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2015 – 21st annual Van Buren Concerto Competition Young Artists Debut Concert
Amazing Prodigies, Great Concertos

April 7, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Newmark Theatre

A Gala Concert spotlighting the outstanding winners of the 21st annual Young Artists Debut! Competition conducted by Niel Deponte.

Tickets are available at http://www.portland5.com/tickets

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 thank you to our 2014 YAD 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
The Tooze Memorial Scholarship Fund
Ronni Lacroute & The WillaKenzie Estate
The Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation
The Brookby Foundation and funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art

The winning young artists for 2015 are:

Emily Brother of West Linn, Oregon is a 17 year-old pianist and studies with Dorothy Fahlman. Emily is a senior at West Linn High School and will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, movement 1. Emily is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! competition, having also performed in the 2013 concert.

John Fawcett of Bend, Oregon is a 14 year-old violinist and studies with Kathryn Lucktenberg of Eugene. John is an 8th grader at St. Francis of Assisi and will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor .

Fumika Mizuno of Tigard, Oregon is a 16 year-old violinist and studies with Carol Sindell. Fumika is a sophomore at Tualatin High School and will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Movement 1.

Hannah Moon of Portland, Oregon is a 17 year-old pianist and studies with Kelli Stephens. Hannah is a senior at Lincoln High School and will perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in Bb minor. Hannah is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! competition, having also performed in the 2013 concert.

Daniel Rodricks of Camas, Washington is a 18 year-old pianist and studies with Shirley Brendlinger. Daniel is a senior at Union High School and will perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Annie Zhang of Beaverton, Oregon is a 12 year-old cellist and studies with Marilyn de Oliveira. Annie is a 7th grader at Westgate Christian School and will perform Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky.

Photo credit for YAC images goes to Lloyd Lemmermann

Each young artist will perform their concerto at the April 7th 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 a very special class chosen not only for their current level of artistry but also because our younger soloists show a musical gift that offers the promise of an amazing future in music for them."

2014 Young Artists Debut!

2014 Winners

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