Parness Concerto Competition Winners

November 22, 2013, began with threats of rain. The rain, thankfully, did not come until a little after 7PM, just as the competition ended. The first of the forty-five participants of the 2013 Parness Concerto Competition, held in the Fine Arts Theater on the campus of West Los Angeles College, started at 9AM. Yes, that is ten hours of listening (minus lunch and a few breaks) to an extremely deep pool of very talented young musicians from ages ten to twenty-five.

This very talented group presented the judges with very difficult decisions to choose the Winners, First Runner-Ups and Honorable Mentions.

Thank you to the participants for their hard work and dedication in keeping Classical Music. These young musicians are the future of Classical Music.

We look forward to seeing and hearing then in the orchestra’s future competitions. And thank you to participants’ parents and guardians, teachers and accompanists for turning the competition into a very exciting and satisfying day.

The Winners, First Runner-Ups and Honorable Mentions are below.

Parness Concerto Competition
Results from the competition of 2103

Junior Division
Aileen Chung (14), Violin,
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto, No. 3, 1st Movement

First Runner-Up:
Kevin Miura (10), Violin,
Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto, 1st Movement

Honorable Mention:
-Julie Jorgenson (14), Piano,
Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations
-Nathan Le (13), Cello,
Elgar: Cello Concerto
-Andrew Moses (14), Clarinet,
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody

Intermediate Division
Yu Chao Weng (16), Violin,
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto, No. 2, 1st Movement

First Runner-Up:
Benjamin Chilton (18), Viola,
Handel:Viola Concerto, 1st Movement

Honorable Mention:
-David Chang (18) Violin,
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, 1st Movement
-Kazumi Kanagawa (16), Piano,
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto, No. 2, 1st Movement
-Nathan Kirchoff (17), Bassoon,
Von Weber:Concerto in Fmaj. 1st Movement
-Maggie O’Leary (16), Bassoon
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, 1st Movement

Young Adult
Benjamin Manis (19), Cello
Bloch, Schelomo

First Runner-Up:
Kyle Orth, (22), Piano
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st Movement

Honorable Mention:
William Cravy (21), Double Bass,
Haydn: Cello Concerto, 1st Movement (arrng: Cravy)
Jeffery Li (24), Cello,
Prokofiev: Cello Concerto, 1st Movement
-Alexander Park (21), Guitar,
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, 1st Movement
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