Vincent Ip, of Montclair, has been named the first prize winner  in the Pearl and Julius Young ‘Rising Stars’ Music Competition, sponsored by The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.

A pianist, he played Ballade # 2 by Frederick Chopin as one of 14 finalists during the competition, held Saturday, March 20, at Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown. Dr.Robert W. Butts is founder, conductor and artistic director of the Orchestra.

Born in Queens, NY, Vincent is 19 years old and began playing the piano at the age of five.  He attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division from 2001-2010 as a scholarship recipient. In November, 2009, he performed Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, by Frederick Chopin with the Manhattan School of Music’s Philharmonic Orchestra as winner of the 16 and older age group.

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He has won first prize in the Associated Music Teachers League competition in all three age categories of the competition.  Vincent is now a student  of Mark Parkman at the John J. Cali School of Music in Montclair, NJ.

Vincent also has a passion for figure skating.  He has been skating for six years and is a two-time regional gold medalist, and has performed in many shows and exhibitions.  He is the Hong Kong national champion and hopes to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Speaking of his first-place win, which carried a $1,000 cash award and an opportunity to play a concerto movement with the Orchestra during its Summer Music Festival in August, Vincent said: “Participating in the Pearl and Julius Young Rising Stars Music competition has been an incredible experience.  I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out on stage that I had won first prize.  I am looking forward to the opportunity of performing with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.”
Funds for the competition have been  provided by Sanford and Steven Young,  in memory of their parents, Pearl and Julius Young, of New York City.  Although the Youngs were not musicians, they had a deep love of classical music and mentored many young musicians. Lisa Young, Esq., vice president of the Orchestra, was the chair person of the competition.

Other winners were:
Second Place--Constance Lin Kaita pianist, of Manalapan.

She played Andanate Spianato/Gran Polonaise Brillante, by Frederick Chopin. As a second-place winner, Constance received a cash award of $500.  She hopes to teach music in a special education setting.

Third Place—Jessica Smith, clarinetist, of National Park.

Jessica played Concerto #2, Movement 3, by Carl Maria von Weber.  As the third-place winner, Jessica received a cash award of $250.

Two Honorable Mentions, carrying cash awards of $100 each, went to:
Jenny Shih, pianist, of Morris Plains and William Test, pianist,  of Haledon.

Jenny played Sonata #2, Op.35, Movement 1, by Frederick Chopin. William played Rhapsody, Opus 79, by Johannes Brahms.

Judges for the competition were:  Paul Zeigler,  internationally acclaimed pianist; Anne Matlack, artistic director of Harmonium Choral Society and organist and choir director at Grace Episcopal Church, Madison; and Andrew Pecota, bassoonist, founding member of Zephyrs Winds and a leader in chamber music performance in New Jersey.  He is on staff at Montclair State University.