Young Musicians

2012 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition
58th Annual Competition - $5,000 in prizes - Free Concert.

On Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm, an audience of more than 160 joined Friends of Chamber Music for a FREE PUBLIC CONCERT, the 58th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition. The concert was held in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver.

We are thrilled by the passion and skill shown by the young musicians in playing such wonderful music. These finalist groups were selected from play-down auditions in February 2012. This free concert is also a great way for people of all ages to come out and hear chamber music from the classical, Romantic and modern periods, whether for the first time or after decades of enjoyment. It was great to see that so many people decided to do just that!

And for the third consecutive time, audience members voted on $500 prizes awarded to both a junior (up to age 18) and senior (up to age 26) ensemble. A Friends of Chamber Music board member again made this possible by his generosity.

The two adjudicators, George Zukerman, bassoon soloist and impresario, and Bryan King, violinist and teacher, awarded one 1st and two 2nd junior prizes and two 1st senior prizes.

First Prize, Junior Category (the Koerner Prize, in memory of Mr. Fred Koerner)

Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2, Opus 67 – Allegretto
Stephen Li, violin
Trisha Doo, cello
Ben Su, piano

Second Prize, Junior Category:

Beethoven – String Trio in C minor, Opus 9 No. 3 – Allegro con spirito
Melody Yuan, violin
Enoch Ng, viola
Garwyn Linnell, cello

Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2, Opus 67 – Allegretto
Madeline Hocking, violin
Eli Schweitzer, cello
Josiah Schweitzer, piano

First Prize, Senior Category:

Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence, String Sextet in D minor, Opus 70 – Allegro con spirito (audience prize winners)
Johanna Qvamme, violin
Esther Hwang, violin
Calvin Yang, viola
Onyou Lee, viola
Luke Kim, cello
Adam McKenzie, cello

Ravel – String Quartet in F major – Assez vif, tres rythmé
Anita Lee, violin
Katie Ho, violin
Catherine Chen, viola
Judy Lou, cello

Honourable mention, junior category:

Beethoven – String Quartet in A major, Opus 18 No. 5 – Allegro (audience prize winners)
Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin
Kathy Chen, violin
Calvin Yang, viola
Emily Ahn, cello

Beethoven – Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70 No. 1 – Allegro vivace e con brio
Brendan Ling, violin
Grace Sohn, cello
Victoria Lui, piano

Honourable mention, senior category:

Fine – Partita – 5 movements
Samantha Quon, flute
Diana Chan, oboe
Matt Darling, clarinet
Bernie Choy, bassoon
Jason Ford, horn

Thanks to the musicians, the judges, those who contributed to the prizes, the Friends board members who organized the event, the Vancouver Academy of Music for hosting, CFRO Co-op Radio who recorded the event for later broadcast, and all the audience members! See you next year!

 

2011 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition
57th Annual Competition - $5,000 in prizes

On Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm, a large audience joined Friends of Chamber Music for the 57th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. The Friends were pleased again to foster young musicians’ interest in such wonderful music through a FREE public concert featuring the finalists selected from play-down auditions in February 2011. As always, this is also a great way for people of all ages to come out and hear chamber music from the classical, Romantic and modern periods, whether for the first time or after decades of enjoyment. And the 2011 edition of the event was no exception. The quality of the music-making was very high, as it is each year!

And for the second time, there were Audience Prizes awarded to a junior and senior ensemble. A Friends of Chamber Music board member again made this possible. The Audience Prize winners were announced before the adjudicator's decision, and yet the prizes went to the groups that received the adjudicator's first prizes in the junior and senior categories.

The adjudicator, Dale Barltrop, VSO concertmaster and chamber musician, decided to award two junior prizes and one senior prize.

First Prize, Junior Category (the Koerner Prize, in memory of Mr. Fred Koerner) winners:

Smetana - Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 15 (Audience Prize winners)
Moderato assai
Emma Woo, piano
Esther Hwang, violin
David Shin, cello

Second Prize, Junior Category winners:

Martinu – Sonata for 2 Violins & Piano
Allegro poco moderato
Andante - allegro
Jimmy Wang, piano
Nelson Moneo, violin
Rochelle Sumampong, violin

First Prize, Senior Category (the Chan Prize, donated by Bonita and Tom Chan) winners:

Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras (Audience Prize winners)
Introduction; Embolada
Minjee Yoon, cello
David Shin, cello
Nicholas Epperson, cello
Peter Hwang, cello
Min Kim, cello
Diane Yeo, cello
Austin Chao, cello
Emily Cha, cello

Honourable mention, Junior category:

Haydn – String Quartet in D minor, Opus 76 No. 2
Allegro
Winnie Liao, violin
Hee-Soo Yoon, violin
Henry Liao, viola
Diane Yeo, cello

Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in D minor, Opus 49
Molto Allegro Agitato
Ben Su, piano
Stephen Li, violin
Trisha Doo, cello

Schumann - Fantasy Pieces, Opus 88
Romance
Humoresque
Josiah Schweitzer, piano
Madeline Hocking, violin
Eli Schweitzer, cello

Honourable mention, Senior category:

Brahms – Piano Quartet in G minor, Opus 25 No. 1
Allegro
Valerie Chong, piano
Enoch Ng, violin
On You Lee, viola
Minjee Yoon, cello

Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Opus 110
Allegro molto
Allegretto
Peter Weinkam, violin
Carl Fung, violin
Sasha Poon, viola
Bronte Wagar, cello

Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and coaches and to the audience members who joined us for an entertaining and musically exciting afternoon!

