The Young Artists Showcase, which airs this week at 11 pm on Thursday, presents its New Year’s special featuring the 2016 winners of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The recital performances featured on this program took place just two days after the final round of the competition. This year, the four winners were chosen from nearly 200 applicants from 20 countries. They are flutist Anthony Trionfo, double-bassist Xavier Foley, violinist Benjamin Baker, and pianist Nathan Lee. These four extraordinary young musicians will now be embarking on a series of recitals around the country, but on this program you will hear them in their very first concert as YCA artists.
Young Concert Artists was founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961 with the mission of helping accomplished young musicians gain a foothold in the challenging world of performance. Instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber ensembles may all take part in the auditions, and the number of winners each year is unlimited. Winners are presented in recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston. They receive management and career guidance and they participate in educational outreach programs at schools nationwide.
Bach: “Sarabande” and “Bourée anglaise” from Partita in A minor
— Anthony Trionfo, flute
Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass No. 2
— Xavier Foley, double bass; Kelly Lin, piano
Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin No. 4
— Benjamin Baker, violin
Schulz-Evler: Arabesque on Strauss’ “Blue Danube” Waltz
— Nathan Lee, piano