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Through the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, the Musicians Club of New York consistently identifies and presents some of the very best upcoming artists, and by cycling annually through strings, piano, winds/brass, voice, and occasionally other categories, the Club is able to identify a wide range of exceptional artists. A rigid application process requires either a letter of recommendation or a major competition prize, or, in the case of vocal, an audition recording. Every participant is respected from the beginning as a colleague by the Musicians Club of New York.

LIST OF YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS BY YEAR 

2018, Piano
First Prize - Sun-A Park
Second Prize - Sophiko Simsive
Third Prize - Wenting Shi
Fourth Prize - Chrstopher Goodpasture

2017, Strings
First Prize - Wei Lu, violin
Second Prize - Mo Mo, cello
Third Prize - GiYeon Yoon, violin

2016, Voice
First Prize - Michelle Bradley, soprano
Second Prize - Galeano Salas, tenor
Third Prize - Virginie Verrez, mezzo soprano

2015, Woodwind/Brass
First Prize - Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Second Prize (tie) - Andy Cho, clarinet
Second Prize (tie) - Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon

2014, Piano
First Prize - Meng-Sheng Shen
Second Prize - Yang Liu
Third Prize - Yue Chu

2013, Strings
First Prize - Ha Young Jung, double bass
Second Prize - Tavi Ungerleider, cello
Third Prize - Katha Zinn, violin  

The Musicians Club of New York actively promotes worldwide orchestral performances of contemporary composers. In 1979, the Koussevitzky Foundation chose the Musicians Club of New York to administer the American International Music Fund, Inc., which was funded by Serge Koussevitzky. This fund was established to give recognition to Composers during their lifetime and to encourage the performance and appreciation of contemporary music. KIRA, the annual Serge & Olga Koussevitzky International Recording Award, is given to a living Composer for a recorded symphonic work, scored for not less than sixteen musicians. In addition to the Koussevitzky Foundation, Serge Koussevitzky's wife Olga, who served as President of the Musicians Club from 1962 to 1975, also willed the Club money, which was received upon the death of her niece, in 1991.

From 1963 to 1978, the prize was known as the Koussevitzky International Recording Award, but following the death of Olga in 1978, the award was officially renamed the Serge and Olga Koussevitzky International Recording Award. For many years, especially during its co-sponsorship periods with Musical America, it has come to be known simply as the KIRA. The Musicians Club of New York carries on the award in both Serge and Olga Koussevitzky's honor, as part of the Club's program in support of contemporary musicians.

LIST OF KIRA WINNERS BY YEAR

2007 Roberto Sierra for 
Sinfonia No. 3 “La Salsa”
Frost Symphony Orchestra, Thomas M. Sleeper, conductor; (Albany TROY942)

Congratulations to the 2018 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award winners, listed below. In the same way the judges had to accept eight Finalists instead of the expected six, they had to award four Young Artist Awards instead of the expected three. In addition to their cash prizes, the four winners receive a paid performance on the Musicians Club of New York's 2017-18 concert series. The winners will be given their awards at the Musicians Club of New York's Eighth Annual Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala, being held this Saturday, May 5th:

2018 SERGE & OLGA KOUSSEVITZKY YOUNG ARTIST AWARD WINNERS

First Prize: $3,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York's Concert Series 
Sun-A Park, piano
School: Peabody Institute of Music
Teacher: Bons Slutsky

Second Prize: $2,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York's Concert Series
Sophiko Simsive, piano
School: Yale School of Music
Teacher: Boris Berman

Third Prize: $1,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York's Concert Series
Wenting Shi, piano
Schools: Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School
Teacher: Boris Berman

Fourth Prize: $500 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York's Concert Series
Christopher Goodpasture, piano
Schools: Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School and USC
Teachers: Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl

 

Announcing the 2017 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards

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First Prize: Wei Lu, violin
Second Prize: Mo Mo, cello
Third Prize: Gi Yeon Yoon, violin

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Next year's competition will be for piano and will be held in April, 2018, Application Form and dates to be announced.

First Prize: Michelle Bradley, soprano
$3,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York’s 2015-16 concert series


Finalist Michelle Bradley, soprano, and Sophia Muñoz, piano, perform: 
00:08 "Einsam in trüben Tagen" from Lohengrin (Wagner)
05:52 "Depuis le jour" from Louise (Charpentier)
11:13 Cäcilie (R. Strauss)
Finals Concert of the Musicians Club of New York's 2016 Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, April 10, 2016, Liederkranz Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

Second Prize: Galeano Salas, tenor
$2,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York’s 2015-16 concert series


Finalist Galeano Salas, tenor, Mikhail Hallak, piano, perform: 
00:22 "Questa o quella" from Rigoletto (Verdi)
02:31 "Pourquoi me réveiller" from Werther (Massenet)
05:20 Because You're Mine (Brodszky & Cahn)
Finals Concert of the Musicians Club of New York's 2016 Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, April 10, 2016, Liederkranz Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

Third Prize: Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano
$1,000 plus a recital on the Musicians Club of New York’s 2015-16 concert series


Finalist Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano, and Giuseppe Mentuccia, piano, perform: 
00:17 La vie antérieure (Duparc)
04:41 "Ces lettres" from Werther (Massenet)
11:33 "Je suis Lazuli" from L’etoile (Chabrier)
Finals Concert of the Musicians Club of New York's 2016 Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, April 10, 2016, Liederkranz Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.