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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Reprises, Reprieves and Loose Ends

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.


Cellist Jay Campbell and More from the Manhattan School of Music

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.


Michigan State University Wind Symphony

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.

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A Lithuanian Independence Day Celebration

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.


At the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard

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.


The Piano, Front and Center

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.


A Birthday Trip Down Memory Lane

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.


Studio Session with Bella Hristova

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.

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More Winners from Salon de Virtuosi

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.


The Salon de Virtuosi Grant Winners

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.


A Christmas Night Family Special

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.


Winners of the 2013 YCA Competition

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.


Marking the Centennial of Rosalyn Tureck

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.


Music from Israel for Chanukah

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.


Chamber Music from the Longy School and Allen Yueh

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.

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