2016 Winners

We’re happy to announce the winners of our international concerto competition, the AFAF Piano Strings, Winds & Voice International Concerto Competition 2016. 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.

 

 

  • $1,000 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (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 July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Complimentary master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty.

Grand Prize Winner’s will be announced after February 13th concert.

 

The information will be posted on the website on February 18, 2016

  • $300 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (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 July 2016 (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 – February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Recital Fee: $250 (includes a Diploma and 5 complimentary tickets).
Fee Deadline: January 25, 2016.

7-13 years of age

Sophia Shao, piano, (b. 2008), VA
Teacher: Natela Mchedlishvili
Haydn Concerto No 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11

 

Jimena Rodriguez Salas, piano, (b. 2003), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexsandr Sklioutovski
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, mvt. 1

 

Serenna Semonsen, violin, (b. 2005), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

 

Laura Navasardian, cello, (b. 2003), NY
Teacher: Vladimir Panteleyev
Haydn-Popper Concerto No.5 in C major, Hob.VIIb:5, mvts. 2, 3

 

Angeline Kiang, cello, (b. 2004), CA
Teacher: Amos Yang
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 4

 

Michelle Qiu, piano, (b. 2005), VA
Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35, mvt. 4

 

14-18 years of age

Vivian Xu, piano, (b. 1999), NJ
Teacher: Ingrid Clarfield
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 3

 

Meghan Leong, cello, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Barber Concerto in in A minor, Op. 22, mvt. 3

 

Cynthia Soto, piano, (b. 2000), Costa Rica
Teacher: Darya Riabova
Liszt Totentanz Op. 126

 

Julia Angelov, violin, (b. 2001), DC
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, mvt. 3

 

Zhongyuan Sheng, oboe, (b. 1998), China
Teacher: Sun Minghong
Rubtsov Concerto, mvt. 1.

 

Hayun Chong, cello, (b.1999), VA
Teacher: James Lee
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 4

 

Ming Liu, oboe, (b. 1998), China
Teacher: Sun Minghong
Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 314, mvt. 1

 

Peter Wang, piano, (b. 1999), MA
Teacher: Natalia Harlap
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

 

Esther Chae, viola, (b.1999), CA
Teacher: Yen-yin Lee
Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto H.377, mvt. 1

 

Roy Xiong, piano, (b.2000), TX
Teacher: Dr. Catharine Lysinger
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Sebastian Barrientos Espeleta, piano, (b.1999), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Kapustin Concerto No. 2 , Op. 14, mvt. 1

 

Jaime An, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jihee Kim Bloch Bloch Schelomo

 

Tristan Murphy, piano, (b.1998), Australia
Teacher: Victoria Mushkatkol
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Max Bobby, cello, (b. 2000), NY
Teacher: Richard Aaron
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

Taejun Kim, violin, (b. 1999), South Korea
Teacher: Eugenia Poustyreva
Sibelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, mvts. 2, 3.

 

Jack Boettcher, cello, (b. 2001), IL
Teacher: Hans Jørgen Jensen
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

Brandon Lee, piano, (b. 2001), NY
Teacher: Jeffrey Cohen
Grieg concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

 

Jonathan Lai, double bass, (b. 1997), NY
Teacher: Eugene Levinson
Simandl Concerto in G major, Op. 75
Dittersdorf Concerto No. 1 in E major, mvts. 1, 3

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Kim, violin, (b. 1998), MA
Teacher: Jin-Kyung Joen
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1.

 

College students

Qian Yin, violin, (b. 1984), China
Teacher: Stefan Milenkovich
Sibelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, mvt. 3.

 

Chia-Ying Chan, piano, (b. 1984), Taiwan
Teacher: Timothy Ehlen
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

 

Amateur adults

Shinhye Kim, piano, (b.1989), South Korea
Teacher: Rajung Yang
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (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 July 2016 (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 – February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Recital Fee: $250 (includes a Diploma and 5 complimentary tickets).
Fee Deadline: January 25, 2016.

