CME International Performing Arts Grant Winners

MUSIC DREAMS REALIZED….Over $25,000 in prizes have been awarded by CME’s grant program, the International Performing Arts Grant, formerly the Birte Moller Young Artists Award.  The grant was established to support young artists and help them achieve a dream project, originally created in honor of Birte Moller as a celebration of her life and love of music.

Moye Chen (China/US)

Born in Beijing, Moye Chen earned his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and his Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois under the supervision of William Heiles.

Praised by The Cincinnati Enquirer as playing with “combined bravura and artistry” for his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and by Frequent Business Traveler as “majestic and lyric” for his recital at Carnegie Hall in 2015, Moye has performed extensively as a concert pianist in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has been a prize-winner at numerous competitions including the XI Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia), the LVIII Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA), the XVI International Piano Competition Spanish Composers(Spain), the VIII International Iowa Piano Competition (USA), the II Dallas International Piano Competition (USA), and the IV Seattle International Piano Competition (USA). A versatile performer, he has been awarded the prestigious Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, the Vladimir and Haewon Feltsman Piano Foundation Scholarship and the June and Charles Ross Piano Fellowship.

Moye has been an exclusive recording artist for Universal Music since 2016 and was signed to Decca in 2017.

Moye Chen of China, winner of CME Performing Arts Grant, Piano

BRANNON CHO performing arts grant winner

Brannon Cho (USA)

Born in 1994, Brannon began playing the cello at age 7 with Marnie Kaller. His notable prizes include the Second Prize at the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Cassadó International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2012 Johansen International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Mondavi Center Founders Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International Competition, the Silver Medal from the National YoungArts Foundation in 2013, and the Grand Prize at the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition. He recently took part in the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow.

Brannon will make his Carnegie Hall debut in September 2017, presented by CME.

Bomsori Kim (Korea)

Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Bomsori Kim has established herself as part of an emerging generation of internationally recognized violinists. Bomsori began gaining attention in 2010 as the youngest prizewinner of the 4th Sendai International Music Competition, which led to an internationally acclaimed concert debut in 2010. More recent accolades include Second Prize and Radio-Canada’s People’s Choice Award in the 2016 Montreal International Musical Competition. This came on the heels of her astonishing success at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which included winning both Second Prize and Critic’s Prize, as well as an nine additional special prizes. Other prize wins of note include the 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, the 3rd China International Violin Competition, and the 8th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, and the Juilliard School’s annual Concerto Competition.

A native of South Korea, Bomsori is a graduate of Seoul National University, where she studied with Young Uck Kim. She also earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma, as a full-scholarship student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. With the support of Kumho Asiana Instrument Bank, she currently plays on a 1774 violin by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini.

Bomsori Kim of Korea, winner of CME Performing Arts Grant, Strings

Euntaek Kim, winner of CME International Performing Arts Grant, Piano

Euntaek Kim (Korea/USA)

Euntaek Kim, native of Incheon, South Korea, has established himself as one of the most promising young talents of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “nimble,” and “colorful,” and by La Libre Belgique as “sovereign,” and “luminous,” Mr. Kim won prizes from many prestigious competitions, the 2001 Oberlin International Competition and the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, among many others.

Euntaek was admitted to the preparatory division of the Korean National University of Arts at age nine. At twelve, he took his first conducting lesson and gave his first public piano recital in Seoul, presented by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. He now holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from The Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma in piano performance from the Yale School of Music.
Euntaek has appeared in solo recitals as well as a chamber musician at venues such as the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Kumho Art Hall, to name a few. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras around the world, including the Xiamen Philharmonic, the Korean National University of Arts Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra.

Alessandro Mazzamuto (Italy)

Pianist Alessandro Mazzamuto is “one of the most inspiring, extraordinary pianists that I have had the joy to hear” writes Martha Argerich. He is “no virtuoso of show, no ruthless technician, but a pianist absorbed in the music who plays with as much spontaneity as poetry,” claims Pizzicato Magazine. winner of International Classical Music Awards’ 2013 Young Instrumental Artist of the Year, the 26-year-old Sicilian pianist has won more than 60 national and international competitions.

Alessandro received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at his New York debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall on June 29, 2015. He also performed to a sold-out crowd at the Tokyo Metropolitan Opera house, with the Tokyo New City Orchestra.

Alessandro Mazzamuto of Italy, winner of CME International Performing Arts Grant, Piano

Matyas Novak, CME International Performing Arts Grant Winner, Piano

Matyas Novak (Czech Republic)

Matyas Novak has made a name for himself as one of the most promising pianists of his time through his extraordinary harmonic expression, vast repertoire and unique way of key-stroking. He currently studies at the Pardubice Conservatoire in Hradec Kralove, in the class of Jitka Fowler Fraňková. He is also a student at the renowned piano academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy, where he studied with Vovka Ashkenazy and Boris Petrushansky.

