizes in over 20 national and international competitions. Dr. Yee earned an unprecedented distinction from his alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland: he was presented with the Horizon Award for Lifetime Achievement under the age of 35 for extraordinary professional, volunteer, and academic achievement. Highlights of his career include winning top prizes at the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition where he was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of the imposed piece, Ludmilla Kneskova International Piano Competition where he also won a special prize for best etude, Le Tremplin International where he also won a special prize for best contemporary work, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Schubert Recital Competition, Concours de Musique du Canada, Young Artists Concert Tour Series Competition, and the Eastman-Hamamatsu Piano Competition among others.


2nd PLACE:
ANNETTE DIMEDIO
Philadelphia PA
Prokofiev: 3rd Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Concerto in B minor
ANNETTE DIMEDIO
Annette DiMedio, PhD is the first person in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to win auditions in all three categories (children, junior, senior).  She has studied with Clement Petrillo, Philippe Entremont, Claudette Sorel, and Angelica Morales von Sauer.  Her interesting performance venues in recital include the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence, Italy), the Moscow Conservatory in the Tschaikowsky Competition, the Rathaus (Vienna, Austria), the Philippines (performing for Imeda Marcos) as well as venues in Central America and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has appeared as guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Robin Hood Dell Orchestra (summer Philadelphia Orchestra), Colombian Philharmonic (South America), Toulouse Orchestra (France), Varna Philharmonic (Bulgaria), Moravian Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Philharmonic of South Jersey, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Houston Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Waukesha Symphony, Orchestra 2001, Atlantic Symphony among others. Annette has won the International Recording Competition, the Liberace Talent Search appearing with Liberace at the Las Vegas Hilton (ventriloquist-pianist), the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition, was an Astral awardee and the grand prize winner of the Christian Artist Competition performing with Michael W. Smith and John Michael Talbot.  She also performed as keyboardist with the World Festival Orchestra and the Moody Blues. She is producer of the televised Mass for The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is Professor at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in music history (PhD in musicology).


3rd PLACE:
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA
Austin TX
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major (K. 503)
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as Europe and Asia. He concertized with the late violinist Eugene Fodor in over thirty recitals, and recorded a CD of violin and piano music with him, “Witches’ Brew.” Other notable appearances include the Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London. He has made three Asian tours with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng. Dr. Tamagawa received his early musical training in Connecticut, where he made his debut with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. Currently he is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He is the 2013 recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
NATHAN CHEUNG
Pleasanton CA
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
NATHAN CHEUNG
Nathan Cheung, 24, born in Berkeley, California, is currently pursuing MM degrees in Piano Performance and Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Nelita True and Jean Barr. Nathan completed his Bachelors at Stanford University where he studied with Thomas Schultz. He has won the Aspen Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s Association of California Solo Competition, and the Stanford Concerto Competition. A composer as well, Nathan has had his piano miniatures featured in the United States Open Music Competition and his String Quartet premiered in 2012 by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Nathan is also a member of Happy Dog Duo with Eric Tran. Happy Dog Duo has appeared with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and Vallejo Symphony.


2nd PLACE:
CONGCONG CHAI
Lawrence KS
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 
CONGCONG CHAI
Hailed as a “most gifted” and “individualistic, effective with formidable technique” pianist by TheaterJones and DallasMorning News, Congcong Chai has established himself as one of the genuine pianists in his generation. As a soloist, Mr. Chai is the 1st Place of American Fine Arts International Concerto Competition (New York, 2015), Grand Prize winner of Metropolitan International Piano Competition (New York 2014), the top winner of 22nd IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition (Italy, 2013), the 1st prize winner of Dallas International Piano Competition (Dallas, 2013). Mr. Chai has performed throughout the U.S., China, Austria and Italy. He enjoys an association with the conductors Richard McKay, Robert Ward, Benjamin Cline and Yondani Butt, performed as a soloist with Dallas Chamber Symphony, Vienna International Orchestra, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Guang Dian Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Symphony in the Valley. 
For more information, please visit www.congcongchai.com


