Concerto Competition Winners Announced
Ryan Zwahlen, Music Chair, announced this afternoon the winners of the Idyllwild Arts Concerto Competition. The winning students are Wei-An “Vian” Hung, cello, Benny Kleinerman, piano and Julian Jenson, piano.
Winners of the Concerto Competition
Wei-An performed the first movement of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto, while Benny performed the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto K. 482 and Julian played the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, Emperor.
Ryan remarked that nearly twenty music majors competed in the competition. The students learn to play these concertos from memory and work on concertos as part of their regular lessons. These three were chosen because they showed the most technical and musical maturity and proficiency.
The students will perform these pieces next year with the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. Ryan said that “performing a concerto at their age is a great educational opportunity which will prepare them for future competitions and performances. Having the chance to actually perform them with an orchestra, instead of a piano reduction, in front of an audience will help them grow as musicians”.