2017 SPCO YCMC Competition Winners
The top winners in the sixth annual SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition were announced on Sunday, March 19 at the Finalists’ Recital held in Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University. Videos of all performances from this year’s Finalists’ Recital can be viewed on the organization’s YouTube channel.
Winning First Prize in Strings and the Grand Prize, which includes a performance at the Ordway preceding a Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert on Friday, April 28, was the Donovan Quintet: Nadine Manske (violin), 17, an eleventh grader at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists; Cate Carson (violin), 14, a ninth grader at Northfield High School; Edwin Patrick Thatcher Donovan (viola), 18, a twelfth grader at Minnetonka High School; Christopher Kwon (cello), 17, an eleventh grader at Maple Grove Senior High School; and Nicholas Sheel (cello), 17, an eleventh grade homeschooler. Their coach is Ray Shows of the Artaria Chamber Music School.
Taking Second Prize in Strings was the Abderian Quartet: Ava Figliuzzi (violin), 17, a twelfth grader at Brainerd High School/PSEO UMN; Grace Gutierrez (violin), 18, a twelfth grader at St. Croix Preparatory Academy; Liza Roberts (viola), 17, a twelfth grader at Minneapolis South High School; and Dylan Kinneavy (cello), 15, a tenth grader at Minneapolis Southwest High School. Their coach was Tom Rosenberg of the Opus 1911 Music Studio and The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.
The First Prize in Winds went to The
Woodwinks Quintet: Claire Gunsbury (flute), 17, a twelfth grader at Brainerd High School; Amelia Ryan (oboe), 17, a twelfth grader at Providence Academy; Susan Stewart (clarinet), 18, a twelfth grader at Edina High School; Maggie Jokinen (bassoon), Prior Lake High School; and Rachel Lauson (French horn), 18, a twelfth grader at Edina High School. Their ensemble was self-coached.
The Second Prize in Winds was awarded to The Perfect Fourth: Claire Gunsbury (flute), 17, a twelfth grader at Brainerd High School/ U of MN PSEO; Ivy Anderson (bassoon), 18, a twelfth grader at Edina High School; Kaylee Nielsen (clarinet), 17, a twelfth grader at Mounds View High School; and Kennan LeJeune (horn), 18, a twelfth grader at Centennial High School. Their coach is Nina Olsen of the MacPhail Center for Music.
Winner of Level B was Bisc_it! Quartet: Benjamin Lenzmeier (violin), age 15, a tenth grader at St. Agnes; Sam Hanson (violin), 14, a ninth grader at Saint Paul Academy; Isadora White (viola), 15, a tenth grader at South West High School in Minneapolis; and Caelan Oxenham (cello), 15, a ninth grader at Central Senior High in Saint Paul. Their coach was Tom Rosenberg
Judges for the Finals were Amir Kats, conductor of the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony; Janet Horvath, author and former associate principal cello with the Minnesota Orchestra; Michael Sutton, violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra; Julie Madura, oboist, who has taught at Bethel College and the University of Northwestern; and Tamas Strasser, former principal viola with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.