Goldblatt Competition Hosts Free Concert at Delbarton on May 6
Posted April 24, 2012
Winners of the 30th Annual Sophie and Norman Goldblatt Scholarship Competition, held at Delbarton on March 31, 2012, will perform in a free concert at the School on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 5 :00 pm. This year's competition was for piano students. (Next year the Goldblatt focuses on string players.)
The Goldblatt Scholarship Competition promotes excellence in music teaching, learning, and performance for pianist and string players and is New Jersey's competition to encourage young musical talent. Judges are drawn from the ranks of the area's finest professional concert artists, orchestral players and teachers.
Crucial as the competition is, however, performance experience is even more important: The program allows the winners to test their mettle before an audience of music lovers at the May 6th event in the Fine Arts Center. All are invited to attend this free concert that showcases the area's most talented young pianists. This is the perfect musical event for young musicians and their families.
This year's winners in the senior division ages 14 – 18 are:
First prize winner is Kevin Lee (Warren NJ) who attends Watching Hills Regional High School. He is a piano student of Yelelna Ivanov of Bridgewater. Second prize winners are: Keely Schmerber (Tranquility NJ) who attends American Christian School in Succasunna NJ, and is a piano student of Paul Zeigler of Madison; and Yixuan Feng (Old Tappan NJ) who attends Northern Valley Regional High School and takes piano from Ching-Wen Hsiao at Juilliard Precollege. The Honorable Mention winner is Connie Wang (Warren, NJ) who attends Pingry School in Warren, and is taught by Tomoko Harada of Basking Ridge.
Winners in the junior division up to age 13 and under are:
First prize – Madeline Wong (Basking Ridge, NJ) who attends William Annin Middle School, also a piano student of Tomoko Harada and Andrew Hong (Berkeley Heights, NJ) who attends Columbia Middle School. His teacher is Beatrice Long of Short Hills. The Second prize winner is Joshua Park (Short Hills, NJ) who attends Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills He takes piano lessons from Sophia Ososkov, Springfield NJ. The Honorable Mention winner is our youngest entrant Gordon Li (Madison, NJ) who attends Central Avenue Elementary School in Madison. His piano teacher is James Vaughan of Summit.
Enjoy seeing these young people perform their winning pieces at the May 6th concert. If you have any questions, contact Goldblatt Competition organizer Carole Bradley at 973-663-2639.
Stay tuned for next year's competition which will identify the area's finest string players.