1ST PRIZE - AUSTIN HUNTINGTON, CELLO (Indiana, United States)
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Cellist AUSTIN HUNTINGTON made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10 and is the recipient of numerous Grand prize and First place awards on both the National and International levels. Austin has performed as guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, LaPorte Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Among his engagements next season, he will make his solo debut with orchestras such as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra (gala opening concert for their 2012-2013 season), the Idaho State-Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Marin Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, and preform in recitals through programs such as Noontime Concerts (San Francisco, CA) and Music in the Vineyards (Napa Valley, CA).
Most recently, Austin was awarded the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition Marvin T. Tepperman Memorial First Prize and the Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Award (for the best performance of the commissioned work). The previous year, he was awarded the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal and Bach Award (for the best performance of a Bach solo work). In 2009, Austin was declared the National First-Place winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) solo performance competition held in Atlanta. Prior to this, he won his state and subsequent five-state regional competitions.
Austin has been invited to perform in Master class for exceptionally regarded musicians such as Truls Mork, Gary Hoffman, Steven Doane, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick, Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Richard Aaron, and Robert Nagy, to name a few. He has collaborated with such highly esteemed concert artists as Riccardo Muti, Misha Amory, James Dunham, Yo Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman.
Austin is eighteen years old and a Bachelor of Music student at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he studies with Ronald Leonard.
2ND PRIZE - STEVEN LARAIA, VIOLA (New Jersey, United States)
20 year-old violist STEVEN LARAIA currently studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory. He is the recipient of the Abraham Skernick Memorial Presidential Scholarship at NEC and is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Steven has attended the Yellow Barn Festival and Ravinia Festival.
3RD PRIZE - CARLIN MA, PIANO (Indiana, United States)
Seeking means of discovery and expression, CARLIN MA has dedicated her life to music and the arts, including solo piano, chamber music, photography, and multidisciplinary projects. She is currently a Master's student of Yoshi Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and previously studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, and Emile Naoumoff.
Ms. Ma enjoys performing for a wide range of audiences, from local to international. She has been invited to play as a soloist and collaborator in the Kennedy Center, Lübeck Musik Hochschule in Germany for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Seiji Ozawa Hall for the Tanglewood Music Festival, and in Capella Hall and Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ms. Ma also actively pursues other interests, including photography, music pedagogy, martial arts, German, and literature. She was an Associate Instructor as well as a Herbert Presidential Scholar at Indiana University, photography intern at the Aspen Music Festival, Vice President of Aikido Club at Indiana University, and is currently a staff photographer for the San Francisco Conservatory Marketing Department. Perpetual learning is her committed passion.
HONORABLE MENTION - JOSHUA CHANDRA, PIANO (California, United States)
An international performer, JOSHUA CHANDRA enjoys exploring wide varieties of music and has done so while obtaining his Bachelor's Degree of Music in Piano Performance magna cum laude at California State University, Fullerton in May 2012, where he studied on scholarship under Professor Eduardo Delgado. His performances have included a concert with the Capella Amadeus String Chamber Orchestra in Jakarta (September 2007), a recital tour across prisons in Louisiana (July 2011), and a summer jazz concert with California's Bellflower Symphony (August 2011).
Joshua was a finalist in the 2009 José Iturbi International Music Competition at UCLA and a semifinalist in the 2009 Louisiana International Piano Competition(LIPC). He won the Grand Prize to the 2010 Cal State Fullerton Music Associates Concerto/Aria Competition, which led to two sold-out concerts with the CSUF Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kimo Furumoto, performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 on May 15 & 16, 2010.
Born in 1990 in Riverside, California, Joshua has been with the piano since age 4, initially starting lessons at age 6 under the late Marie Estudillo. He coaches, accompanies, and loves to glorify God on the piano in his own compositions as well as on organs in churches throughout southern California.
