Five of New Jersey's finest young musicians will showcase their talents during the 2010 Pearl and Julius Young Rising Stars Music Competition, Saturday, March 27, at noon in Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station.
The five finalists in the second annual Rising Stars Competition, sponsored by the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Dr. Robert W. Butts, conductor and artistic director, are:
Seung Yeon (Lisa) Lee, cello, Bridgewater; Saraswathi Shukla, harpsichord, Princeton; Alison Beskin, flute, Princeton; Daniel Tambor, piano, East Hanover; and Rachel Smith, piccolo, Ewing.
The program will feature the five young artists performing movements from sonatas and suites on cello, flute, piano, harpsichord and piccolo, said Lisa Young, chairperson of the competition.
Ms. Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Japan. She has been principal and assistant principal cellist in the Central Jersey Region II Orchestra, the New Jersey All State Orchestra and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall, New York. A participant in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, she will perform movements from Dvorak's Concerto in b Minor and Haydn's Concerto in C Major.
Ms. Shukla, a sophomore at Princeton University, has studied harpsichord for the past seven years at the Princeton Early Keyboard Center. An aspiring musicologist and history major, she was named 2008 Davidson Fellow for her research on the role of 18th century mesmeric seances. She will play Johan Sebastian Bach'sHarpsichord Concerto No. 4 in a Major and George Frideric Handel's Fantasia in C.
Ms. Beskin is a freshman at Princeton University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Alison has performed in many venues across the country, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, as a solo performer on National Public Radio's From the Top, and at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, as a three-year participant in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists program. She will play Mozart's Concerto for flute in D Major.
Daniel Tambor, a senior at Millburn High School who lives in East Hanover, has performed at various recitals and received highest grades on exams for CSM and the Music Educators Association of New Jersey. He has won an audition to perform in Vienna, Austria, with the Golden Key Festival in July. He will play at the competition Beethoven's Sonata in C Major, Opus 27, No. 2.
Rachel Smith is a junior music education major at the College of New Jersey where she studies flute and piccolo. She holds the principal flute chair in the College of New Jersey Orchestra, is the piccolo player for the College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble and is a member of the College of New Jersey Recorder Consort and the College of New Jersey Flute Ensemble. She will play the first movement from Lowell Liebermann's Concerto Op. 50 for Piccolo and the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major RV 433 for piccolo.
Prizes are: First Prize, $1,000 award and an opportunity to perform a movement of a major concerto with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey at its May 2 concert; Second Prize, $500; Third Prize, $250; and two honorable mention prizes of $100 each.
Tickets for the competition, priced at $10 each, can be purchased at the door.