2017 Concerto Competition Wrap Up
Saturday, November 18, 2017, was an exciting day for Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras and our eight young Concerto Competition finalists, as we presented our Annual Concerto Competition Recital. This event showcased the talent and skill of our finalists and the students were given the opportunity to hone their skills as a soloist.
Previous winners have gone on to study at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, The Boston Conservatory, among other prestigious institutions. The experience of performing at the November recital, supported by a piano reduction of the orchestral parts, has proven to be invaluable to the young artists’ growth.
Each year, two winners have the opportunity to perform the concerto of their choice with full accompaniment from the FSYO Symphonic Orchestra later in the season. This year our winners were Curtis Shugart (cello) and Alex Koller (viola).
Alex Koller performed Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Sz. 120, BB 128, Mvt. I - B. Bartok, which will be featured on our program at The Celebration Foundation Classical Concert Series on February 11, 2018, at the Celebration Community Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m. We are extremely proud of all of our students who tried out and performed in the finals.
Curtis Shugart will perform Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49, Mvt. III - D. Kabalevsky at the 2018 61st Concert Season Finale Concert on May 6, 2018, at the Bob Carr Theater, 4 p.m.