Parness Concerto Competition 2017
The Competition was Sunday, October 15, 2017
Steinway Piano Gallery
8801 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Age as of the date of the Competition
Junior-14 and Under
Intermediate-15 through 18
Senior-19 through 25
The Orchestra sponsored Parness Concerto Competition, 2017, moved east to the beautiful and welcoming Steinway Piano Gallery, Beverly Hills. Store Manager David Ida was the perfect host as we ran the competition. Visit Steinway Gallery to see their offering of pianos at various prices for various budgets. Below are photos of the contestants.
The judges were Conductor Frank Fetta; Violinist/Music Administrator Marina Manukian; Pianist/Conductor/LMU Professor Tania Fleischer; and Saxophonist /Touring Artist/Professor Chika Inoue with Orchestra President/Executive Director Matthew Hetz as tie-breaker, director and photographer. Judges' Bios
Once again, with the high level of young musicians performing the judges faced difficult decisions in naming the Winners and Honorable Mention.
All contestants were outstanding, and we thank them for gracing the competition with their talents, dedication and hard work. We wish them the best as they go forward in Music. We also thank the contestants’ parents, guardians and teachers who shepherd these young musicians in their journeys in music and throughout Southern California.
The Orchestra’s opening concert of the 2017-18 Season features two Winners from the 2016 Competition: Talon Smith and Allison Yo, both pianists.
We hope to see you at our concerts, LINK.
Matthew Hetz, Executive Director and President
PARNESS CONCERTO COMPETITION, 2017
JUNIOR DIVISION (Up to Age 14):
Dominik Yoder-Piano, Prokofiev, Piano Concerto, No. 3
INTERMEDIATE DIVISION (Ages 15-18):
Andy Park-Viola, Enesco, Rhapsodie
Victor Shlyakhtenko-Piano, Liszt, Piano Concerto, No. 1
Nathan Gendler-Violin, Lalo, Symphonie Espagnol
Matthew Chang-Violin, Bruch, Violin Concerto, No. 1
Anna Yoo-Violin, Conus, Violin Concerto
Claire Park-Cello, Elgar, Cello Concerto
"I played with that orchestra in 1992. It was my first full concerto performance...an important moment in my life, and an exciting one."
Robert Thies, Pianist, on performing with the orchestra as a winner of the Parness Competition.
Mr. Thies later went on to be awarded First Prize in the Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. The only American pianist awarded First Prize in a Russian Competition in four decades. He is active with concerts and recordings of concertos, chamber music and solo performances.
2017-Parness Young Artists Concerto Competition
Culver City Symphony Orchestra
SoCal Symphony Society
P.O Box 4846 Culver City, CA 90231
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