Stanley Alexandrowicz joins Competition Judges

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Stanley Alexandorwicz joins cellist Evan Ardelle and bassoonist Andrew Pecota as judges for the 2016 Pearl & Juilius Young Music Competition

The 2016 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition will be held March 13, 2016 starting at Noon in Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.   The competition features twelve outstanding young artists porforming movements from major works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Dubois, Haydn, Ibert, and Rodrigo.   Admission is Free!    

Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz  is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Latin America.   A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA) and the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK).   In addition to his work as an international soloist, he collaborates regularly in chamber music performances with some of the world’s leading musicians ― including internationally renowned soprano Dominika Zamara ― bringing together the worlds of opera, lieder, song, and contemporary music in realizations of unmatched sonic beauty and deep musical intelligence. Their duo debut CD “Ivan Padovec: Music for Guitar and Soprano” was issued on SHEVA Collection Recordings Italy, summer, 2015.   Performance highlights during recent concert seasons include London, New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Venice, Boston, Baltimore, and Princeton, and include the U.S. premiere of Vácav Kučera’s Concierto Imaginativo-Homenaje a Salvador Dali for guitar and string orchestra (Baltimore) in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday year.  Dr. Alexandrowicz is currently Artistic Director of the New York Classical Music Society (NYCMS), and Professor of Guitar at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He has served as Director of the Bronx House Music School (New York), and has been on the faculty of Mercy College, New York (where he additionally taught music history, theory, form and analysis, and ear-training skills). A world-renowned pedagogue and “master teacher”, he is an expert on guitar ergonomics (

Cellist Evan Ardelle has been an active cellist for almost half a century.  He was a student of master cellist Avron Twerdowsky and has played with numerous orchestras, chamber music groups and Broadway musical productions over the past five decades.  He also teaches cello part-time, just to share the joy of this wonderful musical instrument.   Mr. Ardelle, a former principal cellist of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his two beloved sons and his three beloved cats.

Andrew Pecota has played bassoon with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey since its very first concert.    He has performed concertos of Vivaldi and Mozart and has served as wind section leader.   He is a founding member of Zephyrs Winds and a leader in chamber music performance in New Jersey.    He is on staff at Montclair State University.

For full information on the finalists for the 2016 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competiton, click here

Below is a video of Stanley Alexandrowicz performing Early Morning Suite composed by Maestro Robert W. Butts.

Below is a video of Andrew Pecota performing Concerto for Bassoon & Strings by Maestro Robert W. Butts


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