We’re happy to announce this year’s winners of AFAF’s Concerto competition 2018

We would like to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who did not win this year to try again during the next season.

 

Awards

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – May 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM, May 25, 2019 at 1 PM, June 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM, June 15, 2019 at7:30 PM, June 30, 2019 at 8 PM.
  • Recital Fee: $350. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow with the renowned Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participation in a special concert (with a solo performance) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and a special concert in Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Winter” Festival (Moscow, St. Petersburg.) in December 2018.
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    7-13 years of age

    Ali Fallas Solano, piano, (b. 2006), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Ludmila Meltzer
    Mozart Concerto No. 17, in G major, K. 453, mvt.1

     

    William Zhu, piano, (b. 2004), IL
    Teacher: Sueanne Metz
    Mendelssohn Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 25

     

    Emily Wu, piano, (b. 2006), PA
    Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely
    Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, mvt.1

     

    Srijani Bhattacharya, cello, (b. 2005), CA
    Teacher: John Walz
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

     

    Michelle Qiu, piano, (b. 2005), VA
    Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
    Rachmaninov Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1, mvt. 1

     

    Daniela Mejia Loria, piano, (b. 2008), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutvski
    Mozart The Rondo in A major, K. 386

     

    Claire Rong, piano, (b. 2008), IL
    Teacher: Sueanne Metz
    Haydn Concerto in D major, mvt. 3

     

    Hayden Ren, cello, (b. 2008), MA
    Teacher: Allison Eldredge
    Tchaikovsky on a Rococo Theme Op. 33 (variations 1, 2, 3, 7)

     

    Jacqueline Zhang, piano, (b. 2005), MA
    Teachers: Dorothy Shi, Max Levinson, Alexander Korsantia
    Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvts 1, 3.

     
     

    14-18 years of age

     

    Ethan Resnik, piano, (b. 2002), NY
    Teacher: Arlene Portney
    Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 3

     

    Sophia Horng, violin, (b. 2003), CA
    Teacher: Chen Zhao
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, mvt. 1

     

    Shelley Choi, violin, (b. 2001), South Korea/USA
    Teacher: Prof. Yookyung Min
    Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63, mvt. 1

     

    Nicholas Boettcher, double bass, (b. 2003), IL
    Teacher: Andy Anderson
    Koussevitzky Concerto Op. 3, mvt. 1

     

    Joey Zhu, piano, (b. 2001), CA
    Teacher: Jed Galant
    Schumann Cooncerto in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

     

    Jessica Jang, flute, (b. 2001), CA
    Teacher: Teresa Orozco
    Mozart Concerto in D major, K. 314, mvt. 1

     

    Phan Thien Bach Anh, piano, (b. 2002), Vietnam
    Teacher: Tran Thu Ha
    Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

     

    Gemma Tung, cello, (b. 2001), MA
    Teacher: Dr. Chungsun Kim
    Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

     

    Julian Stuart-Burns, piano, (b. 2000), USA/Netherlands
    Teacher: Sayaka Tanikawa
    Rachmaninov Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1, mvt. 1

     

    Daniel Ziyang Chen Wang, piano, (b. 2003), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Daria Ryabov
    Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, complete

     
     

    College students

     

    Patrick Daniel Brandl Suarez, piano, (b. 1996), Costa Rica / Germany
    Teachers: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski. Ludmila Meltzer
    Beethoven Concertos No. 1 in C major Op. 15, mvt. 3 & No.3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt. 1

     

    Ciara Hager, violin, (b. 1998), Canada
    Teacher: Federico Agostini
    Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major, Op. 35, mvt. 1.

     

    Tianci Gu, piano, (b. 1997), CA
    Teacher: Manami Kawamura
    Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, Op. 26, in C major, mvt. 3

     

    Hawijch Elders, violin, (b. 1998), Netherlands
    Teacher: Ilya Grubert
    Dvorak Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 complete

     

    Sofya Menshikova, piano, (b. 2000), Russia
    Teacher: Mira Marchenko
    Rachmaninov Concherto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – May 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM, May 25, 2019 at 1 PM, June 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM, June 15, 2019 at7:30 PM, June 30, 2019 at 8 PM.
  • Recital Fee: $350. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow with the renowned Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participation in a special concert (with a solo performance) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and a special concert in Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Winter” Festival (Moscow, St. Petersburg.) in December 2018.
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    7-13 years of age

