School of Music students from three divisions—piano, strings, and orchestral instruments— perform for outside judges in the 22nd annual Concerto Competition. Finalists are Zoe Funai, flute, Natalie Ham, flute; Katherine Isbill, flute; Masa Ohtake, trombone; David Colmenares, viola; Allion Salvador, violin; Charles Welty, bass; Nicholas Tagab, piano; Brent Nitta, piano; Ching-Yueh "Andrew" Chen, piano; Thomas Lee, piano; and Li-Cheng Hung, piano.
Der Schwanendreher DAVID COLMENARES
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Joseph Dougherty, accompanist
I. Zwischen Berg und tiefem Tal (Between mountain and deep valley)
David Colmenares is a senior in Bioengineering and Computer Engineering. He began studying violin when he was five years old and has studied with Sharon Miller, Kent Coleman, and Simon James. He currently studies viola with Melia Watras. David was also a member of the Quantum String Quartet, which won the UW Chamber Music Competition in 2010.
Concerto for Flute & Orchestra ZOE FUNAI
Carl August Nielsen (1865–1931) Megan McElroy, accompanist
I. Allegro Moderato
Zoe Funai is currently a junior at the University of Washington on track to receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and Communications, as well as a Foster Business School Sales Certificate. In 2010, she was recognized as one of fourteen Miyazawa Emerging Artists. Zoe is a student of Donna Shin.
Concerto for Flute & Orchestra in D Major, Op. 283 KATHERINE ISBILL
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) Kristine Anderson, accompanist
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Lento e mesto
Doctoral candidate Katherine Isbill is a third year doctoral student at the University of Washington majoring in flute performance studying with Donna Shin. She plans to graduate in June 2013.
Violin Concerto, Op. 14 Allion Salvador
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Joseph Dougherty, accompanist
Presto in Moto Perpetuo
Allion Salvador, a student of Ron Patterson, is in his third year at the University of Washington. He is currently pursuing double degrees in violin performance and neurobiology.
Concerto for Double Bass in f# minor, Op. 3 CHARLES WELTY
Sergei Koussevitzky (1874-1951 Monica Yoon, accompanist
Charles Welty is a first-year Masters of Music student studying double bass performance with Barry Lieberman.
Concerto for Flute & Orchestra NATALIE HAM
Lowell Lieberman (b. 1961) Angela Draghicescu, accompanist
Natalie Ham has received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music and is now continuing her studies by pursuing the Master of Music degree here at the University of Washington. She is currently studying with Donna Shin and is planning to graduate in 2014.
Piano Concerto No. 2, F Major Op. 102 Nicholas Tagab
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Ting Yao Huang, accompanist
Nicholas Tagab is currently a sophmore in the B.Mus. piano performance program studying with Dr. Robin McCabe.
Concerto in F BRENT NITTA
George Gershwin (1898-1937) Tomoko Maki, accompanist
Brent Nitta earned his B.M. degree from the University of Hawaii and his M.M. degree from Indiana University. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. degree at the University of Washington where he is also serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Secondary Piano program in the School of Music. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Honolulu Symphony and the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. His distinguished teachers include Edward Shipwright, Thomas Yee, Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, and Robin McCabe.
Concerto for the left hand alone (1930) CHING-YUEH "ANDREW" CHEN
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Brooks Tran, accompanist
A native of Taiwan, Ching-Yueh "Andrew" Chen performed at age 17 in The Metropolitan Hall in Taipei as winner of the city’s high schools concerto competition. In 2009, he won first prize in the chamber competition of Duxbury Music Festival in Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and his Master of Music degree from Moores School of Music at University of Houston. He is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in piano performance, studying with Professor Craig Sheppard.
Piano Concerto #1 in D Minor, Op. 15 (1858) THOMAS LEE
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Monica Yoon, accompanist
Thomas Lee is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in piano performance, studying with Professor Craig Sheppard
Concertino in Eb Major, Op. 4 MASAMITSU OHTAKE
Ferdinand David (1810-1873) Angela Draghicescu, accompanist
Masamitsu Ohtake is a fifth-year undergraduate pursuing degrees in trombone performance and music education. He studies with Ko-ichiro Yamamoto.
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 Li-Cheng Hung
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) Monica Yoon, accompanist
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro, ma non troppo
Li-Cheng (Anna) Hung, originally from Taiwan, is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano performance under the instruction of Robin McCabe. She plans to graduate in 2015.
Violinist Walter Schwede began studying when he was eight years old and was selected concertmaster of the School Orchestra of America in 1965. After undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, four years with the U.S. Air Force ensemble Strolling Strings and completing his Masters at Catholic University of America, he began his Ph.D. at New York University where he also taught violin. He joined Western University's music faculty in 1997. At Western he teaches violin and coordinates the string and chamber music programs.
Pianist Sasha Starcevich enjoys a rewarding career as an international performer and teacher. His students have been prize winners of local, national and international awards, and have gone on to study music at prestigious schools such as the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School in New York, Yale University and the Peabody Conservatory. Dr. Starcevich is in frequent demand as a performer, adjudicator and presenter of master classes both locally and internationally.
Longtime Cornish faculty member and founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players, flutist Paul Taub plays an active role in the Seattle contemporary music scene, has performed and recorded American and world premieres by internationally known composers, and has worked extensively to promote Soviet/Russian composers in America and American composers in the former Soviet Union. A featured performer at National Flute Association conventions in Los Angeles (1992), Atlanta (1999), Las Vegas (2003) and New York (2009), Taub is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Chamber Music America and has just completed a distinguished term on the board of the National Flute Association.< Back