2019 Concerto Movement Competition

The Palo Alto Philharmonic is pleased to announce a Concerto Movement Competition for performance of instrumental and vocal works with orchestral accompaniment.  The purpose of the competition is to recognize outstanding talent and provide an invaluable learning experience to music students.  The competition is underwritten by J. W. & H. M. Goodman.

A group of Finalists has now been selected.

Spencer Cha, piano                      Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (3rd mvmt)

Ethan Chen, cello                         Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Wilson Chen, cello                        Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1st mvmt)

Catherine Choi, cello                    Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1st mvmt)

Melody Gawon Choi, violin           Ravel: Tzigane

Solomon Ge, piano                        Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C, Op. 26 (1st mvmt)

Edward Jung, violin                       Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1st mvmt)

David Kwan, piano                         Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1st mvmt)

Hanoom Lee, violin                        Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Isabelle Liu, violin                         Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (3rd mvmt)

Juehan Liu, piano                          Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15 (1st mvmt)

Shannon Ma, violin                        Saint-Saens: Havanaise

Ajay Mallya, violin                         Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (1st mvmt)

Cassandra May, violin                    Vieuxemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor (1st mvmt)

Simon Minami, cello                      Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb, Op. 107 (mvmts 3-4)

Karina Tseng, piano                       Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor (1st mvmt)

Andrew Wang, piano                      Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1st mvmt)

Ryan Wang, piano                          Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st mvmt)

Vivian Wang, piano                        Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor (2nd mvmt)

Welton Wang, piano                       Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15 (1st mvmt)

Charlotte Wong, piano                   Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C, Op. 26 (1st mvmt)

Joshua Yoon, piano                        Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (3rd mvmt)

These Finalists should plan to attend the Live Auditions on Saturday, February 23, 2019 between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM at the Palo Alto Art Center, located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto.  Finalists will perform the same piece at the live audition that was submitted with the application.  Each finalist must provide an accompanist to play the piano reduction of the orchestra score.  Three photocopies of the piano score with measures numbered at the beginning of every line must be supplied to the Judges.  Winners will be announced by March 11, 2019.

Unfortunately, we have only a limited number of Finalist slots. The Palo Alto Philharmonic would like to thank all applicants for their excellent submissions, and in particular the following Honorable Mention submissions:

Rachel Broweleit, cello

Alexander Canicosa-Miles, cello

Warren Chang, cello

Darrin Cheng, marimba

Emily Hwang, viola

Elliott Kau, piano

Jocelyn Li, piano

Darren Lin, piano

Celicia Thendean, piano

Erin Yu, piano

Nathan Zhu, piano

Winners will perform their chosen works with the Palo Alto Philharmonic in a concert on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 3:00 PM in the Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA.  Winners must be available for rehearsals on the following dates: 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 and dress rehearsal on 5/17 (all rehearsals start at 7:30 PM).  IMPORTANT: Please check your schedule and MAKE SURE these dates are available before you submit an application, including the 2/23/19 Live Audition, the five rehearsals listed above, and the 5/19/19 concert.  None of these dates can be altered for any applicant.

Though memorizing is encouraged, sheet music may be used for audition and performance.  The decision of the judges is final, and will be based solely on the quality of the musical performance presented.

For additional information or questions about the competition or the orchestra, write us at info@paphil.org, call the Palo Alto Philharmonic at (408) 395-2911, or visit our web site at www.paphil.org.