Results of the 8th Concerto Competition: Piano Held in 2012
Winner: Phillip Cho
|Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S 124||Taught by Zhanna Gumenyuk|
|Seventeen year old pianist Phillip Cho is a student pursuing the International Baccalaureate
Diploma at Colonel By Secondary School. He is currently studying piano with Zhanna
Gumenyuk. He began studying piano at the age of seven with Mrs. Cheryl Ranacher.
Phillip has won both the ORMTA Region Zone Competition and ORMTA Provincial Competition in Ottawa. In 2010, he completed his RCM Grade 10 Piano Examinations, winning the ORMTA scholarship with the highest mark in the Ottawa region. An active participant for many years in the Kiwanis Music Festival, Phillip has earned several scholarships and trophies, including the Violet Patten Memorial Trophy in 2011, and was also a prize winner at the 2010 Canadian Music Competition National Finals.
Phillip has been performing at various venues in Ottawa including several embassies and Tabaret Hall of the University of Ottawa as part of the Canadian Music Competition fundraising concerts. In 2011, Phillip was televised nationally on CBC News for his performance during the launch of the new website from the National Arts Centre, Timeline. He also performed in the Rising Stars concert during the 75th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. In addition to solo piano, Phillip enjoys participating in chamber music ensembles.
Second Place: Anita Pari
|Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, first movement||Taught by Andrew Tunis|
|Fourteen-year-old Anita Pari has charmed audiences with her beautiful interpretations of the piano repertoire. Anita began playing piano at the age of three, composing music at four and playing cello at seven. She is in her fifth year of studies with pianist Andrew Tunis of the School of Music of the University of Ottawa and her sixth year with cellist Anne Contant of the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau. Among the noteworthy accolades Anita has received are first and second places in piano and strings, respectively, in the ten-year-old age group of the 2009 Canadian Music Competition, third place at the 2011 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and first place in both the provincial (2009) and Young Artist (2011) ORMTA provincial competition. This last win led to a concert tour in which Anita was able to share her love of piano music with audiences in Sarnia, Waterloo, North Bay, Burlington, Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa. In 2010, Anita completed the Performers’ Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music (piano) with distinction, receiving a gold medal for maintaining the highest average mark in music theory exams among graduating students across Canada. Her piano compositions have been awarded first and second prizes in Canadian national competitions and her Nocturne for Strings, composed in 2010, was performed at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival by the Cecilia String Quartet. Anita plans to begin, in the fall of 2012, a Bachelor of Music degree with pianist Santiago Rodriguez, at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami.|
Third Place: Stanley Li
|Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16, first movement||Taught by Galina Shostakovsky|
|Stanley Li was born in Ottawa, Ontario and began studying piano at the age of four. Fifteen years old, he is currently studying with Galina Shostakovsky for his Performer’s ARCT of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Annually competing in the Kiwanis Music Festival, he has won awards such as the Irene Woodburn Wright Trophy and the Adele Starcher Memorial Scholarship. He was a provincial finalist in the Canadian Music Competition in 2008 and in 2010. Stanley frequently participates in the Kanata Music Club. He enjoys experimenting on the piano and guitar, as well as playing hockey and soccer throughout the year.|