RESULTS OF THE 5th TORONTO SINFONIETTA CONCERTO COMPETITION 2010/2011

For the best performance of a classical or early romantic solo work with orchestra

The Jury of Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition composed of prominent educators, musicians, soloists and members of Toronto Sinfonietta auditioned 44 competitors on December 6, 2010.

Jury of the 5th Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition

piano:
Alexander Kats, pianist, teacher
Lydia Wong, pianist, University of Toronto Professor
Norbert Palej, pianist, composer, University of Toronto Professor
Matthew Jaskiewicz, Toronto Sinfonietta Music Director

strings:
Bronson Kwan, violin, Toronto Sinfonietta Concertmaster, teacher
Janusz Borowiec, Toronto Sinfonietta first cello, teacher
Norbert Palej, pianist, composer, University of Toronto Professor
Matthew Jaskiewicz, Toronto Sinfonietta Music Director

winds:
Milan Brunner, Toronto Sinfonietta first flute
Norbert Palej, pianist, composer, University of Toronto Professor
Matthew Jaskiewicz, Toronto Sinfonietta Music Director

Our selection criteria included not just technical precision and skill, but the interpretation and emotional expressiveness of the performance. Our jurors were given a difficult task, and after much deliberation, we are very pleased to announce the winners of our competition:

FINAL RESULTS

Winds 16 - 19

Winner, First Prize
- Lily Chapnik, clarinet - C. M. Weber - Clarinet concerto no 1 in F Minor, 3rd mvt Rondo

Strings under 16

Winner, First prize ex-equo
- Leslie Ashworth, violin - H.Wieniawski - Violin Concerto in D Minor, 1st mvt
- Nicole Li, violin - Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, 1st mvt

Second Prize
- Emma Meinrenken, violin - E.Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole, 5th mvt

Third Prize
- Daniel Hass, cello - Schumann - Cello Concerto in A Minor, 1st mvt

Strings 16 - 19

Winner, First Prize
- Daniel Temnik, violin - H.Wieniawski - Violin Concerto nor 2, 1st mvt

Second Prize
- Katya Poplyansky, violin - Saint Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Third Prize
- Sarah Velasco, violin - W.A.Mozart - Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major, 1st mvt

Piano under 16

Winner, First Prize
- Annie Zhou - F.Chopin, piano concerto no. 2 in F Minor, 1st mvt

Second Prize
- Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston - E.Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Minor, 1st mvt

Third Prize
- Vicky Kuo - R.Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st mvt

Piano 16 - 19

Winner, First Prize
- Anna Vertypolokh - L. van Beethoven - Piano Concerto no 3 in C Minor, 1st mvt

Second Prize
- Pamela Leung - F.Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor, 1st mvt

Third Prize
- Jason Lee - E.Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Minor, 3rd mvt

All six winners will perform with the Toronto Sinfonietta at our Gala Concert on February 26, 2011 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 63 Charles St. West, Toronto. All of you - musicians, teachers, and parents - are invited to attend this concert. We will present the competition awards at that time, and all those who took part in the competition will receive Certificates of Participation.

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all the teachers and parents. We know that you came with high hopes for your children and students, and you have our admiration and respect for working so hard to help them aspire to such high artistic standards.

Many thanks also to our committee and volunteers for putting on the competition. In addition, we wish to thank the Toronto Arts Council and Jacoll Restaurants for generously sponsoring our gala.

The Toronto Sinfonietta is committed to giving young musicians the chance to perform in public with a professional orchestra, and we hope that you will continue to work with us toward this goal. We invite you to participate in future events, and we welcome your comments on how we can make the Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition even better.

Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone for making this year's competition a great success.


Sincerely yours,

          Vera Mraz, Toronto Sinfonietta President
          Matthew Jaskiewicz, Music Director
          Jenny Chan, Competition Secretary