Concerto Competition Winners
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the winners of our Young Artist Concerto Competition held January 11, 2015 in Sugar Land. The competition attracted young musicians from as far away as Waco, although most contestants were from the local Fort Bend and greater Houston area. One delightful problem was that all competition performers were outstanding, with bright musical futures ahead of them.
First Place winner, Haeun Moon, violinist, will perform Edouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra on the "Stormy Weather" concert, Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Stafford Performing Arts Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas.
First Place: Haeun Moon, violin, Midway Middle School, Waco, Texas
Second Place: Robert Rosenfeld, cello, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas
Third Place: Ashley Xu, piano, Seven Lakes High School, Katy, Texas
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2014 FBSO Concerto Competition:
1st place: Ben Hoang, piano
2nd place: Bethany Bobbs, cello
Honorable Mention: Tiffany Hu, cello
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 FBSO Concerto Competition:
1st place: Christina Strohmann, piano
2nd place: Bowie Lin, violin
3rd place: Nathan Lo, piano
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 FBSO Concerto Competition:
Grand Prize: Christopher Henselman, Piano
Honorable Mention – Melissa Du, Violin
Honorable Mention – Andrew Shiau, Cello
Christopher Henselman, a sixteen year-old resident of Austin, Texas, has extensive performance experience as soloist and in ensemble settings. He has performed as soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and three times with the Austin Civic Orchestra. He is currently serving as piano/keyboard/celeste player with the Austin Civic Orchestra for his second season. His competitive awards include international, national, state, as well as regional honors. As a winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York City) at ages 9 and 10, he performed twice in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with works by Bach, Shostakovich, Debussy, and Toch. He has earned multiple prizes in the United States Open Music Competition in California, the United States International Duo Piano Competition in Colorado, and the Debose National Piano Competition in Louisiana. He has been awarded top awards in the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition at the TMTA state convention.
Christopher’s repertoire includes music of all historical eras, as well as jazz, duet, and duo piano literature. His performance schedule involves dozens of appearances each year, including recitals, festivals, competitions, and honors concerts. In addition to his passion for music, Christopher loves playing ultimate frisbee, juggling, and climbing mountains in the Rockies.
Melissa Du, 15, is a 10th grader at Cypress Falls High School. She is a distinguished honor roll student with straight “A” grades in all classes since elementary school. Melissa began her violin studies at 6 years old, and has been a member of TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra, Houston Youth Symphony, and All Region high school orchestra. She has been concertmaster in her Region 27 orchestra in both middle school and high school, and consistently receives “Superior” ratings in Solo and Ensemble competitions in 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade.
In 2010, she won the Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Competition. In 2011, she has won the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, and was also awarded second place in the Civic Symphony Concerto Competition Senior Division and third place in the Fort Bend Symphony Concerto Competition. She was selected to have a solo performance in the 2009 and 2011 Houston Young Artists “Rising Star” concert, and was a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. In 2010 Melissa was privileged to perform in a master class with well-known violinist Leila Josefowicz. Melissa currently studies with Eric Halen. In addition to her passion to classical music, Melissa also shows interests in other areas. She actively volunteers through her school and competes in competitive Science Olympiad tournaments. Her interests include surfing the web, having fun with her friends, eating out at restaurants, and watching good movies.
Andrew Shiau started his studies with Cornelia Watkins at age eleven. He has won competitions including the Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Clear Lake Concerto Competition, and the Houston Civic Symphony Concerto Competition. He won the bronze medal at the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. In addition, he has been a member of the Texas all-state orchestra for three years, and was selected as a 2011 Houston Young Artist. He attended Madeline Island Music Camp in 2009 and 2011 and the Indiana University Summer String Academy in 2010. He has played in masterclasses with luminaries such as Steven Isserlis. He enjoys reading and listening to classical music.
First-Place Co-Winners: Patrick Pan (piano) and Nina Sandberg (violin)
Nina Sandberg, 16, is a junior at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She began her violin studies at the age of five with her former teacher, Lucy Shaw. She currently studies with Professor Kenneth Goldsmith at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. At her high school, she is a member of the chamber and symphony orchestras and participates in the HSPVA chamber music program.
As part of the Inferno string quartet, she has performed on The Front Row (KUHF) and on a St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society concert. She participated in the Rice Preparatory School chamber music program from 2008-2010, taking part in several chamber ensembles. Over the past two summers she attended Madeline Island Music Camp where she pursued her interest in chamber music. Nina also enjoys attending concerts, riding her bike, reading, and spending time with her friends and her crazy cat, Zeke.
Patrick Pan, 12 years of age, graduated from Westbrook Intermediate School in May 2010. He is pursuing his interests in science, music, math, and computer science as a homeschooled student. Patrick plans to attend Clear Lake High School in fall of 2011. Patrick started playing piano at three and violin at seven. His current music teachers are Mr. John Weems (piano) and Mr. Henry Rubin (violin).
Patrick has won the titles of Houston Young Artist (HYAC, 2009-2010 and 2011-2012) and Impulse Young Artist (2010) as a pianist. He also won first place at the Houston Forum Young Artist Piano Competition (2006, 2007, and 2009), TMTA State Piano Competition (2010), first place at the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition (Violin in 2010 and Piano in 2011), first place at the Houston Civic Symphony Concerto Competition (Violin in 2011), and first place at the Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition (Violin in 2011). Patrick has been a member of the Houston Youth Symphony for three years and has been concertmaster. He has been a first violinist of the Texas Region 17 Orchestra yearly from 2007 to 2011, and is in the top level of the TMEA All-State Orchestra (2011).
Second place: Clio Sun (piano)
Third place: Melissa Du (violin)
I am pleased to announce the results of the 2010 FBSO Concerto Competition:
Grand Prize Winner: Charles Seo, cello
- Erik Lawrence, piano
- Erik Wheeler, cello
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the winners of our Ninth Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition held January 10, 2009 in Missouri City.
The Grand Prize Winner is Benjamin Zannoni (Viola) of Houston. Benjamin Zannoni featured guest artist at "In a Latin Mood," a concert full of the fascinating rhythms and melodies of Latin America. Mr. Zannoni performed the first movement of the Viola Concerto by Carl Stamitz.
Benjamin Zannoni (Viola) of Houston
Christopher Henselman (Piano) of Austin
Liana Wang (Piano) of Houston
Erik Wheeler (Cello) of Houston
The Runners Up are Christopher Henselman (Piano) of Austin; Erik Wheeler (Cello) of Houston; and Liana Wang (Piano) of Houston.
The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra wishes to thank all the participants in the 2007 Young Artist Concerto Competition which took place on Saturday, January 27, 2007. Our four distinguished judges were: Jennifer Oliver, Debbie Moran, Amy Floyd, and Paul Harris.
Here are the results of the 2007 Young Artist Concerto Competition of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.
First Place Winners
1st Place Piano -
1st Place Strings -
Honorable Mention: Piano
Honorable Mention: Violin
Honorable Mention: Piano
Honorable Mention: Violin
Fort Bend Symphony Announces
Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners for 2006
WIND, BRASS, HARP & PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS DIVISION
Young Artist Concerto Competition
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
2013 Young Artist Concerto Competition
Attention: Diana Quam, Competition Chair
P.O. Box 16861
Sugar Land, Texas 77496