The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey is pleased to announce the 2014 Pearl and Julius Young Competition for young instrumental artists.
Twelve talented classical instrumentalists from throughout the metropolitan region have been selected to participate in the 2014 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, sponsored by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. The finalists’ performance competition will be held, beginning at noon, on Sunday, March 16 in Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown.
The music competition was initiated in 2008 by Stephen Young in memory of his parents, Pearl and Julius Young, of New York City. While the Youngs were not themselves musicians, they were delighted to mentor young musicians with whom they became acquainted.
The program featuring the finalists is free and open to the public. For further information, visit the Orchestra’s web site, wwwbaroqueorchestra.org. Lisa Young, Esq., vice president of the Orchestra’s Board of Directors, is the chairperson of the competition.
The 12 finalists were selected from a large field of applicants who are attending such prestigious schools of music as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Montclair State University and Rutgers.
The list of finalists includes:
Michael Alampi, 17, Glen Ridge, flute
Carlos Bedoya, 19, Egg Harbor, guitar
Julia Danitz, 20, Chatham, violin
Melissa Danitz, 17, Chatham, flute
Amanda Kam, 17, Short Hills, flute
Yupei Lai, 22, New York, NY, violin
Andrew Lammly, 20, Selkirk, NY, saxophone
Derek Louie, 16, New York,NY, cello
Evan Pasternak, 16, Scotch Plains, violin
Victoria Rakus, 19, Boonton Township, trombone
Tristan Siegel, 17, Tenafly, violin
Daniel Guangnan Yue, 20, New York, NY, violin
First Prize is $1000. The First Prize winner will perform a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival in August, 2014.
Second prize is $500. Third prize is $250. Two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded.
Judges will include principal musicians from the orchestra and guest artists.
The competition is open to instrumentalists ages 16-22 Ten finalists chosen from the applicants will perform at Dolan Performance Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM. Finalists may perform with their own pianist or with a pianist provided by the orchestra. Non-keyboard finalists must perform one movement from a concerto from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern eras. Pianists must perform a movement from a sonata or an equivalent work.
2013 Pearl and Julius Young Artists Competition Winners
Five Outstandingly Talented Young Instrumentalists Receive Awards in Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition
“The folly of the youth is wasted on the young.” Thus said Mark Twain. He was never more wrong, however, if he could have listened to the 11 young instrumentalists who participated in the sixth annual Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, held Saturday, March 16, at Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown. Those in the audience were treated to stellar performances from all the finalists in the annual competition, sponsored by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Dr. Robert W. Butts, conductor and artistic director.
The competition was initiated by Stephen Young of New York, in honor of his parents, Pearl and Julius Young, who were not musicians themselves, but took pride in encouraging and mentoring young aspiring instrumentalists.
Winners this year were:
Soyeong Park, of Princeton Junction, received top honors in the competition. She played Violin Concerto,Movement #1, by Jean Sibelius. For her performance, she received $1,000 and an opportunity to play with the Orchestra during its annual Summer Music Festival, to be held this year from August 4-11.
Second-place winner was Elizabeth Engelberth, oboe, of Denville. She played Oboe Concerto, by Eugene Goossens. Her award was $500.
Third-place winner was Kathryn Chamberlain, violin, of Sparta. She played Violin Concerto, Movement #1, By Petr Ilych Tchaikovsky. She received a $250 award.
The two Honorable Mention winners were Amanda Kam, flute, of Millburn, and Joo Eun Lee, violin, of New York City. Amanda played Concertino by Cecile Chaminade, while Joo Eun (June) played Violin Concerto, Movement #1, by Jean Sibelius. They each received a $100 award.
Other finalists in the competition were: Rachel Friedberger, flute; Jordan Hendy, violin; Kira Elise Mathias-Prabhu, piano; Mark Serkin, cello; Lee Ann Serrano, violin; and Jackson Whang, viola.
Judges for the competition were:
Ron Levy is an internationally acclaimed pianist and a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory. He is associate artist with the All Seasons Chamber Players and is the pianist of the Orpheus Men’s Chorus. A two-term president of the Professional Music Teachers’ Guild of New Jersey, he is a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland.
Robert Deutsch, cello, made his solo debut with the Miami Symphonic Society at the age of 17. He was a leading member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for many years. He has performed in a national broadcast with American composer Gunther Schuller on PBS television.
Andrew Pecota has played bassoon with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey since its first concert. He is a founding member of Zephyrs Winds and is a leader in chamber music performance throughout New Jersey. He is on staff at Montclair State University.American composer Gunther Schuller on PBS television.