December is right around the corner, and with it the inevitable look back at lists and highlights of the year. So for this week’s installment of our Video of the Week, we thought we’d salute four Heifetz Institute alums for whom 2017 has been a milestone year in their career accomplishments – and we look forward to many more!
First up is 18-year old Heifetz 2015 alumna and Heifetz On Tour veteran Emma Wernig,, named just days ago as the winner of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition in Birmingham, UK. Read the whole story in The Strad here about how Emma topped a field of 69 contestants from around the world.
The first performance we have to share is with Emma and cellist Coleman Itzkoff, a fellow Heifetz alum, former Artist in Residence, and veteran of several Heifetz On Tour journeys – including, for the past two years, our Heifetz Holiday Tours. This fall, Coleman was named a Grand Prize winner in the Young Artist Auditions sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Classics Alive Foundation.
From a Heifetz On Tour concert at the Kreeger Museum of Art in Washington, DC, Emma and Coleman are joined by violinist Yezu Woo and Heifetz faculty pianist Anton Smirnoff in the final two movements of the Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, by Brahms.
Next we salute another 18-year old Heifetz alum and tour veteran: Cellist Zlatomir Fung, who this fall was named one of just four winners of the prestigious 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions held in New York. Last year, Zlatomir returned to our campus as the youngest Artist in Residence in our history – and his residency included this performance of the showpiece “At the Fountain,” captured in concert in Francis Auditorium with Heifetz faculty piano coordinator Stefan Petrov.
Then there’s vioilinist Ji-Won Song, no stranger to our Video of the Week pages, nor indeed to the Heifetz Institute. (Ji-Won will part of our upcoming Heifetz Holiday Tour 2017 as well. – check out the schedule at www.heifetzinstitute.org/live). Ji-Won has just been named the Violin Channel’s Young Artist of the Week on the strength of her many recent successes:
VC YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK | 25 year old South Korean violinist Ji Won Song is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young concert artist of outstanding potential | A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory, and current Artist Diploma student of Ida Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein at The Juilliard School, Ji Won is a former 1st prize winner at the Leopold Mozart, China and the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International Violin Competitions, former major prize winner at the Menuhin Competition and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais – and earlier this month, was awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Isang Yun International Violin Competition, in South Korea.
Congrats, Ji-Won! This video features Ji-Won and faculty pianist Beilin Han in a Mozart mood, playing the Violin Concerto No. 3 in concert at Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium.
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