Announcing… Winners from the 2013 Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition!

One of the oldest projects of the Houston Symphony League, this competition was open to student musicians 18 years of age or younger who had not yet graduated from high school and who played any standard orchestral instrument or piano.

This year’s competition took place at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston on Saturday, January 5, 2013. The competition was free and open to the public.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Gold Medal: Charles Seo, cello
Charles will perform Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Houston Symphony in the spring of 2014.

Gold Medal: Charles Seo

Gold Medal: Charles Seo, cello

Silver Medal: Bradley Parrimore, viola

Silver Medal: Bradley Parrimore

Silver Medal: Bradley Parrimore, viola

Bronze Medal: Christina Strohmann, piano

Bronze Medal: Christina Strohmann

Bronze Medal: Christina Strohmann, piano

The Three Winners

The three winners together: Christina Strohmann, Bradley Parrimore, and Charles Seo

Competition finalists with the judges

Competition finalists with the judges

Gold Medalist Charles Seo, cello, performed Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante in E minor, Opus 125 to win the competition.

2013 competition judges included:

Annette DiMedio – Pianist and 1980 First Prize Winner of the Houston Symphony Young Artist Competition. Professor of Music at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, DiMedio has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, and has competed in some of the world’s finest competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition.

Robert Franz – Houston Symphony Associate Conductor, Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic and Music Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Opera and Orchestra. Robert Franz’s appeal as a first-rate conductor and enthusiastic award-winning educator is acclaimed by critics, composers and audiences of all ages.

Daphne Gerling – Violist performs as a chamber musician and soloist. She is on faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music as Artist Teacher of Viola and she also holds one of her degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Rice University. She is also on faculty for the Rafael Trio Chamber Music Workshops and the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts.

For a complete listing of the names of the contestants and the pieces they performed, CLICK HERE.

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