Masahiro Miyauchi wins Don Chrysler Competition 2014

“The young musicians just keep getting better and better!”

 

Six Young Musicians  All photos courtesy Michael Nuikes

Six Young Musicians
All photos courtesy Michael Nyikes

Another fascinating and moving Don Chrysler Concerto Competition has come and gone. Six young musicians put themselves on the line, and each wowed the substantial audience at the Philip T. Young Recital Hall on Saturday, April 26th.

The adjudicators had their work cut out

The adjudicators had their work cut out

The playing was stellar and the adjudicators had a difficult choice, but at the end of the evening, Jeanne Campbell (piano), Rebecca Hissen (clarinet) and Brian Yoon (cello) chose Masahiro Miyauchi as the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra October soloist, performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto No.5.

Masahiro Miyauchi at the piano

Masahiro Miyauchi at the piano

Second place was tied between Rae Gallimore, playing the Walton Viola Concerto, and Ashley Green, who played Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1.

Rae Gallimore played the Walton viola concerto

Rae Gallimore played the Walton viola concerto

Ashley Green played the Saint-Saens

Ashley Green played the Saint-Saens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not unexpectedly, the audience had a different take. Audience members were given the chance to vote for their first, second and third choices. When the audience choice ballots were counted, it was Rae Gallimore who garnered the most votes. Masahiro Miyauchi was second, and Leo Phanichphant came third, with his performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Fifty-five ballots were received; the choices were weighted and tallied.

Leo Y Phanichpant played Mozart

Leo Y Phanichpant played Mozart

The other two young musicians were Ya-Ping Huang, performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1, and Hailey Phillips, who played Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4.

Ya-Ping Huang performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1

Ya-Ping Huang performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1

Hailey Phillips played the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4

Hailey Phillips played the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4

The audience choice ballots remind us that a juried prize is just that – the best judgment of the members of the jury. There is always room for discussion and other opinions, and this is what makes the Don Chrysler Competition such an interesting evening. No matter who is chosen as the winner, all the young musicians have our respect and admiration, not least for their willingness to step up and subject themselves to so much scrutiny and judgment.
To the competition finalists, we want to say this: You were all wonderful; we loved you all! We hope that you will remember your competition experience as a positive one in your musical lives!

 

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