The 2017 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition took place on Saturday, April 8. This year's competition yielded three winners: violist Josip Kvetek '18MM, performing Niccolo Paganini's Sonata per la Grand Viola; violinist Laura Park '18MM, performing William Walton's Violin Concerto; and percussion duo Georgi Videnov '17MMA and Sam Um '17MM, performing Martin Bresnick's Grace, concerto in three movements for two marimbas and orchestra. As winners, these Yale School of Music students will perform with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2017-18 season.
The judges noted that they were very impressed with the high level of talent that was demonstrated by all performers. Violinist Rachel Ostler '18MMA was selected as an alternate, and honorable mentions were given to horn player Scott Leger '18MM, mezzo-soprano Anne Maguire '17MM, and violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr '17MMA.
The judges were flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, who serves on the faculties of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, Jonathan Yates, music director of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and cellist Robert Martin, the director of faculty and a professor at the Bard Conservatory of Music.