2012 Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition

March 4, 2012

58th Annual Competition – $5,000 in prizes – Free Concert.

On Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm, an audience of more than 160 joined Friends of Chamber Music for a FREE PUBLIC CONCERT, the 58th annual Young Musicians Chamber Music Competition. The concert was held in the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver.

We are thrilled by the passion and skill shown by the young musicians in playing such wonderful music. These finalist groups were selected from play-down auditions in February 2012. This free concert is also a great way for people of all ages to come out and hear chamber music from the classical, Romantic and modern periods, whether for the first time or after decades of enjoyment. It was great to see that so many people decided to do just that!

And for the third consecutive time, audience members voted on $500 prizes awarded to both a junior (up to age 18) and senior (up to age 26) ensemble. A Friends of Chamber Music board member again made this possible by his generosity.

The two adjudicators, George Zukerman, bassoon soloist and impresario, and Bryan King, violinist and teacher, awarded one 1st and two 2nd junior prizes and two 1st senior prizes.

First Prize, Junior Category (the Koerner Prize, in memory of Mr. Fred Koerner)

Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2, Opus 67 – Allegretto
Stephen Li, violin
Trisha Doo, cello
Ben Su, piano

Second Prize, Junior Category:

Beethoven – String Trio in C minor, Opus 9 No. 3 – Allegro con spirito
Melody Yuan, violin
Enoch Ng, viola
Garwyn Linnell, cello

Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2, Opus 67 – Allegretto
Madeline Hocking, violin
Eli Schweitzer, cello
Josiah Schweitzer, piano

First Prize, Senior Category:

Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence, String Sextet in D minor, Opus 70 – Allegro con spirito (audience prize winners)
Johanna Qvamme, violin
Esther Hwang, violin
Calvin Yang, viola
Onyou Lee, viola
Luke Kim, cello
Adam McKenzie, cello

Ravel – String Quartet in F major – Assez vif, tres rythmé
Anita Lee, violin
Katie Ho, violin
Catherine Chen, viola
Judy Lou, cello

Honourable mention, junior category:

Beethoven – String Quartet in A major, Opus 18 No. 5 – Allegro (audience prize winners)
Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin
Kathy Chen, violin
Calvin Yang, viola
Emily Ahn, cello

Beethoven – Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70 No. 1 – Allegro vivace e con brio
Brendan Ling, violin
Grace Sohn, cello
Victoria Lui, piano

Honourable mention, senior category:

Fine – Partita – 5 movements
Samantha Quon, flute
Diana Chan, oboe
Matt Darling, clarinet
Bernie Choy, bassoon
Jason Ford, horn

Thanks to the musicians, the judges, those who contributed to the prizes, the Friends board members who organized the event, the Vancouver Academy of Music for hosting, CFRO Co-op Radio who recorded the event for later broadcast, and all the audience members! See you next year!