FIU Annual Concerto Competition 2019

FIU’s annual concerto competition has been going strong since 1996. Will you be part of the tradition? 

FIU Collegiate Division Information

Concerto Competition Application Deadline

  • The application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:00p.m. (EST). 
  • Register for an audition time – first come, first served.

Audition Date and General Information

  • Auditions will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 3:00pm – 9pm. Collegiate Division auditions take place from 3:00pm – 5:30pm.
  • The Concerto Competition is open to orchestral instrumentalists, pianists, and singers. Students, in consultation with their professor, should prepare one movement from a concerto or in the case of vocalists an aria or other vocal work. Participants are strongly encouraged to provide their own pianist at the audition. A pianist can be provided if requested in the application. Students should bring three copies of a piano reduction of their piece for the audition panel. Auditions will not be heard without adjudicator copies.
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High School Division Information

Concerto Competition Application Deadline

  • The complete application is due by Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:00pm (EST).
  • Register for an audition time – first come, first served.

Audition Date and General Information

  • Auditions will take place on November 4, 2019 from 3:30pm – 9:00pm. High school students will audition from 6pm – 9pm.
  • The FIU Concerto Competition is open to orchestral instrumentalists, pianists, and singers. Students, in consultation with their professor, should prepare one movement from a concerto or in the case of vocalists an aria or other vocal work. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own pianist to their audition. However, a pianist can be requested in the application. Students should bring three copies of a piano reduction of their piece for the audition panel. Auditions will not be heard without adjudicator copies.
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Eligibility Requirements

The complete application must be submitted by Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:00pm (EST). 

Winners must be available for the FIU Concerto Competition Concert with the FIU Symphony Orchestra on March 10, 2020.

Students must arrange for their own pianist.

Auditions will be a maximum of 10 minutes. 

All contestants must be prepared to perform at least forty-five (45) minutes before the assigned time.

Concerto Competition First Place winners from previous years are not eligible to enter the competition.

Alternates from previous years remain eligible.

Prizes

College Division Prize Winners Receive:

1st prize: Perform as soloist with the FIU Symphony Orchestra on March 10, 2020 and receive $250.

2nd prize: $100

Honorable mentions to be awarded at adjudicators’ discretion.

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High School Division Prize Winners Receive:

1st prize: Perform as soloist with the FIU Symphony Orchestra on March 10, 2020 and receive $250

2nd prize: $100

Honorable mentions to be awarded at adjudicators’ discretion.

Past Winners

Past Winners

2019

Collegiate Division:                                                                                High School Division:

Co – 1st place: Vanessa Gentzchein, soprano                                    1st place: Elena Lim, violin

Co – 1st place: Alejandro Viera, tenor                                                   2nd place: Valentina Paolucci, violin

2nd place: Francesca Rossi, viola


2018

Collegiate Division:                                                                              High School Division:

Co – 1st place: Sinan Cayir, piano                                                       1st place: Sophia Torres, viola

Co – 1st place: Jose Luis Reyes Kapoudjian, violin


2017

Collegiate Division:                                                                            High School Division:

1st place: Monika Miodragovic, piano                                             1st place. Benjamin Tillinger, flute

2nd place: Jose Luis Reyes Kapoudjian, violin                              2nd place. Andres Caveda, violin

3rd place: Vera Garcia, piano                                                            3rd place.  Laura Liu, viola