2010 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition
56th Annual Competition - $5,000 in prizes

Plus a successful first time for Audience Prizes!

On Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm, a large audience joined Friends of Chamber Music for the 56th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. The Friends were pleased again to foster young musicians’ interest in such wonderful music through a FREE public concert featuring the finalists selected from play-down auditions in February 2010. As always, this is also a great way for people of all ages to come out and hear chamber music from the classical, Romantic and modern periods, whether for the first time or after decades of enjoyment. And the 2010 edition of the event was no exception. The quality of the music-making was very high!

And for the first time in the history of this competition, there were Audience Prizes awarded to a junior and senior ensemble. Friends of Chamber Music board member Dr. Malcolm Hayes made this possible and he announced the results of the vote and named the Audience Prize-winners (marked below) from the stage after the concert.

The adjudicator, Hans-Karl Piltz, professor emeritus from the UBC School of Music, a conductor, orchestral and chamber musician, decided to award two first prizes in both the junior and senior categories.

First Prize, Junior Category (the Koerner Prize, in memory of Mr. Fred Koerner) co-winners:

Mendelssohn - Piano Trio in D minor, Opus 13
Molto allegro agitato
Natalie Lo, piano
Jessy (J.Y.) Kim, violin
Susie Jiwon Yoo, cello

Dvorak – Piano Trio in E minor, Opus 90 “Dumky” (Junior Audience Prize winners)
Lento maestoso – Allegro quasi doppio movimento
Poco adagio – Vivace non troppo
Aisa Sayama, piano
Henry Liao, violin
Jennifer Son, cello

First Prize, Senior Category (the Chan Prize, donated by Bonita and Tom Chan) co-winners:

Carter – Woodwind Quintet
Allegretto
Allegro giocoso
Joanna Tse, flute
Emily Hopkins, oboe
Connor Learmonth, clarinet
Neil Jongbloed, horn
Selina Kuo, bassoon

Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Opus 110 (Senior Audience Prize winners)
Largo
Allegro molto
Allegretto
Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin
Marika Constant, violin
Newsha Khalaj, viola
David Shin, cello

Honourable mention, Junior category:

Schubert – Piano Trio in B flat major, Opus 898
Andante un poco mosso
Emma Woo, piano
Esther Hwang, violin
David Shin, cello

Mendelssohn – String Quartet in A minor, Opus 13
Presto
Grace Takeda, violin
Cindy Kao, violin
Olga Makarevski, viola
Grace Li, cello

Honourable mention, Senior category:

Brahms – Piano Trio in B major, Opus 8
Allegro con brio
Devon Joiner, piano
Rebecca Lin, violin
Luke Kim, cello

Devreese – 5 Divertimenti pour quatuor de saxophones
I Introduction; allegro moderato
II Valse
III Café – concert
IV Marche – allegro molto ritmico
Allegra Pomeroy, alto saxophone
Sean Gormley, soprano saxophone
Sarah Kaal, baritone saxophone
Asa Abbott, tenor saxophone

Koetsier – Brass Quintet, Opus 65
Andantino – allegro molto
Molto vivace
Dan Kocurek, trumpet
Brennan Westerman, trumpet
Nancy Mann, horn
Jim Hopson, trombone
Daniel Forman, bass trombone

Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and coaches and to the audience members who joined us for an entertaining and musically exciting evening!

2009 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition
55th Annual Competition - $5,000 in prizes

On Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm, Friends of Chamber Music hosted the 55th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. We were pleased again this year to foster young musicians’ interest in this wonderful music through this FREE public concert. This is also a great way for people of all ages to come out and hear chamber music from the classical, Romantic and modern periods for the first time! Year after year, the quality of the music-making is very high! Acclaimed pianist Robert Silverman was the adjudicator this year, and he awarded the prizes (with his comments) at the end of the concert.

Pianists, string and wind players from Metro Vancouver and as far afield as Bellingham, WA played together in groups to compete for cash prizes. Each member of a “Junior” group cannot be over age 18, and each member of a “Senior” group cannot be over age 26. This year’s finals featured an interesting variety of ensembles playing music by composers ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to Villa-Lobos and Etler. These ensembles were selected to compete from the earlier elimination play-downs.