3rd PLACE:
YOONSOOK SONG
Athens, GA
Chopin: Concerto in E minor
YOONSOOK SONG
Yoonsook Song studied with professor Jaehee Hyun at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea where she graduated magna cum laude. During her tenure at Sejong University, she was invited to perform at the “2008 Debut Concert” for the most talented pianists in Seoul. Her successful performances reinforced her passions in piano, which led to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received a master’s degree in piano performance under the direction of Dr. John Steele Ritter. She also holds a master’s degree in piano pedagogy and performance at the Ohio University and studied with Dr. Youmee Kim for performance and Dr. Christopher Fisher and professor Gail Berenson for piano pedagogy. She has received numerous prizes and awards, including the The Piano Society of Korea Competition, Ohio University Soloist Competition, the Graves Piano Competition, University of Georgia Concerto Competition and United States International Duo Piano Competition. Currently, she is studying a doctoral degree in piano performance at UGA under the direction of Dr. Martha Thomas.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
JAROD YAP
Clarence Center, NY
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
JAROD YAP
Jarod Yap is a frequent medalists and scholarship winner who plays both piano and violin.  He holds the LRCM (Licentiate) and ARCT (Associate) Piano Performance degree from Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto (RCM).  He's selected to perform at Carnegie Hall (2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016) at RCM's Tri-State Excellence Award Ceremony.  Jarod performed with the Ithaca College and Genesee Symphony Orchestra respectively (2016) as concerto competition winner.  Jarod also won National Gold Medals from RCM (2013 and 2015), MTNA Empire State Junior High Piano Competition (2011), Jacquelene Dingman Concert Cup at Stamford Music Festival (2013), CCC Toronto Piano Competition (2015), and was finalist in the American Prize High School Division for Solo Piano Performance (2014, 2015, 2016) and runner-up for the Ness Piano Award at the RPO YAA (2016). Jarod is currently enrolled at Eastman School of Music for chamber music ensembles.  He also participates at BRAVO Chamber Music Workshop and frequently accompanies string players at competitions.  Jarod organizes the "Vision Possible" Charity Concert series to benefit local charity organizations.  He has appeared in many master classes with prominent musicians such as Fabio Bidini, Boris Berman, and key BPO members.  


2nd PLACE:
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Willmette IL
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Jarrett Takaki, age 17, is a Junior at New Trier High School, and a student of Sueanne Metz.  He received first place awards at the American Fine Arts Festival International Piano Competition, The Young Artist Piano Competition in Tennessee, The Walgreens National Competition, The De Paul Concerto Festival, the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, The Lee Piano Competition, and the Cardinal Stritch University Piano Festival.  Jarrett was a semifinalist at the Yamaha International Piano Competition, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, and won second place in the Junior Division of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  He has received prizes in the Bradshaw Buono International Piano Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He has performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante at the 2015 Music Fest Perugia, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto in C Major, Mvt. 1 with the Harper College Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Concerto #20 in D Minor, Mvt 1 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.


3rd PLACE:
ALEXANDER LU
Redmond WA
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
ALEXANDER LU
Born in Seattle, Washington in 2000, Alexander Lu began piano studies at age five and has been a student of Sasha Starcevich since April 2012.  Lu gave his debut concert at the age of eight performing the two piano version of Mozart Concerto No. 24 and has since received top awards at the regional, national and international level. Lu was a Gold Medalist of 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition, the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural “KING FM Ten Grands” Young Artist Awards competition in 2010, and captured the first prize and Judges Distinction Award at the 2011 American Protégé International Competition In May of 2013, Lu made his orchestral debut with Philharmonia Northwest as a winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Concerto Competition, performing the Grieg Concerto in A minor. His debut with the Seattle Symphony followed only several months later after winning the Symphony’s Young Artist Audition Competition with a performance of the Mozart Concerto No. 21. In between the two concerto performances in the United States, Lu also performed with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra from Israel during the “Music Fest Perugia” in Italy.

In 2014, Lu became one of the 30 young talents chosen from around the world to participate in the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition in Cleveland. In 2015 Lu was one of the six semi-finalists of the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert, and competed in the International e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota as one of the 25 contestants chosen worldwide.  Also in 2015, Lu was the Washington State Alternate in the MTNA Senior Piano competition, and a National YoungArts merit winner. In 2016, Lu was awarded the Grand Prize in the “King FM Young Artist” competition for the second time and was also received the Monika Clowes Memorial award sponsored by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.  Most recently, Lu became the first classical pianist receiving a Grand Prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition.


HONORABLE MENTION:
VICTOR SHLYAKHTENKO
Los Angeles CA
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor  
VICTOR SHLYAKHTENKO
Victor Shlyakhtenko, 14, has been studying piano at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA under the direction of Teresa de Jong Pombo since the age of five. An accomplished pianist, he is the winner of many local and state competitions including first places at the CAPMT State Concerto Competition as well as State Honors Auditions (2014), the Elvin S. McGaughey Music Foundation’s Glendale Piano Competition (2015), Southwestern Youth Music Festival (2014, 2015), the Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition (2015), and at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (2012-2015). Victor has appeared as a piano soloist with the Orange County Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. An avid musician, Victor also studies violin with Tamara Chernyak and music theory and composition with Doug Dutton. Victor is on the roster of Classics Alive Foundation and is a Merit Scholarship recipient at the Colburn school.

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Congratulations!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations, to all hard working talented musicians who won scored & participated. Thank you for adding beauty to our world.

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