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2014 — 20th annual Van Buren Concerto Competition Young Artists Debut Concert
Amazing Prodigies, Great Concertos

A Gala Concert spotlighting the outstanding winners of the 20th annual Young Artists Debut! Competition conducted by Niel Deponte.

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Featured Alumna Guest, violin soloist Becky Anderson:

This concert is sponsored by Mr. John Van Buren in support of the children of the Portland, Vancouver communities in pursuing their musical goals. We gratefully acknowledge his support, and the support of our other major sponsors:
The Arnold Marks Family Trust
Portland'5 Center for the Arts
The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Jack and Lynn Loacker
Analia and John Earhart
Wendy Warren and Thom Brown
Mrs. Mary Tooze
Ronni Lacroute & The WillaKenzie Estate
The Brookby Foundation and funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art

The winning young artists for 2014 were:

Kristina Dill of Brush Prairie, Washington is an 18 year-old violinist and studies with Carol Sindell. Kristina is a junior at Lewis & Clark College and will perform Ravel’s Tzigane.

Valerie Ding of Portland, Oregon is a 17 year-old pianist and studies with Kelli Stephens. Valerie is a junior at Catlin Gabel and will perform the first movement of St. Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Valerie is now a three-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! competition, having also performed in the 2010 and 2012 concerts.

Byron Fulop Laing of Portland, Oregon is a 16 year-old violinist and studies with Kathryn Gray and Paul Kantor. Byron is a home-schooled sophomore and will perform Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole op. 21.

Aveek Ganguly of Beaverton, Oregon is a 14 year-old pianist and studies with Barbara Parker. Aveek is an 8th grader at Meadow Park Summa and will perform the third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Rachel Graves of Vancouver, Washington is a 16 year-old violinist and studies with Carol Sindell. Rachel is a junior at Mountain View High School and is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! competition, having also performed in the 2012 concert. She will perform Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.

Carly Cooney of Lake Oswego, Oregon is a 13 year-old mezzo soprano and studies with Angela Niederloh. Carly is a freshman at Lake Oswego High School and will perform will perform the aria, "Che faro senza Euridice", from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice Act 3.

Kristin Qian of West Linn, Oregon is a 16 year-old violinist and studies with Carol Sindell. Kristin is a senior at Catlin Gabel and is now a three-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! Competition, having also performed in the 2010 and 2012 concerts. Kristin will join fellow 2014 winner Emma Simmons and guest artist Becky Anderson to play the first movement of the Bach Triple Violin Concerto in D Major.

Emma Simmons of Portland, Oregon is a 17 year-old violinist and studies with Carol Sindell. Emma is a senior at Lincoln High School. Emma will join fellow 2014 winner Kristin Qian and guest artist Becky Anderson to play the first movement of the Bach Triple Violin Concerto in D Major

Rebecca Yakos of Forest Grove, Oregon is a 17 year-old soprano and studies with Angela Niederoh. Rebecca is a junior at Forest Grove High School and will perform the vocal duet, Verdi’s “Un di, felice” from La Traviata with fellow 2014 winner Trevor Dunn.

Trevor Dunn of Clackamas, Oregon is a 17 year-old tenor who studies with Lisa Mooyman. Trevor is a senior at Clackamas High School. Trevor will perform the vocal duet, Verdi’s “Un di, felice” from La Traviata with fellow 2014 winner Rebecca Yakos.

Lauren Yoon of Lake Oswego, Oregon is a 15 year-old pianist and studies with Elizabeth Stern. Lauren is a freshman at Lakeridge High School. She is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! competition having also performed in the 2012 concert and will perform the last movement of the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2.

 

Photo credit for YAD images goes to Lloyd Lemmermann

Each young artist will perform their concerto at the April 1st concert, and will participate in three months of free coaching sessions with DePonte. At these sessions they discuss not only the interpretation of their concertos, but also how to solo with an orchestra, ways to approach repertoire, and what it takes to be a professional musician.

After this year¹s competition, DePonte, who is also Music Director and Conductor for Oregon Ballet Theatre and who has been nominated for a Grammy Award as a concerto soloist himself said, "This is the largest class of soloists in our 20 year history! I am thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary concert by having audience favorite and rising violin star Becky Anderson back to join us. I truly believe these young virtuosi will grow up to change the world, and not just in music. I'd like to thank John Van Buren for his support of our efforts to provide opportunities for young musicians."

Book Your Tickets now for the 20th Annual YAD Concert, Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm.

 

Meet the 2014 Winners of the 20th Annual Young Artist Debut! Competition

2013 Young Artists Debut!

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