On Saturday, January 31, the 9th Annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition was held in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music. The young musicians performed for a panel of four judges. Congratulations to the winners (from left to right in the first image):
- First place: Christopher Spinelli, age 16 of Manlius, NY
(Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, first movement)
- Second place: Ivan Yumagoluv, age 15 of Syracuse
(Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement)
- Third place: Mina Fakir, age 15 of Malone
(Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1, first movement)
As the winner of the Young Artist Instrumental Competition, Christoper will have the opportunity to perform with ONNY during its March concerts. "It is always a treat every year to hear these wonderful young artists perform a variety of great music," said Music Director Kenneth Andrews. "I look forward to working with Christopher Spinelli, our first-prize winner from Syracuse, on the Schumann A Minor Concerto in our March Concert."
The James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition was established to inspire the young musicians of northern New York and beyond to reach their highest level of artistry. This competition is one of the few of its kind in the U.S. to offer both cash prizes as well as the opportunity to solo with a professional symphony orchestra.