2017 Winners

We’re happy to announce the winners of our international concerto competition, the AFAF Piano Strings, Winds & Voice International Concerto Competition 2017. We would like to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who did not win this year to try again during the next season.

 

Performance Repertoire:

For the recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, winners will perform a separate solo piece length not to exceed 7 minutes.

 

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

 

Fee deadline: February 1, 2017

 
  • $1,000 scholarship (split) towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017 (Russia Tour)
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – March 4, 2017. Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in June-July 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Complimentary master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty.
 

Grand Prize Winners

Thomas S. Kim, piano, (b. 2003), VA
Teacher: Dr. MiHyang Joo
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Mia Pečnik, piano, (b. 2000), Croatia
Teacher: Prof. Ivanka Cordic
Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

  • $300 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in June-July 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – March 4, May 27, 2017 at 1 pm & June 17 or June 24, 2017 at 7:30 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.
 

7-13 years of age

Nathan Jiang, piano, (b. 2005), PA
Teacher: Joy M. Kiszely
Chopin Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, mvt.1

 

Sean Kim, cello, (b. 2003), MD
Teacher: Alicia Ward
Saint-Saëns Concerto in No.1 in A minor, Op. 33 Complete
Haydn Concerto No. 1 in C major, mvt. 1

 

Isabella Yuan, violin, (b. 2003), CA
Teacher: Sam Fischer
Bruch Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, mvt. 1

 

Sophia Horng, violin, (b. 2003), CA
Teacher: Chen Zhao
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

 

14-18 years of age

Chris Chu, piano, (b. 2001), Canada
Teacher: Xiao Li
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 1

 

Lenny Meng, piano, (b. 2001), NY
Teacher: Jeffery Cohen
Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, mvt. 3

 

Shelley Choi, violin, (b. 2001), South Korea
Teacher: Prof. Yookyung Min
Ravel Tzigane

 

Sarah Chong, cello, (b. 2001), CA
Teacher: Jihee Kim
Lalo Concerto in D minor, mvt. 1

 

Katherine Guo, cello, (b.2001), CA
Teacher: Jihee Kim
Kabalevsky Cooncerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49, mvt. 1

 

Tsz Ki Edwina Lau, voice, (b. 2001), Hong Kong
Teacher: Tiffany Lau
Brahms “Von ewiger Liebe”

 

Julia Yuan, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Sam Fisher
Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D major, mvt. 1

 

Joshua Chiang, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

Clara Yang, flute, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Isabelle Chapius
Ibert Concerto (1934), mvt. 3

 

Stephen Yang, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Ruslan Biryukov
Dvořák Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, mvt. 1

 

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

 

Ngai Tung Tiffany Lau, voice, (b. 1988), Hong Kong
Teacher: Patricia Rozario
Gounod “Jewel song” from Faust

 

Amateur adults

David Andres Serrano Gonzalez, piano, (b. 1993), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 2, 3.

  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in June- July 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – March 4, May 27, 2017 at 1 pm & June 17 or June 24, 2017 at 7:30 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.
 

7-13 years of age

Erik Midkiff, violin, (b. 2005), VA
Teacher: Vladimir Kromin
Kabalevsky Concerto in C major, Op. 48, mvt.1

 

William Ge, piano, (b. 200 ), PA
Teacher: Natalie Zhu
Haydn Concerto in D major, mvt. 1

 

Ethan Rong, piano, (b.2005), IL
Teacher: Sueanne Metz
Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 mvt. 1

 

14-18 years of age

Joonhee Park, cello, (b. 2002), CA
Teacher: Kyeung Hwa Kim
Saint-Saëns Concerto in No.1 in A minor, Op. 33, mvt. 3

 

Daniela Castillo Esquivel, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Beethoven Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, mvt. 1

 

Piper Suk, cello, (b. 2001), MD
Teacher: Mark Evans
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 1

 

Lily Zhou, piano, (b. 2001), TX
Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
Chopin Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, mvt.1

 

Lawrence Lin, piano, (b. 2001), CA
Teachers: Li Wang / Andrew Park
Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

 

Sherry Xu, piano, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Elena Makarova
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt. 1

 

Dorkhan Chang, piano, (b. 2000), PA
Teacher:Joy M. Kiszely
Dvořák Concerto in G minor, Op. 33, mvt. 3

 

Alexander Yu, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 4

 

Christopher Yang, viola, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Michael Tseitlin
Bartok Concerto, mvt. 3

 

Tiffany Tam, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Eric Sung
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

College students

Patrick Daniel Brandl Suarez, piano, (b. 1996), Costa Rica/Germany
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in A-flat major, Op. 73, mvt. 1

 

Mariel Zúñiga, piano, (b. 1995), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue

 

Jose Eleazar Membreno Paredes, piano, (b. 1995), Salvador
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

 

Irene Alfaro, piano, (b.1991), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Alfaguell Concerto No. 18, Op. 336

 

Elzbieta Tokarska, violin, (b. 1988), Poland
Teacher: Sergiu Schwartz
Korngold concerto in D major, op. 35, mvt. 1

 

  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2017(Russia Tour).
  • Concert with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in June-July 2017 (Russia Tour).
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).
  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – March 4, May 27, 2017 at 1 pm & June 17or June 24, 2017 at 7:30 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.
 

7-13 years of age

Madison Yang, piano, (b.2005), CA
Teacher: Dr. Irina Bendetsky
Beethoven Concerto No. 1in C major, Op. 15. mvt. 1

 

Joyce Chen, piano, (b. 2005), NY
Teacher: Arlene Portney
Mozart Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 353, mvt. 1

 

14-18 years of age

Felipe Rojas-Fernandez, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski / Ludmila Melzer
Mozart Concerto No. 13 in c major, K. 415, mvt. 1

 

Christina Yang, piano, (b. 2001), TX
Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Merrick Wang, violin, (b. 2001), CA
Teacher: Zunxian Zhou
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Amy Jin, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Kwok-Ping Koo
Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, mvt. 1

 

Aveek Ganguly, piano, (b.1999), OR
Teacher: Renato Fabbro
Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor, Op. 25, mvt. 2, 3

 

College students

Erika Vivian Sun Sun, piano, (b.1997), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Mozart Concerto No.26 in D major, K. 537, mvt. 1

 

 

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
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen
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
Dreyzin, Waltz
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 2017. 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 2017 will receive a $1000 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 (February, 2017). 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 2017 | Auditions

Anyone who is interested in auditioning will need to meet all the requirements to participate. The Concerto Competition 2017 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 2016 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 Kostroma 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 2017 | Extraordinary Opportunity

Anyone who is interested in auditioning for the International Concerto Competition 2016 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 2017, 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 $200 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 January 2017 in order to be considered.