“A heartwarming extravaganza…
[featuring] obviously talented,
budding musicians…”

-Harris Goldsmith, NY Concert Review

 
 

Dear Colleagues,
All you all might of heard, due to COVID-19 epidemic, Carnegie Hall has cancelled all the venues till Fall 2020. Consequently, AFAF recitals have been cancelled as well.
The participants who showed interest in rescheduling for future dates got the applicable information. AFAF Regular Season Program 2019-2020 Competition results will be announced on May 15, 2020.
AFAF Romantic Music Competition results will be announced on May 25, 2020.

 

Stay healthy and many thanks for your continued partnership during this challenging time,

Yours American Fine Arts Festival

 
 

Dear Friends,
We are proud to present the AFAF winner’s concert(1).
The Online Stay at Home International Competition 2021 (Spring selection).
Winners concert. More…

 
 

AFAF Online Stay at Home International Competition 2021

(Summer selection)

 
 

Dear Colleagues, Students, Parents, Teachers!
 
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the online Stay at Home International Competition 2020-2021 Season (Summer selection) of the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF).
 
During these challenging times we would like to support musicians who are now at home and are forced to revise their curriculum and creative plans.
We are eager to assist musicians who have now parted with teachers and friends in this situation.
We sincerely hope that our competition will help novice musicians cope with these difficulties and feel their relevance.
 
Given the current circumstances we still hope that this year’s festival will once again feature a series of concerts in New York City showcasing the talents of musicians across the Country and around the Globe. Our 2021 performance venues is also planned to include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Hall at Lincoln Center, Schumann Museum Concert Hall in Zwickau (Germany), Suk hall at the Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech republic), Concert Hall at Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg (Russia) and many others.
 
We would like to wish everyone to stay safe, healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon during our online sessions!

 

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Awards

1st place

  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2021-2022 season.

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures.

  • $500 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2022 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 
2nd place

  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2021-2022 season.

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures $300 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2022 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 
3rd place

  • Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2021-2022 season.

  • Recital Fee: $400. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures $200 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2022 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 
Honorable mentions

  • Certificate of Participation and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.

  • $100 scholarship for the AFAF Music programs in Europe 2022 (Germany-Czech-Austria tour).

 
 

Participants of the online concert are the winner of the Grand Prix, as well as the winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

 
 

Repertoire & Eligibility

Auditions are open to instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds) and vocalists of all nationalities, K-12. Participants of the Home Online competition may perform one or several pieces or songs by any composers. A single movement of a sonata or suite is also acceptable. If you have questions about the audition/performance repertoire, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The length of the audition/performance program should not exceed 7 minutes.
The winners of The Home Online Competition will perform one piece, selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.

 
 

How to apply

Applicants should submit their audition performance via YouTube, Drop box, iCloud, transfer or other popular file sharing systems, along with a completed Application Form and a non-refundable application fee.
• The length of the audition program should not exceed 7 minutes.
• If you want to record 2 or more pieces, each piece must be recorded separately.
• The recording must be free of background noise and distortion.
• Recommended dress code for the recording – concert attire.
• Applications and recording should be sent via email to: afafestival1@gmail.com

 
 

Application Fees

The application fee is $200
Ensemble member fee is $100
Checks or money orders should be made payable to:
Art & Music Unlimited
P.O. Box 106, Holmdel. NJ 07733
Application fee is non-refundable.

 
 

Additional information

Please note that due to the volume of calls, we can only respond to teacher inquiries. We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes to competition rules.

 
 

Deadline

Applications and audition online recording submissions must be posted no later than August 20, 2021. Audition results will be announced on our website on August 30, 2021
The online Stay at Home International Competition is planned to occur on September 20, 2021. The date will be announced closer to the event.

 
 

Mailing Address

Please send all written inquiries: AFAF, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

 
 

Further Information

For more information, please email us. We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes.

 
 

Application Form 2021

AFAF Online Stay at Home International Competition 2021 Application Form

 
 

The winner of the Grand Prix

ANGEL WANG, piano, CA

Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14 (1912), 3rd and 4th movements.

 

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AFAF Online Stay at Home International Competition 2020

 

 
 

P I A N I S T

Angel Wang

BIOGRAPHY_________________________________________________________________

Born in 2003 into a family of musicians in Los Angeles, California.

Angel began to study piano at the age of five under the guidance of his mother and gave his first public appearance soon after. In 2012, he was accepted to the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music (College), where he studied with Tatiana Zelikman, Mikhail Khokhlov and Boris Berezovsky.

Today Angel is studying at the Moscow Central School of Music of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Natalia Trull.
He participated in masterclasses with Alexander Ghindin, Daniel Pollack, Dmitry Rachmanov, Grigory Gruzman, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stephan Arnold.

Angel Wang is a scholarship recipient, and an active participant of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation and American Fine Arts Festival. He is regularly invited to take part in “The Moscow Meets Friends” concert programs. He holds two Grants from the Moscow Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, for his solo piano and percussion performances. Angel has a gratitude from the international public fund “Russian Peace Foundation” for his high artistic skills and bright professional performance. Awarded with a diploma from the Russian State Duma deputy M.A. Kozhevnikova for his high professional skills and outstanding performance at the festival “Glorify the Heroes of the Motherland”. In 2016, he took part in the prestigious International Rheingau Music Festival in Germany.
Angel has collaborated with orchestras such as the Moscow Symphony, Kostroma Symphony, Vaasa (Finland) Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra of Czech Republic.

