Concerto Competition Winners in the Spotlight
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Many ensembles across the country hold concerto competitions for emerging artists, featuring the winners in forthcoming concerts. This gives promising young instrumentalists a rare opportunity to play with full orchestra. On the Young Artists Showcase this week, we hear four recent concerto competition winners in concert with New York-based ensembles from the Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University, and The Chappaqua Orchestra.
The Manhattan School of Music Precollege hosts an annual concerto competition in various categories. Fifteen-year-old Ari Boutris won in the strings category, and we hear him perform the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. During that same concert, 17-year-old pianist Qingchong Lian played the Presto finale from the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saëns.
Egypt-born horn player Amr Selim is now on faculty at the University of Beirut, but while he was living in New York, he played the world premiere of Peter Winkler’s Elegy for Horn Solo and Wind Ensemble with the Stony Brook University Wind Ensemble.
Sakurako Saimaru was the 14-year-old winner of the Chappaqua Orchestra’s inaugural competition earlier this year. She played the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and she returned to the stage after wild applause with some solo Bach.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, I. Allegro moderato
--Ari Boutris, violin; Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra
Winkler: Elegy for Horn Solo and Wind Ensemble
--Amr Selim, horn; Stony Brook University Wind Ensemble
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, III. Presto finale
--Qinghong Lian, piano; Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, I. Allegro molto appassionato
--Sakurako Saimury, violin; The Chappaqua Orchestra
Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, I. Adagio
--Sakurako Saimury, violin