Young Concert Artists Competition Winners in Concert

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When the Young Artists Showcase began in 1978, the the organization Young Concert Artists (YCA) had already been nurturing rising talents for nearly 18 years.

Among the notable winners of its annual competition have been violinist Pinchas Zukerman; pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Christopher O’Riley, and Jeremy Denk; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

In this week’s episode, we review the 2012 YCA international audition winners. Last November, Bob Sherman hosted a private concert of the award recipients just two days after their final New York auditions. The recital opened with performances by Ukranian violinist Aleksey Semenenko and 20-year-old cellist Cicely Parnas. Both played works by Claude Debussy.

Next, soprano Julia Bullock sang some lesser-known selections by Messiaen and American composer Hubbard Miller. Ji-Yong, known for winning New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition at age 10, played excerpts from Robert Schumann’s Opus 15 “Scenes from Childhood”. To close the evening, four young string players from France, the Hermès Quartet, performed a movement from Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3 in A.

Program details:

Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor (first movement)
— Aleksey Semenenko, violin; Inna Firsovas, piano.

Debussy: Cello Sonata in G minor
— Cicely Parnas, cello; Noreen Polera, piano.

Messiaen: “Resurrection” from Livre du Saint Sacrement, No.10
— Julia Bullock, soprano; Renata Rohlfing, piano.

George Hubbard Miller: Half and Half
— Julia Bullock, soprano; Renata Rohlfing, piano.

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 (excerpts)
— Ji Yong, piano.

Schumann: String Quartet No.3 in A, Op.41 (second movement)
— Hermes String Quartet.