He has appeared in prestigious concert venues such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Zaryadye Moscow Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), Olomouc Philharmonic ( Czech), Belarusian Philharmonic, Zipper concert Hall of The Colburn School (Los Angeles, USA), Musikverein Saal ( Vienna, Austria), Freizeitheim Lister Turm ( Hannover, Germany), Ridotto del Teatro Comunale ( Ferrara, Italy), Munson Recital Hall of the Azusa Pacific University, USA, Moscow International House of Music, Moscow Shilov State Art Gallery, Scriabin Museum, Moscow Composers’ House.

Mr. Wang is a prize-winner of international competitions, including The 2nd Rachmaninov International Piano Competition (2020, Russia, 1st Prize), Fifth International Festival of Young Pianists named after G.G. Neuhaus (2018, Russia, winner), International Competition of Young Performers “Val de Travers” (2017, Switzerland, 1st Prize), International piano competition “Feurich” ( 2017, Austria, 1st Prize), Grand-Prix of the 13th International Festival “Villahermosa” (2017, Mexico), All-Russian competition of young performers in the chamber ensemble “Musical Spring in the House of Jacobi” (2017, Russia, 1st Prize), Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition (2015, USA, 2nd Prize and two special Awards: The Most Promising Young Musician and the Best performance of the Baroque music, the XIII International Padova Piano Competition (2015, Italy, 1st Prize), 13th Annual International Russian Music Piano Competition (2012, USA, 2nd Prize).

 
 

News Deadlines 2020 Concerts
AFAF Online Stay at Home International Competition 2021 (Spring selection) results have been announced … more

 

AFAF Concerto Competition 2021 (Spring selection) results have been announced! …more

 

AFAF Online Stay at Home International Competition 2020 results have been announced … more

 

AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2020″ (fall selection) results have been announced …more

 

AFAF’s “Golden Voices of America International Competition 2020″ results have been announced …more

 

AFAF “Golden Strings of America 2020” results have been announced! …more

 

2020 regular season (winter-spring selection) competition results have been announced …more

 

AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2020″ (spring selection) results have been announced …more

 

AFAF Concerto Competition 2020 (Fall selection) results have been announced! …more

 

2019 regular season (winter-spring-summer-fall selection) competition results …more

 

“Golden Voices of America International Competition 2019″ results have been announced …more

 

AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2019″.results have been announced …more

 

The AFAF’s Russian Music Festival 2019 results have been announced …more

 

AFAF “Golden Strings of America 2019” results have been announced! …more

 

AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2018″.results have been announced …more

 

The AFAF’s Russian Music Festival 2018 results have been announced …more

 
AFAF’s Online Stay at Home International Competition 2021-February 20, 2021
 
AFAF’s International Concerto Competition 2021 – March 20, 2021
 
AFAF’s 2021 regular season – April 1, 2021
 
AFAF’s International Music Competition ”Golden Era of Romantic music 2021 – May 15, 2021
 
AFAF’s Russian Music Festival 2021 – November 15, 2021
 
AFAF International String competition 2021 – December 15, 2021
 
AFAF’s International Voice Competition 2021 – December 10, 2021

 
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Concerts

 

May 29, 2021 at 1 pm
June 12, 2021 at 1 pm
June 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm
June 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

 

Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center Concert

 

Date – TBA

 
 

Vadim Repin International Master Class Scholarship Competition Winners.

 

As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration we were very excited to announce that the world renowned violinist Vadim Repin has graciously agreed to lead a masterclass for AFAF students. At the conclusion of the masterclass Mr. Repin surprised us when he decided to graciously donate his entire honorarium to the scholarship fund and has selected not one, but two of the participants for the V. Repin Masterclass Scholarship! American Fine Arts Festival would like to congratulate Aaron-Timothy Chooi, who will receive a $3,000 scholarship, and Lindsey Jelin Lee, who will receive $2,000 scholarship. Both winners will have the opportunity to perform at the AFAF 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. …more

 

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Congratulations!

  • Aaron-Timothy Chooi, (b. 1993), Canada, Teacher Ida Kavafian;

 

Video: Aaron-Timothy Chooi, ♫ violin, Canada, performing Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28; Saint-Saens

Audio

Congratulations!

  • Lindsey Jelin Lee, (b. 1998), South Korea

    Teacher’s: Yulee Choi, Aron Rosand

 

Video: Lindsey Jelin Lee, ♫ violin, South Korea , performing Wieniawski Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 14, mvt.1

 



Check out this version of Vivaldi’s Winter played by the first ever BBC Classical Introducing Artist, accordionist Iosif Purtis, the student Royal College of Music in London.

 

He is currently a prizewinner of more than 30 International competitions and traveled around the world performing at some of the most prestigious concert venues including Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto. In 2013 he performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at the American Fine Arts Festival.

 

Iosif Purits is one of the best known accordionists of his generation and has recently become the first ever BBC Introducing Classical artist. He has traveled around the world performing at some of the most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, George Weston Recital Hall and UNESCO. Supported by ABRSM, Hattori Foundation and the Future of Russia Foundation, Iosif is currently a prizewinner of more than 30 International competitions. After graduating with distinction from the Gnesins Academy of Music he transferred to the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Friedrich Lips and Owen Murray respectively. His extensive repertoire ranges from Russian to Japanese works and from classical to contemporary music. As well as solo-performance he is an enthusiastic collaborator with different multi-instrumental ensembles, chamber and symphonic orchestras.