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Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition 2013 Winners Announced

Mar 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

The 41th Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition concluded its multi-day contest on Sunday March 10th at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall and chose three exceptional winners from twenty string players vying for recognition.

First Place:  The winner is Michael Casimir, a violist from the Juilliard School. He played the Bloch: Suite for Viola, which earns him a $3,000 first prize plus an invitation to perform as a soloist with HVP as part of the 2013-14 season.

Second Place: Violinist Qianwen Shen from New England Conservatory.

Third Place:  Violist Wen-Guan Li from Mannes College of Music.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

The three finalists for the 41st HVP String Competition (left to right) 1st place winner Michael Casimir, 3rd place: Wen-Guan Li and, 2nd place: Qianwen Shen

The HVP String Competition, begun in 1966 under the direction of then-HVP Artistic Director/Conductor Maestro Claude Monteux, was conceived as a vehicle to identify talented string players for the orchestra.  Decades later, the annual competition continues to attract some of the finest conservatory string players in the world. Many former winners have gone on to illustrious classical music careers. Previous notables include Marcus Thompson ‘67, violist (Boston Chamber Players); Fred Sherry ‘68, cellist; Ani Kavafian ‘73, violinist (Lincoln Center Chamber Players – soloist); Adela Pena ‘85, violinist (Eroica Trio); Judith Ingolfsson ‘96, violinist (1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner- soloist).


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