This is the official page for NEMTA's String Competition 2021. It is an international classical music event open to participants of all ages, levels and nationalities. We welcome you and invite you to familiarize yourself with the rules of the Competition. We look forward to hearing you perform!
Open - Prep:
1st: Elena Yamaga
2nd: Marco Zhou
Open - Elementary:
1st: Valentina Chen (violin)
1st: Aiden Yedidia (cello)
2nd: Fiona Hu (cello)
Open - Junior:
1st: Maxine Chen
Open - Senior:
1st: Yiru Zhou
Adult:1st: Sun Shiqi
Virtuoso Elementary (violin):
1st: Valentina Chen
2nd: Ivy Hahn
3rd: Emilie Lin
Honorable Mention: Mason Chu
Honorable Mention: Lara Saliba
Honorable Mention: Joshua Lee
Virtuoso Junior (violin):
1st: Sayuri Deshmukh & Maxine Chen (tie)
Virtuoso Junior (cello):
1st: Midor Fryderyk
2nd: Emanuel Grigori Schulze
Virtuoso Senior (cello):
1st: Ava Rosenbaum
Virtuoso Senior (violin):
1st: Iris Sung
2nd: Jeffrey Xu
3rd: Yiru Zhou
1st: Lara Saliba (CASH PRIZE WINNER)
2nd: Ivy Hahn
3rd: Valentina Chen
1st: Fryderyk Midor (CASH PRIZE WINNER)
2nd: Iris Sung
3rd: Ava Rosenbaum
Honorable Mention: Emanuel Grigori Schulze
Student of Stefan Jackiw
Student of Leon Shteyman, Scherzo Music Studio
Student of Stefan Jackiw
Student of Krunoslav Maric, Glazbena skola Vatroslava Lisinskog
Student of Prof. David Grigorian
Student of Prof. David Grigoria, Thomas Georgi-Music School
Student of Masao Kawasaki, Juilliard Pre-College
Student of Kevin Krentz, Mercer Island High School
Student of Prof. Leon Shteyman, Scherzo Music Studio
NEMTA Strings is a division of NEMTA Festival that focuses on needs, goals and accomplishments of musicians of string instruments. With international outreach programs, NEMTA Strings strives to raise the bar for string students to promote excellence, professionalism and musicianship. Our goal is to offer performance opportunities, educational programs and evaluation services globally. Consistent with NEMTA's overall slogan "Music Without Borders", NEMTA Strings brings musicians from all over the world in an Annual String Competition every spring.
In the past, string players participated in the NEMTA Annual Festival together with other instrumentalists, with auditions being held at local music schools/universities and the Winners Recital held at the Dolan Performance Hall in Morristown, NJ. Last year during the COVID Pandemic, NEMTA Festival was forced to transition to an online platform and has since expanded its geographical borders to students outside of the immediate Tri-State area. Currently, NEMTA Strings is no longer limited to US entries and is a truly a global event!
Due to the world COVID pandemic, Strings Competition 2021 will be held entirely online. Students of all ages and levels are invited to apply. Please save the following important dates to remember:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
RECORDING SUBMISSION: April 30, 2021
AUDITIONS: MAY 8 & 9, 2021
OPEN AUDITIONS are available for 5 different age divisions and are evaluated by judges who provide a detailed written feedback scorecard to each participant and ranks top 3 winners in each category. A contestant may submit a music selection of their choice.
VIRTUOSO AUDITIONS represent a more demanding level of competition consisting of 2 rounds - preliminary ROUND 1 & the final ROUND 2. The Judges will select 6 candidates from the Preliminary ROUND 1 to advance to the finals in ROUND 2. The top 3 finalists in each age division in ROUND 1 are not necessarily those that will be invited to participate in the finals in ROUND 2. For example, the judges may decide to invite 4 students from the Elementary Age Division & 2 students from the Preparatory Division for the Finals. A student's excellence in performing is the only factor to be considered for Virtuoso finals ROUND 2 regardless of age. There will be 2 age divisions in ROUND 2 finals: Virtuoso Finals (ROUND 2) - Junior and Virtuoso Finals (ROUND 2) - Senior. The Finals will be adjudicated by an international panel of judges who select the top 3 winners of the NEMTA Strings Competition 2021.
EVALUATIONS - a non-competitive event that offers a student opportunity to work with the Judge directly to receive feedback and advice in a confidential, low-pressure environment. Evaluations are not a public event. Only the judges assigned will hear, evaluate and comment on any particular evaluation performance.
