2012 Young Concert Artist Winners Announced

January 7, 2012

The Pittsburgh Concert Society announced the winners of the 2012 Young Concert Artist Auditions today.

The auditions were held on Saturday, January 7, in Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Carnegie Mellon.

The adjudicator was Thomas Novak, Dean of the College of New England Conservatory.

From 30 outstanding young musicians, Mr. Kovak selected nine winners, who will receive Anna and Benjamin Perlow scholarships and be presented in formal concerts on March 11 and 18, 2012. 

The winners, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Michael John Boyas, tenor
Upper St. Clair School District, student of Claudia Benack

Grace Callahan, soprano
Duquesne University, student of Xiu-Ru Liu

Hannah Che, piano
Home-schooled, student of Marina Lupinacci

Nathaniel Chen, piano
Marshall Middle School, student of Marina Lupinacci

Christian Chiu, piano
Upper St. Clair School District, student of Natasha Snitkovsky

Mark Thomas Debski, oboe
Bethel Park High School, student of Harold Smoliar and Scott Bell

Kemper Edwards, violin
Home-schooled, student of Rufina Yefimova

Catherine Zhang, piano
North Allegheny School District, student of Luz Manriquez

Lily Zhang, piano
North Allegheny School District, student of Hanna Li

In addition to his Pittsburgh Concert Society recital in March, violinist Kemper Edwards will also appear with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Morales, on a date to be announced.

Additional details about the March concerts will be posted here when the programming is finalized.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who auditioned!