Continuing a long tradition of nurturing young musicians, The Philadelphia Orchestra hosted the final auditions of its 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition on March 26 in Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. The 13 finalists performed in front of an audience of family, friends, and supporters. They competed in three divisions: children's, junior, and senior (comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists). The winners received a monetary award and the opportunity to perform with the orchestra as soloist during the 2013-14 season. The 2013 winners are flutist Audrey Emata (Children's Division), violinist Zeyu Victor Li (Junior Division), and percussionist Won Suk Lee, playing marimba (Senior Division).
Above, left to right, Won Suk Lee (marimba)and Audrey Emata (flute). Not pictured is Zeyu Victor Li (violin).
The Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition is an annual competition recognizing and rewarding exceptional young talent in the Greater Philadelphia region. In 1933 Leopold Stokowski initiated the first Philadelphia Orchestra Student Competition, later named in 1992 after a generous endowment from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. The Competition is one of many programs underscoring the Orchestra's unwavering commitment to education and arts cultivation in youth and families with young children.