Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra recently announced the first-place winner of the 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition.
Phoebe Rawn claimed the top spot for her performance of “Flute Fantaisie” by Hüe.
A junior at Garfield High School in Seattle, Rawn began studying flute with Alicia Suarez and currently studies with Zart Dombourian-Eby of the Seattle Symphony. She is a member of the Garfield Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony, and also studies music academics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music.
She has played on Classical KING FM as a finalist in the KING FM Young Artist Awards and as a winner of the Seattle Flute Society’s Horsfall Competition.
In addition, Rawn has performed flute concertos with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle.
In January she will perform as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, having been selected through their Young Artists Auditions. This past summer, Rawn attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as a member of their Young Artists Orchestra.
Though Rawn is unavailable to perform with the BSO, as originally intended, the second-place winner will reportedly join the island ensemble on April 14 and Aug. 15, as potential incoming BSO music director Tigran Arakelyan will lead the orchestra in a family-friendly spring concert “Superheroes and Villains!”
The show will feature favorite music from the original “Batman,” “Superman” and even John Williams’ original scoring for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will also be featured in a side-by-side performance.
BSO’s outgoing music director Wesley Schulz congratulated all this year’s participants, saying, “It was a true pleasure to hear so many talented and capable young musicians. Everyone displayed solid musicianship, careful preparation, and great confidence. There are few people in the world that can study an instrument, memorize a concerto, and perform at such a high level.”
Seattle native Carson Ling-Efird (cello) was awarded second place for her performance of “Saint-Säens’ Cello Concerto.”
A 12-year-old who reportedly began studying cello at age 4, Carson currently studies with Kevin Krentz and studio collaborative pianist Li-Tan Hsu.
Just after beginning her studies, Carson had the opportunity to meet and play for Yo-Yo Ma, an experience that helped to inspire her goal of becoming a professional cellist. She will soon be making her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony, having been selected as a 2017-2018 Seattle Symphony Young Artist.
In addition, she has been a medalist and finalist in numerous competitions, including the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, the Simon-Fiset Strings Competition and the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. She began playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s programs three years ago and is currently principal cellist for SYSO’s Junior Symphony Orchestra.
This year, the contest judges issued two Honorable Mention awards: Owen Espinosa (piano) for his performance of “Ravel’s Concerto in G,” and Adlai Erickson (cello) for his performance of “Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.”
Tickets and performance details are available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA. BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.