2016

1st place: Mariana Yern Corzo, violin

Runner up: Izak Kertznus & Anamaria Martinez, flute

3rd place: Monika Miodragovic, piano


2015

1st place: Laura Martinez Léon, soprano

Runner up: Carlos Serrano, classical guitar


2014

1st place: Celso Cano, classical guitar

Runner up: Carlos Garcia, Bassoon


2013

1st place: Javier Sardiñas, piano

2nd place: Adrian Quesada, piano

3rd place: Usman Peguera, violin


2012

1st place: Luis Urbina, piano

2nd place: Joseph Saenz, flute

3rd place: Michelle Kemp, voice


2011

1st place: Daniel Yellin, Marimba

2nd place: Alexander Sancho, piano


2010

Co – 1st place: Ernesto Fernandez, flute

Co – 1st place: Romel Fuenmajor, violin

Runner up: Jelena Djukié, piano


2009

1st place: Nicole Firretti, voice

2nd place: Alexander Sancho, piano

3rd place: Konstantin Litvinenko, cello


2008

1st place: Hector Hernandez, violin

2nd place: Javier Sardiñas, piano


2007

1st place: Maria Paulina Garcia, piano

2nd place: Akiko Rivera, violin

3rd place: Michael Davis, violin


2006

1st place: Monica Santos, piano

2nd place: Ana Roloff, flute

3rd place: Jonathan Jadvani


2005

1st place: Angelica Sganga, piano

2nd place: Elena Chernova, violin

3rd place: Horby Lopez, Tuba


2004

1st place: Silvije Vidovic, piano

2nd place:Cesar Leal, Sax

3rd place: Joon Ho Min, violin


2003

1st place: Saulo Almeida, cello

2nd place: Alex Revoredo, trumpet


2002

1st place: Hae Jeong Han, violin

2nd place: Michael Harris, piano

3rd place: Julian Santacoloma, clarinet


2001

1st place: Maria-Elaine Gagnon, cello

2nd place: Gretchen Lowery + Angelica Sganga, piano double

3rd place: Pei-Ju Wang, violin


2000

1st place: Felipe Diaz, percussion

2nd place: Marco Pavlovic, piano

3rd place: Misty Lee Moore, voice


1999

1st place:Rosa E. Villar, piano

2nd place: Mariana Carreras, violin

3rd place: I-Ting Chen, cello


1998

1st place: Li-Ju Chen, percussion

2nd place: Manabu Gotoh, violin

3rd place: Masako Kikichi, violin


1997

1st place: Sakura Harley, violin

2nd place: Rosa E. Villar, piano

3rd place: Renny Taberas, percussion


1996

1st place: Katherine Meloan, piano

2nd place: Christian E. Soto, tenor

3rd place: Shiy-Ying Chen, violin

Competition Judges

John Stuart

John Stuart, AIA, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, Executive Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Professor, is a practicing registered architect in the State of Florida. He is also an architectural historian and a visual artist developing collaborative research projects on complexity, community, identity, technology, the environment and public space with funding from Van Alen Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Science Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Michael Linville

Pianist, percussionist, harpist and conductor, Michael Linville is currently Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music Activities for the New World Symphony, the orchestral academy founded in 1987 by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Linville is also artistic coordinator of the New World Percussion Consort, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary chamber music that features percussion. As a soloist, Mr. Linville has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In addition, he has played with the Honolulu Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and was a featured keyboardist with the Florida Philharmonic.  His playing can be heard on a number of recordings, including New World Jazz (BMG), A Night in the Tropics – the Music of Gottschalk (Naxos), and White Mares of the Moon – Chamber Music of Dan Welcher (CRI), which Mr. Linville also produced.

Robert H. Smith

Robert H. Smith, Jr. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and alumni the Eastman School of Music, where he received his MM degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music.  Formerly the Assistant Dean at the Manhattan School of Music, he was concurrently the Director of the school’s elite Claremont Ensemble and the Competition Director of the Mischa Elman Competition of Duos.   He was also served for six years as the Artistic Administrator of Orchestras for the Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland).  Mr. Smith is the co-Founder and co-Executive of the newly launched Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami and Assistant Director of the Chopin Foundation of the US.

For Information, contact:

Michael Klotz, Senior Instructor of Viola

FIU Concerto Competition Competition Organizer

Email: klotzm@fiu.edu 

OR FIU School of Music Office at music@fiu.edu.