The following age divisions are offered to participants of the Strings Competition - Open Auditions & Virtuoso Auditions (ROUND 1):
Preparatory: 6 - 8 years old
Elementary: 9 - 11 years old
Intermediate: 12 - 14 years old
Senior: 15 - 17 years old
Adult: 18 + years old
The following age divisions will be adjudicated in the Strings Competition - Virtuoso Auditions (ROUND 2):
Junior: 6 - 11 years old
Senior: 12 - 17 years old
* All participants are invited to enter the Open Auditions of the Strings Competition in the appropriate category and age division.
* A student may enter their Age Division or an older Age Division only. In other words, a younger student may participate in the older Age Division, but an older student cannot participate in the younger Age Division.
* Multiple entries per participant are permitted to increase chances of victory in any given category
* A selection of any choice must be submitted for consideration in the Open Auditions.
* Results will be announced on the website under Results & Placement
* Virtuoso Auditions are the most competitive event at the Festival and consists of 2 rounds - the Preliminary ROUND 1 and the Finals ROUND 2. Judges will select 6 finalists from the younger age group (6 - 11 years old) and 6 finalists from the older age group (12 - 17 years old) of the Virtuoso Auditions - ROUND 1 to participate in the finals in ROUND 2.
* Two contrasting pieces or one movement of a concerto must be presented for VIRTUOSO Auditions (ROUND 2). Only one piece will be adjudicated in the Preliminary ROUND 1. If the student is selected to advance to ROUND 2, they must present two contrasting pieces (or one movement of a concerto) for the finals. One piece may be the same as was adjudicated in ROUND 1. Suggested list of selections for Virtuoso Auditions is below. However, any selection of similar level will be considered.
* Results will be announced on the website under Results & Placement
* All video recordings must be acoustic and not amplified. The use of microphone in the room is permitted during a video recording.
* All video recordings must be unedited, ie no sound enhancement, editing, mixing through any professional or non-professional soundboard, equipment, recording studios, etc. permitted. The videos must be shot uninterrupted.
* Please note: if the video sounds edited in any way, the Judge can potentially disqualify it without asking further questions.
*All performances must be done from memory
* All repeats, interludes, bridges, and instrumental parts may be shortened
* Accompaniment can be live or recorded. Variations in tempo are permitted. Orchestral arrangements are not permitted (piano/keyboard preferred). Unaccompanied submissions will be disqualified.
Goran Končar, one of the most prominent Croatian violinists, born 1954, studied at the Zagreb Music Academy in the classes of Martin Borić and Josip Klima. He achieved his M.A. degree in the class of Leonid Kogan at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He continued his musical training with Max Rostal in Bern and Henryk Szeryng in Gen
Goran Končar, one of the most prominent Croatian violinists, born 1954, studied at the Zagreb Music Academy in the classes of Martin Borić and Josip Klima. He achieved his M.A. degree in the class of Leonid Kogan at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He continued his musical training with Max Rostal in Bern and Henryk Szeryng in Geneve. Then he continued studying under Yfrah Neaman in London to become his assistant at the Guildhall School of Music in the period 1981 – 1983. He started his international soloist career in 1982, undertaking guest tours in most European countries, the USA, Japan and Israel. In the period from 1984 to 1994 he was concert master of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic. He also performed in many concerts with eminent orchestras and conductors throughout the world.
Končar is the recipient of many first and special awards at numerous national competitions in the country, as well as the Music Life award in Moscow (1980) for the performance of the Concerto for the Violin and Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich, the first prize at the International Competition in Bratislava (1984) and other top acknowledgments. The long list of his awards includes the outstanding Vladimir Nazor Award (2006).
Končar’s first disc was published in 1984 by EMI in London, and he has also recorded for the BBC, CBS, France Musique, HRT and other radio and television stations. Croatia Records published one of the rare integral performances of Eugène Ysaÿe’s solo violin sonatas. From 1987 to 2012 he directed the Zagreb Quartet and for the quarter of the century he embedded his skill and art into the existence of this oldest chamber ensemble, not only in Croatia but in Europe as well. The Zagreb Quartet was established as far back as 1919, and for the period of almost a century it was a basis of the tradition of chamber music-making in Croatia; in this tradition Goran Končar is certainly one of the pivotal personalities. During this period he appeared in more than 2,000 concerts, and under his guidance the Zagreb Quartet had more than 1,000 performances, appearing on all continents in best known world concert halls, and cooperated with a large number of Croatian and foreign soloists. Končar also played the majority of first performances of works composed by Croatian composers written for the strings quartet, and he also published 15 albums. What should not be forgotten is the fact that the Quartet had to find a solution for their working space as a crucial problem. In the year 2007, supported by the City of Zagreb, the Zagreb Quartet was granted their own studio in 31 Ilica Street. Under Končar’s guidance the Zagreb Quartet performed all quartets composed by Shostakovich, Mozart, Prokofiev, Janáček, the majority of Haydn’s quartets and all quintets.
