2019 Young Artists Concerto Competition

Dear Students, Parents and Teachers,

We welcome your participation in our 11th annual Young Artists Concerto Competition. We have 50 contestants coming from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia in today’s competition. They include 15 pianists, 21 violinists, 6 cellists, 3 violists, 4 flutists, and 1 string quartet. The ages of the contestants ranges from 10 to 18.   

 This is an open competition, in that the audience is invited to sit inside the recital hall during their performances. Recording devices (video and audio) are allowed, as they do have great educational value.    

There will be a maximum of four Gold Medal winners chosen to perform with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.  The winners will be performing in the evening of Sunday, June 2, 2019, with the orchestra. In addition, we will declare Silver and Bronze Medal winners in recognition of their fabulous performances today.  

I encourage all of you to attend the upcoming Bravura Philharmonic concert on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 PM in the Nicholas Music Center of Rutgers University. This exciting concert will feature Ms. Feng Yu, a renowned Hulusi (Chinese folk wind instrument) player who is internationally recognized as one of the top in her field. This is a unique performance which blends East and West, including several pieces that will be U.S. Premieres.  The winners from today’s competition are expected to attend that concert, as they will be introduced to the audience at that time.  We will also be taking some publicity photos following the concert.  

I congratulate all of you for a job well done in performing in today’s competition.  We expect the results to be published on the orchestra website, www.bravuraphil.org, after 10 pm tonight.   

Ellen Fisher-Deerberg,
Director of Competition 


2019 competition WINNERS

Gold Prize
These players will perform with the Bravura Philharmonic on June 2, 2019

#22 Caroline Nagayumi, Piano, Age 10, Mozart Concerto in C Major, KV246, First Movement
#28 Abigail Nishiwaki, Violin, Age 17, Sibelius Violin Concerto, First Movement
#35 Nagyeom Jang, Cello, Age 17, Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129, First Movement
#37 Eilene Lee, Violin, Age 16, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op.61, Third Movement

Silver Prize Winners:

#36 Heechan Ku, Cello, Age 17, Herbert Cello Concerto No.2 in E Minor, First Movement
#8 Jessica Jeon, Violin, Age 10, Kabalevsky Concerto in C Major, Third Movement
#49 Christopher Shin, Age 13, Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, First Movement

Bronze Prize Winners:

#3 Echo Strings Violin Quartet: Renee Choi, Age 16, Trevor Jensen, Age18, Jiah Lee, Age 14, Grace Kim, Age 14, Maurer Concertante for Four Violins in A Minor, First Movement
#9 Sarah Kim, Violin, Age 16, Bruch Scottish Fantasy in Eb Major, Op. 46, Movement 4: Finale
#12 Catherine Chu, Piano, Age 15, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 in C Minor, First Movement
#26 Lucas Amory, Piano, Age 16, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
#39 Eliza Willett, Violin, Age 16, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor, Op. 61, Third movement
#46 Katherine Fang, Flute, Age 12, Mozart Concerto in D Major, K314, First Movement
#48 Sarah Park, Flute, Age 14, Ibert Flute Concerto, First Movement

Congratulations to all!  


JUDGES INFORMATION

Dr. Hyojin Lee

Dr. Hyojin Lee

Since her debut performance with the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 14, Dr. Hyojin Lee has appeared as an active soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Slovak Košice National Philharmonic, the Hungary Savaria Symphony, Soli Deo Orchestra, the Kyungbook Symphony, and the Keimyung Orchestra, among many others. Dr. Lee has given solo and chamber recitals at venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York, Auer Hall in Indiana and Nicholas Music Center in NJ. She has served as principal cellist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana Concert Orchestra, and Daegu Contemporary Orchestra in Korea, and as guest principal cellist of Daegu Opera House Orchestra in Korea. Ms. Lee received her Master of Music degree and her Performer’s Diploma from Indiana University, and doctorate from Rutgers University. Dr. Lee teaches a vibrant studio and directs student string ensembles. She served as cello instructor and chamber music coach in the Rutgers University Extension Division and during the summer at the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute. Her cello students have won first prizes in international competitions in Korea and the United States, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Chiu-Tze Lin

Chiu-Tze Lin

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 had served as the conductor of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony, received the Victor Grossinger Award for Innovative Programming. Ms. Lin was recognized by the Music Teachers National Association in 2016 as a Foundation Fellow, an honor bestowed only to individuals who have made significant contributions to music 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 of the 2004 Beijing Music Festival, the first international summer music festival sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Ms. Lin conducted the Shanghai Musicians Chamber Orchestra at the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Concert. The performance was broadcast on the CCTV, that transmits across China and around the world.  

Dr. Jack Winerock

Dr. Jack Winerock

Dr. Jack Winerock, Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professor at the University of Kansas, and Director, Piano Division, KU School of Music, received undergraduate and master's degrees at the Juilliard School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He was awarded the prestigious Kemper Teaching Award, and was chosen Teacher of the Year by the National Federation of Music Clubs in 2009. In 2010 he presented the Chopin Master Class at the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) annual conference. Winerock received Second Prize in the International Bach Competition, made his orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.  He has toured Europe, Asia, and South America as well as the United States. In 1986, he gave the first performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in the People's Republic of China, and in 1990, he became the first U.S. Visiting Professor at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. Dr. Winerock performs numerous solo recitals and presents numerous master classes in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. His students have won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the MTNA, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Johanna Hodges. Dr. Winerock is Artistic Director of the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) Piano Competition and Festival.

 

2019 Bravura Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners

 

Gold Prize: These players will perform with the Bravura Philharmonic on June 2, 2019

#22 Caroline Nagayumi, Piano, Age 10, Mozart Concerto in C Major, KV246, First Movement

#28 Abigail Nishiwaki, Violin, Age 17, Sibelius Violin Concerto, First Movement

#35 Nagyeom Jang, Cello, Age 17, Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129, First Movement

#37 Eilene Lee, Violin, Age 16, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op.61, Third Movement

 

Silver Prize Winners:

First Runner Up: Strings

#36 Heechan Ku, Cello, Age 17, Herbert Cello Concerto No.2 in E Minor, First Movement

 

#8 Jessica Jeon, Violin, Age 10, Kabalevsky Concerto in C Major, Third Movement

#49 Christopher Shin, Age 13, Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, First Movement

 

Bronze Prize Winners:

#3 Echo Strings Violin Quartet: Renee Choi, Age 16, Trevor Jensen, Age18, Jiah Lee, Age 14, Grace Kim, Age 14, Maurer Concertante for Four Violins in A Minor, First Movement

#9 Sarah Kim, Violin, Age 16, Bruch Scottish Fantasy in Eb Major, Op. 46, Movement 4: Finale

#12 Catherine Chu, Piano, Age 15, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 in C Minor, First Movement

#26 Lucas Amory, Piano, Age 16, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

#39 Eliza Willett, Violin, Age 16, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor, Op. 61, Third movement

#46 Katherine Fang, Flute, Age 12, Mozart Concerto in D Major, K314, First Movement

#48 Sarah Park, Flute, Age 14, Ibert Flute Concerto, First Movement

Congratulations to all!