The Chan Prize was given to the first prize Senior category ensemble, a wind quintet:

Jacques Ibert - Trio Pièces Brèves
1. Allegro
Alvin Etler - Quintet No. 1
Andante
Allegro
Emily Hopkins, oboe
Joanna Tse, flute
Connor Learmonth, clarinet
Selina Kuo, bassoon
Neil Jongbloed, horn

The other 2009 Senior finalists were:

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Celli
Adagio (1st movement)
Dora Brooks, soprano
Nicholas Epperson, cello
Ja Young Oh, cello
David Shin, cello
Ji Won Yoo, cello
Tung Hsin, cello
Peter Hwang, cello
Shi Un Kim, cello
Diane Yeo, cello
Caroline Chu, cello

Antonin Dvorak - String Quartet No. 3 in E Flat Major, Opus 51
Allegro ma non troppo (1st movement)
John Schindler, violin
Whitney Wynn, violin
Gentry Hill, viola
Samantha Gribble, cello

Eduard Toldra - Sardana - II. Puig Nculos
Brent Heisinger - Three Episodes
Movement I: Allegro con spirito
Movement II:
Movement III: Allegro
Selina Kuo, bassoon
Silvia Tang, bassoon
Carrie To, bassoon
Min-Ho Kim, bassoon

All the 2009 Junior competing ensembles were awarded prizes. The first prize was shared by:

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio No. 1, Opus 70
Allegro con brio (1st movement)
Jessy Kim, violin
Ji Won Yoo, cello
Benjamin Woo, piano

Franz Schubert - Piano Trio in B flat major, Opus 99
Allegro moderato (1st movement)
Adora Wong, violin
Ja Young Oh, cello
Jocelyn Lai, piano

The second prize was shared by:

Anton Arensky - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Opus 32
Allegro moderato
Esther Hwang, Violin
David Shin, violin
Emma Woo, piano

Jaoquin Turina - Piano Trio No. 2 in B flat minor, Opus 76
Largo (1st movement)
Holland Ninow, violin
Tung Hsin, cello
Benjamin Woo, piano

2008 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition

 

On Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm, Friends of Chamber Music hosted the 54th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. We are pleased to foster young musicians’ interest in this wonderful music through this free public concert. This is also a great way for people to come out and hear chamber music for the first time! Year after year, the quality of the music-making is very high!

Pianists, string and wind players from Vancouver and around the Lower Mainland played together in groups to compete for cash prizes before an audience of more than 100 people. Each member of a “Junior” group cannot be over age 18, and each member of a “Senior” group cannot be over age 26. This year’s finals featured a wide variety of ensembles playing music by composers ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Bartok, Turina, Poulenc and Hindemith. These ensembles were selected to compete from the earlier elimination play-downs.

This year, the judge for the finals was Evan Mitchell, assistant conductor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He gave insightful constructive comments to all of the musicians as well as awarding the prizes to the winning ensembles.
The Chan Prize was given to the first prize Senior category ensemble, a violin quartet:

Grazyna Baceivicz – Quartet for 4 Violins
Allegretto
Andante tranquill
Molto allegro
Jonathan Chan, violin
Stephanie Chan, violin
Alex Sachs, violin
Jan Bislin, violin

Second prize in the Senior Category was awarded to a brass trio:

Anthony Plog – Trio for Brass
III. Allegro Moderato
IV. Adagio
V. Allegro vivace
Alexander Cannon, trumpet
Nick Anderson, horn
James Hopson, trombone

The Fred Koerner Prize was awarded to the first prize ensemble in the Junior category, a cello trio:

Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in C major, Opus 87
Adagio cantabile, Minuetto (allegro molto scherzo)
Carol Tsai, cello
Jennifer Son, cello
Isidora Nojkovic, cello

Second prize in the Junior category was awarded to a trio of clarinet, violin and piano:

Bela Bartok – Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet & Piano, Sz 111
Last movement
Henry Liao, violin
Evan Watkins, clarinet
Michelle Lin, piano

Peter Lang offered the other finalist ensembles an opportunity to perform a paid outreach concert in the community. The other 2008 finalists were:

Junior:

Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio in C major, Hob XV: 27
Allegro
Frank Lin, violin
Veronica Oh, cello
Valerie Chong, piano

Joaquin Turina – Piano Trio no. 2 in B minor, Opus 76 –
First movement
Kaine Newton, violin
Tunmo Kim, cello
Emma Woo, piano

Senior:

Francis Poulenc – Sextet for Winds and Piano
First movement – trés vite et emporté
Yoobin Whang, flute
Jonathan Blackman, horn
Gina So, piano
Katelin Coleman, bassoon
Rachel Lim, oboe
Michael Mah, clarinet

Paul Hindemith – Kleine Kammermusik for 5 Winds, Opus 24 no. 2
First movement
Fourth movement
Fifth movement
Joanna Tse, flute
Emily Hopkins, oboe
Jessica Burkart, clarinet
Neil Jongbloed, horn
Selina Koo, bassoon

 

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