Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WINNERS: The American Prize in Piano (concerto): Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto), 2017-18—The Lorin Hollander Award, 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 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), 2017-18—The Lorin Hollander Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Richard Bosworth   Portland OR
    Tchaikovsky Concerto in B flat minor

Richard Bosworth
Critically acclaimed for "the kind of artistry which captivates, transports and communicates deeply," Richard Bosworth brings to the concert stage a broad spectrum of musical tastes and experience.  His travels have taken him to nearly every major continent in the capacities of a piano recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and competitor.

Some of Bosworth’s unusual career highlights include a guest appearance at the White House by invitation of President Clinton and a debut of the first interactive music program aired over the Internet at Lincoln Center in 2005.  He has played on live radio from the studios of WQXR (New York), Sirius Satellite (New York), and WGBH (Boston).

His interpretations have equally garnered praise from the international community. On a number of occasions, he has made guest appearances with conductors, Erich Kunzel and Keith Lockhart, and collaborated with the baritone, Hermann Prey.

For more information, visit the website, www.richardbosworth.com.

2nd PLACE:
Quynh Nguyen   New York NY
    Mozart K. 453 (G major)
Quynh Nguyen
Praised by the Boston Globe as “a musical and expressive player,” pianist Quynh Nguyen has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Jager Meister Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin University Orchestra, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, the Regional Wind Orchestra of Paris, among others. Her performances have been featured on numerous radio stations throughout the US, as well as TV programs such as “Grand Piano,” “Study With the Best,” a CUNY TV program, Japanese TV Fujisankei and Vietnamese national television.

A graduate of the Juilliard School and Mannes College, she received her Doctoral degree from the Graduate Center of CUNY in 2009. She is the recipient of several highly prestigious scholarships and awards, including the United States Presidential Academic Excellence Award and a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, and serves on the faculties of Hunter College and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

3rd PLACE:
Roberto Plano   Holliston MA
    Busoni Concerto in D minor

Roberto Plano
Italian native ROBERTO PLANO was the First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, a prize winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn. Mr. Plano’s engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” and on TV shows for PBS and Japan’s NHK. He has recorded CDs for Brilliant, Azica, Arktos, Sipario, Concerto (two world premier CDs with music by re-discovered 18th century Italian composer Andrea Luchesi) and DECCA (Liszt’s “Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses”, awarded the maximum 5-star rating by Amadeus magazine). Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole Normale “Cortot” in Paris and the Lake Como Academy. In 2016 Mr. Plano joined the faculty at Boston University.. He has been awarded the Lumen Claro, given to influential people like soprano Barbara Frittoli, stylist Ottavio Missoni and economist Mario Monti. www.robertoplano.com

JUDGES' CITATION: "Excellence in Unusual Repertoire"
Jacob Clark   Beaumont TX
    Hartley Concerto #2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble

Jacob Clark
Pianist Jacob Clark received his musical education primarily in Texas, completing his BM, MM, and DMA in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin where his primary solo instructors were David Renner and Nancy Garrett. Dr. Clark joined the faculty of Lamar University in the fall of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Piano, specializing in applied and group instruction. Previous faculty appointments include assistant professor at South Carolina State University, and adjunct instructor at Northern Virginia Community College.

An active performer, he has presented recitals nationally both as a soloist and with his wife, pianist Sujung Cho, as Duo Korusa. Dr. Clark’s concerto performances include appearances with the Washington Sinfonietta Orchestra, Lamar Civic Orchestra, SC State Wind Ensemble, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and most recently appearing with the Lamar Wind Ensemble for the premiere of “Among the Woodlands,” a newly commissioned concerto for piano duet and wind ensemble by composer Thomas Dempster.

The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2017-18—The Lorin Hollander Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
Xiao Chen   Los Angeles CA
    Rachmaninoff Concerto #2

Xiao Chen
Chinese-born pianist Xiao Chen is actively engaged as a solo and chamber musician. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Inna Faliks from University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from Bard College. She studied with Melvin Chen at Bard.

Ms. Chen has performed numerous concerts and recitals throughout the U.S., China, and Europe. Her recent solo recital in Shanghai Concert Hall was well received and interviewed by Shanghai Youth Daily (“Her energetic, exquisite, breathtaking performance… impressed the audience”). Her performance of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with UCLA Symphony was the highlight of the concert season. She is the prize winner of many competitions including Frances Wlaton Competition, American Protege International Competition, The Muse International Competition, ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition China Regional Competition. As a winner of Frances Walton Competition, she played a concert tour in Washtington State and performed a solo piano program on radio live broadcast concert at Classical KING FM 98.1. She has been invited to perform in numerous music festivals including The Morningside Bridge Summer Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Pianofest Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, and Italy Perugia Music Fest.