Jeremy Mastrangelo has been a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, in Ottawa, since 2014 and was guest principal second violin with the NACO for the final three years of Pinchas Zukerman's tenure as music director of the orchestra. Previously, he was associate concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and was designated t
Jeremy Mastrangelo has been a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, in Ottawa, since 2014 and was guest principal second violin with the NACO for the final three years of Pinchas Zukerman's tenure as music director of the orchestra. Previously, he was associate concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and was designated to be the orchestra's next concertmaster in 2010. During his time with the SSO, Jeremy was a featured soloist on multiple occasions, including performances of Bach’s Concerto for two violins with Jaime Laredo, Brahms' “Double“ Concerto, the Sibelius violin concerto, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the National Ballet of Canada. Prior to his work in Syracuse, Mastrangelo was co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami. Mr. Mastrangelo has been a finalist in the Julius Stulberg competition and was also the top prize winner in the National Federation of Music Clubs student auditions. In addition to his orchestral career, Mastrangelo performs frequently in solo recitals and chamber music concerts, and has been featured on the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music series on several occasions as well as NACO's MFASA series. He has also performed with the Chamber Players of Canada and Kathleen Battle. From 2004 until 2009, he was an Affiliate Artist faculty member at Syracuse University. Mr. Mastrangelo holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Michigan, where he studied with William Preucil and Paul Kantor, respectively.
Jeremy and his wife, Sara, live in Ottawa with their two children. When they aren't in rehearsals or performing, they enjoy hiking in the hills of Gatineau and encouraging their children's interests in music, dance, baseball, and art.
David Grigorian studied with Mistislav Rostropovich at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and in 1970 he was prize-winner at the Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow for cello. He has enjoyed success on the concert platforms of France, Spain, Holland, Austria, Germany and former Yugoslavia, and appeared in cultural centers of the then
David Grigorian studied with Mistislav Rostropovich at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and in 1970 he was prize-winner at the Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow for cello. He has enjoyed success on the concert platforms of France, Spain, Holland, Austria, Germany and former Yugoslavia, and appeared in cultural centers of the then Soviet Union such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Riga and Novosibirsk. He played with the following conductors: M. Rostropowitsch, R. Reuter, W. Nelson, W. Sinaisky, O. Kosushi and others. His chamber-music partners have included A. Nasedkin, Dang Thay Schon, I. Zhukov, G. Zislin, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rudiakov and L.Lissovaja. He has held professorships in Novosibirsk, Gorky, Moscow, Zagreb and Saarbrücken and directs international master-classes in several Eastern European countries as well as in Spain, Italy, and other European countries. In addition to his career as a cellist, David Grigorian takes care of the next generation of musicians, a true student of Rostropovich. In the Soviet Union he already held various professorships for music, including in Moscow, Gorky and Novosibirsk. In Germany he taught cello at the Saarland University of Music in Saarbrücken. He also teaches and promotes highly talented young musicians. Like Mstislav Rostropowitsch, David Grigorian is both: an extraordinarily skilled music teacher and at the same time a musician of first-class artistic status.
His repertoire is wide ... His technique is ... phenomenal ... At his concert in Munich you could now experience first hand the musical power of the man ... Every note becomes a room-filling sound, every note is integrated into coherent melos ... almost irrepressible musicality ... Such a thorough understanding of the music and, above all, its implementation requires more than studying the sheet music .. (Süddeutsche Zeitung
Expression of his artistic personality is z. B. his interpretation of Waxmann's Carmenfantasie (a Bizet arrangement by the composer for Jascha Heifetz), in which he plays the violin part on his cello. He is also known for his thoroughly original interpretation of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words and the arrangement of Shostakovich's viola sonata, which he performs in the version for cello and piano together with his wife Ludmila Lissovaja.
With all his skill and technical perfection, David Grigorian's game has retained the artistic qualities that have always distinguished him: liveliness, individuality and uniqueness.
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