2007 Young Artists Competition Announces Winner

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The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is proud to announce that the winner 2007 Young Artists Competition is Anna Starzec, a graduate student at Oklahoma City University majoring in piano performance.
For the competition, Starzec performed the Grieg Concerto for Piano in a minor, Mozart Fantasy in d minor, as II Sonate by Grazyna Bacewicz, a contemporary composer from Starzec’s homeland of Poland.  She was presented to the public and performed the Bacewicz work at the Young Artists Competition Recital on Sunday, June 10, 2007, which was part of the OK MOZART International Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

A student of Prof. Amy I-Lin Chen, head of the piano program at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, Starzec has performed in Italy, Germany, Norway, Poland, and the United States. She has won the 3rd prize from the International Piano Competition of the Associazione F. Chopin in Rome, the Erazmus Sokrates Scholarship in Norway, and a commendation of Distinction at the Ibla Grand Prize in Sicily, Italy.  During her two years in Oklahoma, she has won the 1st prize of Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the 2nd prize of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and the Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition.  She was also among the few pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2007 Piano Texas International Academy and Festival this June.

The winner of the OKIE 2007 Young Artists Competition will be presented in a 10 day concert tour of Israel in January of 2008 and a concert recital at the 2008 OK MOZART International Festival.  According to Starzec, she is thrilled about winning the OKIE 2007 Young Artists Competition and while she can’t imagine what it will be like to perform a concert tour of Israel she is certain that it will be a fantastic experience.  She went on to say that “Coming to the United States was a great opportunity for me and it seems amazing that I will now have the opportunity to perform concerts in Israel.  This is all a dream come true for me!”
After Starzec’s performance this past Sunday, June 10, 2007, Jiyoung Chung, winner of the 2006 Young Artists Competition, performed the Haydn Variations in f minor, Elad Katz A Princess’ Tale, Ginastera Sonata No. 1, and Schubert Wanderer Fantasy in C Major.

Chung, a native of Korea and a student of Dr. Jeongwon Ham, is completing her doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma.  Of her concert tour in Israel, Chung said that “If I am invited again, absolutely, I am going back.  When I participated in the competition last year, I couldn’t imagine what this Israel trip would be like.  I realized that this is one step in the process of becoming a professional musician.”  She went on to say that performing the tour gave her a greater sense of responsibility as a musician.  Audience members at her recital this June commented on how much her playing had matured during the span of this past year.

The Young Artists Competition was created by the Oklahoma Israel Exchange in support of its mission to foster cultural exchange and understanding between Oklahoma and Israel. After two years of development, the first competition was held in 2006 at the OK MOZART International Festival.  The mission of The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is to foster enhanced cooperation between the state of Israel and the state of Oklahoma in culture, arts, education, agriculture, commerce and economic development.  For updates about recitals and next year’s Young Artists Competition please bookmark this page and visit us regularly.

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