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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The second annual Concerto Competition, presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music, took place at Olin Hall at Bard College on Saturday, December 9, 2006. The winners of the competition, who will perform as soloists with the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard’s Fisher Center in the 2007–08 season, are Wui-Ming Gan, piano; Shawn Moore, violin; and Shun-yang Lee, piano. Yiwen Shen, piano, will perform as soloist with the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra at the Fisher Center on Sunday, April 22, 2007. The Special Vocal Prize was awarded to Chanel Wood, soprano, who will perform with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Center in the 2007–08 season. “Eighteen of our students participated in the competition, and I am proud of each one of them,” said Robert Martin, director of the Conservatory. “I know it was a very difficult decision for the judges to choose among so many gifted and accomplished young artists.” The judges for the competition were Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and music director and principal conductor of both the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel; pianist Ursula Oppens; and cellist Jonathan Spitz, principal cello of the Bard Festival Orchestra. One of last year’s winners, Shuangshuang Liu, will perform as soloist in the Walton Viola Concerto for the American Symphony Orchestra’s March 2 and 3, 2007, concerts at the Fisher Center. For further information about The Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit # About The Bard College Conservatory of Music Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College has launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which welcomed its first class in August 2005. This innovative, double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the art facilities, such as the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Conservatory faculty include violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Soovin Kin, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, Peter Serkin, and piano master classes with Richard Goode; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutists Tara Helen O’Connor and Nadine Asin; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; horn players Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer. The Conservatory Composition Program is directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. The Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence. Members and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are also available for instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals of the Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Bard College Music Program are available to students of the Conservatory. The Conservatory also includes the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts, directed by Dawn Upshaw, and The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman. For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit # # # (12.11.06)

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This event was last updated on 01-25-2007