HONORABLE MENTION - SEONG GEUN PARK, CELLO (South Korea)
South Korean cellist, SEONG GEUN PARK, is currently studying at the Korea National University of the Arts. Seong Geun attended the Korea National Institute for the Gifted Arts and has studied under Park Sang Min, Kim Chang Heon, Lee Kang Ho, and Bu Yun Jung. He has also participated in masterclasses by Jian Wang, Aldo Parisot, Philip Muller to name a few. Seong Guen has won top prizes at the Strad Competition of Korea, TBC Broadcast Competition of Korea, and Hankuk Ilbo Competition of Korea.
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1ST PRIZE - KONSTANCA DYULGEROVA, PIANO (Bulgaria)
KONSTANCA DYULGEROVA was born on 31st August 1995 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of six she commenced her piano studies at the National School of Music "Lubomir Pipkov" in Sofia where she is studying until today. At the same time she is a student of Ludmil Angelov at New Bulgarian University. Konstanca has participated at numerous Piano Competitions in Bulgaria and abroad and she is winner of the following prizes: 1st Prize at the National Competition „Svetoslav Obretenov", Provadia; 1st Prize at "Hopes, Talents, Masters" International Competition in Dobrich - Albena, Bulgaria; 3rd Prize at the International Competition for German and Austrian Music in Bourgas, Bulgaria; 2nd Prize at "Franz Schubert" International Competition in Rousse, Bulgaria; 3rd Prize at "Chopin in Memoriam" International Piano Competition in Varna, Bulgaria; 2nd and Special Prize for best performance of F. Chopin — Waltz op. Posth, e moll at the International Piano Competition "Chopin Golden Ring" in Slovenia; Special Prize for best performance of Carl Nielsen — Humoresque Bagateller op.11 at the International Piano Competition "PIANORAMA" in Aarhus, Denmark; 2nd and Special Prize at the International Piano Competition "Maria Herrero" in Granada, Spain. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 she is winner of the Grand Scholarship named of Lidia Kuteva and given by Prof. Pavlina Dokovska and International Foundation „St. Cyril and St. Methodius". Konstanca has been also active participant in the Master Classes of: Ludmil Angelov, Prof. Bernd Glemser, Prof. Milcho Leviev, Plamena Mangova, Prof. Pavlina Dokovska, Prof. Victor Chouchkov, Prof. Tamara Poddubnaya, Prof. Atanas Kurtev etc. In November 2011 she made her debut as a soloist of Vratza Symphonie Orchestra under Dimiter Panov with L. van Beethoven — Piano Concerto op.19 N2, B dur. In March 2012, Konstanca performed 2nd and 3rd mov. of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.2 op.19 in B flat major with Classic FM M-tel Orchestra under Grigor Palikarov at "Bulgaria" hall.
2ND PRIZE - SEMI HONG, VIOLIN (South Korea)
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Violinist SEMI HONG currently studies at the Korean Institution for the Gifted in Arts under the guidance of Professor Sung-Ju Lee. Semi has participated in several masterclasses by Zakhar Bron, Mincho Minchev, and Igor Petrushevski. Semi has won top prize at the Osaka International Music Competition, Yewon Competition, Kukmin Ilbo-Hansei University Music Competition and the Youth Hankook Ilbo Music Competition. She has also soloed with the Gwang-Myung Symphony, Seoul Sinfonietta, Seoul Royal Symphony Orchestras to name a few.
3RD PRIZE - YU CHUN CHENG, VIOLA (Taiwan)
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YU CHUN CHENG began playing the violin at the age of six and the viola at the age of nine. Under the instruction of Tomizawa Naoko she was selected to participate in the Internationale Sommerakademie Schloss Heiligenberg 2011 and was the youngest performer to perform at the Festival. She is also the 1st place winner of the Taiwan Viola Competition and was chosen as a rising star on the Great Mountains Music Festival & School 2012. She has taken master classes from Kenji Tomonaga, Nobuko Imai, Rainer Moog, Hideko Kobayashi, Toby Appel, Hsin Yun Huang and Heidi CastIeman.
