DMA candidate Sun-A Park, piano, won first place in the 2018 Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award. She received a cash prize and a recital at the Musicians Club of New York’s Concert Series. The award ceremony took place at the Musician’s Club of New York’s Eighth Annual Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala, on Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 pm. Park and the other winners performed at this gala as well.
Preparatory piano students have been busy competing and winning competitions this spring. Alan Mao won second place in the Junior Division of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association’s Elizabeth R. Davis Piano Competition. Mao also won first place with his trio with Connor Chaikowsky, violin, and Caleb Park, cello, in the Misbin Chamber Music Competition, which was sponsored by Levine School of Music and Washington Performing Arts Society. In the MSMTA Spring Piano Solo Festival, held at the University of Maryland at College Park, Hope Han won first place, Joshua Fan and Matthew Tao won second, and John Paul Wnek and Michael Wnek each won Honorable Mentions.
Doctoral candidate Tomasz Robak, piano, has received a Fulbright grant to go to Poland. He will go there in September for a year to study music of Polish composers from Katowice, including Henryk Górecki and Wojciech Kilar. He will study at the Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and take piano with Andrzej Jasiński (teacher of Krystian Zimerman) and Anna Górecka (daughter of Henryk Górecki), as well as do research on primary sources and put together programs of Polish solo and chamber music.
Peabody graduate students Sohyun Moon, piano, and Ching-Yi Lin, piano, competed and placed in Community Concerts at Second’s Wonderlic Competition which took place on Sunday, April 22. Moon won first place, and Lin won second.
Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) premiered two of her original compositions, Portal and Daring to Dream, as composer in residence with the Academy of International Ballet. The works featured original choreography by co-artistic directors, Denis Gronostayskiy and Anastasia Babayeva, and took place on April 8 at Neumann University as part of the Delaware County Symphony Chamber Series. In March, Campbell and Amos Fayette (BM ’08, Violin) performed a piano and violin collaborative concert at the Biggs Art Museum in Dover, Del. Together they performed musical works which were the focus of local Delaware artist Aina Nergaard-Nammack’s exhibition, “My Countries, My Composers.“