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YSM pianists win prizes in Montreal Competition

June 2, 2011

Lindsay Garritson

Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD won Second Prize in the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Incoming Artist Diploma student Henry Kramer won the third prize. The competition’s first prize went to Italian pianist Beatrice Rana.

In the final round, Garritson played Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16. Kramer performed Ravel’s Concerto in G major.

Garritson, Kramer, and Rana will appear in the Winners’ Gala Concert on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Montréal’s Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, the Orchestre Métropolitain will accompany the winners.

The members of the jury were Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil), Jean-Philippe Collard (France), Mari Kodama (Japan), James Parker (Canada), Benjamin Pasternack (United States), Imre Rohmann (Austria), and Lilya Zilberstein (Russia). André Bourbeau (Canada) was the president of the jury. More information is available at the competition’s website.

As pianist and violinist, Lindsay Garritson tours in the United States and abroad. A frequent participant in master classes, she has studied with renowned professors, including Emanuel Ax. Winner of several concerto competitions, Lindsay has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, Alton Symphony, Belleville Philharmonic, Principia College Orchestra, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra in France.

Twenty-three-year-old Henry Kramer has appeared with the Portland String Quartet, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Orchestra. He has given recitals in Boston, Seattle, Spain, and Canada. At Juilliard, he was the recipient of the Ida Artzt Scholarship in piano, the Carl Roeder Prize, the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship and a teaching fellowship in the piano minor department. This summer, he will participate in the prestigious Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy as one of 24 pianists invited to compete based on a rigorous pre-selection process.

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