2017 Young Artists Concerto Competition
Gold Prize Winners
#5 LiYuan Byrne, piano, age 14, Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Mvt. 3
#12 Kaylee Wang, flute, age 16, Mozart Concerto No. 2 in D Major K.314, Mvt. 1
#18 Han-Derek Yu, piano, age 14, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, Mvt. 1
#31 Alyssa Kim, violin, age 16, SIbelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. 1
#42 Coco Mi, violin, age 16, Sibelius Vioiln Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. 1
West Windsor/Plainsboro Award
#45 Simon Ho-Yin Cheng, violin, age 12, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Silver Prize Winners
#2 Dawn Song, cello, age 16, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
#6 Grace Xiong, piano, age 17, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, Mvt. 1
#15 Deniz Akman, piano, age 14, Saint-Saens PIano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, Mvt. 1
#21 Alexander Wu, cello, age 17, Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Mvt. 1
Bronze Prize Winners
#1 Zoe Lonsinger, violin, age 11, Paganini Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6, Mvt. 1
#11 Katherine Fang, flute, age 10, Doppler Mazurka de Salon, Op. 16
#27 Jonathan Huang, viola, age 16, Walton Viola Concerto, Mvt. 1
#29 Aya Nishimura, piano, age 8, Mozart Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major K.595, Mvt. 1
Chiu-Tze Lin, music director and conductor of the award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, is a versatile and multifaceted musician - conductor, pianist, and teacher. She previously served as the conductor of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony, and received the 2004 Victor Grossinger Award for Innovative Programming. Ms. Lin was honored by the Music Teachers National Association in 2016 as its Foundation Fellow, an honor bestowed only to individuals who have made significant contributions to education in the country. Ms. Lin was selected as a “Hottest Artist in New Jersey” in 2001 by the Asbury Park Press. As a concert pianist, Ms. Lin has been acclaimed by the New York Times for her “strong technique, a hearty tone that sounded big and unforced [which] provides the greatest musical pleasure.” She is a Steinway Artist who has performed in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. Ms. Lin has appeared as a touring soloist with the Chicago Symphony, and was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her second CD featuring works of J. S. Bach for solo piano has been described by New York Concert Review magazine as a "... most satisfying performance ... with eloquence and sensitivity." Her recordings have been broadcast from stations across the country. Ms. Lin was a director and faculty member of the 2004 Beijing Music Festival, the first international summer music festival sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Ms. Lin also conducted the Shanghai Musicians Chamber Orchestra at the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Concert. The performance was broadcast on the Chinese Central Television English Channel that transmits across China and around the world.
Violinist Xiaotong Wang received his Doctorate in Music at the Moscow Music Institute. He is Artistic Director of the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, Concertmaster of Tianjin Symphony Orchestra of China and Visiting Professor at Tianjin Vocational College of Art in China. In 2006, Dr. Wang achieved 4th prize in the 1st “Moscow International Modern Art and Music Competition.” In 2007, he won 1st prize in the “21st Century Youth Virtuoso Competition.” In 2008, at the invitation of the Russian government and New Moscow National Music School, Dr. Wang became a lifelong judge of Chamber Music International Competition. In May 2009, he was rewarded the Outstanding National Scholarship by the Education Department of China. He has won 1st place for the Russia District and became the only foreigner to win this special reward. In August 2010, Dr. Wang was appointed to be a judge of the Chamber Music International Competition in France. In March 2010, he obtained the “Violin Art Achievement Award” by the World Artists Association in US (WAA). In the same year, Dr. Wang also became the Vice President of the China Organization Committee for the WAA. In 2013, he participated in the “American Schoenfeld International String Competition” and won the Special Prize for Chamber Music. Dr. Wang has taken residency in New Jersey and is a member of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.
Pianist George (Yegor) Shevtsov’s solo and chamber performances have been singled out for their “Mozartean elegance” and “perfect lucidity” (The New York Times) and “superb musicianship” (The Miami Herald). His recording of the piano music of Debussy and Boulez was selected by rhapsody.com as one of the top 25 classical albums of 2013. His highlights for the 2016-2017 season include performances at the Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran and a recording of new solo piano works by James Newton. Among Mr. Shevtsov’s most significant dance collaborators are choreographers Mark Morris and John Heginbotham. As a chamber musician, Mr. Shevtsov has appeared in concert with members of the American String Quartet, Mivos Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Bang on a Can, red fish blue fish, Alarm Will Sound and Argento Ensemble among others. Among the composers who have heard him perform their works are Pierre Boulez, John Luther Adams, Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Steve Reich and George Crumb.