We’re happy to announce this year’s winners of AFAF Concerto competition 2020.

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 –

    • May 23, 2020 at 1 pm (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    • June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 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.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in June-July 2020 to perform with the renowned Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participation in a special concert (with a solo performance) at Kostroma Orchestra Hall.
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory / Moscow Central Music College faculty (for an additional fee).
  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Summer Tour” in June-July 2020.
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    7-13 years of age

    Andrew Liu, piano, (b. 2008), TX
    Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
    Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, mvt. 1

     

    Joel Chen, piano, (b. 2008), VA
    Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
    Kabalevsky Concerto No. 4 in C major, Op. 99, mvt. 1

     

    Jacob Lewis, violin, (b. 2006), MA
    Teacher: Prof. Lynn Chang
    Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

     
     

    14-18 years of age

     

    Esther Luan, violin, (b. 2004), CA
    Teacher: Theresa Woo
    Ravel Tzigane

     

    Emma Luo, piano, (b. 2005), TX
    Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
    Beethoven Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, mvt. 1

     

    Jacqueline Chen, piano, (b. 2003), PA
    Teacher: Prof. Ingrid Clarfield
    Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

     

    Garrett Blosen, cello, (b. 2002), CA
    Teacher: Jonathan Koh
    Dvorak Concerto B minor, Op. 104, mvt. 1

     

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall –

    • May 23, 2020 at 1 pm (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
    • June 28, 2020 at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 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.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to travel to Russia in June-July 2020 to perform with the renowned Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participation in a special concert (with a solo performance) at Kostroma Orchestra Hall.
  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory / Moscow Central Music College faculty (for an additional fee).
  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF “Russian Summer Tour” in June-July 2020.
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    7-13 years of age

     

    Harry Chen, piano, (b. 2012), VA
    Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
    Mozart Mozart Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246, mvt. 1

     

    Kayla Kim, violin, (b. 2009), CA
    Teacher: Yuki Mori
    Beriot Concerto No. 9 in A minor, Op. 104, mvt.1

     

    Arissa Lee, cello, (b. 2007), CA
    Teacher: Nancy Kim
    Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato in B minor, Op. 43

     

    Annabelle Lee, violin (b. 2007), CA
    Teacher: Chag-hee Lee
    Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro

     

    Erin Chen, piano, (b. 2006), VA
    Teacher: Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
    Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, mvt. 1

     
     

    14-18 years of age

     

    Junda Chang, cello, (b. 2004), NY
    Teacher: Marion Feldman
    Lalo Concerto in D minor, mvt. 1

     

    Keira Konson, piano, (b. 2004), VA
    Teacher: Faith Zuniga
    Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

     

    Laura Gong, flute, (b. 2003), CA
    Teacher: Xuemei Zou
    Otaka Concerto in A major, mvt. 1

     

    Karen Huang, piano, (b. 2003), TX
    Teacher: Dr. Grace Long
    Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 3

     
     

    Amateur adults

     

    Aaron Jaimez Hernandez, piano, (b. 1990), Mexico
    Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
    Ponce Concerto No. 2, mvts. 1, 2

     
     

    College students

     

    Akina Kondoh, (b. 1983), WV
    Teacher: Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao
    Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

     

 

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 March 2, 2020.

 

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.