Parness Concerto Competition 2017
The Competition is Sunday, October 15, 2017
Steinway Piano Gallery
8801 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
There is street parking.
The competition is open to the public. Visit the Steinway Piano Gallery.
Age as of the date of the Competition
Junior-14 and Under
Intermediate-15 through 18
Senior-19 through 25
Matthew Hetz-Tie Breaker
As the Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Fetta is responsible for the creative decisions regarding the performance, the artists and its repertoire. Maestro Fetta’s versatility and skills have been widely acclaimed in both symphonic and operatic repertoire. Maestro Fetta received his musical education and training in New York and Los Angeles and fulfills conducting engagements and operatic coaching assignments throughout the United States.
From coast to coast, Frank Fetta’s musical talents have been glowingly praised and warmly appreciated.
As a guest conductor, Maestro Fetta is in high demand, and Maestro Fetta has had a number of his performances heard on both radio and cable television. Many of his fans enjoyed his appearance in the Blake Edwards’ film, “Mickie And Maude” starring Dudley Moore and Amy Irving and with the Symphony on the David Letterman Film Festival with Michael J. Fox. He was the music consultant on the film “Song of the Lark” which was seen on the Mobil Masterpiece Theater.
He has collaborated with the Riverside Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, Sinfonia Mexicana, Inland Dance Theatre; Fresno Ballet, Symphony and Opera; the Pasadena Symphony; the Honolulu Symphony; Opera A la Carte; the Toledo Opera; and the San Diego Symphony.
Among the fine artists he has conducted are Julian Lloyd Webber, Judy Collins, Louis Lebherz, Suzanna Guzman, Eugene Fodor, Leila Josefowicz, Diane Schuur, Daniel Rodriguez, Lorna Luft, Vicki Carr, and Eduardo Villa.
In addition to his engagements with the Culver City Symphony and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, he is the Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Redlands Bowl Music Festival, Music Director and Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Symphony, Conductor for the Zachary Foundation International Vocal Competition, and Principal Conductor for the Nevada Opera Theatre and other engagements as conductor.
From Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Conductor Fetta’s early passion for music led him to the piano and organ. He still coaches, accompanies, and guides the careers of vocalists and instrumentalists, and serves as organist at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades. But his great love is conducting.
The passionate artistry of violinist Marina Manukian has been heard and embraced throughout Europe, former U.S.S.R. and the United States. At the age of 11, she joined the Radio and Television Violin Ensemble of Armenia thus becoming the youngest professional musician in the former Soviet Union. She received her musical training from Georgi Ajemian, Alice Schoenfeld, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh and Sidney Weiss. Marina has studied at the prestigious Tchaikovsky School of Music in former U.S.S.R., at the Mozarteum School of Music in Salzburg, Austria and is also a University of Southern California graduate with Highest Honors.
She has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras, chamber music concerts and recitals and is a winner of several competitions including National Instrumental Competition in former Soviet Union and Aspen International Music Festival.
Since 2006 Marina has been the Artistic Director Enlightenment Music Series which present concerts performed by the selection of expert chamber musicians, soloists and from around the world. In addition to her solo and chamber music performances Marina has recorded for over 700 television and motion picture scores. Marina has been invited to be part of panel of judges of several competitions including Pasadena Instrumental and Young Musicians Foundation Competitions.
"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
Dr. Tania Fleischer, pianist, conductor and collaborative artist in Southern California is on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches piano and chamber music and directs the LMU Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her work at LMU, Dr. Fleischer directs the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Orchestra and is a Commissioner on the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission.
Dr. Fleischer’s students in piano, voice and instrumental music have had great success as performing artists, teachers and music educators, awarded top honors in competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, From the Top and the L.A. Music Center Spotlight Competition, and have attended top music schools and festivals such as the Curtis Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. She is a passionate advocate for high quality arts education and community engagement in the arts.
Award winning Performing Artist, Chika Inoue (井上知香) is a much sought after solo saxophonist, chamber musician, clinician and master teacher. Known for her beautiful tone and virtuosity, Inoue is committed to promoting the diversity of the saxophone with audiences worldwide.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Inoue has performed in music festivals including The International China Clarinet and Saxophone Music Festival, The Yamaha Saxophone Festival in Japan, and The Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy and appeared in major concert halls such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Sumida Triphony Hall.
A graduate of the USC Thornton School (DMA), California State University, Fresno (MM), and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (BM), Inoue currently teaches at Los Angeles City College, Pierce College, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a endorsed by Henri Selmer Paris Saxophones. www.chikainoue.com
Matthew Hetz, a Los Angeles native, began piano lessons at age 16 whose primary teachers were Marlene Kendall and Howard Weisel, both students of Jakob Gimpel. He began playing the violin at age 23-he is primarily self-taught. Hetz studied composition with former NACUSA President Marshall Bialovsky at Cal State Dominguez Hills, from which he graduate Cum Laude. His works have been performed throughout Los Angeles and nationwide, including performances of his piano works at NACUSA concerts at Hollywood Piano Company, Burbank, and Steinway Piano Gallery, Beverly Hills.
Hetz is an instructor at Santa Monica Emeritus College. He is president/executive director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra/Marina del Rey Symphony, and also plays in the orchestra. He is an environmental and mass transit advocate.