HONORABLE MENTION - LEAH HANSEN, CELLO (California, United States)
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LEAH HANSEN, age 16, began her cello studies at the age of three. She has performed in numerous solo, concerto, chamber and orchestra concerts. In 2004, Leah was chosen to solo in the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the “John Kerry and Friends” Presidential Fundraiser. She also performed in the Irvine Barclay Theater for the “Stars of Tomorrow.” At eight years old, Leah was the youngest First Place winner of the L.A. Cello Society Scholarship Competition.
In 2007, Leah was invited to solo with the Pacific Symphony under the direction of Mr. Carl St. Claire on a four city tour. Since 2008, she has soloed with the Culver City, Bellflower, Brentwood, Inland Valley, West Covina, Mount St. Mary’s and South Coast Symphonies. Other awards include; Scholarships from the YMF, Fe Bland Foundation and the Colburn School.
Additional Prizes include: First Place in the ASTA Finals in L.A. in 2010, Discovery Prize in the National Debut Competition sponsored by the YMF in 2011, First Place in the Mondavi Young Artist Competition in 2012.
Leah Hansen is currently under the tutelage of Mr. Ronald Leonard. She has coached with Mr. Alan Stepansky, Mr. Andrew Schulman and Mr. Janos Starker.
- JUDGES -
VIVIAN FAN, Faculty at The Colburn School
As a solo pianist and chamber musician, Dr. Vivian Fan
has performed in numerious venues such as Camerata Pacifica, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Maestro Foundation Chamber Music Series, LA Philharmonic Affiliates Recital Series, Music in the Mansion Concert Series, LA Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, and Violafest Los Angeles among many others. As a solo pianist, Dr. Fan has performed with conductors Jorge Mester, Jung Ho Pak, Mario Miragliotta, Sharon Lavery, Peter Askim, and Marc Riley. Her chamber music performances include recital collaborations with artists such as Paul Coletti, Shigenori Kudo, Lindsay Deutsch, Paul Wiancko, John Hayhurst and Richard O’Neill.
Dr. Fan’s performances have been broadcasted on KTLA and KNBC television as well as KUSC and WFMT radio. In 2012, she collaborated with Paul Coletti in a recording project for Bridge Records on Paul Chihara’s Viola Sonata. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Fan gave a symposium presentation at the International Society of Music Education World Conference. She received her DMA from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in May 2011, where she was awarded the Michael Kamen Music Scholarship. She is an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Dr. Fan currently holds the Director of Accompanying Program position at the Colburn Conservatory where she also teaches the Piano Adult Studies Class and co-teaches the Sonata Class with Professor Arnold Steinhardt. Prior to this position, she was on the piano faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and was a teaching assistant to Professor John Perry at University of Southern California. She recently performed at Disney Hall in Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Brahms Unbound” concert. She has served as a collaborative pianist at the International Music Course of Benidorm in Spain, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Montecito Summer Music Festival and was awarded "The Best Accompanist Award" from The Edith Knox Performance Competition in 2009 and 2010.
SEAN HICKEY, Manager at NAXOS of America, Inc.
Sean is the national sales and business development manager at NAXOS of America, one of the leading classical record labels in the world.
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1970, Sean Hickey
’s earliest music education began at age 12 with an electric guitar, a Peavey amp, and a stack of Van Halen records, the early ones of course. He studied jazz guitar at Oakland University, later graduating with a degree in composition and theory from Wayne State University. His primary instructors were James Hartway, James Lentini and Leslie Bassett.
Since moving to New York, Sean has pursued further studies with Justin Dello Joio and Gloria Coates. His works include symphonies, concertos for clarinet and cello, two string trios, a string quartet, a flute sonata, a woodwind quintet and trio, several pieces for solo instruments, church as well as orchestral music. He has also composed a film score, and composed the music for a children’s play, the latter of which received over 80 performances. Sean is also active as an arranger, contributing arrangements for various artists and ensembles in the pop and jazz music spheres.
