Wednesday, December 27, 2017

WINNERS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. 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, 2017-18 (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
SEAN OSBORN, clarinet
Shoreline WA
SEAN OSBORN, clarinet
Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  He has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra.  The press has called him "...a master" (Gramophone), "...a miracle" (Boston Globe),"...excellent" (New York Times and Seattle PI) "...extaordinary" (Fanfare), "...beautiful" (Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Times, L'Orfeo). With over forty concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded  dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others, as well as premiering works by John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Phillip Glass to name a few.  Former faculty of the University of Washington, he has given master classes at Eastman, Rice, Manhattan, Northwestern, and many other schools.  Sean is also an award-winning composer. Visit him on-line at www.osbornmusic.com


2nd PLACE:
BRITTANY LASCH, trombone
Bowling Green OH
BRITTANY LASCH, trombone
Trombonist Brittany Lasch is a winner of Astral Artist’s 2017 National Auditions and has been recently appointed as the new Instructor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, trombonist Brittany has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the Queens Symphony.Brittany spent two summers in the Verbier Festival Orchestra and has performed with orchestras such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the New World Symphony. A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Brittany earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University and her MM from Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers include Toby Oft, Scott Hartman, and Steve Norrell. Brittany is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist. www.brittanylasch.com


3rd PLACE
ALINA WINDELL, flute
AUBURN AL
ALINA WINDELL, flute
Dr. Alina Windell is on the faculty of Auburn University and Southern Union State Community College, and a member of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. She regularly plays with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared with the Springer Opera House Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the South Florida Symphony, the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival Orchestra of Lucca in Italy. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, Dr. Windell was an Artist in Residence and Faculty member of the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy; and has performed at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, CA and the International Double Reed Society Conference in Columbus, GA. Recent masterclass and performance engagements include The University of Nebraska in Omaha, Columbus State University in Georgia, and Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18 (college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
MICHEAL BARNES, percussion
Cincinnati OH
MICHEAL BARNES, percussion
Currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Micheal Barnes has performed with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, the Ft. Smith Symphony, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He has been recognized in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the U.S. Army National Collegiate Solo Competition. As a soloist, Barnes has been featured with the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, and the Delta Symphony, as well as having performed with the critically-acclaimed h2 Saxophone Quartet. In 2015, Micheal was awarded a teaching fellowship to work with the National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize. Micheal holds a BM from the University of Oklahoma. mbarnespercussion.com


2nd PLACE:
GABRIELLE CHOU, violin
Pembroke Pines FL
GABRIELLE CHOU, violin
Pianist and violinist Gabrielle Chou has played on both instruments with numerous orchestras, including the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. She is currently in her first year of undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School, where she studies piano with Jerome Lowenthal and violin with Lewis Kaplan. Her past studies include the Colburn Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles.

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 two-year violin fellow.


3rd PLACE:
CHRISTOPHER LOWRY, violin
Antioch TN
CHRISTOPHER LOWRY, violin
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. A two-time winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (winning Yuri Bashmet’s “President of the Jury Prize” in 2013 and “The Jury Panel Prize” in 2016), Lowry won grand prize in the Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition (2015) and has been a prizewinner in various national and international concerto and composition competitions.  He has appeared as a soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Acadiana Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Nashville Sinfonietta, LSU Symphony, LSU Philharmonia, Vanderbilt University Orchestra, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, among others. Lowry is currently the principal violist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta, and Acadiana Symphony.  Currently a Doctoral Candidate at LSU, he received his Master’s Degree from LSU and his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.


The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18 (high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
RYAN HAR, cello
PALO ALTO CA
RYAN HAR, cello
Ryan Har, 15, is a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division and is studying cello under Eric Sung and chamber music with Professor Timothy Bach. In addition, Ryan has taken masterclasses from cellist Ben Hong at the United States International Music Competition Festival. Ryan received 1st prize in the American ProtegĂ© Concerto Competition, 2nd prize in the Enkor International Music Competition, and an honorable mention in the Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Movement Competition in 2017. He had a solo performance at the SFCM Classical Kick-Off Weekend in 2016 and won first prize in his division at the Korean Times Youth Music Competition in 2011. He and his trio placed second in the Enkor International Music Competition in 2017, and they performed in the Concerts at the Presidio series. His trio was awarded first place at the DVC/HNU Young Artists String Competition in 2016.


2nd PLACE:
SAMUEL PERLMAN, violin
Highland Park IL
SAMUEL PERLMAN, violin
Samuel Perlman is a clarinetist, pianist, and saxophonist at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL. In addition to performing as a soloist, Samuel is a member of the Highland Park Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He has studied clarinet with Walter Grabner and Barbara Drapcho.



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