We once again had a high number of auditionees playing at a very high level. We were blown away by the talent and dedication presented in each performance.
We once again combined a few solo auditionees together to form duos or trios. We are excited about the partnerships and collaborations created and are happy to help facilitate repertoire choices and rehearsal plans.
The 2023/2024 Virtuosi Concerts Young Artists are:
MENTORSHIP CONCERT PROJECT
Patricia Vanuci, cello
Camryn Dewar, voice
SEASON CONCERT OPENERS
Trio: Alice Macgregor, soprano; Joel Ulrich, flute; Grace Lu, piano
Duo: Elizabeth Seale, violin; Georg Neuhofer, piano
Duo: Sam Ferguson, trumpet; Raymond Ding, piano
The Triad, string trio
Qiqi Zhang, solo violin
Angela Suet Kee Ng, solo piano
Yanzhi Zhang, solo piano
Below is a message from our adjudicators, Everett Hopfner and Jennifer Thiessen:
“Our sincere congratulations to everyone who applied! It was a total pleasure to discover each of your work as musicians. The quality of musicianship was very high across all twenty-one applications. The care taken to record your performances was also notable overall. In addition to technical skill, we took into consideration the stylistic approach to the works you presented as well as your choice of repertoire and its connection to the chamber music/recital context of Virtuosi’s concerts. We also considered the completeness and professionalism of your overall application. If you would like to receive feedback about your application and how to improve any aspect of it for a future year or for applying to another program, you are welcome to contact us through the Young Artist Program email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Everett Hopfner, Jennifer Thiessen, and Madeline Hildebrand congratulate you all. 2023/2024 Young Artists, a follow up email will be in your inboxes shortly with further details.
VCI Young Artist Program Coordinator
Virtuosi Concerts is inviting pre-professional classical musicians to apply for our Young Artist Program. The YAP is a unique performance experience for emerging classical musicians in Manitoba. This year, we are offering two exceptional opportunities: to perform at the opening of a season concert for our attentive and enthusiastic audience, and/or to share the stage with professional musicians as part of the Roots & Branches Mentorship Concert Project on January 14, 2023. Auditions will remain online.
This year’s application invites performers to consider two opportunities:
1. Audition to open a season concert with a short performance ($80 concert fee for each performer, promotion on all our platforms, complimentary tickets for all performers) Soloists, duos, and chamber groups are welcome to apply.
2. Audition to participate in the Roots & Branches Mentorship Concert Project on January 14, 2024 (full concert fee, full-length program, performing alongside established local musicians).
The Mentorship Concert Project was successfully launched last year to feature serious pre-professional music students alongside established professional musicians from Manitoba, playing chamber music side-by-side.
The requirements to apply for either of these opportunities:
- A video performance (7-10 minutes, multiple pieces welcome) uploaded onto a sharing platform (YouTube or Vimeo)
- A bio paragraph describing your musical education and experience
If you are also applying for the Mentorship Concert Project, in addition to the above, please include:
- An additional 10-minute video in a chamber music setting (for a total of 20 minutes of video)
- A reference letter from your primary teacher outlining your readiness to be featured in a full-length chamber music recital
The application is due on Wednesday May 31st 2023. Please send video links and documents to Virtuosiyap@gmail.com.
Please forward this to any interested students. Any questions can be directed to Virtuosiyap@gmail.com.
Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Coordinator
Virtuosi presents our newest Young Artist Program initiative! The Mentorship Concert Project features exceptional professional musicians, Caitlin Broms-Jacobs (oboe), Layla Roberts (flute), Minna Rose Chung (cello) and Madeline Hildebrand (piano) and serious pre-professional music students, Anica Warkentine (piano) and Hwan Gyu Cho (clarinet) playing chamber music side-by-side. Join us in celebrating the bridge between current and future generations of chamber musicians in our province! This project is generously supported by the Manitoba Arts Council.
Congratulations to our 2022/2023 Virtuosi Concerts Young Artists!
Duo: Shea Carter, mezzo soprano and Grace Lu, piano
Albert Chen, piano
John Himes, guitar
Alice Macgregor, soprano
Duo: Georg Neuhofer, piano and Liana Fonseca, violin
Duo: Eli Granger, euphonium and Anna Schwartz, piano
Hwan Gyu Cho, clarinet
This year, for the first time ever, we took the step of pairing a few solo auditionees together to form duos. We are very excited about the new partnerships and collaborations this will create.
Below is a message from our adjudicator, Sonia Lazar:
"I would like to congratulate everyone who auditioned for the Virtuosi Concerts on your beautiful performances! It was truly inspiring to listen to so many local Young Artists putting their best foot forward after much hard work and preparation. The performances were very moving, and I enjoyed listening to every one of you; each of you has their own unique style and personality that shone through in your performance. Selecting the musicians to open the Virtuosi Concerts was an extremely difficult task, as all of you are clearly accomplished, hard-working, and talented musicians, and show tremendous potential to go far in the professional field. Congratulations again, I look forward to seeing where your careers take you and hope to get a chance to hear you again in person!"
Sonia’s honourable mentions went to:
Dear Manitoba music community,
Virtuosi Concerts is inviting music students to apply for the Virtuosi Young Artist Program. The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program has become Winnipeg’s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program unites two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic audience, and interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians.
This year, auditions for the Young Artist Program will remain online. The application requirements are:
1. A performance video (7-10 minutes, multiple pieces welcome) uploaded onto a sharing platform (YouTube or Vimeo)
2. A bio
Applications are due on Tuesday May 31, 2022.
Please send your video link and bio to Virtuosiyap@gmail.com.
Successful auditions result in a performance opportunity at the beginning of a Virtuosi subscription concert in the 2022/23 season, an $80 honorarium for each performer, and two complimentary tickets for each performer for the concert in which they are featured.
Please forward this message to any interested students. Ensembles are welcome to apply.
Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement from our Young Artist Program! We will be inviting students to submit applications for a new initiative which will feature advanced music students alongside celebrated Manitoba chamber musicians in a Virtuosi season concert. Applications for students will open in August 2022. Details to be announced soon! Madeline Hildebrand, Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program Coordinator Madeline Hildebrand at email@example.com.
The Young Artist Program was launched in 2015, as part of Virtuosi's 25th Anniversary season. The program's mandate is to provide music students with performance experience in a professional concert setting. Performers are selected each April through juried auditions. Virtuosi Young Artists receive an honorarium, concert tickets, program and social media profile, and an interview on Classic 107 FM.
2022 Young Artists:
January 16: Alice Macgregor, soprano (postponed to April 2)
February 11: Anica Warkentine, piano (postponed to May 8)
March 13: Miona Milovanovic, violin
April 2: Alice Macgregor, soprano
May 8: Anica Warkentine, piano
“The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program has become Winnipeg‘s most unique performing experience for senior music students. Our program marries two exceptional opportunities: performing for our attentive and enthusiastic Virtuosi Concerts patrons; and, interacting and sharing the stage with Virtuosi’s acclaimed international musicians,” says Madeline Hildebrand, Young Artist Program Coordinator.
For more information on the Young Artist Program contact
Madeline Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.