Winners of the fourth annual Young Artists Competition, sponsored by the Sarah Lawrence College Music Department, have been announced and will perform with the Sarah Lawrence Chamber Orchestra in a free concert on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. The winners, who will each receive a $500 prize, are: Ji Lin Yang, violin, String Division; Brea Weil-Hearon, flute, Wind/Brass Division; and Chia-Jung Tsay, piano, Piano Division. The program will include An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copeland, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn, Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Totentatz by Franz Liszt. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.
The Young Artist Competition, which is open to high school students, attracts young musicians from throughout the country and as far as Canada.
The String Division Prize was won by seventeen-year-old violinist Ji In Yang who came from Korea to the U.S. in 1995 to study at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts Pre-College Division. Ms. Yang, who began violin studies at the age of six, has won numerous competitions in Korea including first prize at the 1991 Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition. In 1998, she performed the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra as a result of winning the school's violin competition. At the Aspen Music School she has performed with the Young Artists Orchestra and in the Sterling Recital Series. Ms. Yang has also given recitals at Paul Recital Hall in Lincoln Center.
The Wind/Brass Division Prize was won by eighteen-year-old flutist Brea Weil-Hearon, who grew up in Walnut Creek, California and is currently a senior at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Ms. Weil-Hearon is a student of Sue Ann Kahn in the Honors Program at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, where she is also Principal Flute of the Senior Orchestra. For the past two years she has attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, studying with Christina Andrews. She has also studied with Mary Krusenstjerna and Sophia Kim at the Eastman Community Education Department.
The Piano Division Prize was won by Chia-Jung Tsay, who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16 and has recently been chosen, along with three string players, to perform the world premiere of the commissioned Piano Quartet by composer Gordon Beeferman at Carnegie Hall in April, 1999. Ms. Tsay has performed as a guest artist with various symphonies throughout the U.S., and has won numerous piano concertos including First Place in the 1994 Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, Third Place in the Fifth Annual International Young Artists.
Piano Competition, Second Place in the 1998 San Francisco Concerto Orchestra International Piano Competition, and First Place in the 1998 42nd American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition. Ms. Tsay has studied with Phillip Kawin, Dmitry Rachmanov, Katherine Parker, and currently studies with Victoria Mushkatol in the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts.