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Alumni Wenbin Jin, Kendra James take prizes in competitions

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Wenbin Jin

Pianist Wenbin Jin ’09 MM won third prize in the China International Concerto Competition. Twenty-eight Chinese pianists and seventeen overseas participants took part in the competition, which was held in Shenzhen, China. The competition is held every three years; the first was held in 2006.

Violist Kendra James ’12 MM won the Primrose Prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition, held in Los Angeles in June. The prize is for the best performance of a virtuoso transcription by the late William Primrose.

Kendra James was also a finalist and scholarship winner in the CMC (Canadian Music Competition/Concours de musique du Canada) / Canadian Music Competition “Stepping Stone,” held in Toronto in May.

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Kendra James

Published July 3, 2014
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Kendra James ’12MM wins Shean Strings Competition

Violist Kendra James ’12MM won the first prize in the Shean Strings Competition in Edmonton. In addition to an award of $8,000, she wins the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

She has previously soloed with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her performance with the Edmonton Symphony will be her solo debut with a professional Canadian orchestra.

James was among the six finalists selected to compete in the event, which took place May 18 through 20 at Alberta College.

“It was such a surprise and honour to place first at the Shean Competition, knowing how many remarkable musicians were competing from across Canada,” she told the Delta Optimist.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Eleanor Kendra James began the violin at age four and changed to the viola at fourteen. Kendra was a prizewinner in the Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition in 2011. As the grand prizewinner of the 2010 Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Artists of Tomorrow Competition, Kendra was awarded the Howard Engelman Scholarship. Kendra also received a BC Arts Council Scholarship in 2010.

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Published June 3, 2011
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