The Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Young Artist Competition held earlier this month. Virtuoso musicians under the age of 18 competed to perform with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. “This is always highly competitive,” explains Music Director Allan R. Scott. “The judges and I are thrilled about the level of young artists competing each year. It is a great barometer that the future of music is in excellent shape.”
Three winners were selected this year, including:
Thirteen-year-old Violinist Lea Wang from Holland, PA performed Pablo de Sarasate’s showpiece Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). Ms. Wang is a distinguished honors student in eighth grade at Holland Middle School in Bucks County, PA. She began studying piano at age four and violin at age six. Ms. Wang has won several other awards, competitions, and scholarships, including the Lansdown Symphony Orchestra Competition, and first prize in the Philadelphia Young Artists Competition. She also serves as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and recently served as the concertmaster of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Junior Strings Intensive. In addition to her playing in orchestras, she also performs chamber music in the region.
Seventeen-year-old Cellist Alexandra “Sasha” He from Bryn Mawr, PA also won for her performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Beginning her musical studies on piano at age five, she made her debut as the winner of the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey in Carnegie Hall at age eight. She turned to cello at age nine and is currently a student of Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar-David. In the past few years, Ms. He has won many concerto competitions and appeared as a soloist with various orchestras in the region, including the symphony orchestras of Ambler, Main Line, Delaware County, Old York Road, and Rose Tree Pops. Last year, she served as principal cellist of the PA Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra and went on to perform in the All-National Symphony Orchestra.
Ten-year-old Violinist Lauren Yoon of Wynnewood, PA was the third winner of the Competition for her performance of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Ms. Yoon has been studying violin for five years and is currently a student at Penn Wynn Elementary. Ms. Yoon has performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Carnegie Hall with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and also won first prize in several other competitions, including the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, and the International Shining Stars Concerto Competition. She currently studies with Juilliard School teacher Masao Kawasaki and Paul Arnold of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
All three winners of the Young Artist Competition will perform during the 2018-2019 Season on a subscription concert, Saturday, 2 March 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information, follow SPSO on Facebook or go to www.spso.info or contact the Symphony at 267-328-4493.