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School of Music alum wins award to launch career
Published on February 2, 2005
University of Minnesota School of Music alum Wonny Song (Doctor of Musical Arts, 2004) recently won first prize at the 2004-2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York City, earning him the opportunity to start his professional career as a classical musician. Song performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy and was selected from more than 100 entrants and 13 finalists. He studied with acclaimed pianist and teacher Lydia Artymiw at the University of Minnesota.
Founded in 1961, Young Concert Artists (YCA) is a professional organization whose mission is to discover and launch the careers of young musicians around the globe, opening doors to the concert world for future classical music performers. Each year, YCA hosts auditions in which participants compete against a standard of excellence and not against each other.
As a first-prize winner, Song will perform his New York solo debut recital at Alice Tully Hall and will also perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. YCA will serve as Song's management company, booking concert and recording engagements throughout the United States and abroad, offering publicity materials, promotion and career development--all at no cost to the artist. Song will also participate in YCA's Educational Residency Programs, in which YCA artists give lectures and demonstrations, master classes and other outreach activities at schools, colleges, and community centers in tandem with concert performances. Song will work with young composers through YCA's Composer-in-Residence program, performing new works by composers on the YCA roster.
Several legendary performers started their careers with YCA, including Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Murray Perahia, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Christopher O'Riley and Dawn Upshaw.