The Young Concert Artists International Winners

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This year’s Young Concert Artists international auditions drew 300 musicians from 43 countries. This week hear five of the six winners before their official New York recital debut next season. These performances were recorded live at a gala concert at the Yamaha showroom on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Young Concert Artists has nurtured the budding talents of classical music since 1961. Founded and still directed by Susan Wadsworth, YCA holds international auditions each year to accomplish this mission. Each of this year's six winners will be featured in major debuts in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Tonight hear a preview of those recitals.

Korean cellist Sang-Eun Lee begins the program with Schumann, followed by a Bach Partita performed by Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Paganini’s virtuosic La Campanella was transcribed for viola by William Primrose and performed by 17-year-old Chinese violist Ziyu Shen. Japanese flutist Seiya Ueno wowed the invitational audience with Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Carmen and we close with a movement from Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, performed by YCA’s youngest winner, 14-year-old Korean violinist Soo-Been Lee.

Program playlist:
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro
— Sang-Eun Lee, cello; Noreen Polera, piano.

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat
 — Daniel Lebhardt, piano.

Paganini-Primrose: La Campanella
— Ziyu Shen, violin; Han Jiang, piano.

Borne: Carmen Fantasie Brillante
— Seiya Ueno, flute; Linda Mark, piano.

Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D, first movement
— Soo-Been Lee, violin; Jessica Osborne, piano.