Southeastern Piano Festival Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition winners announced

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First place winner Dong Yeon Kim of Idyllwild, Calif., (left), second place winner Kevin Ahfat of Centennial. Colo., and Evelyn Mo of Herndon, Va., third place.

After the all-day Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, winners were announced Friday night.

Dong Yeon Kim of Idyllwild, Calif., won First Prize. The second place winner was Kevin Ahfat of Centennial. Colo., and Evelyn Mo of Herndon, Va., took third place. Discretionary awards went to Vanessa Meiling Haynes of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Michael Lenahan of Rossford, Ohio, and Rieko Tsuchida of Mill Valley, Calif.

Dong Yeon Kim, an 11th grade student, was the grand prize winner of the Lake Lewisville Competition and received first place in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and performed with the Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden. He has also won top prizes in the New Orleans International, Dallas Symphonic, National Young Artist Institute, MTNA, Wysong-Joplin and Denton Bach Society competitions. As winner of the Fraser Competition he will receive a $3,000 cash award sponsored by Rice Music House-Steinway Pianos and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic. The competition, named for the founding music director of the Philharmonic, is sponsored by the Symphony League of the S.C. Philharmonic.

The competition jury was composed of Boris Slutsky, jury chairman and Peabody Conservatory Piano Department Chairman; pianist Alessio Bax; Natalya Antonova, Eastman School of Music Professor of Piano; and Morihiko Nakahara, Music Director of the S.C. Philharmonic. Dong Kim was also awarded the Young Jury Prize selected by a panel of USC School of Music graduate and doctoral piano students.

Kevin Ahfat was a Silver Medalist at the Fifth Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition, a finalist at the 2010 IIYM International Piano Competition, and first prize winner in the Boulder Philharmonic, Steinway & Sons, SITV Young Artists, and 2009 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competitions, subsequently performing at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the Symphony in the Valley, and will perform with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra in August as first prize winner of the 2012 Schmitt Music Competition. He will begin studies at the Juilliard School in the fall.

Evelyn Mo is an eighth grader whose awards include first prizes at the 2012 Blount- Slawson Young Artist Concerto Competition, 2011 Chopin International Piano Competition, 2011 MSMTA Beethoven Sonata Competition, and the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC, in 2008 and 2010. She has been invited to appear on NPR’s ”From the Top’‘ and has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, National Gallery of Art, and the U.S. Department of State.

The second and third place winners receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, and an opportunity to perform with the S.C. Philharmonic or Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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