Forty-two outstanding pianists from around the globe traveled to Tempe, Ariz. in January as the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts hosted the Sixth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, and the Arizona Piano Gallery.
A total of 198 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete. The 42 selected by a screening committee competed in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including over $50,000 of cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and recital performances in the United States, Austria, and Germany for the winners. Read about the competitors here.
Pianist Lindsay Garritson has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Philharmonic Orchestra (France), St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, Alton Symphony, Belleville Philharmonic, and the Principia College Orchestra.
Lindsay has received top prizes at the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition, the 2011 Woolsey Concerto Competition (Yale), the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg), the Fite Family Competition, the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society, the Sarasota Artist Series Competition, the Connecticut Music Teachers Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teacher National Association’s Young Artist’s Competition.
Also an active participant at music festivals and courses worldwide, Lindsay has attended Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar in England, Aspen Music Festival, International Holland Music Sessions, Orford Arts Center, (Canada), International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, International Institute for Young Musicians, Innsbrook Music Festival and School, Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Prague International Master classes, Nancy Music Festival (France), the Igualada Master classes (Spain), Mozarteum International Master Classes (Austria), and Obidos International Piano Master classes (Portugal).
She has also appeared in master classes with artists such as Andras Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, John Perry, Thomas Ades, Hung-Kuan Chen, Ann Schein, Matti Raekaellio, Awadagin Pratt, Simon Trpceski, Eric Le Van, the late David Golub, Monique du Phil, and Kenneth Drake.
Also an accomplished violinist, Lindsay was concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2003-2006. She has also had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell, and she has participated in master classes with Leonidas Kavakos and Lewis Kaplan. Her teachers have included John Kendall, founder of the Suzuki movement in the United States, and she currently studies with Kyung Yu at Yale School of Music.
Lindsay holds degrees from Principia College (B.A. in Music) and Yale School of Music (M.M. and Artist Diploma). Her piano teachers include Boris Berman, Luiz de Moura Castro, Zena Ilyashov, Emilio Del Rosario, the late Jane Allen, and Jennifer Lim.
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