The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Airs Wednesdays at 9PM on 105.9FM

Among the countless artists who have been heard on The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase in the earliest stages of their careers are violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, and Chee-Yun; cellist Matt Haimovitz; and pianist Orli Shaham. The weekly program regularly presents winners of such international competitions as the William Kapell, Vianna da Motta, and Jose Iturbi, as well as laureates of in-school auditions held at New York’s prestigious Juilliard, Manhattan, and Mannes music schools. To mark the 25th anniversary of the show, Harold McGraw III inaugurated the annual $10,000 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.

New York City native Robert Sherman is well-known to radio listeners as the host of The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase on WQXR, a show now in its 32nd season. For 23 years he also presided over WQXR's The Listening Room. Since their inception, he has hosted the Avery Fisher Career Grant Award presentations at Lincoln Center, and his multiple award-winning folk series "Woody's Children" is now heard in New York on Public Radio's WFUV. Many of his historic broadcast tapes are in the permanent collections of the Sarasota Music Archive and the Media Collection at the University of Maryland.

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Introducing Pianist Stanislav Khristenko

Tonight at 9 pm, the Showcase introduces Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko, the gold medalist at the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

At the Round Top Festival, Part I

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This week the Young Artists Showcase goes deep into the heart of Texas at the Round Top Festival Institute.


Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, legendary soprano Martina Arroyo returns to the Young Artists Showcase with a handful of talented young singers in this special 1,900th episode.


This Year's Nadia Reisenberg Award Winners

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

This month marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of pianist Nadia Reisenberg, a longtime friend and frequent guest on WNYC and WQXR. Tonight at 9 pm, hear winners of her namesake competition.


Caramoor's Rising Stars

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tonight, the Young Artists Showcase travels upstate to Katonah, N.Y., and the Rising Stars Reunion concert from last summer's Caramoor Festival.


Astral In Wonderland, Part Two

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Young Artists Showcase returns to Philadelphia for more music from a fairy tale concert program called Astral In Wonderland.


Astral In Wonderland, Part I

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This fairy tale Young Artists Showcase comes from a recent Philadelphia concert titled Astral In Wonderland.


Pianist Roman Rabinovich in London

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Pianist Roman Rabinovich has appeared on the Young Artists Showcase before, but primarily as an accompanist. Tonight, he gets the spotlight as we eavesdrop on a recent recital at Wigmore Hall in London.


Introducing Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Although pianist Yekwon Sunwoo is only 25-years-old, he’s already racked up a shelf of awards, such as gold medal at the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Sendai Competition in Japan. On this Young Artists Showcase, the young virtuoso presents an in-concert performance of the popular (and incredibly difficult) Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff.


Edvard Grieg in the Northern Lights

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Young Artists Showcase won’t be headed to Scandinavia anytime soon, but this week you will hear a few rarely performed works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

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The MSM Precollege Philharmonic in Concert

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: Hear members of the Precollege Philharmonic, who perform recitals and concerts throughout the year on a startlingly professional level.


Springtime trip to Sarasota

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Tonight at 10:30 pm, this week’s Showcase goes down to Florida to visit with student artists and Showcase alumni, including clarinetist Moran Katz and violinist Elena Urioste.


Aviv Competition Winners

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tonight, after Carnegie Hall Live, hear performances by violinist Daniel Aizenshtadt, hornist Gal Raviv and pianist Tomer Gvirtzman, all of which were award-winners at the Tel-Aviv Competition.


Studio Session with Michael Brown

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, pianist Michael Brown stops by the Showcase to perform Beethoven’s Eroica Variations, a piece by his composition teacher George Perle, and some recent variations of his own.

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Reprises, Reprieves and Loose Ends

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After a bit of spring cleaning, this week's episode features some previous sessions in honor of new achievements. Tonight at 9 pm.


Salon De Virtuosi's Charlotte White Celebrates 100th Birthday

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This week's Young Artists Showcase looks back to Salon De Virtuosi gala concerts from recent years, with live recordings from those private Salon performances.


Avery Fisher Career Grant Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, this 40th anniversary concert included 2014's recipients: violist Dimitri Murath, pianist Charlie Albright and the Calder String Quartet.

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Studio Session with The Lysander Piano Trio

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, the Young Artists Showcase features the rising Lysander Trio performing works by Mozart, Ravel, John Musto, Paul Ben-Haim and others.


Winners of Astral Artists Auditions, Part II

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On this second program featuring Astral Artists, we’ll hear violinist Ayane Kozasa and piano duo Varshavski-Shapiro play music by Lutosławski, Schubert, Hindemith and Rachmaninoff.


Winners of Astral Artists Auditions, Part I

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

On this first of two programs featuring Astral Artists, we’ll hear music by Granados, Piazzolla and Brazil’s Jacob de Bandolim, alongside music by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Poulenc.


George London Foundation Winners

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This week's Young Artists Showcase features in-studio performances by two of the new winners of the George London Foundation for Singers Competition. Beginning in 1971, the foundation has given out annual grants — now totaling $80,000 a year — to help outstanding young professional opera singers in the early stages of their careers. Host Bob Sherman discusses the history of bass-baritone George London with the late opera star’s wife, Nora London.