2nd PLACE:
Lishan Xue   Urbana IL
    Bartok Concerto #2

Lishan Xue
Pianist Lishan Xue was born in Shanghai, China who is the prizewinner of various national and international piano competitions. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, the Simon Bolivar Hall, the Shanghai Concert Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. Music Journalist Philip Dewolf (RTBF, Culture/Music) praised her performance “Excelled marvelously in the art of arranging the complexity of sound” and Pascal Goffoux acclaimed “a complete musician, absorbing, captivating and inventive” (RTBF, Journal Culture). She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts (2007) and Master of Arts (2011) in Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she had studied in Vienna, Austria from 2009 to 2010. She also holds two Artist Diplomas from Oberlin Conservatory and Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University since 2015. Her principle teachers include Monique Duphil, Arnaldo Cohen, and Menahem Pressler. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in University of Illinois with William Heiles.  www.1219195220.wix.com/lishan

3rd PLACE:
Pei-Sin Chen   Columbus OH
    Prokofiev Concerto #1

Pei-Sin Chen
Pei-Sin Chen is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing her DMA degree in piano performance with Professor Steven Glaser at The Ohio State University. During her graduate study, she has received numerous scholarships and awards. Ms. Chen has been a collaborator to a variety of ensembles in special events including vocal performances, string recitals, woodwind concerto competitions, and opera outreach program. In 2015, she was nominated by School of Music at The Ohio State University as the musical director of Opera Outreach Program, and has performed dozens of times throughout central Ohio. In 2016, she achieved recognition from the School of Music Honors Convocation as the annual award winner of ensembles.

In addition to collaborating in various fields, she has achieved remarkable accomplishments and rewards as a soloist in international piano competitions in Taiwan and United States. In 2014, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as the first prize winner of American Protégé International Piano Competition. In 2015, she was selected as a concerto winner and performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Ohio State Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Ms. Chen was appointed and invited to perform with Kenyon’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2017-18—The Lorin Hollander Award
(high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
Leyla Kabuli   Davis CA
    Rachamninoff Concerto #2

Leyla Kabuli
Leyla Kabuli, 17,­ is a senior in high school. She is a pre-college scholarship student of Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the pianist of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is a Chopin Foundation scholarship recipient, and winner of National YoungArts awards in 2016 and 2017. Her piano competition awards include first prizes in Los Angeles Young Musician International, eMuse, American Protége, Wildflower Music International, Pacific Musical Society, MTAC, CAPMT, Kruschke, Mindell, Ghiglieri, Classical Masters, East Bay, Berkeley Etude Club, US Open, and MTNA Piano Duet. She performed with Ensemble SF in 2015, and as third prize winner with the Virginia Waring IPC Festival Orchestra. In 2016, she appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and was featured in San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts as the Helen von Ammon Emerging Artist Award recipient. She has also performed with the Nova Vista Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and El Camino Symphony orchestras as winner of their concerto competitions, and with the Sonoma Philharmonic as their Young Artist of the Year award recipient. Leyla especially enjoys chamber music and collaborative piano, and also plays the bassoon and violin.

2nd PLACE:
Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA  
    Beethoven Choral Fantasy

Victor Shlyakhtenko
Victor Shlyakhtenko, age 16, has been studying piano at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts under the direction of Teresa de Jong Pombo since the age of five. Last year, Victor performed at Carnegie Hall in New York under the auspices of the InterHarmony International Music Festival, and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a Grand Prize Winner of The Music Center’s Spotlight competition. He received first prize and a Special Prize in the 2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and was an invited performer at the annual Liszt Society Festival at Northwestern University. Victor’s other recent honors include first prizes at the 2017 Parness Concerto competition, 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition, 2016 California MTNA  Piano Competition, 2016 California MTNA Composition Competition, 2017 Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, and the Orange County CAPMT Young Musicians Concerto Competition. In 2015–2016, Victor was chosen as the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s Musical Ambassador, also performing in their Annual Gala and their 2015 Lisa Jura Young Pianist Showcase Recital. Victor has appeared as soloist with the Orange County Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Collective of Orange County, as well as the Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Concert Choir, performing concerti by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Victor is a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

3rd PLACE:
Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL
    Saint-Saens Concerto #2 (G minor) 

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.
Texas-born piano prodigy Xiaoping Wang first began his piano studies at age five studying with Dr. Oscar Macchioni at the University of Texas, where his musical gifts were recognized at an early age. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age seven performing Beethoven, and by age eight made his concerto debut with orchestra performing a concerto by J.S. Bach. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies with Meng-Chieh Liu, Brenda Huang, Sandro Tsomaia, winning in 3rd prize in the Sejong Music Competition in 2012. In 2013 Xiaoping began studies with Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger and subsequently won Honorable Mention in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and a $9,000 Full Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions in Piano in 2014, followed by a Second Prize in the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Xiaoping has also studied chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago, Midwest Young Artists, Montecito Music Festival in California and at Summit Music Festival in New York- where he was the only pianist in both Junior and Senior divisions selected to be a finalist in the Mary Smart Concerto Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention. In September 2015, he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy where he began studying with Dr. T. J. Lymenstull, while continuing private lessons and recording sessions with Ms. Merdinger when back in Chicago during school vacations. He has participated in Master Classes and has had additional lessons or coachings with Efrem Briskin, Vadim Monastirsky, Phillip Kawin, and Lydia Boguslavsky. In 2017 Xiaoping performed Saint-Saen's Concerto No.2 with FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois, with the Juarez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, and will perform with the North Shore Chamber Orchestra in Evanston, IL  in May. will compete in several national and international competitions.


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