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Virtuosi Concerts’ Young Artist Program exists to promote young classical musicians in Manitoba. Every Virtuosi subscription concert opens with a performance by a Virtuosi Young Artist.

Auditions for the Virtuosi Concerts’ Young Artist Program are held in April at The University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, home to the Virtuosi Concerts series since the hall’s opening in 1993. Each Virtuosi Young Artist, in addition to being awarded a Virtuosi Concerts performance opportunity, is featured in the Virtuosi program, receives an honorarium and is provided with complimentary concert tickets. In 2017, for the first time in the Young Artist Program’s three-year history, all participants were eligible for an audition prize funded solely by donations from Virtuosi audience patrons.


VIRTUOSI CONCERTS ANNOUNCES ITS
YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM 2018 AUDITION WINNERS

On April 8, 2018, 15 young Manitoba classical music students auditioned to become part of Virtuosi Concerts’ 2018-2019 Virtuosi Young Artist Program. Eight winners were selected to perform in the upcoming season. All participants were eligible for an audition prize funded solely by donations from Virtuosi audience patrons.

Virtuosi Concerts’ Young Artist Program exists to promote young classical musicians in Manitoba. Every Virtuosi subscription concert opens with a performance by a Virtuosi Young Artist.

“The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program is quickly becoming Winnipeg‘s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program marries two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic Virtuosi patrons; and, interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians,” says Madeline Hildebrand, Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Coordinator and VCI Board Member.

She continues, “Catching the attention of Manitobans, our program was thrilled to offer free master classes to our Young Artists on May 6, thanks to the generous support from the Kuhl Foundation (Winkler, Manitoba). We look forward to an exciting future!”

Each winning Virtuosi Young Artist performs at the opening of a Virtuosi Concerts performance during the subscription season and is featured in the Virtuosi concert program. They also receive an honorarium and complimentary concert tickets.

Auditions were held at The University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, home to the Virtuosi Concerts series. The audition panel consisted of Harry Strub, Virtuosi Concerts Artistic Director; Michelle Mourre, conductor and Anna Scheider, WSO musician and Virtuosi Concerts Board Member.

The eight winners of the 2018-2019 Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Auditions are:

Albert Chen, piano

Sawyer Craig, soprano

Indra Egan, piano

Emma Johnson, soprano

Juliana Moroz, cello

Sabina Rzazade, piano

Sheva Schwartz, cello

Christina Thanisch-Smith, soprano

Virtuosi Concerts Audience Prizes were awarded to the top three performers:

First Place $500 – Sabina Rzazade, piano

Second $300 – Juliana Moroz, cello

Third $200 – Albert Chen, piano

The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program also features the Winnipeg Music Festival’s Aikins Memorial Trophy winner.

If you would like more information on the Young Artist Program contact:
Madeline Hildebrand, Young Artist Program Coordinator at virtuosiyap@gmail.com.