2003 was a busy year with performances of his piano music at New York’s Weill Hall in addition to the first concert dedicated entirely to his chamber and solo music, at CAMI Hall. In 2004, Hickey was awarded a grant from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs as well as a Composer Assistance Grant from the American Music Center to mount concerts of his work. He has fulfilled commissions for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the St. Petersburg Symphony, New York’s One World Symphony and North/South Consonance, the Adesso Choral Society in Connecticut, the Spain-based piano/accordion duo An-Tifon, 60x60, and the Gringolts-Weiss-Fiterstein Trio. His disc of chamber and orchestral works for Naxos American Classics, Left at the Fork in the Road, released in November 2005, broke the Billboard Top 100 Classical Chart. It is available wherever records and downloads are sold.
His principal instruments are guitar and piano. Other commissions include works for cellist Dmitry Kouzov, pianist Xiayin Wang, clarinetist David Gould, violinist Ilya Gringolts, flutist Stefan Hoskuldsson, mandolinist Avi Avital, and for the ensembles Ars Futura and Pearls Before Swine. His works have been featured at the Cabrillo and Bridgehampton Chamber Music festivals. He is a recipient of eight consecutive ASCAP awards and was named a semi-finalist in the Auros 2001-2002 Composition Competition, also winning second prize in the 1990 State Awards in the former Yugoslavia. The past two years have seen performances in New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington, Russia, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Indonesia and Brazil. He is an ASCAP member and is currently composer-in-residence with the Metro Chamber Orchestra in New York. His works are published by Cantabile Publishing and Wolfhead Music. Several of his recording and concert reviews may be found in the pages of the New Music Connoisseur, 21st Century Music, Modern Dance and numerous other publications. He is also a principal contributor to the Omnibus Guide to Classical Music on CD, has contributed liner notes to dozens of classical recordings and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
His travel and adventure pieces have appeared in Transitions Abroad, the Burlington Free Press, Trailworks, Trailsource, Orlando Weekly, ITN, Babylon Travel and elsewhere. Otra Dia, a travelogue of the writer’s travels in Peru, was published by Cantabile Press. He also lectures extensively on career options and marketing strategy for composers.
JONATHAN KOH, Faculty at SFCM & University of California at Berkeley
Cellist Jonathan Koh
has established himself as one of the most exciting musical entrepreneurs and teachers of his generation. An active soloist, ensemble musician, clinician, and administrator, Jonathan has already laid claim to several ground breaking musical endeavors. A passionate and dedicated teacher who is in extreme high demand, Jonathan's students have won numerous major national and international competitions and have performed all across the globe.
Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005, Jonathan maintained a large teaching studio in Chicago, many of whom have taken the top prizes at regional competitions as well as principal chair positions in top regional orchestras. Additionally, he served as a primary teaching assistant to Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, with whom he has studied with for twelve years. He also taught undergraduate cello courses at the university for non-music majors and was a teaching fellow at the National High School Music Institute.
Jonathan joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty at the age of 24, the youngest faculty hire in school history. In addition, he serves as a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley. His extensive solo experience encompasses several tours throughout the Far East, Europe, and across his native United States. At age 20, Jonathan took a position as substitute member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cello section. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has been led by and collaborated with esteemed artists – Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maasel, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleischer, Carter Brey, Kyung Sun Lee, and Michael Tree.
Jonathan Koh received his education at Northwestern University, enrolled in a double-degree program to integrate pre-medicine, economics, and music. He also attended Yale University Summer Program to further his studies in the medical field and completed a masters degree in cello performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He held the prestigious position of Managing Editor for the 'Journal of Economics Management and Strategy' at the Northwestern Univesity Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
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