The Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition for Piano and Strings
Competitions for strings and piano are held on alternating years. The January 2020 competition will be for strings.
Winners of the 2019 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition held on January 12, 2019
Judge Paul Schenly (Cleveland Institute of Music); Judge Jerome Lowenthal (The Juilliard School); 3rd place, Young Sun Choi (University of Indiana, Jacobs School of Music); 2nd place, Scott Sherman (Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music); Simon Karakulidi (Park University); RSO Music Director / Conductor Clay Couturiaux.
Honorable Mention awards were given to: Josephine Chiu (Southern Methodist University); Wenqiao Jiang (Manhattan School of Music); Dominic Muzzi (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music).
Simon Karakulidi will perform Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 with the RSO at the March 2, 2019 concert.
Winners of the 2018 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Front row: 2nd place, Nathan Le (Harvard University / New England Conservatory of Music); 3rd place, Isaiah Kim (Strath Haven High School);
1st place, Aaron Olguin (University of North Texas.) Back row: RSO Music Director / Conductor, Clay Couturiaux; Judge Anthony Elliott (University of Michigan); Judge William Fedkenheuer (Miro Quartet, University of Texas at Austin.)
Aaron Olguin performed the Andres Martin’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra with the RSO at the March 3, 2018 concert.
Winners of the 2017 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Judge Alexandre Moutouzkine; Judge Nelita True; second place winner, Ximei Xiao (Professional Children’s School in New York); first place winner, Iskandar Mamadaliev (middle school student, studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch); third place winner, Mi Ou Lee (University of Kansas); Maestro Clay Couturiaux.
Iskandar performed with the RSO at the March 4, 2017 concert.
Winners of the 2016 Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
Judge Paul Kantor, third place winner Ariana Nelson (Juilliard), first place winner Eleanor Dunbar (SMU), second place winner Michael Zyzak (TCU), Judge Jennifer Culp, Maestro Clay Couturiaux.
Eleanor performed with the RSO at the March 5, 2016 Concert.
Winners of the 2015 Lennox International Young Artists Competition
First place winner was Ning Yuen Li (second from left), who attends the Cleveland Institute of Music. Second place winner was Alison Chiang (third from left) from the Eastman School. Third place winner was Artem Alexanyan (fourth from left), attends Park University.
Ning performed with the RSO at the March 7, 2015 concert.
Winners of the 2014 Lennox International Young Artists Competition
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Lennox semi-finalists and the three top winners! First place winner was Santiago Valencia (back row, middle), who attends SMU. Second place winner was Sydney Lee (front row, right) who attends Ramapo High School in New Jersey. Third place winner was Stella Cho (front row, left), who attends USC.
Santiago performed with the RSO at the March 8, 2014 concert.