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.
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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.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This Friday edition of the Young Artists Showcase presents a preview of the Carnegie debut of cellist Jay Campbell, a recent laureate of the Concert Artist Guild International Auditions. Campbell's session is bookended by performances of Richard Wagner from a recent concert by the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Philharmonic. A few weeks ago we heard Wagner and Verdi from that same performance at Borden Auditorium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Violinist Kaleigh Acord starts off this week's program with "Tango," "Tin Pan Alley" and "Square Dance," a few leftover Souvenirs by Paul Schoenfield, from the November show devoted to recent students at the Longy School of Music. Then, the Young Artists Showcase heads to Michigan before the students of Michigan State head to Carnegie Hall.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Around 40 years ago, host Bob Sherman began to mark Lithuanian Independence Day each February on his WQXR show, The Listening Room. Sherman's mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, was born in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. So to celebrate Lithuanian Independence Day, this Young Artists Showcase features music either composed or performed — or both — by Lithuanians.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
This week the Young Artists Showcase makes a return to recent concerts at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. First up i s a performance by pianist Steven Lin, who opened last season with a performance of Liszt as winner of the Gina Bachauer competition. Shortly thereafter, Lin won the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Competition from the Concert Artists Guild.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
This week's Young Artists Showcase brings together four young pianists who have each appeared on the show before. The most recent — and the youngest — is 16-year-old Michael Davidman, who recently won the inaugural Kaufman Center Young Artists Auditions. In that appearance, Davidman told host Bob Sherman that he especially loves opera music. It shows in his performance of Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase. Next, is chamber music from Tanya Bannister, who first appeared on Young Artists Showcase as a Concert Artists Guild Auditions winner 10 years ago.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
This week, the Young Artists Showcase takes a trip down memory lane as it celebrates 36 years of weekly performances from rising talent.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Young Artists Showcase host Bob Sherman first introduced violinist Bella Hristova on the show as a scholarship winner from Salon de Virtuosi. This past May, she was featured on the Young Artists Showcase as the most recent recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This week the Young Artists Showcase presents the two Salon De Virtuosi grant recipients that we didn’t meet last week: the Claremont Trio and Sivan Magen. Founded some 25 years ago by Charlotte White, the Salon De Virtuosi organization supports young artists with career grants and concert opportunities.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Continuing a long tradition, the Young Artists Showcase begins the New Year by introducing the new winners of Charlotte White's Salon De Virtuosi. This past October, Bob Sherman hosted a gala concert at Steinway Hall which presented the five new grant winners. This week, we'll meet three of them: violinist Paul Huang, pianist Naomi Kudo, and mandolinist Avi Avital. In fact, all of this week's featured musicians have appeared on the Young Artists Showcase before.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
This week, the Young Artists Showcase presents A Christmas Night Family Special. While only half of the performers in this program qualify as young artists, all of the stories in this week's episode are for the young at heart.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
While the Young Artists Showcase is rounding out its 35th year on the air at WQXR, some organizations have been at it even longer. The Young Concert Artists eclipses the Young Artists' legacy— it's been awarding budding talent since 1961. Founded by Susan Wadsworth, The Young Concert Artists holds international auditions to find burgeoning careers to bolster.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Pianist and Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck was born 100 years ago this week. In 1966 she founded the International Bach Society and in 2001 she established the Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The Young Artists Showcase this week returns to the Keshet Eilon String Mastercourse in Israel, continuing a show Chanukah tradition since 2000.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Winter is setting in, so this week the Young Artists Showcase looks back to concerts in warmer months. Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., is home to, among other illustrious institutions, the Longy School of Music, now a part of Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. This week's program features just a few highlights from a chamber music performance at Pickman Hall in April 2013, with performers including the Con Affetto Quartet and the Neave Piano Trio.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tonight at 9 pm, the young Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu and pianist Matei Varga play works by Enescu, Mozart, Brahms and Schumann.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The Young Artists Showcase this week features WindSync, a quintet that attempts to "channel the boy band mentality." Formed at and now in-residence at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, WindSync are in its fifth season as a group.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
This past June, the Maryland-based International Young Artist Piano Competition held its 28th winner's concert at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Li-Ly Chang founded the competition for young artists of all nationalities from ages 5 to 18, with the purpose of promoting cultural exchange. Each young pianist performs a work from the Western canon as well as a recent work by a Chinese composer.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tonight at 9 pm, hear the young violinist Alexander Gilman and his even younger students, the sisters Camille and Julie Berthollet, perform some fiery Sarasate.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For nearly 30 years, the Young Artists Showcase has opened each broadcast season with a concert by the new winners of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, held every October in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. This year’s winners, who are awarded full scholarships to The Juilliard School, are Fei-Fei Dong and Yunqing Zhou. The concert was hosted on stage by Bob Sherman and also featured appearances by McGraw-Hill Financial Chairman Terry McGraw and Juilliard President Joseph Polisi.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tonight at 9 pm, hear a WQXR premiere of Rebecca Clarke’s Nocturne, performed by violinist Anya Shemetyeva and her teacher at the Longy School, Laura Bossert.