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Competition Announcement

ADM Concerto Competition Announcement

Dear Teachers and Instrumental Music Students:

With great pleasure we announce the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s annual Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition. This competition was begun by Art Montzka in 1986 and has enjoyed a proud tradition of featuring some of Northern Illinois’ finest young artists.

This year’s competition will be held live and open to the public at no charge, on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contestants must provide their own accompanists. Memorization of music is not required but strongly recommended. Members of the audience may come or go after each performer.

The concert featuring the winner(s) of this annual competition has become a highlight of the year for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. During the 2017-2018 season, the ADM concert will be Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Recent Competition Winners

  • 2017 – Maya Anjali Buchanan, playing Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
  • 2016 – Karisa Chiu, playing Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
  • 2015 – Nathan Mo, playing Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107
  • 2014 – Colin Choi, playing Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor: 1st movement
  • 2014 – Sean Choi, playing Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3: 1st movement
  • 2013 – Kelly Talim, playing Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Op. 77 See Poster Here
  • 2012 – Claire Bourg, playing Khachaturian:  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra See Poster Here 
  • 2011 – Laura Park, playing Prokofiev:  Concerto for Violin in G Minor, Op.63.
  • 2010 – Ryan Murphy, playing Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D Minor, Op. 47
  • 2010 – Nathan Noh, playing Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for Piano in Bb Minor, Op. 23
  • 2009 – Kevin Hu, playing Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5  for Violin in A Minor, Op. 37
  • 2008 – Mindy Park, playing Shostakovich:  Concerto No. 1 for Cello in Eb Major, Op. 107
  • 2008 – Vincent Meklis, playing Ravel:  Tzigane for Violin
  • 2007 – Benjamin Lash, playing Hindemith: Concerto for Cello, 1940, 1st movement
  • 2007 – Christine Murphy, playing Bizet:  Fantaisie Brillante, based on “Carmen”
  • 2006 – Kevin Kordi, playing Gershwin:  Rhapsody in Blue
  • 2005 – Shawn Moore, playing Mendelssohn:  Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
  • 2004 – Hejin Bae, playing Sibelius:  Violin Concert in D Minor, Op. 47
  • 2003 – 2003 – Rachel Kudo, playing Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor, Op. 23, 1st movement
  • 2003 – Jessica Hung, playing Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 21
  • 2003 – 2003 – Tim Sawyier, playing R. Strauss: Oboe Concerto, 1st movement
  • 2002 – Hiro Matsuo, playing Tchaikovsky:  Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
  • 2002 – Nataliz Szadkowski, playing  Khachaturian:  Violin Concerto in D Major, 1st movement
  • 2001 – Jessica Ann Schmitz, playing Mozart:  Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major
  • 2001 – Tomo Matsuo, playing Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
  • 2001 – Anna Burden, playing Dvorak:  Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, 1st movement
  • 2001 – Lisa Steltenpohl, playing Bartok: Viola Concerto, Op. Post
  • 2000 – Stephanie Nilles, playing Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, 1st movement
  • 2000 – Anna Steltenpohl, playing Hummel:  Adagio and Variations, Op. 102, for Oboe
  • 2000 – Eunice Keem, playing Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.35, 1st movement
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