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PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY MUSIC DEPARTMENT CONCERTO COMPETITION FEBRUARY 20, 2011 Program _________________ Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op. 21 I. Allegro Non Troppo Édouard Lalo [1823-1892] Mike Yeung, violin Lodowick Crofoot, piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1840-1893] In Young Cho, piano Jung Mi Lee, piano Concertino da Camera 2nd and 3rd Movements Jacques Ibert [1890-1962] Mitchell Hung, saxophone Silvana Sokolov-Grubb, piano Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756-1791] Colbert Ye, piano Jon Sakata, piano Comfort Ye My people/Every Valley Shall be Exalted from Messiah Evan Strouss, tenor Silvana Sokolov-Grubb, piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 George Frideric Handel [1685-1759] Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1840-1893] Henry Zavriyev, piano Laura Teplitsky, piano Judges _______________ Paul Dyckstra, piano Classically trained from a young age, and trained at the University of Alberta under Helmut Brauss (a protégé of Edwin Fischer and Elly Ney), Paul has performed the Bach D Minor and Beethoven G Major Concertos with Canadian orchestras. He has worked with major artists and pedagogues including Anton Kuerti, Gyorgy Sebok, and Zoltan Szekely at the Banff School and Shawnigan Lake Summer School of the Arts. A winner of many awards and scholarships in his native Canada, he has also been on the Board of Examiners for the Western Board of Music and Conservatory Canada. Since emigrating to the US in 1999, Paul has completed major projects including world premiere recordings and performances of contemporary music with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a full length CD of classical, romantic, and contemporary piano repertoire, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of NH composer Roger Rudenstein's Blues for New Orleans. His most recent CD, An Ivory Winter, features “great classical piano music for your inner season,” with masterpieces by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Roger Rudenstein. Paul is on the Faculty of the Concord Community Music School. Beth Pearson, cello Beth Pearson began her professional life as a founding member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, and has performed close to two thousand chamber music concerts throughout the United States. She has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center, the Gardner Museum, the Longy School, and Harvard and Smith Colleges. Beth has appeared as soloist with the Brockton Symphony, the Merrimac Valley Philharmonic, The New England String Ensemble, the Boston Lawyers Orchestra at the Esplanade, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and the Cambridge and Brookline Symphonies. An Oberlin Conservatory graduate, Beth studied with George Neikrug and Richard Kapuscinski. Beth combines freelance playing, solo and chamber music, and teaching; she has 40 years' experience teaching cello and coaching chamber music. Beth has recorded for Sine Qua Non, Opus One, and Sonora labels. John Page, conductor Irish conductor, John Page, began his career with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as a winner of the Dublin Conducting Masterclasses. Prior to this he studied at King's College London, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Harvard University. In 2006, Mr Page was appointed to the Faculty of New England Conservatory as Resident Conductor and Music Director of the NEC Sinfonietta and in 2009 the NEC Symphony. Highlights include collaboration with Maxim Shostakovich in a performance of his father's Ninth Symphony, a gala performance of Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite in conjunction with the Boston Ballet and directing the Boston premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Five Etudes for Orchestra. More recently, John was Director of Large Ensembles for the New York City based Mimesis Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of music by living composers. He was also engaged as cover conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine, and travelled home to his native Northern Ireland to conduct the BBC Ulster Orchestra. Last year, John was invited to join the Faculty of Boston University as a Visiting Associate Professor and will be Acting Director of Orchestras this Spring. Earlier this year he performed with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and continued his relationship with the Portland Symphony Orchestra as cover conductor. As a recording artist, he returns to Ireland frequently to record with the Irish Film Orchestra; among his most recent recordings is the platinum disc winning PBS show, Celtic Woman.