Five first-prize winners were chosen at the finals of the 2012 Young Artists International Auditions, which took place on November 10 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City: soprano Julia Bullock (26, U.S.), pianist Ji-Yong Kim (21, South Korea), cellist Cicely Parnas (19, U.S.), violinist Aleksey Semenenko (24, Ukraine), and the Hermès Quartet (France). Each winner will join the Young Concert Artists roster and make debuts next season at Merkin Hall in New York City; the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C.; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Susan Wadsworth chaired the jury, which included violinists Chee-Yun and Cho-Liang Lin; violist Scott Nickrenz; pianists Ursula Oppens and Ilana Vered; conductors Stephen Simon and James Sinclair; singers Dawn Upshaw and Robert White; and cellist Edward Arron. Young Concert Artists was founded in 1961 to support the careers of young musicians by presenting them in recital and concerto appearances throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as providing career development and assisting with debut recordings, publicity materials, and promotion services.
Posted November 20, 2012