    Howard Dai, piano, (b. 2004), IL
    Teacher: Sueanne Metz
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

     

    Daniel Meone Leiton, piano, (b. 2011), Costa Rica
    Teachers: Ludmila Melzer
    Andrejevas mini Concert

     

    Gabriel Paz, piano, (b. 2008), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
    Mozart Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246, mvt. 1

     

    Izel Eluney Gomez-Calderon, piano, (b. 2012), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Ludmila Meltzer
    Berkovich Concerto No. 2 in C major, Complete

     
     

    14-18 years of age

    Timothy Liang, piano, (b. 2003), UT
    Teachers: Ning Lu / Jie Lu
    Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, mvt. 3

     

    Jacqueline Yang, cello, (b. 2001), CA
    Teachers: Jonathan Koh, Natachia Li
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

     

    Andrew Lin, cello, (b. 2001), CA
    Teacher: Jonathan Koh
    Dvorak Concerto in B minor Op. 104, mvt. 1

     

    Alex Yu, cello, (b. 2000), CA
    Teachers: Jonathan Koh, Natachia Li
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

     

    Leon Liu, piano, (b. 2002), CA
    Teacher: Li Wang
    Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

     

    Gyuhwan Choi, viola, (b. 2001), MA
    Teacher: Hye Min Choi
    Hoffmeister Concerto in D major, mvt. 1

     

    Jasmine Liew, piano, (b. 2003)
    Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
    Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, mvt.1

     
     

    College students

    Supatcha Rattanathumawat, piano, (b. 1991), Thailand
    Teacher: Dr. Spencer Myer
    Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin

     

    Joaquin Lopez, piano, (b. 1995), Costa Rica
    Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
    Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 in F major, mvt. 1

     

    Daniel Uribe Llanos, piano, (b. 1991), Colombia
    Teacher: Dr, Alexandr Sklioutovski
    Brahms Concerto No 1 in D minor, Complete

     

    Fernando Melendez, piano, (b. 1992), Salvador
    Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
    Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488, mvt.1

     
     

    Amateur adults

    Xinchen (Johanna) Ye, piano, (b. 1992), China
    Teacher: Matt Wang
    Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, mvt.1
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – May 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM, May 25, 2019 at 1 PM, June 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM, June 15, 2019 at7:30 PM, June 30, 2019 at 8 PM.
  • Recital Fee: $350. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in December to perform in Moscow with the renowned Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participation in a special concert (with a solo performance) at Moscow State Art Gallery of A. Shilov and a special concert in Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg.
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
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    7-13 years of age

    Quach Hoang Nhi, piano, (b. 2004), Vietnam
    Teacher: Tran Thu Ha
    Kabalevsky Concerto No. 3, in D major, Op. 50, mvt.1

     

    Charlotte Lew, piano, (b. 2005), CA
    Teacher: Elena Makarova
    Rollin Concerto Romantique

     

    Jennifer Lew, violin, (b. 2004), CA
    Teacher: Lilia Kochetova
    Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 216, mvt. 1

     
     

    14-18 years of age

    Emily Kang, cello, (b. 2003), CA
    Teacher: Ruslan Birykov
    Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

     

    Jennifer Lin, violin, (b. 2000), TX
    Teacher: Mary Song
    Lalo Simphonie Espagnole Op. 21, mvt. 1

     

    Clara Haslop, piano, (b. 2002), CA
    Teacher: Dmitry Rachmanov
    Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

     

    Angela Ryu, violin, (b. 2001), CA
    Teacher: Byungwoo Kim
    Zigeunerweisen, Op.20, Sarasate

     

    Michaela Yanan Guo, piano, (b. 2002), NJ
    Teacher: Galina Prilutskaya
    Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Allegretto vivace and Allegro marziake animato

     
     

    College students

    Nora Asteria Ramli, piano, (b. 1992), Indonesia
    Teacher: Dr. Scott McBride Smith
    Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, Complete

 

Please make checks payable to Art & Music Unlimited,
and send it to American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

 

The Deadline is November 15, 2018

 

The recital fee is non-refundable.

 
 

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, 2018 in order to be considered.