Sophie van der Sloot the 2017 Concerto Competition as well as the Audience Choice Winner


The Don Chrysler Competition jury and audience were in agreement on Saturday night: both awarded first place to Sophie van der Sloot, for her marvellous performance of the Elgar cello concerto. She was accompanied by Elfi Gleusteen.

The six soloists:

Sophie van der Sloot, Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

Tovin Allers, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Danielle Tsao, Walton:  Viola Concerto

Iris Hung, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

 Gillian Newburn, Nielsen: Flute Concerto

Alyssa Fu, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.25

Yariv Aloni (strings), Nicholas Fairbank (piano), and Lanny Pollet (winds) were the adjudicators this year.



The jury awarded Danielle Tsao second place for the Walton viola concerto, but second place in audience voting went to Tovin Allers’ for his performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major.

The audience’s third choice was Danielle Tsao on viola.

As always, all present were impressed by the skill and musicianship of the young players, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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Prizes were once again donated by Long and McQuade and presented by Matt Charbonneau, who congratulated the performers and expressed astonishment at their level of performance.

Sophie van der Sloot will perform the Elgar with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra at the Celebration of Young Artists concerts in October, 2017.


Audience members were enthusiastic about all six soloists. Here are some comments.

Iris Hung:
“Words fail me .  That was such fun.  Loved it”
“Wonderfully romantic”
“Beautiful colors.”


Gillian Newburn:
“Excellent technique, lively and confident performance.”
“Beautifully played, very sensitive, quite lovely.”
“Great articulation.”


Alyssa Fu:  
“Fluid, gracefully, lyrical, lovely, lovely playing.”  “Beautiful tone and phrasing.”
“Great depth and emotion”


About Sophie:
“A complete performance that bought me to tears and goosebumps everywhere.”
“Sophie was the most moving performance I have ever witnessed.  Thankyou.”
“Just amazing; heart-wrenching and stunning.”
Such excellence and so young.  Wow.”

About Tovin:
“A splendidly thoughtful and exciting performance of this brilliant piece.”
“Beautifully restrained.  Appeared effortless  I was enthralled!!”



About Danielle:
“Impressive.  Mature beyond her age.  Confident.”
“Fantastic playing.  Beautiful sound and nuances.  Great feeling for the music.”
“Rich, warm tone.  Beautiful phrasing.”34213332436_32c63bee3d_z