“A heartwarming extravaganza…
[featuring] obviously talented,
budding musicians…”

-Harris Goldsmith, NY Concert Review

 

Concerto Competition 2016 Grand Prize Winners

Serenna Semonsen, violin, (b. 2005), VA Jack Boettcher, cello, (b. 2001), IL Jonathan Lai, double bass, (b. 1997), NY
 

Check out this version of Vivaldi’s Winter played by the first ever BBC Classical Introducing Artist, accordionist Iosif Purtis, the student Royal College of Music in London.

 

He is currently a prizewinner of more than 30 International competitions and traveled around the world performing at some of the most prestigious concert venues including Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto. In 2013 he performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at the American Fine Arts Festival.

 

Iosif Purits is one of the best known accordionists of his generation and has recently become the first ever BBC Introducing Classical artist. He has traveled around the world performing at some of the most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, George Weston Recital Hall and UNESCO. Supported by ABRSM, Hattori Foundation and the Future of Russia Foundation, Iosif is currently a prizewinner of more than 30 International competitions. After graduating with distinction from the Gnesins Academy of Music he transferred to the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Friedrich Lips and Owen Murray respectively. His extensive repertoire ranges from Russian to Japanese works and from classical to contemporary music. As well as solo-performance he is an enthusiastic collaborator with different multi-instrumental ensembles, chamber and symphonic orchestras.

 

Vadim Repin International Master Class Scholarship Competition Winners.

 

As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration we were very excited to announce that the world renowned violinist Vadim Repin has graciously agreed to lead a masterclass for AFAF students. At the conclusion of the masterclass Mr. Repin surprised us when he decided to graciously donate his entire honorarium to the scholarship fund and has selected not one, but two of the participants for the V. Repin Masterclass Scholarship! American Fine Arts Festival would like to congratulate Aaron-Timothy Chooi, who will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and Lindsey Jelin Lee, who will receive $2,000 scholarship. Both winners will have the opportunity to perform at the AFAF 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. …more

 

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Congratulations!

  • Aaron-Timothy Chooi, (b. 1993), Canada, Teacher Ida Kavafian;

 

Video: Aaron-Timothy Chooi, ♫ violin, Canada, performing Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28; Saint-Saens

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Congratulations!

  • Lindsey Jelin Lee, (b. 1998), South Korea

    Teacher’s: Yulee Choi, Aron Rosand

 

Video: Lindsey Jelin Lee, ♫ violin, South Korea , performing Wieniawski Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 14, mvt.1

 

News
 
“Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition 2016″ results have been announced …more
 

“Golden Voices 2016 Competition” results have been announced …more

 

2015-2016 regular season (winter selection) competition results …more

 

Dear Friends,

 

This is our new email address: afafestival1@gmail.com. 
Please note that the old email address is no longer working.
Thank you for the understanding.

 

AFAF Staff

 

Deadlines 2015-2016

 

International Romantic Music Competition 2016 (Fall selection): applications and audition DVDs must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2016.

 

International Vocal Competition 2016 (Fall selection): applications and audition DVDs must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2016

 

AFAF Regular Season 2015-2016 (Summer selection)

Applications and audition DVDs must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2016.

 

Audition dates:

TBA

 

Upcoming Events

 

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Concerts

May 1, 2016 at 7:30pm (the concert is complete)
May 14, 2016 at 7:30pm (the concert is complete)
June 11, 2016 at 7:30pm (the concert is complete)
June 12, 2016 at 7:30pm (the concert is complete)
June 18, 2016 at 7:30pm (the concert is complete)
September 24, 2016 at 1pm (the concert is complete)
October 1, 2016 at 1pm (the concert is complete)
October 9, 2016 at 1pm (the concert is complete)
October 22, 2016 at 1pm (additional concert)
November 6, 2016 at 1pm
December 10, 2016 at 1pm
December 10, 2016 at 6pm

Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center Concert

June 5, 2016, time-TBA