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2008 Kingsville Competitions Winners

The Music Club of Kingsville


Evan Mitchell, 1st Place

Christopher Falzone, 2nd Place (tie)

Tristan Teo, 2nd Place (tie)

John Chen, Honorable Mention


Tristan Teo, 1st Place

John Chen, 2nd Place

Yesse Kim, 3rd Place

George Fu, Isabel Scionti Award


Tristan Teo, 1st Place

John Chen, 2nd Place

George Fu, 3rd Place


Evan Mitchell, 1st Place

Christopher Falzone, 2nd Place

Christopher McKiggan, 3rd Place


Mauricio Arias, 1st Place

Christopher McKiggan, 2nd Place

Soo Yeon Cho, 3rd Place

Christopher Falzone, Isabel Scionti Award



Hailed as a pianist of "dramatic power and poetry", THOMAS HRYNKIW has been making appearances since he was thirteen. In 1967, he won the gold medal at the Geneva Competition, and then the Frank Huntington Beebe Award, Harold Bauer Award, and the National Music Teachers Association Award. He also received grants from the International Institute for Education.

Thomas Hrynkiw has played major concerts in both the United States and Europe. His U.S. appearances include the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. He appears annually at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island and is also music advisor to their director. Mr. Hrynkiw's countless other festival performances include the Palm Beach Festival, Sitka Festival in Alaska, Mt. Gretna Festival in Pennsylvania, Virginia Festival in Richmond, Beethoven Festival in Long Island, and the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico. He has also performed in festivals at sea aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, Renaissance and Royal Viking Ships. He has a long association with Metropolitan Opera Basso Paul Plishka performing recitals in America and abroad, including the USSR.

JEROME LOWENTHAL, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.

Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok's Concerto no. 2 in 1963. Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets. He has recently recorded the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers. His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical life. For seventeen years at the Juilliard School and for thirty-eight summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.

JORGE LUIS PRATS was born on July 3rd, 1956, in Camaguey, Cuba. He graduated from the National Arts College and earned a scholarship at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied under Rudolf Kerer. He continued his higher piano education at the Paris Conservatory and later on at the Hochschule fur Musik und Kunstler in Vienna under Paul Badura-Skoda and with Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. He also received master classes from Witold Malcuzynski in Warsaw.

He won the Grand Prix at the prestigious piano competition "Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud" together with the special prizes for the best interpretation of the music of Maurice Ravel and Andre Jolivet along with the Chevillon Bonnard and Mohan awards at the same competition in Paris, 1977. He obtained the Gold Medal at the Katia Popova Festival in Bulgaria and the First Prize of the Amadeo Roldan Piano Competition in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Prats has been decorated with Cuba’s highest awards granted to national and international personalities of the arts and culture: the Alejo Carpentier and Félix Varela medals.

Mr. Prats has been invited to take part either as a jury member or the president of numerous international competitions such as the Iberian-American Piano Competition in Havana, the International Piano Competition of Santander, Colombia, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and Jaen International Piano Competition. He is regularly a guest professor at prestigious Iberian-American learning institutions such as the National University of Colombia in Bogota; the National School of Arts in Havana; The Center for Fine Arts, Mexico DF and the Cordoba Conservatory of Music, as well as the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Mr. Prats' concert tours have taken him to every nation in the European continent, as well as North, South and Central America, China, Japan and Korea. He has performed as soloist in London with the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in the United States with the EOS Orchestra in New York and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In Mexico he has performed with the Mexico City Philharmonic and Ofunam Orchestra. In South America he has performed with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, and in Europe with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra and the Lamoreaux and Pas de Loup Orchestras. He has made recordings for Pathe Marconi, Deutsche Grammophon, ASV, IMP, and the Musical Heritage Society. His discography includes music by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, as well as a considerable roster of Cuban music.