Matyas is a winner of numerous piano competitions, including First Prizes at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, International Jenö Takács Piano Competition for Young Pianists, Aci Bertoncelj International Piano Competition, Evangelia Tjarri International Piano Competition, International Piano Competition Pro Bohemia, and XX Ibiza International Piano Competition, among others. He has performed in Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Luxembourg, Serbia, Spain and Italy.

Matyas is a proud member of the PETROF Art Family.


Reed Tetzloff (USA)

Young American pianist Reed Tetzloff has distinguished himself as one of the brightest stars of a new generation of musicians. He enthralls audiences with his “magical tone” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and “ebullient” virtuosity (Grammophone Magazine). His rhetorical approach to the music he performs, along with a warmly charismatic stage presence, are trademarks of his communication with an audience.

Reed made his Lincoln Center debut with the Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Hall, both in 2012. He has also performed concerti with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Queens Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tbilisi Symphony, and the Wayzata Symphony.

At the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, Reed Tetzloff’s career was given a major boost after being named one of twelve semi-finalists. His performances were widely acclaimed in Russian media, which dubbed him “the lyric hero of the competition”, and noted by music connoisseurs across the globe. He has also won prizes from competitions such as the American Protege, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Bradshaw and Buono, Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition, Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Schimmel, and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition. At Mannes College the New School for Music, he won the two largest awards available to pianists: the Concerto Competition and the Nadia Reisenberg Competition. He was honored as a winner of the 2014 CME International Performing Arts Grant, and joined the roster of CME Young Artists.

His 2016-17 season includes a major multi-city tour of Belgium, as well as recitals at The Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu Classical Music Series, The Young Musicians’ Forum of Schenectady, and as guest artist for the Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association Annual State Convention. He also looks forward to the release of his debut recording, Sounds of Transcendence, on the Romeo Records label.


Reed Tetzloff of USA, winner of CME International Performing Arts Grant, Piano

Jiayan Sun of China, winner of CME Performing Arts Grant, Piano

 Jiayan Sun (China)

Praised for his “technically flawless, poetically inspired and immenseley assured playing” (Toronto Star), pianist Jiyan Sun performs extensively in North American and China. Born in Yantai, Shadong Province, China, Jiyan studied at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, then at the Julliard School earning the achievement award in the school’s Pre-College division, Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees. Equally interested in the art of composition, his works have been performed in concerts at Julliard where he was recently accepted as a doctoral candidate.

CME’s grant will allow Jiayan to present a series of lecture concerts with an all C.P.E. Bach program commemorating the 300th Anniversary of C.P.E. Bach’s birth in 2014. His detailed proposal, unquestionable talent and achievements, vision and effort to rejuvenate the interests of musicians and general public for C.P.E. Bach as a man and one of the greatest composers earned strong support from the selection committee.


Vijay Venkatesh (USA)

A native of Orange County, California, pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been hailed in concert review for his “sublime phrasing, tremendous and powerful virtuosity, beautiful lyricism, and mature and sensitive interpretation” in performances “equaling that of Radu Lupu, Itzhak Perlman, and Andres Segovia.” At age 14, he made his orchestral debut with the South Coast Symphony. In addition, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna, Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, Transylvania, Brevard Festival and the Brevard Music Center. He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, Robert Lehrbaumer, Kimo Furumoto, Vijay enthusiastically shares his love of music as an avid outreach performer and fundraiser. He has performed in a variety of schools throughout California to spread awareness of classical music and raised over $15,000 to benefit school music programs and charities.

Vijay recently won Grand Prize in the 2016 Classics Alive Artists Competition in Los Angeles and has joined the roster of Classics Alive Artists.

Vijay Venkatesh, CME International Performing Arts Grant Winner, Piano

Nicholas Young of Australia, winner of CME International Performing Arts Grant, Piano

Nicholas Young (Australia)

Nicholas Young is emerging as one of Australia’s most versatile young musicians. Currently based in Salzburg, Nicholas is working on the Masters study at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. A Young Steinway Artist, Nicholas has performed in prominent musical venues including the Sydney Opera House, Mozarteum Weiner Saal and many others. While maintaining an intense study of classical repertory, he has an equally strong interest in promoting the music of today. With his change of base from Australia to Austria, Nicholas looks forward to engaging further with composers and performers in Europe in the discovery, creation and realization of new masterworks.

Nicholas made his Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in February 2017, and currently tours with his classical music group, Ensemble Françaix.

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