Two violinists, one pianist and a flutist were selected as winners from among nearly 50 participants in the North Carolina Symphony’s 2010 Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition. The preliminary round was held at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, May 1. A group of eight finalists performed for Music Director Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry at Peace College on Sunday, May 9.
The first-prize winner in the senior division is Scott Kemsley, a 19-year-old flutist from Wendell, N.C., who performed the first movement of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. Kemsley is a student of North Carolina Symphony assistant principal flute Mary Boone and will begin his undergraduate studies at The Juilliard School in August. As first-place winner, Kemsley receives a cash prize of $500 and will have the opportunity to play with the North Carolina Symphony in an upcoming season.
The second-prize winner in the senior division is pianist Baron Fenwick, 16, of Todd, N.C., who tied for first prize in the junior division of the competition in 2009. Fenwick, a student of Clifton Matthews at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, performed the third movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
First prize in the junior division was awarded to pianist Ching Ying Lin, 15, of Chapel Hill, N.C., who performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Second prize in the junior division went to Katherine Gilger, 15, of Raleigh, N.C., for her performance of the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.
The annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition is open to instrumentalists between ten and 21 years of age and provides an opportunity for young local artists to gain recognition and compete to perform as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Applicants ages 16 to 21 compete in the senior division, ten to 15 in the junior division. All participants are required to be North Carolina residents or students enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school.
The competition receives support from the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Fund, created in 1971 to support North Carolina Symphony initiatives that promote young artists in their quest to become professional, acclaimed musicians.
Violinist Felix Chen, the 2009 senior division winner and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will enter the New England Conservatory of Music this fall. He performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with the Symphony at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 29.