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WAMSO Young Artist Competition winners.

Winners of the 52nd annual WAMSO Young Artist Competition have been announced.

The competitions first prize was awarded to cellist Fedor Amosov. The 19-year-old native of Moscow is currently in the artist diploma program at Michigan State University Michigan State University, at East Lansing; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1855. It opened in 1857 as Michigan Agricultural College, the first state agricultural college. , studying with Suren Bagratuni. Amosov received $7,500 in WAMSO awards, plus the $500 Vincent R. Bastien Memorial Cello Award. He has earned a performance with the Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra is an American orchestra that was founded in 1903 by Emil Oberhoffer as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The group's first performance took place on November 5 of that year.  and a solo recital performance with the Schubert Club The Schubert Club, established in 1882, is a non-profit arts organization that presents eight concert series annually, operates a Museum of Musical Instruments, runs an annual scholarship competition for music students, provides after-school music lessons, presents master classes,  of St. Paul St. Paul

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. He also was the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship to the Aspen Music School in Aspen, Colorado.

Tubist Aubrey Foard, 25, won second prize. Foard, a native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, is currently a professional studies certificate candidate at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, working with Norm Pearson. He holds a master's degree from Rice University and a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music The Cleveland Institute of Music is one of the nation's leading independent music conservatories. It is located in the University Circle district of Cleveland, Ohio, United States and is overseen by president David Cerone and Catherine Jarjisian, interim dean. . The second prize includes a $4,000 award from WAMSO plus a taped performance on radio WQXR in New York City.

The $2,000 third prize went to pianist Ksenia Leletkina, 24, who recently completed her master's degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Antonio PompaBaldi and Anita Pontremoli. Leletkina also received the $500 Mary Winston Smail Memorial Piano Award.

Cheng Chen, 25, piano, artist diploma candidate at Hamline University, won a performance with the St. Paul Civic Symphony. Jennise Hwang, 21, violin, a senior at Northwestern University, was awarded the $1,000 Twin Cities Musicians Union prize. Emma Steele, 17, a homeschooled student from Chicago, Illinois, won the $1,000 Elaine Lagerstrom Memorial Violin Award and a scholarship to the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. And semifinalist, pianist Lindsay Garritson, 20, a senior at Principia prin·cip·i·um  
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 College, won a scholarship to the Madeline Island Music Camp Madeline Island Music Camp, established in 1985, is one of many summer music camps in the United States for pre-college and college aged music students. As the name suggests, it is held on Madeline Island, the largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, an island known for moody summer .

The Young Artist Competition is a collaborative effort between WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association and the Minnesota Orchestra. Musicians under age 26 compete for more than $15,000 in cash prizes, scholarships, performance opportunities and summer program scholarships. This year's finalists were drawn from an original field of 58 applicants; 14 contestants advanced to the semifinals.

Started in 1956, the competition now draws talented young musicians to the Twin Cities from all over the world who are legal residents of or enrolled in schools in 11 Midwestern states or the provinces of Manitoba or Ontario, Canada. WAMSO is in its 57th year of providing support for the Minnesota Orchestra and promoting music education throughout Minnesota.
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Title Annotation:Impromptu: Items of Interest
Publication:American Music Teacher
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Date:Apr 1, 2008
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