Mason Bates' composition White Lies for Lomax has been selected for the 2009 Van Cliburn Foundation's American Composers Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. The piece will be heard during the Semi-Final Round of the Van Cliburn Competition, May 28-31.
Three YCA Artists received rave reviews from The New York Times for their performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall: “One highlight of the worthy Young Concert Artists series is its annual Irene Diamond gala concert. The program was a reminder of the exceptional caliber of musicians supported by the Young Concert Artists series. It began with Glière’s lushly romantic, amiable concerto, with the excellent harpist Emmanuel Ceysson as soloist. He performed the extravagantly arpeggiated passages with flair. The fine mezzo Sasha Cooke sang ‘Les Nuits d’Été’ with an expressive, amber-hued voice. Jean-Frédéric Neuburger tore into the concluding Presto [of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2] with jaw-dropping panache.”
For his Kennedy Center debut, marimbist Pius Cheung earned acclaim as both a performer and a composer from The Washington Times: “Tuneful, neo-Romantic yet technically difficult, [Pius Cheung’s Études] not only showcased Mr. Cheung’s mastery of his instrument but also demonstrated his considerable skill and promise as a composer in his own right.”
Composer Mason Bates was commissioned by renowned men’s chorus Chanticleer to write a work for their 30th Anniversary. The resulting work, Sirens was “ambitious and satisfying, an expansive study of musical seduction. This collection of six diverse movements approaches the Greek legend of the Sirens from a variety of angles, rendering all of them with beauty and vivacity,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.
“If Wonny Song’s piano recital at Zankel Hall on Monday evening left one thing certain, it was that Mr. Song has a big, solid technique – going for sparks and adrenaline rush." – The New York Times
The First Prize Winners of the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions are violinist Ray Chen, pianist Ran Dank, soprano Jeanine De Bique, violinist Hahn-Bin, violinist Bella Hristova, violinist Noé Inui and soprano Carolina Ullrich.
Pianist Chu-Fang Huang was acclaimed for her “dazzling display of virtuosic bravado and emotional range” in The Stockton Record for her performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Stockton Symphony in California.
There was a rave review in The New York Times for Narek Hakhnazaryan’s debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at Zankel Hall: “Narek Hakhnazaryan projected intensity from the moment he took the stage. His tone was warm and supple. [One of the encores was] a gorgeous account of the Andante from Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata.”
The Modigliani String Quartet’s recording of Haydn Quartets won France’s 2008 Charles Cros Award in the Chamber Music Category. The Strad’s review of the disc declared, “These musicians ooze musical insight, unanimity and polish.”
THE 2008 EUROPEAN YCA AUDITIONS IN LEIPZIG chose 6 Winners, who will come to the Final rounds of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, held from January 12 to 17. Click here for the press release and all details.
YCA Composer Andrew Norman has been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award given to “composition students of great promise.”
Cellist Alexandre Bouzlov won Second Prize in the 2008 Geneva International Competition. YCA Pianist Louis Schwizgebel-Wang was a top prizewinner in the same competition in 2005.
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke stars at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adams' Doctor Atomic. Her nine performances begin on October 13.

For pianist Benjamin Moser’s New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series on March 25, 2008, The New York Times called his playing "eloquent," "passionate" and "colorful."  After his Washington, DC debut on April 8, The Washington Post noted a “clarity and solidity to the sound that never lost tonal luster” and “more crucially, every piece spoke from the heart.”

Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson’s appearance as soloist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra on April 11, 2008 caused The El Paso Times to exclaim, “Ceysson’s brilliant performance was captivating.”
The Jupiter String Quartet was lauded in the March 16, 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch for “superb technique, amazing unanimity, clarity and terrific energy in their sound” on their debut recording of Shostakovich and Britten. This followed a rave review in the February 11, 2008 Dayton Daily News, which praised their “furious emotional intensity and focused technical control” in a performance on the Vanguard Concerts series.
Following her March 9, 2008 recital at Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Gazette raved that pianist Chu-Fang Huang “showed unflagging artistry, whatever the musical style.”
Violinist Mayuko Kamio’s reappearance in New York on March 3, 2008 was enthusiastically received by The New York Times: “she was distinguished by her warmly luxurious, buttery tone and long, seamless phrases.” Her debut, at the age of 17, was in 2003 at the 92nd Street Y
The Modigliani String Quartet was praised in The Birmingham News for “a rare combination of depth, enthusiasm and near-faultless technique” for their March 2, 2008 concert with Birmingham Chamber Music Society.
Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester’s February 17, 2008 recital, presented by Astral Artistic Services in Philadelphia, led The Philadelphia Inquirer to exclaim, “Not a false note from this young man, whose control of line, nuance and hush are superior!”
Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov was featured on the cover of SYMPHONY magazine’s January-February 2008 issue as a “Young Artist To Watch.”
“Keep your eye out for Sasha Cooke, a 25-year-old mezzo who…has a thrilling, dramatic voice,” says The Boston Phoenix after her January 27, 2008 recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The First Prize winners of the 2007-2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, held on January 19, 2008, are Pius Cheung, marimbist and Narek Hakhnazaryan, cellist
Mason Bates has received a major commission from Chanticleer, the men’s choral group, supported by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Emerging Composers 2007 initiative.
Playing the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Eastbourne, England on January 12, pianist Benjamin Moser’s review in The Independent (UK) noted: “With the brilliant Benjamin Moser at the Steinway, this was a high-wire act of breathtaking proportions. A familiar work it may be, but it was here performed with freshness and panache.”
Louis Schwizgebel-Wang earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post and The New York Times for his debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in November 2007
Jupiter String Quartet earns accolades from The Strad for their performance at the Caramoor International Music Festival
Chu-Fang Huang's performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra "was an example of total command of pianistic technique, musicality, and rapport with orchestra and conductor" raves the Arizona Daily Sun
Mezzo-Soprano Sasha Cooke's recital debuts in New York and Washington, DC raved about in the press.
Kevin Puts' Credo is premiered by the Miró Quartet in California to rave reviews
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger's concert presented at the Maison Francaise in Washington, DC, earns accolades as “a young pianist who can best be described as France’s response to Sviatoslav Richter”
Alexandre Pirojenko wins First Prize at the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Seregna, Italy, a cash prize of €14,000 ($20,000) and the recording of a new compact disc
Violinist Mayuko Kamio, cellist Alexandre Bouzlov, and pianist Benjamin Moser win top prizes at the 2007 Tchaikovsky International Music Competitions in Moscow
Double bassist DaXun Zhang performs with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project in a series of concerts and cultural exchanges in China, including an appearance at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai
"Of the many young artists who have appeared with the Utah Symphony over the years, one of the brightest and most talented is Alexandre Bouzlov."
YCA renews Orchestra Partners Project
Pianist Chu-Fang Huang earns rave review from The Miami Herald: "While the violent accents and climactic implosion were thrilling, Huang's performance went far beyond the pyrotechnics to give us the music's tormented soul."
The Jupiter String Quartet praised for their "dazzling performance" at the Alys Stephens Center
Three YCA Artists make their New York concerto debuts with conductor Scott Yoo and the Orchestra of St. Luke's to rave reviews
Washington Post praises pianist Chu-Fang Huang's "musicmaking on a grand level" in her Kennedy Center debut
Double bassist DaXun Zhang awarded 2007 Avery Fisher Career Grant
Washington Post calls composer Daniel Kellogg "one of the most exciting composers around" after the premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra
SYMPHONY Magazine features Efe Baltacigil and Jose Franch-Ballester as "Young Talent on the Rise"
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Washington Post declares that Mason Bates' Liquid Interface "surpasses in sheer sonic beauty even the works by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky that rounded out the program."
Pianist Vassily Primakov appears at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, performing Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 with iPalpiti Orchestra, conducted by Eduard Schmieder
Composer Daniel Kellogg's Pyramus and Thisbe for narrator and orchestra, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra as part of the city-wide Shakespeare in Washington Festival, will be given its premiere by Leonard Slatkin and the NSO on a Family Concert on March 4.
Composer Mason Bates's Liquid Interface, commissioned by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony, receives its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on February 22, 23 and 24, 2007
Cellist Efe Baltacigil makes his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 2007, performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the New York Youth Symphony led by Paul Haas.
  Read the New York Youth Symphony Press Release
On February 16, pianist Vassilis Varvaresos makes his New York concerto debut at Avery Fisher Hall,
performing Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted
by Andreas Delfs
        To read the Juilliard Press release, click here
Marimbist Naoko Takada was chosen to showcase at Carnegie's Weill Hall on Monday, January 22 at 5:00pm as part of the Young Performers Career Advancement program at the 2007 Arts Presenters Conference
Pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger receives rave reviews for his New York and Washington debuts
  "Neuburger...used silence nearly as virtuosically as he used sound." -The New York Times
A "brilliantly polished, profoundly gifted young pianist." -The Washington Post
Gleb Ivanov compared to Horowitz. - Sarasota Herald Tribune   Again! - Washington Times
New Work by Daniel Kellogg opens Colorado Symphony Season
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