Partnerships in Education
Through this long-standing program, Friends of Music Concerts makes possible one- or two-day residencies by young professional ensembles in selected school districts. The residencies include both performances and master classes for the district’s students. Intended to supplement the district’s own music curriculum, the residencies are provided at no cost to the district.
One aspect of Friends of Music Concerts’ mission is to nurture artists newly emerging on the chamber music scene. In 2008 we started seeking such musicians by awarding a winner of the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions, held in New York City, a place on our six-concert series. Recitals by these Performance Award winners invariably have won the hearts of our audiences.
Performance Awardees have been:
2010-11 season: Ray Chen, violin: piano collaborator Andrew Tyson
2011-12 season: Charlie Albright, piano
2012-13 season: Benjamin Beilman, violin; piano collaborator Yekwon Sunwoo
2013-14 season: Paul Huang, violin; piano collaborator Jessica Osborne
2014-15 season: Aleksey Semenenko, violin; piano collaborator Inna Firsoza
2015-16 season: Yun-chin Zhou, piano
2016-17 season: Sang-Eun Lee, cello: piano collaborator Chang-Yong Shin
2017-18 season: The Zora Quartet
2018-19 season: Nathan Lee, piano
2019-20 season: Zlatomir Fung, cello: piano collaborator Richard Fu
2020-21 season: Jonathan Swensen, cello: piano collaborator Adam Golka
2021-22 season: Megan Moore; piano collaborator Francesco Barfoed