Saturday, December 27, 2008

Youth competitition winners

Tommy Carpenter, an 18-year-old cellist from Charlottesville, has won the Richmond Philharmonic's first Concerto Competitition. Carpenter receives $200 and will perform with the orchestra on March 15 in the first movement of Dvořák’s Concerto in B minor.

Annika Jenkins, a 14-year-old violinist from Virginia Beach, and Elise Linder, a 15-year-old cellist from Charlottesville, tied for second place. Each receives $100. Brendan Elliott, a 14-year-old violinist from Newport News, receives $50 for his third-place finish.

Two violinists won honorable mentions: Mariette Southard, 14, of Mount Crawford, and Delaney Turner, 13, of Mechanicsville.

Twenty-five musicians aged 11 to 18 entered the competition. The judges were Robert Mirakian, music director of the Richmond Philharmonic and director of orchestral studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, and Daniel Myssyk, music director of the Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata and director of orchestral studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.