Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PIANO CONCERTO WINNER, runners-up, citation, 2015

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner, runners-up and citation receipient of The American Prize in Piano Performance, Concerto Division, 2015.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize in Piano Performance (CONCERTO), 2015

The American Prize winner:
Beethoven—Choral Fantasy
Bill John Newbrough
Bill John Newbrough, Professor of Piano at Houghton College, NY, holds the Artist Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, and the Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has studied with Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Haggai Niv.  Newbrough has performed in numerous solo, chamber, and concerto engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, and Australia.  Highlight venues include Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Van Cliburn Piano Institute.  He was featured on "Great Discoveries" on the Discovery Channel, and his performances have been broadcast on radio.  Bill John is a Steinway Artist, and his sacred CD, "Acclamation!" was chosen to be eligible for a Grammy nomination.  As both a classical and sacred pianist, he performs his own hymn arrangements at churches, colleges, and charity/benefit concerts.

Upon accepting The American Prize, the artist wrote: "What wonderful and joyous news to receive!!! Thank you so much!!  I am truly grateful for this marvelous honor, especially as I recognize the level of competition is extremely high."

2nd Place:
Prokofiev—Piano Concerto No. 1
Aleksandra Kasman
Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman,19, is a student of internationally renowned pianist Yakov Kasman, Professor of Piano/Artist-in-Residence at UAB.

Sasha's numerous awards include NFMC National Stillman-Kelley Award, Silver Medal at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, second place and Young Jury Winner Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition and PianoArts North American Competition Scholarship Award among others.

Sasha gave solo recitals in USA, France, Ukraine, Russia and Japan, performed with the Alabama Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and played five concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Sasha joined her father in performances of the Saint-Saens’s "Carnival of Animals" with the Brevard Symphony, Florida, with the New York Chamber Players,and with the Hendersonville Symphony, North Carolina. Her recent engagements include solo recitals in New York, Washington D.C., and numerous duo-piano performances with Yakov Kasman in USA, Russia and South Korea.

3rd Place
Brahms—Piano Concerto No. 2

Garnet Ungar
Garnet Ungar has appeared throughout North America as piano soloist with orchestra, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and in solo and chamber broadcasts. Highlights of the last two seasons were recitals and masterclasses at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Radio, Tanglewood, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He has performed throughout Europe, and his recording of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto in Bulgaria was described in John Bell Young's Clavier Magazine review as "powerful and precise…having solidity and passion, a magisterial presence, structural integrity, immediacy and intensity." His second CD, of Schubert piano works, earned rave reviews in Fanfare and Clavier Companion.  Dr. Ungar currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Evansville in Indiana. He studied at the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Houston, where his principal teachers were William Aide, Marilyn Engle, Abbey Simon, and Ruth Tomfohrde.


Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 1

Christopher Son Richardson
Christopher, age 16, was the featured soloist with several orchestras including The Minnesota Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Pacific Orchestra and Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

He was one of the top prizewinner in many national and international piano competitions, including the 2013 International e-piano competition, Lennox International Young Artists Concerto 2011, 2011 Virginia Waring Concerto Junior Division, Tureck International Bach, 2012 LA Liszt International Competition, 2011 Seattle International Piano, and International Russian Competitions of 2012 and 2013.

He has attended numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Sejong International Music Festival, and Oberlin International Artists Recital Series Festival. He has performed in numerous prestigious venues, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Field Concert Hall, the Gould Rehearsal Hall, the Harris Concert Hall, the Music Tent and McCallum Theater. He appeared on NPR's "From the Top”, TV program PIE on KCTS 9, and King FM 98.1.


Congratulations to all!

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