2012 TORRANCE SYMPHONY
CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ARTISTS


Professional Orchestra Serving the Torrance and the South Bay Area
P.O. Box 1581 - Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 373-2442
April 28, 2012

The Torrance Symphony Association is most grateful to you for sharing your talent and time in participating in the sixteenth annual Concerto Competition for Young Artists. All of the contestants were extremely impressive. The Arts are indeed "alive and well." We are certain that your life will continue to be enriched as you pursue your musicianship. Thank you very much for enriching us.

The April, 2012 winners are:

  • Moses 12 Clarinet (Junior Category)
  • Hao Zhou 15 Violin (Intermediate Category)
  • Jeongguk Ji 23 Piano (Senior Category)
  • We look forward to hearing Andrew, Hao, and Jeongguk perform with the Torrance Symphony on October 20, 2012. We invite you to attend this performance. The concert will be in the James Armstrong Theatre (3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance).

    In addition, the judges have selected the following fifteen contestants for Honorable Mention:

  • Senior Category – Leah Heit, Ran Kampel, and Yoshika Masuda
  • Intermediate Category – Eleanor Dunbar, Leah Hansen, Yoonbe Kim, Nathan Kirchhoff, Minh Nguyen, Lorenzo Robb, and Tomomi Sato
  • Junior Category – Iona Batchelder, Hansub Kim, Tiffany Koo, Hannah Song, and Tiffany Wee
  • We are still in awe over the high caliber of talent this year and the number of young musicians who applied. Thank you again for participating in this year's competition.

    Sincerely yours,
    Howard Korman, Owen Griffith
    Torrance Symphony Association

  • 2012 YACC Finalist
  • 2011 TORRANCE SYMPHONY
    CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

    A Professional Orchestra Serving the Torrance and the South Bay Area
    P.O. Box 1581 - Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 373-2442
    March 26 & 27, 2011

    The Torrance Symphony Association is most grateful to you for sharing your talent and time in participating in the Preliminary Sessions for the 2011 Concerto Competition for Young Artists. All of the contestants were extremely impressive.

    The March, 2011 Finalists for the May 21st Torrance Symphony Idol Competition are:

    Phil Chen 10 Violin (Junior Category)
    Stella Cho 20 Cello (Senior Category)/span>
    Leonard Chong 13 Violin (Junior Category)
    Stefani Feldman 17 Clarinet (Intermediate Category)
    Annelle Gregory 15 Violin (Intermediate Category)
    Beiyao Ji 21 Piano (Senior Category)
    Kazumi Kanagawa 14 Piano (Junior Category)
    Sabrina Kozak 13 Piano (Junior Category)
    Nathan Le 11 Cello (Junior Category)
    Isabella Sanchez 14 Flute (Junior Category)
    Lindsay Suta 25 Marimba (Senior Category)
    Jung-Yeon Yim 20 Piano (Senior Category)

    In addition, the judges have selected the following ten contestants as alternates for the May 21st Torrance Symphony Idol Competition:

    Emilio Borghesan 22 Clarinet (Senior Category)
    Erick Chong 15 Cello (Intermediate Category)
    Leah Hansen 15 Cello (Intermediate Category)
    Taylin Im 17 Piano (Intermediate Category)
    Isabella Ma 14 Piano (Junior Category)
    Christopher Maldonado 18 Piano (Intermediate Category)
    Paul Maxwell 11 Cello (Junior Category)
    Tiffany Wee 13 Violin (Junior Category)
    Eleen Yeh 16 Violin (Intermediate Category)
    Sheng Zhang 23 Cello (Senior Category)

    We are still in awe over the high caliber of talent this year and the number of young musicians who applied. Thank you again for participating in this year's competition. Please tell your friends and colleagues that we are planning to have another Young Artists Competition next year (tentative dates: March 25th & 26th, 2012). We will keep in touch.

    Sincerely yours,
    Owen Griffith, Howard Korman
    Torrance Symphony Association

  • 2011 YACC Finalist
  • 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition Results

    The Torrance Symphony’s Annual Young Artists Concerto Competition provides an avenue for young musicians residing in Southern California to participate in the audition process. It encourages them to continue their musical studies, as well as give each winner the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Frank Paul Fetta. The Concerto Competition remembers John Bramhall who organized the competition in 1996 and made a very generous donation to begin the program. He and his wife, Lynn, were long-time supporters of the arts in our community, and we are grateful that John, with Lynn’s blessings, established this wonderful annual event.

    Young instrumental musicians from 7 through 25 years of age residing in Southern California are invited to participate in the Competition. Awards are provided in three categories, junior (14 and under), intermediate (15-18) and senior (19-25). In addition to cash prizes, winners are given the opportunity to perform with the Symphony Orchestra. This event fits well within the Vision of the Symphony Association since the competition clearly provides performing opportunities for emerging young artists, a basic component of the Symphony’s Mission Statement.

    The following talented young musicians were winners of the Fourteenth Annual Torrance Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition:
    Jay Choi, 14 - Piano /Junior
    Mayumi Kanagawa, 15 - Violin/Intermediate
    Sichen Ma, 23 - Piano/Senior

    In addition the judges have selected the following eight contestants as Honorable Mention:
    Senior Category – Henry Chen, Kyle Shafiee, and Ruiquig Tang
    Intermediate Category – Andrea Choi and Ji Min Lee
    Junior Category –Leonard Chong, Nathan Le, and Eriko Okamoto

    These winners will perform with the Torrance Symphony during this coming season at the James Armstrong Theatre. They were chosen from among 40 applicants, all with exceptional talent, playing a wide variety of classical pieces. We thank the judges, Frank Fetta, Marianne Rotstein, Dick Ducar, and Dan Kelly for their hard work in the decision process. Truly, this was a difficult task since all these young musicians were superb.

    A special fund to cover the expenses of the competition has been established and is in need of your financial support. You may help the Symphony continue to assist and encourage these wonderful young musicians by making a donation to:
    The Torrance Symphony Association
    P0. Box 1581
    Torrance, CA 90505

    We are planning a competition for 2011. The dates will be posted on our website. For more information contact: Dr. Howard Korman at (310) 373-2442 (howarddale@verizon.net) or Dr. Owen Griffith at (310) 325-3548