4 1st prizes have just minutes ago been awarded at the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in New York City – including VC Young Artist, cellist Zlatomir Fung.
The 2017 1st prize winners are:
- 18 year old American VC Young Artist, cellist Zlatomir Fung
- 22 year old South Korean pianist Do-Hyun Kim
- 26 year old Chinese accordionist Hanzhi Wang
- Omer String Quartet
All 4 winners will be invited to join the Young Concert Artists’ roster – granting access to a minimum of 3 years management services, career engagements, publicity and career guidance – plus coveted recital debuts in New York City and at the Washington DC Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This year’s jury comprised: YCA Founder Susan Wadsworth (Chair), violinists Lynn Chang and Benny Kim, violist Scott Nickrenz, cellist Fred Sherry, accordionist William Schimmel, trumpeter Gerard Schwarz - and pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Jerome Lowenthal.
The Young Concert Artists International Auditions differ from a competition, as there are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected – with each candidate competing against a standard of excellence, not each other.
Young Concert Artists alumni include: Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Emanuel Ax and Murray Perahia – and VC Artists Paul Huang, Bella Hristova, Benjamin Beilman, Ray Chen, Stephen Waarts and Soo-Been Lee.