The 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition took place last Saturday, April 18. The judges selected three winners who will perform with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2015–2016 season.
The winners, in alphabetical order, are: Melanie Clápiès, violin Berg: Violin Concerto Adelya Nartadjieva, violin Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major Sun-A Park, piano Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor.
The alternate (if for whatever reason, one of the three winners cannot perform) is Curtis Biggs, trombone, with Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto. There were also two honorable mentions: Omar Dejesus, trombone, with Ferdinand David's Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, and Matthew Keown, marimba, performing Emmanuel Sejourne's Concerto for Marimba and Strings.
The judges were very impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved. The adjudicators were Hugh Murphy (vocal coach and opera conductor, Professor at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music), Edward Carroll (trumpet, Professor at Dartmouth College and CalArts), and Steven Tenenbom (viola, Orion String Quartet).