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.

 

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.

 

Recital dates:

 

May 26, 2018 at 1pm (Limited placements)
June 3, 2018 at 7:30pm (Limited placements)
June 9, 2018 at 7:30pm (Limited placements)
June 23, 2018 at 1pm (Limited placements)
June 24, 2018 at 1pm (Limited placements)
September 22, 2018 at 1pm
October 14, 2018 at 7:30pm
October 21, 2018 at7:30pm

 

Please send checks or money orders to:

 

AFAF
P.O. Box 106, Holmdel. NJ 07733

The Deadline is March 15, 2018

The recital fee is non-refundable.

 

Detailed information about the winners’ concert will be emailed to the winners after March 20, 2018.

 
  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Summer” Festival (Kostroma or Kaluga) in June- July 2018.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia during June-July 2018 to perform in Kaluga with the renowned Kaluga Symphony Orchestra or in Kostroma with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

 

Claire Rong, piano, (b. 2008), IL

Teacher: Sueanne Metz

Haydn Concerto in D major, mvt. 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

 

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

 
 

College students

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

  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Summer” Festival (Kostroma or Kaluga) in June- July 2018.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia during June-July 2018 to perform in Kaluga with the renowned Kaluga Symphony Orchestra or in Kostroma with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
  • 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.
  • 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

Howard Dai, piano, (b. 2004), IL

Teacher: Sueanne Metz

Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

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: Kyeong Hwa Kim

Lalo Concerto in D minor, mvt. 1

 

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

  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia during June-July 2018 to perform in Kaluga with the renowned Kaluga Symphony Orchestra or in Kostroma with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

 
 

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

 
 

AFAF Concerto Competition 2017

Mia Pečnik- /Croatia/ a Grand Prize winner of 2017 competition. Teacher: Ivanka Cordic

 

 

Grieg, Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Ivan Repušić

Vatrolav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia

 

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 . 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.