7-14 years of age

Joseph Tao, violin, (b. 2006), MD
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Beriot Scene De Ballet Op. 100

 

Megan Cook, piano, (b. 2004), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Haydn Concerto in G major, Hob.XVIII:4, mvt. 3

 

Yanglan Xu, violin, (b. 2002), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Vivaldi Four Seasons (Winter)

 

14-18 years of age

Ian Kim, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Dvorak Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, mvt. 3

 

Ericka Wu, violin, (b. 1999), CA
Teacher: Theresa Woo
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, complete

 

Andrew Chong, cello, (b. 1998), CA*
Teacher: Sarah Hong
Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62

 

Eunha Kim, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Byung Kim
Saint-Saëns Introduction and rondo capriccioso, Op.28

 

Allison Kao, piano, (b. 1998), OH
Teacher: Ella Karasik
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Joseph Lee, double bass, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Sue Powell
Dittersdorf Concerto No. 1 in E major, mvt. 1

 

Jaehoon (Kevin) Jung, cello, (b. 1999), South Korea
Teacher: Donna W. Rogers
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, mvt. 1

 

Kevin Su, piano, (b. 2000), MD
Teacher: Marjorie Lee
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Elise Haukenes, violin, (b. 2000), VA
Teacher: David Salness
Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. 3

 

Ana Laura Sanchez, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Darya Riabova
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt.1

 

Allan Zhao, bassoon, (b. 1999), CA
Teacher: Yueh Chou
Mozart Concerto in B-flat , K. 191 major, mvt. 1

 

Daisy Lee, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Pat Burnham
Sarasate Carmen Fantasy Op. 25

 

Deborah Kim, violin, (b. 1999), NC
Teacher: Shelley Livingston
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21, mvt. 1.

 

Mariana Saenz, piano, (b. 1999), Costa Rica*
Teacher: Tamara Sklioutovskaia
Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 25, mvt. 1

 

College students

Jordan Daniels, piano, (b. 1992), CA
Teacher: Elvin Rodriguez
Addinsell Warsaw Concerto

 

Xinghi Xiao, harp, (b. 1990), China
Teacher: Paula Page
Ginastera Concerto Op. 25, complete

 

Xing Rong, piano, (b. 1987), China
Teacher: Joseph Banowtz
Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major

 

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

 

  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – February 13 or May 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Recital Fee: $250 (includes a Diploma and 5 complimentary tickets).
    Fee Deadline: January 25, 2016.

  • Concert with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).

7-13 years of age

Joelle Jeon, piano, (b. 2003), CA
Teacher: Dr. Irina Bendetsky
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt. 1

 

Anton Ni, piano, (b. 2002), CA
Teacher: Dr. Yang Snen
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Felipe Rojas, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Ludmila Meltzer
Haydn Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11, mvt. 1

 

14-18 years of age

Amy Dunphy, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Lalo Concerto in D minor, mvt. 1

 

Erica Hwang, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Po Wei Lai
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

 

Hannah Kim, cello, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, mvt. 1

 

Annika Hsu, violin, (b. 2002), VA
Teacher: Ricardo Cyncynates
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvts. 2, 3.

 

Grace Tu, piano, (b. 1999), IL
Teacher: Sueanne Metz
Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, mvt. 3

 

Alexander Yu, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher:Jonathan Koh
Saint-Saëns Concerto no 1 in a minor op 33, mvt. 1

 

Jenny Yao, piano, (b. 2000), SC
Teacher: Ran Dank
Schumann Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

 

Veronica Merril, violin, (b. 1998), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Monti Chardas

 

Erika Vivian Sun Sun, piano, (b.1997), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Mozart Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453, mvt. 1

 

Virginia Villalobos, piano, (b. 2000), Venezuela
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Mozart Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415, mvt. 1

 

College students

Alec Sievern, piano, (b. 1994), IN
Teacher: John Blacklow
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 1

 

 

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and send it to American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

 

Fee deadline: January 25, 2016