AFAF Concerto Competition Winners with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Pavel Gershtein.
July 2011, Kostroma, Russia
Brynn Elcock /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2011 competition. Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely
Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No.4 in D minor, Op. 70
July 2012, Kostroma, Russia
Maho Nakanishi /Japan/, a Grand Prize winner of the 2012 competition.
Teacher: Victor Pikayzen
Carmen-Fantasy, Bizet / Waxman
Yuting Zhou /China/, a 1st Prize winner of the 2012 competition. Teacher: Kenneth Burke
Prokofiev Concerto No.3 in C major. Op. 26, mvt. 1
Ethan Tsai /USA/, a 1st Prize winner of the 2012 competition. Teacher Li Lin.
Paganini Concerto No.1 in D major. Op. 6, mvt. 1
July 2013, Kostroma, Russia
Theodora Anna Surbanescu-Martin /Romania/. Teacher: Martha Wasley
Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83, mvt.1
July 2014, Kostroma, Russia
Yibiao Wang /China/ a Grand Prize winner of 2014 competition.Teacher: Brad Garner
Khachaturian Concerto in D minor, mvt. 3 (originally violin concerto, arr. Rampal)
Alex Haroutyun Tiratsuyan /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2014 competition. Teacher: Svetlana Gorokhovich
Chopin Variations “La ci darem la mano”, Op. 2
Daniel Chen Wang /Costa Rica/ a 2nd Prize winner of the 2014 competition.Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky
Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, mvt. 1
July 20-15, Kostroma, Russia
Malvyn Lai /USA/ a Grand Prize winner of the 2015 competition.Teacher: Dr. Irina Bendetsky
Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, mvt. 3
Giuseppe Gil /Colombia/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2015 competition.Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky
Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1
Ali Fallas Solano /Costa Rica/ a 2nd Prize winner of the 2015 competition.Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky
Honegger Concerto (1924)
AFAF Concerto Competition 2016, Winners Concert on July 9, 2016 in Kostroma , Russia
Emily Wu /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2016 competition. Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely
Haydn Piano Concerto D major, Ho. XVIII/11, mvt. 1
Serenna Semonsen /USA/ a Grand Prize winner of 2016 competition. Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Tchaikovsky, Melody Op. 42, No. 3
Cynthia Soto /Costa Rica/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2016 competition. Teacher: Darya Riabova
Liszt Totentanz Op. 126
Polina Chirkina /Russia/ a Special Guest. Teacher: Elena Tolmacheva
Charles Dumont, “Non, je ne regrette rien”
Julia Angelov /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2016 competition.Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Saint-Saëns violin concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, mvt. 3
Roy Xiong /USA/ a 1st Prize winner of the 2016 competition. Teacher: Dr. Catharine Lysinger
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1
Jenny Yao /USA/ a 3rd prize of the 2016 competition.Teacher: Ran Dank
Schumann Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1
Chia-Ying Chan /Taiwan/ a 1st prize of the 2016 competition. Teacher: Timothy Ehlen
Beethoven Piao Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, mvt. 1
Advanced musicians from around the world will have the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Concerto Competition . As part of this year’s American Fine Arts Festival, the auditions will be seen by many great judges as well as other music lovers. This competition is focused on advanced music students looking to take their art to the next level. The competition is extremely strong every year, but with extraordinary opportunities given to those who win, it is worth the effort. Winners of the Concerto Competition will receive a scholarship, which goes toward expenses related to participation in the American Fine Arts Festival music courses. These courses take place in Europe. They will also be given an opportunity to play in the winners’ recital, which is located at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York . There are many other awards given to the winners of this competition, including complimentary master class with a distinguished member of the Moscow Conservatory Facility.
Concerto Competition | Auditions
Anyone who is interested in auditioning will need to meet all the requirements to participate. The Concerto Competition is open to anyone who plays the piano, strings or wind instruments. This competition, like all events in the American Fine Arts Festival, is open to students of all nationalities. Participants will compete based on age groups, which are broken down into the following categories. 7-13 years of age, 14-18 years of age, college students and amateur adults.
Those interested in auditioning will need to perform a standard concerto, single movement, or any concert piece. Orchestral accompaniments are available for those who require it. Vocalists may also audition for the Concerto Competition in either the classical or folk song categories. Winners of this event will perform a movement chosen by the judges from the participants audition program. A unique piece will be chosen for the recital with the Symphony Orchestra, and another for the concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Each of the winners will perform a solo piece during the concert.
Concerto Competition | Extraordinary Opportunity
Anyone who is interested in auditioning for the International Concerto Competition will want to make sure they submit their best possible performance. The competition is always extremely song for all areas of the American Fine Arts Festival, though this specific area brings in the best performers from across the country and even around the world. Participants in this competition will gain exposure, and have an exciting experience throughout the competition. Winners will then move on to play for distinguished guests at two of the most well known performance halls in the world.
To apply for participation in the Concerto Competition, applicants must submit a DVD or high quality VHS recording of their audition performance. This should be submitted along with the application form and non-refundable $250 application fee. Please keep in mind that the DVDs or VHS tapes will not be returned after the application process. All audition applications must be postmarked by October 20, 2017 in order to be considered.