The Philadelphia Orchestra Names Three Winners in its Annual Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition
Three Honorable Mentions also acknowledged
(Philadelphia, April 29, 2016)—The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of its annual Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, held Tuesday, March 29, 2016: pianist Yijia Wang (Senior Division), flutist Emma Resmini (Junior Division), and pianist Harmony Zhu (Children’s Division). Three honorable mentions were also awarded: cellist Jean Kim (Senior Division), violinist Danny Jin (Junior Division), and violinist Yeyeong Jin (Children’s Division). The young musicians competed for the coveted opportunity to perform with the Orchestra during its upcoming 2016-17 season.
Throughout Greenfield’s preliminary auditions, competitors in the three divisions—Senior, Junior, and Children’s—performed, resulting in nine finalists. The finalists went on to audition on the stage of Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, made up of some of the most established, talented teachers and musicians in the Philadelphia area, including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and professors from local schools.
Then-Music Director Leopold Stokowski first initiated a Philadelphia Orchestra Student Competition in 1933, later named in 1992 in recognition of a generous endowment gift from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. This annual Competition is open to young vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists who reside in, or study regularly with, a teacher who lives in Greater Philadelphia. Entrants are divided into categories by age, and are adjudicated against a standard of excellence on the following merits: exceptional talent, virtuosity, artistic individuality, and projection as a performer. Since its inception, more than 400 winners have appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and many have established international solo careers, including sopranos Judith Blegen and Benita Valente, and mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar; pianists André Watts, Richard Goode, and Eugene Istomin; and violinists Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Arnold Steinhardt. Many current Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are also former winners of the Competition, including violinists Juliette Kang (first associate concertmaster), Richard Amoroso, Yayoi Numazawa, and Yumi Ninomiya Scott; violist Burchard Tang; bassoonist Mark Gigliotti (co-principal); bass trombone Blair Bollinger; and pianist Kiyoko Takeuti.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has a decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. In April 2016, the Orchestra announced HEAR, a series of collaborative learning initiatives that represent the most comprehensive and dynamic community engagement in the Orchestra’s recent history. Spanning four categories—Health, Education, Access, and Research—HEAR is a portfolio of programs that promotes wellness, champions music education, eliminates barriers to accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through research, all throughout the Philadelphia region.
For more information about the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, please visit philorch.org.
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